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2007 Honda CR-V Sport Utility Crossover

2WD 5dr EX-L

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  • $24,800 original MSRP
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2007 Honda CR-V Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2007 Honda CR-V Sport Utility Crossover

The 2007 Honda CR-V boasts improved ride and handling, along with a quieter, more comfortable interior. As before, the CR-V is not oriented toward off-road ability. While other competitors offer a V6 option, the CR-V only has a four-cylinder, but the powertrain has impressive smoothness and fuel economy.

What's new for 2007?

Honda's compact, carlike CR-V sport-utility vehicle has been completely redesigned for 2007. It's slightly wider than before, and ground clearance is also a few inches lower because the spare tire is no longer hanging off a side-hinged rear door (a conventional top-hinged hatch is now standard). Cargo space is also increased slightly, but new features like the dual-deck cargo shelf improve convenience. The CR-V still only offers a four-cylinder engine--though the engine gets a 10-hp boost and automatic transmission is now standard--and the Real Time 4WD system has been reworked for improved torque transfer to the rear wheels.

Model Strengths

  • Versatile, upgraded interior
  • cargo space
  • gas mileage
  • safety features

Model Review

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission is the only powertrain combination offered on the 2007 Honda CR-V; the five-speed manual previously standard has been discontinued.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Route 99 from Squamish to Vancouver clings to cliffs high above Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia in Canada's way-west province of BC -- British Columbia. Mile for mile, BC 99 ranks as one of the world's most spectacular scenic highways, steep fir-studded hillsides and cascading waterfalls to the inland side and the coastal side overlooking green mountainous islands dotting the deep Pacific blue waters. By contrast, it's also a narrow strip of rough and bumpy pavement usually cluttered with road construction crews and clogged with commuter traffic.

Our passage on the 99 is a lucky cruise, however, with scant traffic and no construction delays. The trek is also easy on one driver because we're steering a smooth-riding and comfortable runabout vehicle. Actually, that's the name -- Comfortable Runabout Vehicle. For simplicity, Honda abbreviates it to the initials of CR-V.

This agile five-door crossover utility vehicle (CUV) which rides on a car's chassis scores a make-over for 2007 with an expanded structure, bold new body styling and the passenger compartment laced with more safety equipment and fancy features. Concepts for the original CR-V that rode like a car and functioned like a practical minivan came out of the Japanese marketplace, where a small vehicle navigating Japan's crowded and narrow streets was far preferable to a big one, and perks for comfort were in keen demand. Honda brought the CR-V to America in 1997 and it became an instant hit as a sport-ute which was comfortable and easy to drive.

By 2002, Honda allowed the CR-V to grow up by casting evolutionary designs which elevated the wagon in size, style, comfort and performance. Now, the re-do of 2007 goes further by pitching the CR-V as a substantial CUV for the compact class with a passenger compartment enhanced in terms of comfort, convenience and quietness. Foundation for the new treatment is a unit-body platform that shows the extensive use of high-tensile steel.

Compared to the previous edition, CR-V rises to roughly the same height at the roof but it has a lower center of gravity with wheel track stretched wider by 1.2 inches in front and 0.8 inches in the rear. Working in favor of a dynamic vehicle is the independent suspension -- tuned MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link design in back -- with larger 17-inch wheels (either steel or aluminum) capped by 225/657 all-season tires. There's a computer-managed vehicle stability control system aboard labeled Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), along with a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) coupled to electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic brake assist (BA) units.

And the steering is crisp and true, as derived from a rack and pinion design with speed-sensitive hydraulic power boost. A front-wheel-drive (FWD) powertrain for CR-V consists of a four-cylinder engine linked to a five-speed automatic transmission. The dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) 2.4-liter in-line-four is made from aluminum with a drive-by-wire throttle and Honda's special i-VTEC (variable value timing and lift electronic control) valvetrain to precisely manage engine breathing and combustion in order to maximize horsepower and disperse torque across a broad band.

It produces 166 hp at 5800 rpm and torque of 161 lb-ft at 4200 rpm. It also earns respectable fuel-burn scores with EPA mileage estimates up to 30 mpg. Honda's automatic four-wheel-drive (4WD) system is also available on the CR-V to improve tire grip.

Note, though, that the absence of protective undercarriage plates and a lockable differential with low-gear range signify that CR-V's four-wheeling intent is directed at improving traction on rain-slick pavement or in winter weather rather than for off-road forays. Take a walk-around tour of the CR-V and you'll discover a streamlined body posing in hunkered stance that makes it appear ready to roll. There's a low hood line to enhance forward visibility for the driver, with the stubby prow featuring thick fascia which wraps upward to resemble skid plates.

Oversized headlamp clusters crown the front corners and continue into flared fenders over the tires. The roofline slinks rearward over a band of arched windows with black-capped pillars. At the rear long red lamps define edges of a new top-hinged tailgate, which curves down and fits flush against the bottom bumper.

In the cabin there's room for five riders with supportive bucket seats in front of a bench for three and a rear bay for cargo. Unconventional designs make creative use of the space and add to comfort. For instance, the two front buckets are separated by a flat floor and the transmission shifter extends directly from the dashboard center spot. That eliminates the need of a console so it vanishes (expect on the top trim), leaving the flat floor free to function as walk-through space.

Likewise, the rear seats perform tricks. Split in sections, the seatback reclines or folds forward and the folded seats tumble forward, all to add flexibility in carving out space for people and cargo. The dashboard poses large analog instruments beneath a binnacle brow, while the center stack of controls for audio and climate systems has audio gear mounted high on the dash for easy access with the climate controls down low using large round rotary knobs.

Honda builds the CR-V in three trim grades -- well-equipped LX, deluxe EX and a top level EX-L lined in leather. CR-V LX stocks air conditioning, power windows and programmable power door locks, power side mirrors, a fold-away tray table housed between the two front seats plus a sliding storage bin under the right bucket, a remote entry system and an audio system with AM/FM/CD plus MP3/WMA and four speakers. MSRP figures for the new CR-V begin at $20,600 for the LX 2WD and cap at $28,000 for the EX-L 4WD.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Honda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Honda Certified Used Car Limited Warranty extends the non-powertrain coverage by 1 year/12,000 miles from the date of purchase or expiration of new car warranty date. In addition, Honda Certified Used Car Limited Warranty extends the powertrain coverage to 7 years/100,000 miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 year or 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance No
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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