One of the most known model for Honda is the CR-V model. It also one of Honda best selling and for the new 2014 Honda CR-V it is getting upgrades from its previous model. The new design brings a broader and flush-mounted upper grille with flowing wings that meet the headlights. These lights are still goofy and oversized, but overall the nose of the CR-V is more friendly and sleek.
The roof of this generation of Honda CR-Vs has some interesting shaping as it leaves tons of second-row headroom before rumbling downward to meet the rear glass. There is more structure and definition to the Honda’s trademark chrome-trimmed glasshouse, but the CR-V will still not be winning any design competitions any time soon.
The cabin took a big leap forward with the latest refresh, and offers a new navigation and infotainment setup, as well as a streamlined audio button interface – quelling critics of Honda’s overwrought interior layouts in recent years.
The new grille design is a huge improvement, and classes up the Honda’s nose with three chrome horizontal grille bars and a jump “H” emblem in the center. The CR-V still wears far too much grey plastic bumper cladding, with the sculpted lower air intake hurting the car’s appearance and making it look a bit like a deep-sea creature. The way the painted nose juts out ahead of this lower air dam area is also unappealing and a very weak off-road styling cue.
Alloy skid plates are available for the nose and tail of the CR-V, but fail to create the same premium feel as those on the Audi allroad.
In profile, things improve dramatically. The Honda has conservative and premium surfacing treatments with few styling embellishments. A soft-pressed swage line passes through the new door handles before meeting the taillight bases in the rear.
The new taillights are still high-mounted on the top of the D-pillars, but show more curve and flow into the roof than previous efforts. The design lacks the Volvo XC70’s crisp LED signature and instead makes do with traditional bulbs for the brake lights.
Even so, the rear and sides of the CR-V look clean and tasteful, offering lines that will age gracefully and a goofy nose that does match the latest Accord and upcoming Honda Fitwagon replacement.
Maybe goofy styling is not such a bad thing when looking at the also-bizarre RAV4’s sales data. Combined, these two little trucks move nearly 600,000 units every year – in the U.S. alone.
The CR-V’s interior is still roomy and extremely practical, with a totally flat passenger floor whose low height makes entry easy as well as offers a comfortable, elevated driving position.
The seats are still very accommodating and look great both in cloth and especially the optional leather. Individual front armrests help to keep drivers comfortable over long hauls, and the latest CR-V plastics and interior materials are top notch.
The steering wheel is a tasteful shape with handy secondary controls for the iMID data center and cruise control, plus audio and phone buttons on the wheel spokes.
The new infotainment unit looks good but is not quite large enough, and its position on the dash means it may be tricky to see in direct sunlight. In terms of the nav graphics, the whole interface still seems quite cluttered, with an overload of data on the screen to select from.
The CR-V’s built-in Pandora integration is nice, and brings the Holy Grail of being able to thumbs-up a song right from the Honda’s audio controls.
The CR-V’s claim to fame is its flexible and large cargo hold, which offers a segment-leading capacity of 37 cubic-feet with the seats up, and 71 cubic-feet with them down. The CR-V’s back seat can be folded via a trunk-mounted handle, or drivers can flip the seat base forward first for a truly flat and wide load area.
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