The 2013 Honda CR-V is the second year that Honda is using its fourth-generation model of the CR-V. It has just become available for sale to the general public as of September 6 and prices start out at about $22,500. Following past year’s model, the 2013 version of this model delivers just as much reliability. Automotive industry insiders believe this year’s model meets and exceeds requirements for interior space, looks, performance and reliability. In short, Honda has once again met and exceeded expectations on virtually every judging criteria.
Some notable highlights include it scoring high for families because it provides a smooth ride with easy to manipulate seats. Other highlights include it being rated extremely safe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA gave this car five stars for overall, front and side impact tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave this car a “good” score (its highest rating) and a “Top Safety Pick” award.
When it comes to the vehicle’s body, Honda has engineered it with Japanese precision. Honda’s engineers have designed this year’s model to maximize its fuel efficiency, safety and functionality, all while giving the vehicle an ultra-refined appearance. Designed with a unibody construction, it is complemented with a lightweight suspension system, insulation to minimize noise and an aerodynamic design. It also features rear spoilers and underbody covers that both minimize bothersome noise and improve ride quality.
All different trim models (EX, EX-L and LX) feature generous five-spoke wheels. The EX and the EX-L trim models have 17-inch alloy wheels while the LX trim model has 16-inch steel wheels. Its pronounced bender flares display the SUV’s variable presence and ability to perform. All trim models have an outside Expanded-View Driver’s Mirror that increases visibility by 5-and-a-half degrees, giving a greater area of view with the mirror. Reviewers note that this enhanced mirror system provides an additional level of safety because other vehicles, obstructions and road conditions can be better detected with it.
When it comes to the interior and list of features for the 2013 CR-V, absolutely nothing is spared. Although this vehicle is an SUV, the inside is loaded with countless types of luxuries and amenities and has top-notch utility and flexibility. Even though the vehicle looks average in size, it can comfortably hold 5 adult passengers. All passengers have ample room to be comfortable while keeping plenty of room for storage, including its big center console. There is also ample room on the floor, in overhead compartments and through its expandable storage in the back. Cargo space is not compromised because its seatback effortlessly drops with a pull of a lever.
There are also countless interior features that enable you to keep on top of your car’s vitals and enjoy your ride. Real-time measuring instrumentation features the following feedback tools including an overall fuel-economy meter, an on-demand fuel utilization gauge, a miles-to-E gauge, an engine life gauge and other gauges that instantly tell you if there is a problem. Other features include a 160-watt audio system that has both an AM/FM radio and a CD player that is complemented with a four speaker system for the LX trim, while the EX and the EX-L trim models have a six-speaker system.
There are some notable features under the hood and on the exterior of this well-built SUV. There is standard electric power steering that works with both standard VSA and Electric Power Steering to passively detect and correct unstable driving in poor road conditions for both cornering and braking actions. The moment it senses any type of instability, it coaches and prompts the driver with the correct way to steer – this provides drivers with a safer and more confident driving experience. Other features include 17 inch tires that Honda provides standard with aluminum alloy wheels for the EX and the EX-L trim models. The LX model has 16 inch tires that are complemented with 16 inch stamped steel wheels.
The sound system deserves a section on its own because it is so effective with the SUV’s electronic technology. Specifically, the car’s audio system is engineered to work seamlessly with the built-in Internet radio system. This audio system works effortlessly with iPhones and reads SMS text messages from countless compatible phones via the SUV’s speaker system. Using its built-in Bluetooth® phone interface, drivers can place or accept calls hands-free. It is perfect for both safety and legal reasons. The EX-L trim model has an optional rear DVD entertainment system that features a seven-inch screen with a remote for passengers’ entertainment. Other options include the ability to have a navigation system. This vehicle includes an FM Traffic reporting system which gives automatic traffic updates with zero fees required.
The 2013 Honda CR-V has not skimped on anything related to safety. All models include a stabilizing system with a roll-over sensor and an anti-lock brake system with Brake Assist. There are airbags for the operator and side-passenger along with side-curtain and front-side air bags that automatically sense if there is someone in the passenger’s seat. Honda engineers have designed a cutting edge body construction that is specifically constructed to absorb and dissipate the impact from a head-on crash. Other safety features include a pedestrian sensing system.
Honda has developed their engine line for this model based on the best execution for town and highway driving. Their engines are developed to provide the best overall value for consumers because they provide optimal fuel efficiency. All trim models come with 2.4-litre four-cylinder engines that produce 163 foot pounds of torque and 185 horsepower. This engine is compliant with the latest and most stringent California and Federal emission standards. Only available in a five-speed auto transmission, it has proprietary smooth shifting technology along with its own traction system which steadies and provides a little extra “help” for the transmission when travelling up extremely steep hills. Fuel economy is rated 23/31 and 22/30 for the city and highway fuel ratings in that order for the front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) models respectively.