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Default 2007 Honda CR-V - Overview

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"All-Around Class Leader in Style, Dynamics and Versatility with Advanced


The Honda CR-V is a highly-versatile four-door entry crossover SUV with a
roomy 5-passenger interior, sedan-like handling and comfort, and a reputation
for offering the highest levels of standard safety features in the segment.
The all-new 2007 Honda CR-V adds a dynamic sense of style and refinement, bridging
the space between sport and utility better than any CR-V yet - while adding
recently-developed collision compatibility safety enhancements like Honda's
exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure.

Now in its third generation since its 1997 U.S. debut, the CR-V helped establish
the crossover SUV segment - now the fastest growing portion of the light
truck market and forecast to be the second largest automotive segment overall
by the end of the decade. Sold in more countries than any other Honda vehicle,
the CR-V is among the best-selling vehicles for Honda globally, cumulatively
reaching approximately 2.5 million customers in 160 different countries over
its lifetime.

As a crossover SUV, the foundation of the CR-V starts with unit-body construction
for sedan-like on-road performance, maximized interior packaging, optimized
safety construction and good fuel economy for an SUV. Since unit-body construction
allows for interior space to be maximized, the CR-V's packaging provides
generous 5-passenger interior space and superior cargo functionality relative
to traditional SUV designs that are inherently less space-efficient.

New Technology and Features

  • Distinctive, upscale, dynamic and versatile design

  • Standard safety equipment includes ACE Body Structure and Active Head Restraints

  • Interior design and amenities deliver near-luxury style and refinement

  • New body and chassis designs result in smoother, more agile performance
    and quieter cabin

  • 10 more horsepower (166 hp) and standard automatic transmission

  • Improved ingress/egress with optimized door designs and 1.3 inch lower
    step-in height

  • Dual-deck cargo shelf (available)

  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition

CR-V Highlights

  • 5-passenger entry crossover SUV

  • Unit-body construction with independent front and rear suspensions

  • Standard side curtain airbags, front side airbags, ABS, VSA and TPMS

  • 2.4-liter 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine with 166 horsepower, 161 lb-ft. torque

  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission

  • Passenger volume = 103.8 (LX), Min. Cargo Volume: 35.7 Max. Cargo Volume:

  • Anticipated Safety Ratings*: NHTSA 5-Star Frontal/5-Star Side

*Honda test results.

2007 Honda CR-V Specifications Overview

Feature/Spec 2007 2006 Difference
Vehicle Type Crossover SUV Crossover SUV --
Wheelbase (in.) 103.1 103.3 -0.2
Track front/rear (in.) 61.6/61.6 60.4/60.8 +1.2/+0.8
Length (in.) 177.9 181.0 -3.1 (new spare tire location)
Width (in.) 71.6 70.2 1.4
Height (in.) 66.1 66.2 -0.1
Ground Clearance, Max (in.) 7.3 8.1 -0.8
Engine 2.4-liter i-VTEC DOHC 2.4-liter i-VTEC DOHC New components
Horsepower @ rpm 166 @ 5800 (1) 156 @ 5900 +10 (6%)
Torque (lb-ft.) @ rpm 161 @ 4200 (1) 160 @ 3600 rpm +1, Broader torque curve
Transmission 5-speed automatic (standard) 5-speed manual or

5-speed automatic
Standard automatic transmission
4-Wheel Drive System Real Time 4WD™ Real Time 4WD Enhanced
Fuel Economy city/hwy mpg 22/28 (4WD AT)2

23/30 (2WD AT)2
22/27 (4WD AT)

23/29 (2WD AT)

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 15.3 15.3 --
Emissions LEV II ULEV LEV II LEV Lower emissions
Weight (lbs.) 3532 (EX 4WD) 3472 (EX 4WD) +60
Tire Size P225/65R17 P215/65R16 Larger wheels and tires
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 103.8 (LX) 106.0 (LX) -2.2
Cargo Volume, min./max (cu. ft) 35.7/72.9 33.5/72.0 +2.2/+0.9
Leg Room (in.) Front/Rear 41.3/38.5 41.3/39.4 0/-0.9
Hip Room (in.) Front/Rear 55.9/54.6 54.5/53.5 +1.4/+1.1
Head Room (in.) Front/Rear 40.9/38.6 (LX) 40.9/39.1 (LX) 0/-0.5

Distinctive, Dynamic and Emotional Design

The CR-V's new direction goes beyond evolution and results in more style
in a smarter and more sophisticated package. The CR-V is designed to be the
best balance of size and performance ideal for professionals or families who
need a vehicle that can perform triple duty as a daily driver, a family hauler
and as a platform for active outdoor lifestyles. At home on a snowy mountain
road or in the valet queue downtown, the 2007 CR-V moves beyond conventional
SUV styling with ultra-modern lines, a fashionable presence and a meticulous
attention to detail.

A dynamic and emotional forward cabin blends the familiar CR-V identity into
a sculpted lower body with modular and protective lower body styling. A new
double grille and a side profile with an arched window shape accent the CR-V's
distinctive and upscale presence. Adding to the clean lines, the spare tire
now resides under the rear floor as opposed to the exterior of the tailgate;
benefiting aesthetics, visibility and garage-ability.

'Safety for Everyone' Initiative and Top Level Safety

Through a comprehensive and evolving approach to vehicle safety, Honda seeks
to provide a high level of occupant and pedestrian protection in all of our
cars and trucks, regardless of size or price, as well as increased compatibility
with other vehicles as part of the Safety for Everyone initiative.

Consistent with Safety for Everyone, Honda provides the segment's highest
levels of standard safety equipment in every CR-V regardless of trim level.
The 2007 CR-V integrates Honda's most advanced safety technology with
the revolutionary ACE Body Structure and six airbags in every model and trim
level. The ACE Body Structure enhances frontal collision energy management through
a network of load bearing front frame structures that provide an increased opportunity
for two vehicles to properly connect during a collision, including larger and
smaller vehicles with differing bumper heights. Unique in the automotive industry,
the ACE Body Structure elevates real-world safety to a new level by better utilizing
the crumple zone and dispersing energy away from the passenger area through
more load-bearing channels.

Inside, every CR-V incorporates side curtain airbags and front side airbags
as standard equipment, along with active head restraints that are designed to
reduce the chance of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. Additional
standard safety features include dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags with
a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), anti-lock brakes
(ABS), front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, and a pedestrian
safety design in the front of the vehicle. Passenger-side seatbelt reminders
and daytime running lights are also new for the 2007 CR-V.

The previous generation CR-V (2002 - 2006) set a new standard for vehicle
safety when the 2002 CR-V became one of the first few vehicles ever to earn
the federal government's top Five Star safety rating for the driver and front
passenger and rear seat outboard passengers in both frontal and side impact
crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA). The 2007 CR-V builds on Honda's industry-leading emphasis on
safety and outdistances the competition by implementing new technology and features
that go beyond conventional industry standards with innovations such as the
ACE Body Structure and pedestrian safety, just to name two.

Enhanced Body Design

The 2007 CR-V has an entirely new body design. The exterior width has increased
by 1.4 inches to 71.6 inches while the body length has decreased by 3.1 inches
(due mostly to the relocation of the spare tire from the rear bumper to underneath
the rear cargo area). The length of the vehicle minus the spare tire remains
nearly the same.

The unit-body construction features extensive use of strategically strengthened
areas with expanded use of high strength steel to provide high levels of rigidity.
Improved NVH was also targeted and the new model features extensive use of the
latest noise absorption materials to help reduce engine and road noise for an
ultra-quiet cabin.

Sedan-like Performance, SUV Versatility

The CR-V uses a compact platform that features the safety-enhancing ACE Body
Structure. It also provides extremely high levels of rigidity and an independent
front and rear suspension for handling performance, which also results in space-efficient
packaging. Comprised of a front MacPherson strut layout and a rear multi-link
suspension, the highly rigid body and independent suspension offer an engaging
driving experience rare for this class of vehicle.

Honda-Smart Interior with Advanced Features and Modern Styling

The inside of the 2007 CR-V blends Honda's industry renowned ergonomics
and clever storage integration with classy, modern and efficient architecture.
Honda stylists and engineers prioritized sophistication to create a high-quality,
advanced and sporty space with the latest technology and innovative storage
solutions. For 2007, more standard features and available new features like
a navigation system with voice recognition highlight the dedication to taking
the interior to an entirely new level.

The increased body width allows the seats to be wider and more supportive,
and a newly-designed retractable center tray table not only provides the prerequisite
beverage holders and sub-tray, but EX and above models also contain an additional
12V power outlet and auxiliary audio jack. CR-V models outfitted with a leather
interior (EX-L) provide a spacious multi-function center console that can accommodate
up to 24 compact discs (on models without the navigation system).

On EX and above models, 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. Key
interior dimensions remain similar to the generous proportions of the 2006 model.

The latest generation of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with
Voice Recognition and Rearview Camera is available on the CR-V EX-L featuring
a 6.5-inch mechanical display that opens and closes for access to the 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 inputting numbers, street names and

For 2007, all audio systems are more powerful with at least 160 watts. As
much as 270 Watts and seven speakers including a subwoofer are available on
the EX-L with Navigation. Auxiliary audio input jacks are standard equipment
on all trim levels, allowing for portable music device playback through the
CR-V's speakers. XM® Satellite Radio is standard on the EX-L. The
LX trim level has a four-speaker 160-watt audio system with a single-disc CD
player. All CR-V audio systems have MP3/WMA CD playback capability and Speed-Sensitive
Volume Control (SVC) that automatically adjusts the volume based on vehicle

Refined and Efficient Powertrain

The CR-V is powered by Honda's 2.4-liter, Dual-Over Head Cam, i-VTEC
4-cylinder engine that offers refined and responsive performance with good fuel
economy (estimated mid 20's combined) and low emissions (CARB LEV II ULEV).
A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment on all CR-Vs, and a traction-enhancing
Real Time 4WD system is available.

The engine produces 166 horsepower and 161 lb-ft. of torque - a 10-horsepower
increase and a broader torque curve compared to the 2006 CR-V. The power upgrade
is attributable to a slight increase in compression ratio and enhanced valvetrain,
intake and exhaust tuning. From a refinement standpoint, the Drive-by-Wire (DBW)
throttle control works closely with the transmission for extremely smooth shift
points and intuitive gear holding on hilly roads.

Overall, the CR-V four-wheel drive system is designed to best match the way
the majority of driving situations that most SUV's realistically encounter.
The fully automatic Real Time 4WD system (available) enhances the CR-V's
all-weather capabilities when driving in rain, snow, dirt roads and sandy conditions
- without the significant weight, fuel economy and handling performance
drawbacks of a conventional four-wheel-drive system. For 2007, enhancements
have been made to the system for improved torque transfer to the rear wheels
- making the CR-V even better in rain, snow and sand.

Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options

(new items in italic)


166 hp, 2.4-liter 16-valve i-VTEC engine, 5-speed automatic
transmission, available Real Time 4WD system, 4-channel anti-lock braking
system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, Vehicle
Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, 17-inch steel wheels,
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), front, front side and side
curtain airbags with rollover sensor, daytime running lights (DRL),
Maintenance Minder system, AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3/WMA playback
and four speakers, MP3/auxiliary audio input jack, air conditioning
with air-filtration system, tilt and telescoping steering column, conversation
mirror with sunglasses holder
, power windows with drivers auto up/down,
programmable power door locks, power side mirrors, retractable center
tray table, upper and lower glove compartments, under-seat storage
bin, 60/40 split sliding fold and tumble rear seats, ambient console lighting,
remote entry system

CR-V EX adds or replaces LX features:

One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, chrome grille and rear
license trim, rear privacy glass, security system, steering wheel-mounted audio
controls, dual-deck cargo shelf, AM/FM/6-disc in-dash audio system
with six speakers, exterior temperature indicator, 17-inch alloy wheels

CR-V EX-L adds or replaces EX features:

Leather trimmed seats and armrests, heated front seats, body-colored side mirrors
and door handles, XM Satellite Radio, available Honda Satellite-Linked
Navigation with Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera
, AM/FM/6-disc
center console CD changer
audio system with seven speakers including
(with navigation)

CR-V Background

Introduced to the U.S. market in 1997 as one of the pioneers in the entry
sport utility vehicle market, the versatile and fun-to-drive Honda CR-V became
the benchmark for this fast growing segment of vehicles. The CR-V broke new
ground in the truck/car crossover market with its long list of standard features,
competitive price, renowned Honda quality and spirited performance.

Not only did the CR-V help establish a new breed of small, smart and functional
vehicles, but it also became the best-selling vehicle in the segment. The CR-V
was the first Honda-designed and engineered SUV. It combines 4-wheel-drive capability
and utility with passenger-car drivability, comfort and convenience.

The CR-V is truly a global product for Honda sold in 160 countries in North
America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. In fact, the CR-V is sold in
more countries than any other Honda automotive product. Worldwide, cumulative
sales are approximately 2.5 million (since 1996) with 1.2 million sold in the
United States (since 1997). Worldwide, 334,000 units were sold in 2005 with
150,000 sold in the United States.


Worldwide, the CR-V is built in seven countries at eight factories, and for
the first time it will be built in North America at Honda of America Manufacturing
in the East Liberty Plant.

Honda Value

Every Honda is a model of smart value thanks to timeless design, top-of-class
fuel efficiency, legendary reliability and extended service intervals. Recent
Honda accolades include "Best Resale Value" awards from Kelly Blue
Book, eight 2006 "Best Overall Value of the Year" awards from IntelliChoice
and for the three consecutive years Honda has won the prestigious "Industry
Brand Residual Value Award" from Automotive Lease Guide.

Some highlights of CR-V awards include:

Autobytel: Best Car for Teen Drivers (2006)

Consumer Guide: Best Buy Compact SUV (2006, 2005)

Vencentric: Best Value in America, Compact SUV, under $22,500 (2006, 2005)

Automotive Lease Guide: Compact SUV Residual Value Award (2005)

Intellichoice: Compact Sport Utility Class Over $21,000 (2005) Lowest True Cost to Own: SUV Under $25,000 (2004)

J.D. Power & Associates: Vehicle Dependability Study - Highest Ranked Entry
SUV (2004)

The Car Book: Best Bet (2004)

Car and Driver: 5 Best Trucks (2003, 2002)

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