The Honda CR-V: The perfect family vehicle?
Looking for the right family car is not always an easy task. Choosing from so many options out there, from SUVs to sedans to minivans, is often a gamble. However, when the topic falls on reliability, few models are mentioned as often than the Honda CR-V, and more specifically the 4th generation 2012-2016 Honda CR-V. This vehicle was built for fuel economy, longevity, safety, and marketed to families looking for an entry-level ticket vehicle that is both comfortable to drive and reliable to own for many years. So, the question you probably have is: what makes the 2012-2016 CR-V so suitable for families?
When it comes to the Honda CR-V, the phrase, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is pretty much the motto of this vehicle. Since 2012, the fourth generation CR-V has maintained the same body structure and internal hardware with few adjustments and technological adaptations. The exterior has also had few tweaks to its style and appearance while keeping that original CR-V look. At first sight, the 2012-2016 CR-V only looks like a modernized version of its predecessors, but when you take a closer look, the 4th generation CR-V is so much more.
Let’s dive deeper into the specs…
The CR-V houses a 2.4-liter K24Z9 engine that has up to 189 HP. Reaching a top speed of 120 kph and a fuel economy of 5.9 l/100 km (40 mpg), the CR-V is vehicle built for fuel economy, doing very well for a family SUV is made to last many years. In terms of driving, expect to see models after 2014 to be able to turn quickly on curves and suspensions to be solid with a tight steering performance, while 2012 models to be softer and looser, though still as effective. Independent of the model year (2012-2016), the CR-V boasts a driving experience that is built to last. You won’t be making any suspension repairs anytime soon as this Japanese car is tough and durable.
According to Trade Me, many owners and reviewers have placed a high value on the CR-V not solely on account of the longevity of the car and its engine, but also of its reliable safety features.
The CR-V as achieved full 5-star ratings on all safety rating systems in America and overseas for its 2012-2017 new models and even for its 2012 to 2015 used models. The CR-V features safety airbags in the front, rear, sides and an extra padded cargo barrier in the rear. In addition, all front and rear seats have seat belts, which is an essential feature for a family vehicle. On top of the essential safety features, the CR-V houses some of Honda’s best safety technologies such as the electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist. The Sport NT models also offer autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control, which are beneficial features for a long lasting family car.
What about the technology?
In terms of technology and efficiency, the fourth generation CR-V introduces many new features that highlight Honda’s reputation for innovation.
According to Auto Trader Canada, the 2012 models introduced the ECON drive mode that allows the driver to improve the fuel efficiency of the car just by pressing a button.
The CR-V also features equipment like Bluetooth with text-messaging capability, a full-color Multi-Information Display (MID), and a rear-view camera system that allows for improved parking and rear view monitoring. The CR-V has retained some features previous model generations like cruise control, remote entry, heated seats, and air conditioning.
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The real beauty behind the CR-V is that it has proven its reliability in more ways than just by having an engine that lasts well over 300,000 km (186,000 miles). The CR-V houses enough space for a family of 5, although, according to Wheels Ca, the interior is so spacious that is has been compared to a minivan. The interior cabin features whiplash resistant headrests and very comfortable seating designed for an entry-level vehicle. All in all, this proves how the 2012-2016 4th generation Honda CR-Vis a true gemstone of a car for those seeking proven reliability and great quality in an entry-level family vehicle.
So if you are on the lookout for a truly reliable family SUV with more than enough space for a family of up to 5, a fuel economy well worth the price tag, and reliability that will last you many years, the CR-V is a good choice. Not only that, but it is also a worthwhile investment as it has less depreciation than the majority of its competitors and ratings that outperformed the competition from 2012 to 2015. So, if you ever get the opportunity to check out a CR-V, remember to get inside and see how amazingly spacious, durable, and reliable this SUV is.
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