Honda CR-V

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Honda CR-V
2012 Honda CR-V EX-L -- 01-20-2012 1.jpg
Manufacturer Honda
Production 1995–present
Model years 1997–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact crossover SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Transversely mounted, front engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover manufactured by Honda since 1995. Since it uses the Honda Civic platform in an SUV body it was called "CR-V" which stands for Compact Recreational Vehicle.[1][2]

Honda began producing the CR-V in Sayama, Japan, and Swindon, UK, for worldwide markets, adding North American manufacturing sites in East Liberty, Ohio, in 2007; El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico, in late 2007 (ended in early 2017); Alliston, Ontario, Canada, in 2012; and Greensburg, Indiana in February 2017. The CR-V also is produced in Wuhan (Hubei province) for the Chinese market by the Dongfeng Honda Automobile Company, a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Corporation.

The CR-V is Honda's mid-range utility vehicle, slotting between the smaller HR-V and the larger Pilot.

First generation (1995–2001)[edit]

First generation (RD1–RD3)
Honda CR-V front 20090206.jpg
Production 1995–2001
Model years 1997–2001
Assembly Swindon, England (HUKM)
Sayama, Japan
Hsinchu, Taiwan
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Ayutthaya,Thailand (Honda Ayutthaya Plant)
Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Karawang Plant)
Designer Hiroyuki Kawase (1993)
Body and chassis
Related Honda Civic (sixth generation)
Honda Integra
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,620 mm (103 in)
2,625.1 mm (103.35 in) (post-facelift)
Length 4,510 mm (178 in)
Width 1,780 mm (70 in)
Height 1,678 mm (66.1 in)1997–1998 (2WD version)
1,700 mm (67 in) 1997–1998(4WD LX)
1,725 mm (67.9 in) 1997–1998 (2WD EX 126 BHP)
1,745 mm (68.7 in) 1999–2001 (2WD EX 146 BHP 2.0 Engine)
1,755 mm (69.1 in) 1999–2001 (4WD EX 146 BHP 2.0 Engine)
1,770 mm (70 in) 1999–2001 (4WD EX-L With Navigation)

Introduced in Japan in 1995 as a concept[citation needed], the CR-V (Chassis Code RD1-RD3) was Honda's first in-house designed sport utility vehicle by Hiroyuki Kawase. The CR-V was introduced in Japan at Honda Verno dealerships only and was regarded as a luxury vehicle in Japan due to the exterior width dimensions exceeding Japanese Government dimension regulations. For North American market, it was displayed at the 1996 Chicago Auto Show and went on sale in February 1997.

Upon introduction, the model had only one trim level, which would later be known as the LX model trim; it was powered by the 2.0 L straight-four B20B producing 126 hp (94 kW) at 5400 rpm and 133 lb·ft (180 N·m) of torque at 4800 rpm. Outer dimensions for this engine would be identical to the Integra's 1.8 L engine, but internally the engine had a larger 84 mm (3.3 in) bore to add the extra displacement needed to produce more torque. The engine utilized a one-piece cylinder sleeve construction unique from any other B-series engine. The chassis was a unibody design with a four-wheel double wishbone suspension. Inside, the rear seats were able to fold down, and a picnic table was stowed in the rear floor area. A common external trait that was visible with this generation was plastic cladding covering the front bumper, rear bumper, and fender wells. In most countries, CR-Vs had a chrome grille; however, in the United States, the grille was made out of the same black plastic as the bumpers. A major difference between the LX and EX trims was that the EX had anti-lock brakes and 15 inch alloy wheels while the LX did not. Drivetrain options were: front-wheel drive or Honda's Real Time AWD.


Although the body style remained the same as the first generation, an update was made from 1999 to 2001 in response to criticism that the original engine lacked enough power for a vehicle of its weight – 3,200 lb (1,500 kg). The engine was changed to the 2.0 L B20Z engine, producing 147 hp (110 kW) at 6200 rpm and 133 lb·ft (180 N·m) of torque at 4500 rpm. Fuel economy of 23 mpg‑US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg‑imp) city/28 mpg‑US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg‑imp) highway (US) and price were not affected by the increase in power, which was the result of a higher compression ratio (9.6:1 compared to the B20B's 8.8:1), a new intake manifold, and slightly higher lift on the intake valves.


The 1997–2001 model tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was the LX model with standard driver and passenger airbags. Even though the car's structure received an acceptable rating, the overall car received a marginal rating as the dummy's left leg would have been broken. Its head went through the airbag which would have caused a minor concussion. The chest was well protected.

Facelift Honda CR-V Sport, Australia
Honda CR-V (Japan)

Models equipped with an automatic transmission now had an overdrive cancel button that allowed the driver to lock the transmission in the first three gears to provide power for passing and climbing grades. The pattern of the cloth on the seats was also redesigned, and the head restraints earned an acceptable rating from the IIHS for whiplash protection.

The 1999 European, Australian, and Asian CR-V models featured more drastic changes. Exterior alterations included a new front bumper, smoothed off rear bumper, and a smaller plastic radio antenna on the rear of the roof. "Nighthawk Black" was added to the list of paint choices, while "Passion Orange" disappeared. New dark blue pearl and red pearl shades replaced the former solid red and metallic blue hues. European models received an enlarged Honda emblem on the front grille, and a new metallic yellow paint in certain markets.

In 2000, a Special Edition model was introduced in North America. The SE featured body-colored bumpers and side moldings, a body-colored hard spare tire cover, leather upholstery, CD/cassette audio deck, rear privacy glass, a Navtech navigation system, and chrome grille accent. Until 2001, the CR-V sold more than any other vehicle in its class. The North American models also received new exterior colors including Naples Gold Metallic and Taffeta White. Electron Blue was introduced in 2000 to replace Submarine Blue Pearl, while Satin Silver Metallic replaced Sebring Silver Metallic in 2001. However, that year, sales of the Ford Escape and its clone, the Mazda Tribute, surpassed those of the CR-V.

The Australian higher specification model was called the "Sport". It was added at the time of the first facelift and included body-colored bumpers, mirrors, door handles, and hard rear spare wheel cover. It also included alloy wheels, roof rails, and a large glass sunroof. The CR-V became the country's best-selling SUV in 2000, outselling the Toyota Landcruiser for the first time.

Second generation (2002–2006)[edit]

Second generation (RD4–RD8)
2002 Honda CR-V (RD7 MY02) Sport wagon (2015-07-09) 01.jpg
Production 2001–2006
Model years 2002–2006
Assembly Swindon, England (HUKM)
Ayutthaya, Thailand (Honda Ayutthaya Plant)
Wuhan, China (Dongfeng Honda)
Sayama, Japan
Ping-Tung, Taiwan
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
India (Honda India)
Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Karawang Plant)
Designer Mitsuhiro Honda (1999)[3]
Body and chassis
Related Honda Civic (seventh generation)
Honda Element
Honda Integra

2.0 L I4 K20A1
2.0 L I4 K20A4
2.2 L turbodiesel I4 N22A2

2.4 L I4 K24A1
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,620 mm (103 in)
2,625 mm (103.3 in) (post-facelift)
Length 4,535 mm (178.5 in)
4,600 mm (180 in) (post-facelift)
Width 1,785 mm (70.3 in)
Height 1,680 mm (66 in) 2002–2004
1,700 mm (67 in) 2002–2004 2WD
1,750 mm (69 in) 2002–2004 4WD
1,759 mm (69.3 in) 2005–2006 2WD
1,780 mm (70 in) 2005–2006 4WD
1,800 mm (71 in) 2005–2006 2WD/4WD
Pre-facelift Honda CR-V Sport (Australia)
Pre-facelift Honda CR-V (Malaysia)

The bigger and heavier[4] second generation CR-V (Chassis Code RD4-RD8) was a full redesign, based on the seventh generation Civic, and powered by the K24A1 engine. North American versions of the new engine produced 160 hp (120 kW) and 162 lb·ft (220 N·m) of torque. Per new SAE regulations, the same engine is now rated at 156 hp (116 kW) and 160 lb·ft (220 N·m). Despite the power increase, the new CR-V retained the fuel economy of the previous model, thanks in part to the engine's i-VTEC system. The newly developed chassis had increased torsional and bending rigidity, while the new suspension possessed front toe control link MacPherson struts and a rear reactive-link double wishbone; the compact rear suspension increased cargo space to 72 cu ft (2,000 l). The second generation CR-V was Car and Driver magazine's Best Small SUV for 2002 and 2003. Second generation CR-Vs in countries outside of North America were again offered in both "low specification" and "high specification" variants, with the latter featuring body-colored bumpers and fittings. It also now did not require the glass hatch to be opened before the swinging door. Changes between model years 2002, 2003, and 2004 were minor. The success of the CR-V prompted Honda to introduce an entry-level SUV, the Element.

It is reported that in late 2003, Honda took legal action against Shuanghuan of China accusing its Laibao SRV of copying the CR-V's exterior design.[5]


In 2005, the CR-V received a mid-cycle refresh. The 2005 CR-V was now equipped with 16 inch wheels, the earlier models had 15 inch wheels. Visual changes included new taillights and headlights with clear indicators. The new headlights now have two separate H1 bulbs for low beams and high beams, the previous setup used H4 single bulb for both low and high beams. The taillights now used clear lenses instead of amber for the turning indicators. The grille was also changed; it had two horizontal bars instead of one. The front bumper design was slightly changed, it now has round fog lights compared to the previous rectangle fog lights and in addition to the lower grill there are two horizontal bars instead of one. The rear bumper reflectors were longer and narrower.

2005 facelift

On the inside of the car, the EX trim received upgrades which included steering wheel-mounted audio controls and an outside temperature monitor. The stereo system was also XM Satellite Radio ready (USA but not Canada). All CR-V models also had revised rear seat headrests, which had been redesigned to reduce rear view blockage.

Mechanically, the 2005 model was also changed. A major change included a drive-by-wire throttle for all CR-Vs. The all-wheel drive system was improved; it had been tuned to activate faster in low traction situations. US market models were equipped with a five-speed automatic, as opposed to the previous four-speed automatic.

In the United States and Canada, all 2005 MY and later CR-Vs have anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction control and Vehicle Stability Assist, front seat-mounted side airbags, and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors for all occupants.

In Australia, the MY05 facelift went on sale in late 2004. Base models made do with only dual airbags and ABS as standard equipment, while the Sport came equipped with side airbags for the first time. Curtain airbags were unavailable on any model, until the next generation.

Following the tradition of adding a trim level above the EX during the refresh like the first generation CR-V, Honda added the SE trim level for the 2005 CR-V. The CR-V SE featured painted bumpers, body side molding, and hard, body-colored spare tire cover. For a more luxurious experience, Honda added a leather interior, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated side mirrors and front seats.

Third generation (2007–2011)[edit]

Third generation (RE1–RE5, RE7)
2007-2009 Honda CR-V (RE MY2007) Sport wagon 01.jpg
Production Sept 2006–2011
Model years 2007–2011
Body and chassis
Related Acura RDX
Honda Civic (eighth generation)
Honda Element
Wheelbase 2,620 mm (103.1 in)
Length 4,518 mm (177.9 in)
Width 2007–09: 1,820 mm (71.7 in)
2010–2011: 1,819 mm (71.6 in)
Height 1,704 mm (67.1 in)

The third generation CR-V went on sale in the US in late September 2006, as the 2007 model year. The third generation CR-V was launched for the 2007 model year. Unlike preceding models it features a rear liftgate rather than a side-opening rear door and no longer has the spare tire mounted on the rear door.

The third generation CR-V is powered by the latest version of Honda's standard K-series 2.4 L inline-four engine, similar variants of which can also be found in the current-generation Honda Accord and Honda Element. In North American markets, this engine's power is rated at 166 hp (124 kW) at 5,800 rpm and 161 lb·ft (218 N·m) at 4,200 rpm.[6] A 2.2 L i-CTDI diesel engine is offered in the European and Asian markets. The European market CR-V offers a new R20A 2.0 L petrol engine, based on the Honda R-series i-VTEC SOHC engine found in the Honda Civic, as opposed to the previous CR-V offering the K20A.


MY2010 facelift

For the 2010 model year, the CR-V received style, powertrain, and equipment changes. The exterior changes included a redesigned front fascia with a new horizontal-slat chrome grille and honeycomb-designed lower front grille, new front bumper, and revised taillights. The rear bumper was redesigned, as well as new five split-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels for EX and EX-L models. The interior received minor changes, including seat fabrics, as well as wider driver and front-passenger armrests. The audio head unit controls were altered and the information display backlighting in the gauges was changed to blue, instead of the previous black. A USB audio input became standard in the EX-L trim while hands-free Bluetooth connectivity was exclusive to the EX-L trim equipped with navigation system. In 2011, a mid-level SE trim debuted with a 6-disc CD changer and 17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels that came from the pre-facelift EX and EX-L trims.

Fourth generation (2012–2016)[edit]

Fourth generation (RM1, RM3, RM4)
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Production Nov 2011–2016
Model years 2012–2016
Body and chassis
Related Acura RDX
Honda Civic (ninth generation)
Wheelbase 103.1 in (2,619 mm)
Length 178.3 in (4,529 mm)
Width 71.6 in (1,819 mm)
Height 65.1 in (1,654 mm)

The CR-V Concept debuted at the Orange County International Auto Show in September 2011,[7] the production 2012 CR-V debuted at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.[8] The CR-V went on sale in the U.S. on December 15, 2011.[9]

It is powered with a 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline-four engine that puts out 185 hp and 163 pound-feet (220Nm ) of torque at 4,400 rpm along with an all-new Real-Time all-wheel-drive (AWD) with intelligent control system. All North American Honda CR-Vs come equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission.[10]


2015 facelift

The facelifted 2015 model year CR-V went on sale during October 2014.[11] The CR-V uses the direct injected "Earth Dreams" engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) transmission combination first introduced on the ninth generation Accord, EPA estimated fuel economy is improved +4/+3/+3 mpg (city/highway/combined). The structure has been modified to improve crash performance, particularly in the IIHS's small offset crash test. The suspension shock absorbers, springs, anti-roll bars and lower control arms are also revised to improve ride performance, while a reduced 15.6:1 steering gear ratio and larger brake booster gives it a sportier feel.

Fifth generation (2016–present)[edit]

Fifth generation
2017 Honda CR-V Touring.jpg
Production Nov 2016–present
Model years 2017–present
Body and chassis
Related Acura CDX
Honda Civic (tenth generation)
Engine 2.4 L K24W I4
1.5 L L15B7 I4 (Turbo)
1.6 L I4 (Turbo diesel)
Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Wheelbase 104.7 in (2,659 mm)[12]
Length 180.6 in (4,587 mm)
Width 73.0 in (1,854 mm)
Height 66.1 in (1,679 mm) (FWD)
66.5 in (1,689 mm) (AWD)
Curb weight 3307–3397 lbs (FWD)
3421–3512 lbs (AWD)

The fifth generation CR-V was unveiled in October 2016 in Detroit. Sales began on December 21, 2016 as a 2017 model year. It utilizes the same Honda compact global platform introduced on the 10th generation Civic.[13]

The base (LX) trim will be powered by an Earth Dreams 2.4-liter I-4 engine with 184 hp (137 kW), premium trims are equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 with 190 hp (140 kW). Despite the similar power outputs, the turbocharged engine delivers peak torque at 2,000rpm-5,000rpm[14] whereas the naturally-aspirated engine delivers its peak torque at 3,900rpm.[15]

The body utilizes 56.5% high strength steel, a total of 37.2% are either of 780, 980 or 1,500 MPa yield strength types.[citation needed]

The "Honda Sensing" package, which includes features like Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), are standard on EX and above trims; the package was formerly reserved to the Touring trim prior to the 5th gen release. New safety features include 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.[16]

LED daytime-running lights, 18" Alloy Wheels, and electronic parking brake with a new auto-hold feature, are now standard on EX and up trim levels. Additional, new features include a power lift-gate, active grille shutter system to reduce aerodynamic drag, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay on an updated 7-inch touch screen display with volume knob, 7-inch TFT instrument display and LED headlights.[17]

Honda began producing the CR-V at Greensburg, Indiana (HMIN) during February 2017.[18]

The fifth generation CR-V was also launched in Thailand on 24 March 2017, and will also be launched in Indonesia on 27 April 2017 at the 2017 Indonesia International Motor Show.


Engine Horsepower Torque
2.4 i4 184hp @ 6,400 rpm 180 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm
1.5T i4 190hp @ 5,600 rpm 179 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm
1.6T Diesel i4 160hp @ 4,000 rpm 258 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm.


US Sales of Honda CR-V
Calendar Year Sales


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