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2008 Honda CR-V Sport Utility Crossover

4WD 5dr EX

Starting at | Starting at 20 MPG City - 26 MPG Highway

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  • $24,150 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Honda CR-V Sport Utility Crossover

The 2008 Honda CR-V boasts impressive ride and handling characteristics, along with a quiet, comfortable interior. Available all-wheel drive provides confidence in inclement weather, and cargo capacity is outstanding. The CR-V's four-cylinder powertrain is impressively smooth.

What's new for 2008?

Honda's compact, carlike CR-V sport-utility vehicle was completely redesigned for 2007, and thus remains mostly unchanged for the 2008 model year. The EX-L trim now includes dual-zone air conditioning a premium audio package, as well as an eight-way power driver's seat.

Model Strengths

  • Versatile, nice interior
  • loads of cargo space
  • impressive gas mileage
  • lots of safety features.

Model Review

A 2.4L four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission is the only powertrain combination offered on the 2008 Honda CR-V. The engine makes 166 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque. A drive-by-wire throttle control matches with the transmission for better drivability on hills. Front-wheel drive is standard on the CR-V; the optional Real Time 4WD system is tuned for on-road driving, with power going to the front wheels during most driving but with some sent to the rear wheels as needed on slippery surfaces.

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Review: 2008 Honda CR-V

Source: MSN Autos

In the automotive big leagues, Honda’s CR-V is supremely utilitarian — a valuable player that can be called on to fill nearly any position with confidence. In our time behind the wheel, the stylish mini SUV impressed with comfort and confidence on both daily commutes and an extended road trip. Like a coveted major leaguer, the CR-V does everything well.

Trim Choices
Honda splits its trim levels into two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD), with three basic versions of each: LX, EX and EX-L. The CR-V baselines at $20,700 for the 2WD LX. Stepping up to an EX delivers a moonroof, 17-inch wheels, steering wheel audio controls and an alarm.

Topping out with the EX-L (2WD, $25,500; 4WD, $26,700) adds power-adjusted leather seats, climate control and a 270-watt stereo. Adding a cherry to the top is the EX-L Navi, which adds Honda’s satellite-linked navigation, creating sticker totals of $27,200 (2WD) and $28,400 (4WD). This brings the trim tally to eight.

Under the Hood
All CR-V versions are powered by a single engine: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with Honda’s i-VTEC variable-valve-timing technology. The large-for-Honda 4-cylinder is rated at 166 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm. Mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission, the CR-V is EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg (city/hwy) for 2WD trims, 20/26 mpg for 4WD variants.

Inner Space
The plentiful standard equipment on the CR-V EX-L Navi makes it a standout in the compact crossover class. Our test vehicle had no optional equipment.

The dash-mounted gear selector cleverly opens up useful floor space for purses, backpacks, camera cases and the like, and also adds to the cabin’s airy feel. The seats are plush, leather trimmed, highly adjustable, heated, and feature captain’s chair armrests that come in handy when rolling up the miles. Backseat passengers get reclining seats to help pass the time.

The gauge cluster is a savvy combination of analog dials that frames an electroluminescent tech center, providing feedback on fuel level, engine temperature, experienced fuel mileage and door-ajar status.

On the Road
One mile on the tarmac and it’s immediately apparent why the CR-V is a top seller in this category. With a smooth ride, the CR-V’s suspension tuning is just aggressive enough to handle hard cornering when the feeling grabs you. Though no slot car, the CR-V does all the little things well that one would expect from a compact SUV.

Under the hood, the 166-horsepower engine can find itself taken to task at times, but overall it does a decent job motivating the 3,549-pound CR-V. Hit a hill low in the rev range and the Honda will struggle initially, but once the transmission downshifts and the revs climb so does the CR-V. On an extended trip we registered 26.7 mpg in our Green Tea Metallic tester, and determined the CR-V to be well decked out for its $29,035 sticker.

The Honda CR-V shines with excellent fit and finish and good use of space. As mentioned, the captain’s chair arrangement adds to the overall comfort level, and we were also impressed with the simplicity of the climate control and the easily programmed navigation system. However, we were surprised by the road noise infiltrating the cabin, especially at moderate speeds. Perhaps a quieter compound tire is in the CR-V’s future.

Right for You?
The many strengths behind the CR-V badge make it a top-tier player in the small SUV segment. With prices starting at a competitive $20,700, it also delivers promising numbers in the important fuel-efficiency category. With eight configurations to choose from, the Honda can maneuver into almost any lifestyle and not miss a beat.

Evan Griffey served as an editor of Turbo & High Tech Performance, a pioneering publication about sport-compact tuning. Today Griffey freelances for Import Tuner, Sport Compact Car, Car Audio and Siphon.

In the market for a new car? MSN Autos is pleased to provide you with information and services designed to save you time, money and hassle. Click to research prices and specifications on any new car on the market or get a free price quote through MSN Autos' New-Car Buying Service.

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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
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Opt
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.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

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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