We have very important news for all fans of Honda CR-V model that will have the opportunity to drive in it during 2017. That’s right, we talk about the fifth generation of this popular vehicle which becomes larger, of course, with the third-row of a seat as an option. On this manner, the 2018 Honda CR-V presents some kind of substitution for “family vehicle” Pilot. For very short time CR-V model has crossed the road of compact crossover to a mid-range utility vehicle. It stands between smaller HR-V and the larger Pilot. The basic reason for the growth of the vehicle lies in the fact that market has the huge necessity for them. It is widespread in the North America market, China, Europe and other markets. From the new generation, we can expect sale growth and the customers will be more satisfied than before.
2018 Honda CR-V – Exterior
The start of the new story goes from engineers who designed new platform for 2018 Honda CR-V. The Civic modular chassis will be the base for the construction. You can very quickly establish that it is the same platform already take from the tenth generation of Civic. In figures, it is 180.8-inch long, 73.0-inch wide, 66.1-inch tall and has 104.7-inch long wheelbase. With this new platform, the carmaker now has greater flexibility to improve CR-V.
Further, the exterior design comes sportier with modern solutions. One of them is the aggressive front grille and aerodynamic hood which gives better visualization. In the front corners, you can see LED lights with the recognizable shape taken from Acura. Rest of body includes 17-inch alloy wheels and vertical tail lights with a great level of intensity. Although the new Honda CR-V is caught by spy photographers and it is covered with camouflage, their upscale look is clearly discernible.
2018 Honda CR-V – Interior & Safety
Unfortunately, we don’t have access to the interior design of 2018 Honda CR-V. According to reports from the manufacturer, two important things can be identified, roominess and functionality. Exclusive news as we mentioned in the introduction is a possibility that carmaker embeds the third row of the seat if you have a need for one. Trim selection to a large degree influences availability of some hi-tech features. For example, if you select EX+ package then you get updated seven-inch “Display Also System”, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay or hands-free power liftgate in the Touring package.
When we talk about safety, this department made progress and now introduces new systems such as Blind Spot Information (BSI) with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM), replacing the LaneWatch system from the previous generation CR-V, and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights. Each of them contributes to increasing of safety and it is a key factor in getting an award like Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS in this area.
2018 Honda CR-V – Engines
The specification further includes standard engines with advanced turbo technology. So, 2018 Honda CR-V has 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine which produces 174 horsepower. For people who like the stronger version on offer is 2.4-liter four-cylinder. It produces 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The main difference is low rpm. Both engines come with a continuously variable automatic transmission as an only option. Further, the automatic transmission sends torque to front wheels or all four wheels. We can conclude that engines are economical and the manufacturer is investing many efforts in that.
2018 Honda CR-V Price
The price will be slightly different than the previous version. It moves between $25,000 and $35,000. For a special version with an additional third row of seats you, unsurprisingly, must pay higher. Key competitors in this segment are Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue, and Subaru Forester.