Honda’s redesigned SUV gets upgraded



The new 2007 Honda CR-V looks like an ancestor of its predecessor, rather than a descendant.


You’ve probably seen the redesigned 2007 Honda CR-V, but you might not know it. The new model looks more like a distant relative of the outgoing version, rather than a direct descendant.


But it still retains all the characteristics that have made it a bestseller, including clever utility features, room, a car-like ride and reliability.

The CR-V still uses Honda’s proven 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder engine, rated at 166 hp (10 more than last year). Contrary to most other compact sport-utes, which offer bigger V6s, Honda opted to stay with the smaller ‘four’ for the CR-V and it’s easy to see why. There’s plenty of power on tap — as much as many V6s — but it sips less fuel, always a good thing with gas prices as they are.

The ‘07 model is shorter than the old CR-V, mainly because the spare wheel no longer hangs on the new lift-up tailgate. Since cargo space has increased and the cabin is wider, the CR-V’s ability for utility is better than ever.

The CR-V is now offered with front-wheel-drive too, which shaves off $2,000 and more than 50 kg of weight on the base LX model, meaning better fuel efficiency. Even if you don’t opt for all-wheel-drive, all models come equipped on the safety side, including ABS, front, side and curtain airbags, stability control, traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Four trim levels are available: LX, EX, EX-L and EX-L Navi. All come with air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, upper and lower glove compartments, power windows, mirrors and doors, remote keyless entry, CD/MP3 player, 17-inch wheels and a tilt and telescoping steering column. The EX adds a sunroof, privacy glass, dual-deck cargo shelf, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and variable intermittent wipers. The EX-L includes leather, and the EX-L Navi comes with a navigation system and rear back-up camera

The 2007 Honda CR-V has a well-designed dash.

Inside, there’s room between the front seats to stash a large purse or bag, and deep door pocket bins for odds and ends. With the 60/40 split rear seats folded, there 2064 litres of cargo space and the cargo shelf helps keep items organized when the back seats are up.

Entry and exit is easy, the seating position is comfortable and there’s good visibility all around. The CR-V is agile and precise in the city but willing to provide power when needed on the highway.

2007 Honda CR-V EX-L Navi

  • Type: Compact 4-dr. 5-pass. SUV AWD

  • Price: $37,700

  • Engine: 2.4-litre L4 DOHC

  • Horsepower: 166 @ 5800 rpm

  • Torque (lb-ft): 161 @ 4200 rpm

  • Highlights: New flip-up liftgate is more manageable, front-wheel-drive is available, safety features galore.