Featured SUVs - Honda CR-V
Honda SUV's Like The Honda CR-V Can Be Traced
Back To The Honda Civic Platform
by: Steven Johnston
One of the most popular Honda SUVs on the market is the
Honda CR-V, which is considered to be what is called a crossover
SUV. This Honda SUV is a car that has an SUV or sport utility
vehicle look but is assembled on a more economical construction.
The Honda SUV, CR-V, was copied from the extremely
popular Honda Civic in order to meet a growing demand for a
SUV made by Honda. The letters CR-V stand for comfortable
runabout vehicle and comes with either front-wheel drive
or all-wheel drive.
The very first Honda SUV that was planned in house
by Honda was the CR-V in 1996. While there was considerable
uncertainty as to whether or not this type of Honda SUV could
sell as well as its forerunner, the Honda Passport, the
CR-V was introduced to the US market in 1997. The CR-V has consistently
maintained exceptional sales ever since.
The first CR-V was designed and produced from 1996 through 1998
known as the LX model trim. Attractive features included rear-folding
seats, a picnic table stored in the rear floor and plastic covered
front and rear bumpers as well as fender wells. The next model
CR-V was on the market from 1998 to 2001 and didnt change
the body style but increased the engine power from the original
and was changed to an engine that produces 146-horse power and
additional torsion. The beauty of this increase was that it
did not affect the fuel consumption or price of the car.
next line of Honda CR-Vs was from 2002 through 2005 and
the build of this Honda SUV was given a complete restyling based
on the most recent Civic model. The new CR-V was also given
a more powerful engine with 106-horse power and increased torsion.
This new engine still offered the same fuel economy as the previous
Honda CR-V models. This Honda SUV was awarded the Car and Driver
magazines award for best small SUV of 2002 and 2003.
In 2005, the CR-V received only a minor model change with 16-inch
wheels instead of 15 inch, which has been on the earlier models.
The taillights were also changes from the color amber to red
and white. The 2005 CR-V was also equipped with front and side
airbags, anti-lock brakes and side-curtain airbags. While the
next CR-V model has not yet been unveiled, many are guessing
that the new model will have more power in addition to the option
of having an onboard navigation system.
Make sure you check out the exciting new 2006 Honda CR-V at
Honda dealers now!
About The Author
Steven Johnston is a Honda enthusiast who writes articles for