The 2007 Honda CR V was extra rigid, extra robust, and broader than the outgoing model. However, it was additionally 3.1 inches shorter because of the spare tire’s relocation from behind the rear liftgate to beneath the cargo ground. These modifications added as much as a lot tighter and sleeker-looking body.
The 2007 Honda CR V is available in 4 trim ranges. The base LX and capping off with the loaded EX-L (the L stands for leather-based) navigation. We drove an all-wheel-drive EX-L around Detroit, and the suspension was ideally tuned to take in Detroit’s worst potholes without hassle without permitting extreme lean whereas cornering.
The inside is way quieter whereas cruising, with engine noise adequately isolated. The seats are relatively snug for brief journeys, with glorious lumbar and side bolster help. Acceleration is satisfactory, and the 2007 Honda CR V mpg gas economy improves barely to 23 city/30 highway for the front-drive model and 22/28 for the all-wheel-drive model.
2007 Honda CR V Engine
The 2.4-liter, inline-four-cylinder engine carries over from the earlier technology. However, advantages from a slight bump in compression and tweaks to the consumption, exhaust, and valvetrain. Horsepower is up 10 to 166, with peak torque up to 161. The engine mates to an easy-shifting five-speed computerized transmission, which is your solely alternative since a guide gearbox is now not provided. Just like the earlier CR-V, each entrance and all-wheel-drive configurations can be found.
2007 Honda CR come commonplace with six airbags, anti-lock brakes. In addition to stability and traction control, which might be comforting to most school educated, early thirty-something households with zero to at least one baby, which, by the way, is Honda’s goal purchaser. These identical of us ought to understand one other comforting CR-V characteristic: the $21,000 base worth.
Walkaround of 2007 Honda CR V
Boxy is out. Svelte is in. Nicely, possibly not svelte. We’re speaking SUVs, right here. However, no less than glossy, as makers study patrons need a model to perform their sport utilities, even within the comparatively smaller, compact class. And Honda, ever the short learner, has responded with the re-styled, 2007 Honda CR.
Head-on, the 2007’s low, jutting jaw-like entrance bumper and skid-plate look pull its visible mass downwards, decreasing its perceived top. Massive, sharply angled headlight housings crowd the higher grille and bleed down into the decrease air consumption. Stout fender flares wrap tightly across the tires, giving the 2007 Honda CR V a sturdy and planted stance.
The side aspect reveals most clearly the ’07’s departure from the boxy, mini-SUV look. Ranging from the gently rounded hood, the comparatively quick windshield flows right into a roofline that drops ever so barely.
It passes over the sharply tapered glasshouse, ending on the tailgate’s high edge, which itself is pulled ahead to a degree virtually immediately above the rear wheel appropriately.
A robust character line runs from the highest of the entrance wheel properly again beneath the full-round door handles to bifurcate the rear taillight’s side marker lens. To us, it seems a bit just like the Mercedes-Benz R-Class within the total define.
The rearview has extra of the basic SUV look. A trapezoidal backlight and the trademark CR-V taillights and a tall and comparatively broad, high-relief tailgate panel on top. The oversize license plate recess will accommodate virtually any nation’s registration telltale. A repeat of the entrance finish’s skid plate look masks the rear bumper mass and attracts the attention to tires pushed out to the sides of the 2007 Honda CR V side panels.
2007 Honda CR V Interior
The inside of the 2007 Honda CR V focuses on to perform with a bit of favor tossed in to make issues attention-grabbing. Every part is a substitute for nearly the most half, and everything feels the best way it ought to.
High quality of supplies and match and end total dwell as much as Honda’s requirements; some trim items, nevertheless, confirmed traces of flash, these little flat bits of plastic leftover from the seams of the unique molds.
The grippy, waffle-textured material upholstery feels sturdy. The 2007 Honda CR V EXL elective leather-based upholstery is, clearly, richer trying and particular extra sturdy, however no extra snug. The entrance seats have barely taller and marginally wider backs than their ’06 counterparts; however, they are brief on thigh help.
To a restricted extent, the 2007 Honda CR V lends itself to sporty driving. The seatbacks’ side bolsters do a satisfactory job of maintaining occupants’ higher our bodies in place. Not so the seat backside’s bolsters, these being formed extra for ease of entry and exit than for restraining occupants’ posteriors.
Nevertheless, there may be a most welcome lifeless pedal towards which drivers could brace a left leg as mandatory and applicable. The motive force’s seat ratchets six-tenths of an inch increased within the ’07 over the ’06.
The rear seat is extra reasonably contoured. The higher to permit it to fold and pivot ahead towards the entrance seats’ backs. A observe of clarification concerning the rear seat’s cut up characteristic. The seat backside breaks down 60/40, with the shorter piece on the left side; the seatbacks, nevertheless, divide 40/20/40 into three sections, which means you may fold the right or left side, the middle part, or any mixture of the three.
Good contact is the alternative of the right-hinged tailgate, which is on the wrong side for curbside unloading at U.S. airports, with a top-hinged liftgate.
Dashboard and instrument cluster are essential Honda, as in, pleasant to eye and hand. One mildly discordant observed the shift lever’s location, sprouting from a pod suspended from the middle of the dash. Whereas neither as ergonomic as a floor-mounted lever nor as pure, in an archaic type of means. As one mounted on the steering column, it’s according to the emphasis on flexibility within the entrance seat space.
Within the LX and EX, the house between the entrance seats that may result in any other case host a console and floor-mounted shift lever is devoted to a singular, multi-use tray. When not wanted, folds down towards the passenger seat’s side, opening a walk-through entry to the rear seat.
To deal with the six-CD changer that the elective nav system displaces from the dash, the EX-L will get an extra conventional, fastened middle console, with cup holders and extra storage.
Most drivers will discover their six-way adjustable seat and two-way adjustable steering. It gives them the most effective of all worlds: a cushty posture without compromising outward visibility.
A low cowl retains the sides of the hood in view. Rearward imaginative and prescient. Nevertheless, units no new commonplace and indeed suffers some from the awkwardly formed C-pillars. The rearview video cam that comes with the elective nav system helps and is an added security characteristic resulting from it might assist the motive force spot youngsters behind the automobile. However, it lacks the guiding grid strains some others provide to assist when backing into parking areas and garages.
Audio and local weather controls on the LX and EX border on retro of their simplicity and association. Massive, rotary knobs control the features that adjust by levels. Buttons are used for on/off or comfortable picks. Nonetheless, when in Park, the shift lever obstructs buttons for air-con features and mirror heaters. And by operational necessity, the elective nav system layers audio and map show controls.
2007 Honda CR V Problems and Driving Experience
Perform does not imply a lack of refinement. Gauged from behind the steering wheel, and from any of the four-passenger seats, for that matter. The 2007 Honda CR V proves this truism, if not relative to the identical diploma as many competitors.
Energy, up to ten horsepower from the ’06, is aggressive, no less than with others within the class powered by four-cylinder engines. The turbocharged four within the Mazda CX-7 does higher as do the V6 engines changing into more and more out there for compact SUVs.
The entire V6s make a minimal of 200 horsepower, some reaching into the higher 200s; the brand new RAV4, as an example, pumps out 269 hp, the brand new Kia Sorento 262 hp. Granted, all of them pay a worth in gas economy, however towards the 3534-pound CR-V EX-L’s EPA-estimated 22/28 City/Highway miles per gallon, a 3675-pound, V6-powered RAV4 offers up however one mpg on the City cycle and matches the 2007 Honda CR V on the Highway.
Whereas hitting the gasoline within the 2007 Honda CR V will not snap any necks. It delivers what most drivers want, if not need. And it does so relatively quickly, too, with much less uproar than the RAV4, though for causes of mechanical design as a lot as something, not as demurely as V6-powered alternate options.
The brand new, five-speed computerized transmission is an effective match, not most excellent in class; however, properly above standard in the smoothness of shifts, controlling trying to find the fitting gear when climbing grades and holding a decrease gear when useful on downgrades.
Stability And Wheels
Honda’s out there Actual Time 4WD is an all-wheel-drive system, not a standard four-wheel drive. It incorporates no lockable switch case or ultra-low, off-road gearing. As such, it works seamlessly, invisibly allocating energy to the tires slipping the least, though at all times favoring the default front-wheel-drive focus.
2007 Honda CR V has Honda’s Automobile Stability Help system, which incorporates traction control. This, coupled with four-wheel disc brakes, vented in the entrance and stable within the rear, commonplace ABS, brake help, and digital brake-force distribution, assist drivers in keeping control in emergency maneuvers or dangerous climate.
Inexperience and dealing with the 2007 Honda CR V sports activities encouraged tweaks in suspension geometry and element positioning. The monitor (the space between wheels side to side) is broader, in the entrance by 1.2 inches, in again by 0.eight inches.
Bigger wheels put on barely fatter tires, making for a wider footprint when they contact the Highway. Decreasing the body’s powertrain and weight-saving measures drop the middle of gravity by an inch and a half.
These, plus modifications in steering angles, bushings, and spring and shock tuning, markedly scale back body lean in cornering and dampen head toss over rigid and uneven pavement. Even traversing well-aged railroad crossings at mildly elevated speeds produced no scary sounds or gyrations.
Steering nearer to that of the RAV4, which could enhance the car’s directional stability. It adds minor corrections in corners and lengthy sweepers. Auditory intrusions had been minimal, for nearly the most half, and so far as tire noise, strongly correlated with pavement sort and circumstances.
The EX-L additionally did the most effective job of insulating occupants from outdoor irritants. Though low key, sounds from beneath the hood left a little question, the engine is a four-cylinder and strained at instances. Moderate wind whistle leaked into the cabin from the surface mirrors and across the A-pillars.
Models Lineup And Launch Prices
2007 Honda CR V LX 2WD ($20,600); LX 4WD ($21,800); EX 2WD ($22,850); EX 4WD ($24,050); EX-L 2WD ($24,800); EX-L 4WD ($26,000).