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2006 Honda CR-V Sport Utility Crossover

4WD EX AT SE

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2006 Honda CR-V

Source: New Car Test Drive

Overview

The Honda CR-V is roomy, convenient and easy to drive. You can put lots of stuff in it and the back seats are quite comfortable. It rides smoothly, more so than most SUVs. It's surprisingly maneuverable in tight quarters and handles well on winding roads yet it's stable at freeway speeds, even in stiff crosswinds.

The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4 were the first of the cute-utes, small vehicles based on cars that delivered the cargo versatility of a sport utility, an upright seating position, and all-wheel drive.

The CR-V shares its basic structure with the Honda Civic, giving it the ride quality and handling of a car. Besides being less expensive, the CR-V is smaller and more maneuverable than a full-sized SUV. Most important, it doesn't look like a minivan.

The CR-V isn't much good off-road, but it's available with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the latter giving it good winter weather capability.

This second-generation CR-V was launched as a 2002 model and the styling was revised for 2005. For 2006, the CR-V carries over with virtually no changes except for two new paint colors.

Model Lineup

The 2006 Honda CR-V comes with a four-cylinder engine and a choice of front-wheel drive (2WD) and all-wheel drive (4WD) Three trim levels are available, LX, EX, SE.

The LX 2WD ($20,395) and LX 4WD ($21,595) comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning with micron filtration, AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo, cruise control, an adjustable steering column, power mirrors, power windows, front and rear power outlets and a removable folding picnic table. LX also comes standard with integrated keyless entry and 16-inch steel wheels. Aluminum alloy wheels are available as a dealer-installed accessory.

The EX comes only with 4WD, but offers a choice of five-speed manual ($22,850) or five-speed automatic ($23,750). EX trim adds a premium stereo with CD changer, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, rear privacy glass, aluminum wheels, a power moonroof, outside temperature gauge.

The SE ($25,450) comes standard with four-wheel drive and the five-speed automatic. The SE interior is upgraded with heated leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Exterior additions include body-colored door mirrors, bumpers, side molding, door handles and spare wheel cover.

Safety features that come standard on all CR-Vs include frontal and side-impact air bags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control (an electronic stability control system).

Walkaround

This second-generation Honda CR-V features smoother styling than the original, pre-2002 models, and for 2005 the styling was revised with a redesigned grille and bumper, and cylindrical headlights. The CR-V still sports its trademark high-mount tail lights on either side of the rear window.

The rear glass opens on its own, separately from the tailgate, which is good. However, the lower part of the gate is side-hinged and opens to the right, so you'll have to walk around the tailgate when you're loading cargo from the curb, inconvenient at the airport.

The SE is the best looking model because of its body-colored trim in place of the gray bumper covers on the other models. The SE makes the CR-V look more like the Honda Pilot, a midsize SUV.

In terms of crashworthiness, the CR-V rates highly. It earned five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for front and side impacts, the highest ratings possible. Remember, though, that NHTSA's tests compare cars in a given class rather than across all categories, so a five-star compact SUV isn't necessarily as safe as a five-star full-size SUV.

Interior Features

The Honda CR-V has a friendly interior that's easy to live with, and quite convenient in the daily hustle. Getting in and out is quick and easy and doesn't require climbing or stooping.

The front seats are excellent. And it's roomy, with generous headroom and leg room up front. The moonroof reduces headroom by nearly two inches, however, and taller drivers will notice.

The rear seats offer space and comfort as well. The rear bench is neither too soft nor too hard, and all three rear positions have three-point belts and head restraints.

The driver gets gauges that are easy to read, with traditional white numerals on a black background. Cruise control is standard, as is an adjustable steering column. We loved the stereo and six-disc in-dash CD changer that come standard on the EX and SE. Honda does not provide a compass, however. The parking brake is disguised, subtly integrated into the vertical panel forward of the center console. It looks like a grab handle until you spot the icon in the grip. As odd as the placement might seem at first, using the hand brake gets more comfortable in short order.

A convenient, collapsible tray table is provided between the front seats with a couple of cup holders and a recess for a cell phone. The center console accommodates CDs and cassettes. Almost everything else seems to be where it should be, and there are no less than 21 storage nooks spread through the cabin. Coat hooks are provided above the rear seats. The cover for the spare-tire bin does double duty as a folding picnic table.

The CR-V hauls cargo well. It offers 72.0 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seats folded, 33.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in place. The 60/40 split rear seat slides forward and back over a range of six inches to maximize either passenger or cargo space when the seat is up.

Driving Impressions

The Honda CR-V has enough power to merge into fast-moving traffic without worries. Its four-cylinder engine generates 156 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque. (Those figures are lower than last year's ratings due to changes in the testing procedure used by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Although the engine generates the same power as last year, the new testing procedure results in a lower number.)

Power isn't a problem here. Put your foot to the floor and acceleration comes on quickly, important when passing on two-lane roads. Torque, that force that propels you away from intersections and up hills, peaks at just 3600 rpm and remains strong over a broad swath of the engine's range. In other words, the CR-V is responsive at all speeds.

The four-cylinder engine isn't as smooth as a V6, however, and because it revs higher it sometimes seems like it's working harder. It isn't really, and you can be sure Honda's big four-cylinder is sturdy. So don't be afraid to rev it. Honda is a leader in engine technology, and the CR-V's 2.4-liter, 16-valve, double overhead-cam engine benefits from intelligent variable valve timing, which Honda calls i-VTEC. This system allows the engine to generate lots of usable power while keeping fuel economy at an impressive EPA-estimated 22/27 City/Highway miles per gallon. Like all Hondas, the CR-V is a clean-running vehicle. It meets the LEV-II low-emissions standards, meaning 10 CR-Vs generate fewer pollutants than a similar single car did just 10 years ago.

As four-cylinder/automatic combinations go, the CR-V's is first rate. The five-speed automatic is fairly responsive and helps keep the four-cylinder engine in the right rev range for power or fuel economy. Downshifts come quickly, and full-throttle upshifts come smoothly just before redline. Nonetheless, if obtaining the best performance and economy is your priority and rush-hour commutes aren't part of the daily ritual, we recommend the five-speed manual available on the EX.

The CR-V rides well whether the roads are smooth or rough. It rides more smoothly than most sport utilities, which makes for pleasant motoring beat-up city streets. It feels sure-footed on twisting roads. Even when driven hard, the CR-V handles reasonably well. It doesn't push excessively at its front end or slide at the rear, and the tires offer good grip. In short, the CR-V drives more like a car than a truck. It's maneuverable in tight parking lots, thanks to its tight turning radius (33.8 feet).

Vehicle Stability Assist, standard on all models, uses sensors at each wheel and the anti-lock brake system to modulate the electronic throttle and apply brake force to individual wheels as needed to maintain traction and avoid skids on slippery pavement and in tight turns.

The all-wheel-drive system that comes on the 4WD models operates full time, with the bulk of the power directed to the front wheels. It's a great aid when winter snowstorms hit, adding vastly improved stability and traction in slippery conditions. Called Real Time AWD, Honda's system is not designed for serious off-road duty, but it is suited for snow.

Summary

The Honda CR-V is a versatile family vehicle that's reasonably priced. Its interior is roomy and stuffed with convenience features. On the road, the CR-V offers a nice, smooth ride and decent handling, and Honda's four-cylinder engine delivers good power and excellent fuel economy with low emissions. The 4WD models are capable vehicles in wintry conditions.

New Car Test Drive correspondent Tom Lankard reports from Northern California.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
$20,395
Model lineup:
Honda CR-V LX 2WD ($20,395); LX 4WD ($21,595); EX 4WD 5M ($22,850); EX 4WD 5A ($23,750); SE 4WD (25,450)
Engines:
2.4-liter dohc 16v inline-4
Transmissions:
5-speed automatic; 5-speed manual
Safety equipment (Standard):
front-seat airbags, three-point belts and head restraints at all five seating positions, front belt force limiters and pre-tensioners, front; front and side-impact air bags; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control
Safety equipment (Optional):
N/A
Basic warranty:
3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:
Sayama, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Honda CR-V 4WD EX automatic ($23,750)
Standard equipment:
air conditioning with micron air-filtration system; cruise control; adjustable steering column; power door locks, windows and outside mirrors; maintenance interval indicator light; manual height adjustment on driver's seat; front and rear accessory power outlets; waterproof rear storage well; interior grab handles for each side door; AM/FM stereo cassette/CD changer; removable picnic table
Options as tested:
none
Destination charge:
550
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP)
$24,300
Layout:
all-wheel drive
Engine:
2.4-liter dohc 16v inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
156 @ 5900
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
160 @ 3600
Transmission:
5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
22/27 mpg.
Wheelbase:
103.3 in.
Length/width/height:
181/70.2/66.2 in.
Track, f/r:
60.4/60.8 in.
Turning circle:
33.8 ft.
Seating capacity:
5
Head/hip/leg room, f:
38.9/54.5/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:
39.1/53.5/39.4 in.
Cargo volume:
72 cu. ft.
Payload:
N/A
Towing capacity:
1500 lbs.
Suspension F:
independent
Suspension R:
independent
Ground clearance:
6.9 in.
Curb weight:
3578 lbs.
Tires:
P215/65R16
Brakes, f/r:
ventilated disc/disc w ABS in.
Fuel capacity:
15.3 gal.

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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.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control 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

Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
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.

Miles

Months

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 Pre-Owned Vehicles (HCPV) 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 Pre-Owned Vehicles (HCPV) 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

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