Honda’s car like sports utility vehicle - the CR-V- is versatile, capable and comfortable petrol soft-roader that comes with 1997 cc 4 cylinder and 2354 cc 4 cylinder petrol engines. While the smaller engine has been mated to both manual and automatic transmissions, the bigger one (2354 cc) has only been fitted in variants with 5 speed automatic gearbox.
Let’s look into the features of Honda CR-V 2.4L AT:
New Honda CR-V looks more assertive than its older 2004 model. The sporty three bar chrome grille makes the vehicle quite distinct and dynamic. Honda has made smart use of sharp lines, crease and grooves to give this car an illusion of being bigger than what its actual proportions are. The black cladding on the lower part of the bumper and skid-plate treatment beneath the bumper give it the appearance of a smart SUV.
This variant has high intensity discharge (HID) lamps for its headlights and they also have their own washers. Auto retractable ORVMs are equipped with turn indicators. Honda CR-V 2.4L AT has elegant chrome plated door handles. Variable speed wipers have been given for the windshield while rear glass gets intermittent wipers. Fog lamps have been fitted in the front. Another distinct feature of this classy SUV is of course the electric sunroof.
The highly rigid unibody construction along with light weight suspension components keeps the new CR-V lighter yet stronger.
Step inside the CR-V and you will find the cabin well lit thanks to a large windscreen area and the slender A-pillar that enhances the outside view. CR-V 2.4L AT has an electric sunroof too and this makes the interiors appear even more bright and airy. With better sound absorption materials, carpets and under-the hood material, the noise and vibration levels are very low. Interiors have premium sienna beige colour theme and it’s leather upholstery for seats. Powered steering wheel is also encased in leather.
Music system in Honda CR-V 2.4L AT is advanced integrated audio with CD, AM/FM, WMA/MP3/AAC, USB, iPod connectivity. User friendly audio switches mount the steering wheel. There are 6 speakers that include two in front, two at rear and a couple of tweeters. The speed volume compensation keeps the audibility of music at just the perfect levels – you do not need to manually adjust the volume in loud and mild environments.
There is intelligent multiple information display (i MID) with 5 inch TFT colour screen. This displays information about audio system, fuel consumption, has RR camera and also a clock. The cross style steering wheel also has i MID interface.
The gadgetry given in Honda CR-V 2.4L AT makes it a sufficiently comfortable car to ride in. Along with the features as mentioned above, there is paddle shift and cruise control in this variant – this adds to the ease of driving the car. Dual zone air conditioning is optimised by climate control. External temperature indicator has been fitted. The armrest for rear seat has cup holders and the one in front is a sliding armrest. Steering wheel can be adjusted for both rake and reach.
Ergonomically devised driver seat is power adjustable in 8 ways and also has lumbar support for correct posture while driving. There is a one touch dive down feature for the rear seat with 60:40 support – in case you have lots to luggage to put in the cabin.
CR-V being premium petrol SUV has an ECON button in all its models. This is used to maximise the fuel efficiency and make the vehicle run in economy mode by adjustments in performance of the engine, transmission, AC and cruise control. The colour band that encircles the speedometer progressively turns green to indicate efficient driving. The Combi meter has multi informational display with ECO assist system.
Other comfort and convenience features in this variant include power windows, auto up and down pinch guard feature on driver’s side, central door locking & keyless entry, vanity mirrors with lights and luggage compartment hook 7 light.
Honda C-RV 2.4L AT has all the safety features that have also been provided with C-RV 2L AT variant. These among others include airbags, anti lock braking system with brake assist & electronic brakeforce distribution, and hill start assist. It has a vehicle stability assist that can stabilise the vehicle during cornering if it turns more or less than required. What’s more, the electronic power steering wheel for this SUV is motion adaptive - this is a driving stability technology that initiates steering inputs to prompt the driver for steering in the correct direction while cornering and in slippery road conditions. Speed sensing auto door locking has also been provided.
The anti-theft features include security alarm and engine immobilizer.
Honda C-RV 2.4L AT is a lavish spread of talents. The comfort of a smooth ride, coupled with host of features makes it an exclusive SUV on the road. And the price for this one is approx 23.18 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi).