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The Honda CR-V, one of the best-selling sport utility vehicles for 2007, provides spacious five-passenger seating in a versatile crossover SUV package with sedan-like handling. Engineered to be a safety leader, the CR-V achieves the highest five-star crash safety rating by the federal government for both frontal and side impacts and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the CR-V as a "Top Safety Pick - 2007." The CR-V is one of only two small SUVs to achieve both the highest federal crash safety rating for frontal and side impacts and the top IIHS safety rating.

For 2008, the CR-V builds on its premium style and refinement by further enhancing the CR-V EX-L with upgraded and additional features. A new dual-zone automatic climate control system and a driver's seat with eight-way power adjustment and power lumbar support have been added to the CR-V EX-L, replacing the manual controls. Additionally, all CR-V EX-L models are equipped with the premium audio system that was previously exclusive to models equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™.

"The Honda CR-V brings together the best features of an SUV with the ride, comfort and handling of a sedan," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Its dynamic exterior styling and premium features continue to attract both previous and new Honda buyers alike."

The CR-V highlights the company's ongoing emphasis on safety and outdistances the competition by implementing new technology and features that go beyond conventional industry standards with innovations that include the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, a pedestrian safety design and standard Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®). Standard safety equipment includes side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), active front head restraints, VSA, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

A highly rigid body and fully independent suspension result in a quiet cabin and smooth, agile handling performance. The 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and standard 5-speed automatic transmission provide an excellent balance of power (166-horsepower) and fuel economy (EPA-rated 20/27 city/highway mpg , 2WD).

A dynamic forward cabin blends the familiar CR-V identity into a sculpted lower body with a rugged appearance. A two-tier grille and a side profile with an arched window shape and chrome trim accent the CR-V's distinctive and upscale presence.

The CR-V's unit-body construction features extensive use of high-strength steel to provide rigidity. Comprised of a front MacPherson strut layout and a rear multi-link suspension, the high-rigidity body and independent suspension offer an engaging driving experience rare for this class of vehicle. State-of-the art noise absorption materials help to reduce engine and road noise for an ultra-quiet cabin.

The inside of the CR-V blends Honda's renowned ergonomics and innovative storage integration with modern and efficient styling. Abundant standard and available features like a navigation system with voice recognition and a rear view camera accentuate the attention to premium details. A retractable center tray table provides the two beverage holders, and EX and above models also contain an additional 12-volt power outlet and the auxiliary audio input jack.

CR-V models outfitted with a leather interior (EX-L) provide a spacious multi-function center console in place of the retractable center tray that can accommodate up to 24 compact disc cases (on models without the navigation system). On the CR-V EX and EX-L, a dual-deck cargo shelf provides additional storage options in the cargo area and can hold up to 20 pounds, while providing enough clearance underneath for grocery bags or items such as a folded stroller.

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and rearview camera, available on the CR-V EX-L, features a 6.5-inch motorized display that opens and closes for access to an internal single-disc CD player and a digital audio card reader that can play MP3 and WMA files from CompactFlash® cards. The navigation system features more than 7 million points of interest and can control the audio system. The voice recognition is capable of recognizing and entering numbers, street names and cities.

The CR-V LX and EX audio systems provide 160 watts of power. Auxiliary audio input jacks are standard equipment on all trim levels, allowing for portable music device playback through the audio system. All audio systems feature MP3/WMA CD playback capability and Speed-sensitive Volume Control (SVC) that automatically adjusts the volume based on vehicle speed. The CR-V LX has a four-speaker audio system with a single-disc CD player. The CR-V EX adds two speakers (tweeters) and an in-dash 6-disc CD changer. The CR-V EX-L equipped audio system increases power output to 270 watts and delivers sound through seven speakers, including a subwoofer. XM® Satellite Radio is standard on the CR-V EX-L.

Powered by a 2.4-liter, DOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that produces 166 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 161 lb-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm, the CR-V offers refined and responsive performance with good fuel economy2 and low emissions (ULEV-2). The Drive-by-Wire (DBW) throttle control works closely with the transmission for extremely smooth shift points and intuitive gear holding on hilly roads. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment.

The available, fully-automatic Real Time 4WD system enhances the CR-V's all-weather capabilities when driving in rain, snow and dirt roads - without the significant weight, fuel economy and handling performance drawbacks of a conventional four-wheel-drive system.

The CR-V is a global product for Honda sold in 160 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa - the most of any Honda automotive product. Worldwide, the CR-V is assembled in seven countries at eight factories, including the Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio.
 

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It is really good to see that they added the power adjustable seat for the 08 CRV. This is something that I missed in my 07 but luckily my wife and I are tall people and don't have to change seat position very much. Although, I like the additions mentioned in the 08 that correct some of the small issues , I am extremely happy with my 07. Looks like the other car companies will still have a hard time matching the 08 CRV.
 

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2008 Changes

For 2008, the CR-V builds on its premium style and refinement by further enhancing the CR-V EX-L with upgraded and additional features. A new dual-zone automatic climate control system and a driver's seat with eight-way power adjustment and power lumbar support have been added to the CR-V EX-L, replacing the manual controls. Additionally, all CR-V EX-L models are equipped with the premium audio system that was previously exclusive to models equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™.
Well it is nice that they improved the top trim line but what about the EX & LX? Why not get rid of the lame tray and put the EX-L console in all 3 lines or at least as an option. Heated mirrors? The cargo shelf as an option on the LX?


The CR-V's unit-body construction features extensive use of high-strength steel to provide rigidity. Comprised of a front MacPherson strut layout and a rear multi-link suspension, the high-rigidity body and independent suspension offer an engaging driving experience rare for this class of vehicle. State-of-the art noise absorption materials help to reduce engine and road noise for an ultra-quiet cabin.
Are these state of the art noise absorption materials missing in the not so ultra-quiet 2007 cabin?



 

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Over here in Japan, my mid-level 2007 trim comes with the dual climate control and 8 way power seat w/ lumbar support. And all trims have an option for the HDD (hard disk for recording cds, dvd, tv, voice recognition, rear camera... the whole nine yards) navigation system. Do you guys have that stateside?
 

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Over here in Japan, my mid-level 2007 trim comes with the dual climate control and 8 way power seat w/ lumbar support. And all trims have an option for the HDD (hard disk for recording cds, dvd, tv, voice recognition, rear camera... the whole nine yards) navigation system. Do you guys have that stateside?
No way. The CR-V, in the US, is positioned as an entry level SUV/Crossover and is also quite cheap compared to what you have to pay in Europe/Japan for one as a result of the extra features that they get and the US doesn't.
 

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No way. The CR-V, in the US, is positioned as an entry level SUV/Crossover and is also quite cheap compared to what you have to pay in Europe/Japan for one as a result of the extra features that they get and the US doesn't.
Japan and US have similar pricing now. Generation 2 CR-V's were priced less in Japan than the US. The 2007/2008 are priced about the same in both markets now. Those Europeans have crazy prices for everything these days.

Side airbags are not standard on low or mid-range Japan CR-V's. You have to pay an extra $800 for the airbags...

And you still have to pay $2000 or more for the navigation system option here in Japan.
 

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You brought up some good points, JohnTokyo. Also, what people stateside don't realize is that no one buys a new car in Japan without (at least) two thousand dollars off the sticker price. So the price is quite reasonable.
 

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The 08 must not have any exterior changes from the 07. Honda is using the same photos on the 08 website.

http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/exterior-photos.aspx
I think Honda waits till a little closer to the actual release date to update their pix. I know when I was looking at the Elements they didn't update the online photos until they were actually released. Of course this was teh 05-06 transition. I guess time will tell.
 

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You brought up some good points, JohnTokyo. Also, what people stateside don't realize is that no one buys a new car in Japan without (at least) two thousand dollars off the sticker price. So the price is quite reasonable.
 
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