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The 2013 Honda CR-V returns offering excellent utility and plenty of features across all of its trim levels in one of the most complete packages on the road today.
When we say complete package we mean it – the CR-V offers not only great value, it is a stylish, reliable, and practical alternative to its competition. Honda gave its popular compact crossover a complete redesign last year, so it carries over without big changes.
From the outside, the CR-V looks modern and sleek without being gaudy. The rear window angles up when it reaches the back of the car, giving the entire package a sense of motion. Up front, the prominent grille blends nicely into the wraparound headlights. All in all, it’s a nice evolution of the CR-V, recognizable in profile but with enough changes that you won’t mistake it for older models. Folding power side mirrors come standard, while a power moonroof and roof rails are optional.
Under the hood, the 2013 CR-V opts for a singular engine option, a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Other crossovers in this segment offer V-6 engine options, but most car buyers in this range prefer a focus on fuel efficiency over extra power and Honda recognized this. Front-wheel drive is standard with an all-wheel drive system optional for those who live in areas with harsher weather. Fuel economy checks in at 23/31 mpg city/highway with FWD, and 22/30 mpg city/highway with AWD equipped. These numbers place the CR-V near the top of its class, slightly behind the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape.
Inside, the CR-V also got a redesigned interior for 2012 that ranks high on the comfort and usability scale. The folding second-row is especially easy to use, folding all the way forward to open up 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space with a simple tug of a pull lever next to the seats, or via convenient handles located in the rear cargo space so you don’t have to move around the CR-V to put the seats down. All the requisite standard features you’d expect in a modern car are present, including air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, cruise control, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. There is also an extensive list of options that includes a power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a backseat entertainment system.
The 2013 CR-V also performed very well on crash tests, getting both a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Standard safety features include side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, electronic stability system, and a backup camera for safe reversing.
Although it’s not the most exciting crossover around, the 2013 Honda CR-V is commendable for being reliable, easy to live with, and a great vehicle for families on the go.
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