NEW FOR 2008:

– Navi trim line deleted; now listed as an option under EX-L
– Dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power driver’s seat and premium six-CD/MP3 stereo with seven speakers and subwoofer standard on EX-L
– Interior colours: Ivory interior added to Borrego Beige
– Exterior colours: Taffeta White with Grey interior added

Completely redesigned for 2007, the Honda CR-V moves into 2008 with more standard features added to its top-line EX-L trim.

Available as the LX, EX and EX-L, the CR-V uses a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with five-speed automatic transmission. RealTime four-wheel drive is optional on the LX and standard on the EX and EX-L.

Features on the LX include 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, tire pressure monitoring system, heated mirrors, conversation mirror, cruise control, fixed intermittent wipers, intermittent rear wiper, power locks with keyless entry, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, retractable centre tray table, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary jack, manual driver’s seat height adjustment, 60/40 split-folding and tumbling rear seats, and under-seat storage bin.

The EX adds 17-inch alloy wheels, security alarm, power sunroof, privacy glass, dual-deck cargo shelf, exterior temperature gauge, variable intermittent wipers, and six-CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary jack.

The EX-L adds dual-zone automatic climate control, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, centre console, premium six-CD/MP3 stereo with subwoofer and auxiliary jack, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated leather seats with eight-way power driver’s seat.

The CR-V handles and rides more like a car than a truck, with a relatively low centre of gravity and good steering feel. The seats are comfortable and all passengers enjoy good legroom; the rear seats can be reclined. Unlike the last-generation CR-V, the liftgate is hinged at the top, rather than swing-out. Performance is good and it’s a fun vehicle to drive, but many competitors offer V6 power for the price of the four-cylinder Honda model.

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