By James Bergeron
Day 1:

2007 Honda CR-V EX
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The Honda CR-V is, believe it or not, Honda’s best selling vehicle world wide. In Canada, it is the second best-selling small SUV, second only to the Ford Escape. The CR-V was first introduced in Canada in 1997 and is now in its third generation and has changed considerably since last years model.

The new CR-V was designed to drive like a car, unlike past CR-V’s, which were designed to be little trucks. I’m sure Honda has done their research and have determined buyers in this particular market (small SUV / CUV market) are looking for vehicles that ride, drive and feel more like a car but offer more versatility for cargo and passengers alike.

2007 Honda CR-V EX
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Finally, a manufacturer provides a test vehicle representing a vehicle’s best selling package and not simply a top-of-the-line model for evaluation. The EX model is the sweet spot in the CR-V lineup. The base LX starts at $27,700 but available only in front wheel drive and without other desirable options, such as a sunroof and steering wheel mounted audio controls. The EX is the vehicle most likely to catch the buyers eye.

Although my test model came in the desirable EX trim, it isn’t my favourite colour. Known as “Borrego Beige Metalic” I’d describe it simply as old boring beige, but I digress. One thing I did notice is that even on the EX model, the mirrors and door handles are not body coloured.

So what exactly does the CR-V EX come with? Quite a lot actually. Starting from the engine bay, all CR-V’s are equipped with a 166hp 4 cyl engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Over the LX model, the EX adds Real Time four-wheel drive, power moonroof with tilt feature, 17″ aluminum-alloy wheels and a few smaller items.

As part of Honda’s safety for everyone mantra, the CR-V also includes side airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution, vehicle stability control, active head restraints and of course, my beloved AUX input jack.

2007 Honda CR-V EX
MSRP as tested: $34,055

For more information on Honda and the CR-V visit Honda Canada

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