The Honda CR-V rolls over to 2013 unchanged. It remains a tough SUV to beat with its fuel efficient engine, cavernous passenger accommodation and ample family-friendly features. While it can make use of additional power, there is really nothing to complain about the CR-V’s on-road performance. As a plus, its excellent history of long-term resale value further cements its position as one of the best SUVs for the money.
UNDER THE HOOD
Motivating the entire 2013 CR-V lineup is a 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that is mated with a five-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain combination delivers an output of 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. A front-wheel drive system is standard across all models, while an all-wheel drive system is available as an option. EPA fuel economy rating given to front-wheel drive CR-Vs is 23/31 mpg, while AWD models get 22/30 mpg.
ON THE ROAD
With V6 and V8 engines and CVTs becoming the norm, some people may find the CR-V’s powertrain combination of 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission a bit behind the times. However, this should not stop you from including the CR-V in your SUV shopping list, as it is capable enough to deliver the performance that is expected from it.
The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is lacking in terms of power, so the CR-V does not necessarily excite on the road. However, it is one of the smoothest in the segment and is good enough for daily driving. The five-speed automatic transmission, on the other hand, is equally smooth and responds quickly to downshifts.
Handling for the 2013 CR-V is commendable and safe. Credit goes to the precise electric power steering, taut suspension tuning and rigid body structure. The availability of noise reduction technologies help isolate the cabin from wind and road noise, while the optional Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System allows the CR-V to safely traverse through slippery or snow-covered roads.
INSIDE THE 2013 HONDA CR-V
Most reviewers find the 2013 CR-V’s interior visually pleasing and straightforward. The materials throughout are top-notch, though a close look reveals that some details were done on a budget. The dashboard is smartly sculpted, while the layout for the controls is simple, making operations easier. There are also plenty of tech features that help make driving and traveling more fun, such as the Bluetooth phone and streaming audio and i-MID control screen with Pandora capability, among others.
Up front, it is apparent that Honda paid special attention to ensuring driver and passenger comfort by offering supportive front bucket seats with plenty of space throughout. The back seat area is not bad either, though space is somewhat limited. The seat itself has the right height and contour and can be folded flat with the pull of a lever.
Cargo capacity for the 2013 CR-V has improved from previous models. With the rear seatbacks on place, cargo area stands at 37.2 cubic feet. This figure increases to almost 71 cubic feet when the back seat is folded down.
The 2013 Honda CR-V is offered in three versions referred to simply as LX, EX and EX-L. No matter which one you pick, you will not be disappointed as all three are well-appointed, thereby giving value to your money. Take note, however, that if you would like to get the extras, you will have to spring to the EX-L trim, which is the priciest in the lot.
The base LX trim is not basic at all, considering that it is endowed with a full range of standard features, including cruise control, air conditioning, full power accessories, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, driver’s seat with height adjustment, 60/40 split rear seat, six-inch multi-information display, audio system with four speakers, CD player, Pandora interface and inputs for auxiliary, iPod and USB, a keyless entry, automatic headlamps and 16-inch steel wheels.
Building on the LX trim’s standard equipment list, the EX trim expands its own by having a privacy glass, power sunroof, audio system with six speakers, retractable cargo cover, fog lights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
To all that, the upmarket EX-L trim adds dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar, seven-speaker audio system with satellite radio, heated side mirrors and roof rails. Opting for the EX-L with Navigation brings in the Honda satellite-linked navigation system with a 6.5-inch dash-mounted touchscreen, while choosing the EX-L with Rear Entertainment System, as its name suggests, provides a rear entertainment system with single 7-inch high resolution LCD screen. While it is nice to own both of the aforesaid extras, you will just have to choose one as they cannot be availed together.
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