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Archive for the ‘Honda CR-V’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype

As the SUV and crossover body style continues to grip European markets with a surge in popularity, automakers are rushing to fill any and all gaps left in their tall-bodied lineup. Honda is no different, and without a green alternative in its compact crossover offerings, competitors like Kia and Toyota are scooping up sales left right. Basically, it boils down to missed opportunities for the H badge, but now, that’s about to change as Honda previews its upcoming hybrid CR-V. It’s called the CR-V Hybrid Prototype, and quite frankly, that “Prototype” in the name is probably completely unnecessary – this thing looks almost totally production ready. Not only is this the first time Honda has brought hybrid tech to a European-market SUV, but it’s also rumored the model could come stateside some time in the future. Either way, expect sharper styling, a 2.0-liter gas engine, and two electric motors.

The prototype will get its big public reveal later this month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, following in the footsteps of an earlier, China-bound hybrid CR-V revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. So then – what does the prototype bring to the table, and what can we expect when the finalized production variant makes its appearance? Read on for all the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda CR-V – Driven

Honda has made millions of CR-Vs since its introduction in 1996, selling them all over the world. Even in hard times, the CR-V as remained one of Honda’s most go-to models in terms of sales volumes. And who could blame customers for choosing the functional, fun, fuel efficient, and frugal crossover? It’s combination of Civic-based goodness mixed with a high-riding suspension and relatively voluminous interior make it a great those needing to split the difference between a traditional SUV and wagon.

That recipe carries over for the 2017 model year, though everything else about the CR-V changes. Honda introduces the CR-V’s fifth generation this year, which brings an all-new design language, a new chassis, a new interior, and a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The CR-V is a bit larger, too, now slotting more evenly between the small HR-V and the three-row Pilot SUV. Honda says the new CR-V has class-leading second-row legroom, to boot. The CR-V’s Cargo room offers an impressive 75.8 cubic feet of room with the second row bench seat folded flat. That’s far more than the Ford Escape (67.8 cubic feet) and just a touch bigger than the Toyota RAV4’s (73.4 cubic feet). Despite this, the CR-V’s footprint isn’t much bigger than its competition.

Honda undoubtedly needs the CR-V to success. It can’t have a repeat of the 2011 Civic and its sudden redesign for 2012. I wholeheartedly think Honda won’t have that issue, but feel free to leave your thoughts on the new CR-V in the comments below.

Continue reading for the full driven review.


PostHeaderIcon Honda's Star-Studded Super Bowl Commercial Reminds Us To Follow our Dreams

Honda teased us yesterday with a 15-second sneak peek of its Super Bowl commercial and it didn’t take the Japanese automaker long to pull the covers off of the actual 60-second commercial that will air this coming Sunday. The full ad, titled “Yearbooks,” has a pretty straight-forward message that ties into the brand’s long-standing “Power of Dreams” motto.

The ad lacks in any sort of meaningful comedy, but it more than makes up for it by dropping a staggering number of Hollywood A-listers who not only provided their old yearbook photos, but also did voice-over work to promote Honda’s message. We all know that Steve Carrell would be there, but he was also joined by the likes of Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Stan Lee, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Adams, and Missy Elliott.

One by one, the celebrities shared inspirational messages that revolved around the theme of not giving up and pursuing your dreams to the best of your abilities, or as Stan Lee so eloquently said: “if you want to make a universe, make a universe.” All of the messages of the celebrities eventually leads to the CR-V, a product that Honda says was created by chasing its own dreams.

Somewhat refreshingly, there is very little underlying tone in this commercial. There may have been an excessive number of celebrities – wonder how much that cost Honda – in the 60-second advertisement, but the whole point of the commercial is as direct and as straightforward as the sound bites we got from these A-listers.

So go chase those dreams, but if you are going to go hunting for them, do so while also living your life to the best of your abilities.

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PostHeaderIcon Steve Carrell Looks Like The 20-Year Old Virgin In Honda's Teaser Ad For The Super Bowl

Yes, we better get used to these 15-second teasers of 60-second commercials in the run up leading to Super Bowl LI. As ridiculous as they sound, these teasers have become important aspects of a company’s marketing strategy during the Big Game, especially at a time when a lot of people who watch the Super Bowl actually watch it for the commercials and not the game itself. We already know that Kia has rolled out its own 15-second teaser featuring Melissa McCarthy. Now it’s Honda’s turn and it’s bringing its own Hollywood A-lister into the mix: Steve Carrell.

The hilarious comedian best known for movies like Despicable Me, Date Night, and Evan Almighty gets the yearbook treatment for this ad, right down to the thick mustache. Looking at his 20-year old likeness is funny enough by itself, but Carrell adds on the hilarity of his looks by giving a funny yet uplifting speech about “believing in yourself.”

The 15-second teaser isn’t actually for one of Carrell’s upcoming movies. It’s for the 2017 Honda CR-V, which has actually been on sale in the US since December 2016. Yep, it’s barely a month into its life in the showrooms so it’s fitting that Honda would use a stage as big as the Super Bowl to promote the wheels off of the new CR-V.

Having Carrell in the fold to provide comedy in the 60-second commercial should also go a long way in establishing a lot of interest in the ad. At the very least, Honda also has to account for the success of its Super Bowl commercial last year for the Ridgeline. That one featured a flock of sheep singing Queen’s Somebody to Love and was one of the most well-received commercials during the game.

The pressure’s definitely on for Honda and Steve Carrell to make an impression for the new CR-V. Judging by this teaser, I’d say that they’re well on their way to doing that.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Mazda CX-5

It’s no secret the compact crossover segment has exploded in popularity over the last several years. Nearly every automaker sells some form of vehicle in this class, including the Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester. But it’s the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 that have attracted the most attention in the recent months. Both enter the 2017 model year with heavy changes and big improvements. The two aren’t the only new contenders in the compact crossover class, but they sure stand out.

That’s why we’ve chosen to take a close look at the CR-V and CX-5 as they compare to each other. From exterior aesthetics and interior features, to drivetrain options and trim level pricing – everything is detained below.

Of course, we’ll have to save driving impressions until we can get behind the wheel of each, so consider this a more objective run-down of features rather than a subjective comparison of in-person impressions.

Continue reading for the full comparison.


PostHeaderIcon Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V hit the global market back in 1995 and has sold fairly well since its introduction. The CR-V entered the most recent generation back in 2012, but it went through a pretty significant update for 2015 that included an improved safety structure to help bring the little crossover up to par in IIHS crash testing. At the time, the CR-V also received a new, direct-injected engine, new CVT transmission, and some additional chassis work to help improve its overall ride. For the 2017 model year, Honda is ushering in the fifth-gen model that brings even more significant change, including additional interior space and a new, turbocharged engine for the upper trim levels – marking the first time the CR-V has been offered with forced induction of any kind from the factory.

Despite the fact that Honda is boasting an all-new body and chassis design, you’re not going to see a whole lot of significant change on the outside. The car has been reworked to some extent, but it’s more in line with what you might see on a facelift as opposed to a generational redesign. There are some fresh goodies to talk about inside, and there is that new, turbocharged engine that promises the best fuel economy in the compact SUV class. So, without spilling the beans too much here, let’s dive on in and take a good look at the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Updated 12/21/2016: Honda announced prices for the 2017 CR-V which is now on sale at dealers nationwide. Check the “Prices” section for the full details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Honda CR-V.


PostHeaderIcon Fifth-Gen Honda CR-V Comes With More Space and Turbo Power

Introduced in 1995, the CR-V has become one of Honda’s most vital vehicles, now being the company’s second-best selling model after the iconic Civic. Redesigned every five years, the crossover has just stepped into its fifth generation, which brings completely new design inside and out and turbocharged power.

Scheduled to hit the market this winter for the 2017 model year, the new CR-V received a bold and somewhat sophisticated design that puts it in line with more recent Honda products. Although similarities aren’t very obvious at first glance, the front end is reminiscent of the new Civic thanks to its imposing grille with chrome elements, the sporty headlamps, and the aggressive looking bumper.

The profile of the crossover seems more massive now, with the beefier wheel arches and the squared off roof being the main culprits for the new look. Around back, Honda redesigned every single detail. The taillights now also extend toward the “Honda” emblem in the middle, while the elements that climb up toward the roof are narrower. Under the rear glass there is a big gray element that gives the SUV a more premium look, while the license plate recess was lowered, now sitting just above the bumper. The latter also sports a big gray-painted element.

More changes are visible inside, where Honda ditched the previous two-tier dashboard design in favor of a simpler, cleaner layout. The revised center stack looks modern and houses a larger infotainment screen, while the A/C vents have been moved at the top. The steering wheel has a sportier design, while the all-new instrument cluster no longer uses the classic dial configuration. The navigation system, developed with Garmin, is also new, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come with voice-activated features. Other features include dual-zone climate controls, remote start, rear USB charging ports, and an electric parking break.

Under the skin, the CR-V uses a new platform derived from the Civic that’s a tad longer and wider, and adds 1.6 inches to the wheelbase. There’s also a new engine to talk about, in the form of a turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Already available in other Honda models, the four-banger produces 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter is still on offer with 184 horses and 180 pound-feet, but it won’t match the turbo’s fuel economy figures. Unfortunately, Honda has yet to release EPA numbers.

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PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed's Top Automotive Picks For Moms

It’s Mother’s Day, and we here at TopSpeed wanna show our love and gratitude to all those hardworking mamas out there. But you know, we’re not exactly big on the whole flowers and breakfast in bed thing, so instead, we’ve put together a list of our top seven automotive picks for moms. In this list, we look at a variety of price points and cover all the major family-oriented segments, including minivans, hatchbacks, compact crossovers, mid-size SUVs, full-size SUVs, wagons, and even something for moms with a craving for velocity. We also talk about features and what makes each pick stand out from the crowd when it comes to things moms might want.

What do you think of our picks? Are we missing a model? What’s your choice for the best mom-mobile? Let us know in the comments section. And don’t forget to call your mom!

Continue reading for our top automotive picks for moms.


PostHeaderIcon Honda CR-V

The CR-V has been around since 1995 when Honda introduced it to Japan and the global market. It wasn’t until 1997 that the CR-V came to the U.S. The first generation CR-V came with a 130-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and was available with both front- and all-wheel-drive. While it was loosely based on the Civic, the crossover had taller ground clearance, folding rear seats, and a look uniquely its own.

Honda ushered in the CR-V’s second generation for 2002. The new ‘ute had a completely revised appearance, a more refined interior and a more powerful 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine. The third generation came along for 2007 and had further refinements. It’s most noticeable as the first CR-V to not have a rear-mounted spare tire.

Now in its fourth generation, the CR-V is getting a mid-cycle refresh. Since it debuted in 2012, the fourth generation marches forward as a hot-selling crossover with good all-weather capabilities and room for five adults and their stuff. The 2015 CR-V gets an all-new engine and CVT transmission that bumps EPA ratings up several ticks, new telematics and an infotainment system, and with a host of “Honda Sensing” safety equipment.

Updated 10/06/2016: After being heavily revised for the 2015 model year, Honda CR-R enters the 2016 model year with pretty much no changes. The only addition to the lineup is a new Special Edition placed between the LX and the EX. It gets 17-inch alloy wheels with an exclusive two tone finish, second-row and rear privacy glass, and security system. The 2016 Honda CR-V will be put on sale at a starting price of $23,595.

Continue reading to learn more about the Honda CR-V.


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