In the spirit of throwback, we will be looking at one of Honda’s best selling and iconic models. We are all familiar with the Honda CR-V which stands for Comfortable Runabout Vehicle (in case you didn’t know). Today, we’ll look at where it all began. In this article, we will see how the Honda CR-V has grown from strength to strength. Let’s get to business, shall we!
First Generation (1996 to 2001)
The first generation model can still be seen roaming the streets until now. It was Honda’s first take on a crossover/SUV because it was based on the Honda Civic of that same year. The first gen CR-V is available in only a 5-door variant and uses a single 2.0-litre 16v i-VTEC engine. It’s mated with a 4 speed automatic or 5 speed manual with either 4WD or FWD(4 or front-wheel drive).
Second Generation (2001 to 2006)
The second-generation model grew in size and had a more boxy design. The interior layout is very much similar to that of a minivan. It still retains the same engine as the previous model with a new 2.4 litre and a new 2.2 diesel added to the lineup. The same transmission as the old model was still retained with the addition of a new 5-speed automatic transmission which is optional. FWD is standard while 4WD is optional.
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Third Generation (2007 to 2012)
The leap in quality on the third generation was so obvious. From a new platform (still based on the Civic) to new improved engines and transmission. Honda took a serious step of removing the spare wheel at the rear and placed it under. This design is now used by most of its rivals and it’s a new trend. This model of the CR-V is really popular in Nigeria and ladies fancy its design. All engines were carried over from the last generation. The transmission was restricted to a 5 speed automatic and 6-speed manual.
Fourth Generation (2012 to 2017)
The fourth-generation model is still heavily based on the third generation and its a little bit obvious. Just a new front and rear fascias and a new interior layout. The engine was an even more powerful 2.4 i-VTEC that outputs 184hp. All Wheel Drive is standard and the front-wheel-drive was optional. The transmission was carried off from the previous generation model with a new CVT gearbox available as an option.
Fifth Generation (2017 to Present)
The latest Honda CR-V truly is a 21st century model in and out. It has the latest features and its the first CR-V to feature a hybrid system. It shares so many similarities with the latest Honda Civic and uses the same engines except the 1.0 litre. The engines include the 1.5-litre turbo 4cylinder, a new 2.0 litre and 2.4 litres. The transmission available for the latest CR-V is a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The popular Andriod Auto and Apple Carplay are now available as an optional feature. As it stands this is the best version of the CR-V in many years as it has corrected most of the flaws associated with the older model.
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