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Used Honda CR-V

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  • Overview

    Gray 2016 Used Honda CR-V angled left

    Ever since it was introduced in 1997, the used Honda CR-V has been one of the most popular vehicles on the road. What has drawn more than 3.5 million people to this particular model?

    It’s a combination of customers seeking a better ride, looking for better fuel economy, and having a vehicle that offers them the latest electronic and infotainment features, all backed by the Honda brand that they know and trust.

    As it continues to maintain its popularity, selling almost 400,000 units per year, consumers may want to purchase a used Honda CR-V. There are certainly enough of them on the market. If so, which model should you choose?

  • Performance

    Closeup of Brown 2016 Used Honda CR-V from the front driving on country road

    Engines

    Let’s look under the hood first. When it was originally released, the CR-V came with only one option, a 2.0L B20B engine. At that time, the engine produced 126 hp and had a 133 lb-ft torque rating.

    If you’ve found a Honda CR-V model from 1999 to 2001, it will be equipped with a B20Z 2.0L with a newer drivetrain and 147 hp with an equivalent torque ratio. Drivers will be rewarded with better performance than the earlier-generation vehicles.

    When Honda designed its CR-V models for model years 2001 to 2006, it equipped the vehicles with bigger engines due to the fact that the vehicles were heavier. These models either received an upgraded 2.0L or the more powerful 2.4L K24A engines. These CR-V models provided 156 hp and increased torque to 160 lb-ft.

    CR-Vs from 2007 to 2009 made 166 hp versus 180 hp for the following two years. Today’s more modern Honda CR-V models feature the i-VTEC system, providing enhanced fuel efficiency.

     

    Transmissions

    What can a car buyer expect when comparing Honda CR-V models for transmission choices?

    Early models were equipped with either a four-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission. Honda decided to add more choices in later models with either a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. If you’re looking at models beyond 2007, you will not find any with manual transmissions. That’s because Honda eliminated them from the U.S. market. Consumers were pleased with the excellent performance provided by the five-speed automatic. In 2015, Honda switched the traditional automatic transmission to a CVT and upgraded the CR-V engine to produce 184 lb-ft of torque.

     

    Performance

    Part of the reason why Honda CR-V models have become so popular is due to their performance. They have proven excellent vehicles in an urban environment, providing a comfortable ride, good road handling, and the ability to maneuver into tight spots for parking.

    For those still unsure of which generation of Honda CR-V they should choose, perhaps you can rely on Edmunds. Their editors say, “In reviews, we lauded the second-generation CR-V’s comfortable ride and refined powertrains. All in all, the second-generation CR-V was roundly praised when new and remains a solid choice on the used-car market.”

    If you’re seeking to do a lot of off-roading with any of the different older CR-V models, you might find that it’s better to look into a true 4×4 vehicle that will give you a fun off-road experience on rough terrain. The CR-V will get you down a dirt road but is not able to careen over steep rocks.

  • Technology

    Surreal Image of silver 2016 Used Honda CR-V driving in a city street

    If you’ve procured one of the first models of a Honda CR-V, it is equipped with basic yet important features; a central console, bucket seats, front airbags, power steering, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, powered windows, and an AM/FM radio. If you had luggage or sports equipment to carry, you could add an optional roof rack.

    In its second generation of CR-V models, Honda added a CD player, intermittent wipers, cup holders, and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. If you’ve found a 2002 model, you’ll notice that its steering wheel has mounted controls added.

    In the third generation, produced from 2007 to 2011, the CR-V gained additional trim levels from the traditional LX and EX, to the extra luxurious EX-L. What other perks will you find in these newer models? You and your passengers will appreciate its dual climate control, seven speakers, satellite radio, and speed sensitive volume control. The CD players offer MP3 and WMA capabilities as well as a six-disc changer.

    For those looking for maximum luxury in a CR-V, seek out the EX-L models. The L signifies leather upholstery and heated front seats, a power driver seat, automatic climate control, and a premium stereo for 2008. You might come across an SE trim level when searching for a pre-owned CR-V; this was produced between the traditional LX and EX trims and was released for just the final year of this generation.

    If safety is an important consideration, look for later Honda CR-V models. You’ll find that many of these models were awarded a five-star safety rating. They will be outfitted with extensive safety precautions such as ABS, traction, stability controls, and tire pressure monitors.

  • Design

    Profile of a Red 2016 Used Honda CR-V parked in the desert

    What a difference a few decades can make on the styling of a vehicle. When Honda introduced the CR-V, it was launched with one trim level and lacked style. Honda designers gave it a very flat, simplistic look.

    But by 2001, the manufacturer provided it with a more stylish softer, rounded appearance. Its exterior lights were rounder and its side panels were curved. While the CR-V still looked like it could take on mountainous landscapes, it also began to appeal to families.

    As the vehicle continued to gain in popularity, Honda added more trim levels to its line. The third generation CR-V models were available in the base LX, the EX, and the more luxurious SE edition. Not only were more trim levels available, but the auto manufacturer’s designers made key improvements. These included a new liftgate, improved handling and steering, and the option for a navigation system for the first time. Another new feature: the vehicle had a more aerodynamic flow.

    If you’ve set your sights on a more aggressive, yet classy style in your vehicle, look for a pre-owned Honda CR-V model in its fourth re-incarnation, which was produced from 2012 to 2016. Passengers will approve of its quieter and more comfortable ride than previous years, and will also appreciate its backseat that can be folded down for additional cargo room. You’ll also find that this generation offers more angular designs to the bumper, hood, rear quarter light, headlights, and grille configuration.

    When looking for a pre-owned Honda CR-V, you’ll also find a variety of exterior shades. Its base models were only offered in four standard colors and later expanded to seven. You might even uncover an older Honda CR-V in a more unique shade, such as Taffeta White, Green Mint, Glacier Blue, or Tango Red Pearl.

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