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Default CR-V: Honda CR-V Delivers Refined and Stylish Approach to Entry-SUV Segment

The Honda CR-V is designed to deliver an ideal balance of style, functionality
and features in a versatile and accommodating 5-passenger crossover SUV package.


Three distinct trim levels (LX, EX and EX-L) provide unique styling cues and
feature content that accommodate shoppers seeking everything from basic function
to premium appointments - yet all come equipped with the same high level of
safety equipment. The 2009 CR-V achieves the highest five-star crash safety
rating by the federal government for both frontal and side impacts1
, the highest rating possible. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
rates the CR-V as a "Top Safety Pick - 2008."


"The right balance of style, refinement and performance is helping the Honda
CR-V earn a top spot in the SUV sales charts," said Dick Colliver, executive
vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Upscale styling, a spacious
interior and sedan-like handling appeal to shoppers looking for a crossover
sport utility vehicle."


The CR-V highlights the company's ongoing emphasis on safety by implementing
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®),
also known as electronic stability control. Additional standard safety equipment
includes side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; front side airbags with
a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); active front seat
head restraints; VSA; an 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 mpg2
, 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 the company's renowned ergonomics and innovative
storage integration with modern and efficient styling. Abundant standard and
available features like a Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System3
with voice recognition and a rear view camera accentuate the attention to premium
details. A retractable center tray table on LX and EX models and a center console
with storage on EX-L provide two beverage holders, and EX and above models also
contain an additional 12-volt power outlet and house the auxiliary audio input
jack.


Models outfitted with a leather interior (CR-V EX-L) come equipped with a dual-zone
automatic climate control system and a power driver's seat with eight-way adjustment
and power lumbar support. Additionally, all CR-V EX-L models are equipped with
the premium audio system. On the CR-V EX and EX-L, a dual-deck cargo shelf provides
additional storage versatility in the cargo area, while providing enough clearance
underneath for grocery bags or items such as a folded stroller.


The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System3 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 contains 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 Radio4 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.


Three new colors have been introduced for the 2009 model year: Crystal Black
Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic and Urban Titanium Metallic.


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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1 Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).
Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs).


2 Based on 2009 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy
methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not
compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how
you drive and maintain your vehicle.


3 Certain functions that rely on a satellite signal will not work
correctly in Alaska. These functions include but are not limited to automatic
clock updates and time zone adjustments.


4 Required XM® Radio monthly subscription sold separately after
90 day trial period. Other fees and taxes may apply after initial trial period,
including a one-time activation fee. Subscription fee is consumer only. All
fees and programming subject to change. Subscriptions subject to Customer Agreement
available at xmradio.com. XM service only available in the 48 contiguous United
States. The XM name is a registered trademark of XM Satellite Radio Inc.


Windows Media® Audio is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft®
Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. CompactFlash® is
a registered trademark of the Compact Flash Association.

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