Besides the terminology, there is nothing really thrilling about crossovers, especially when it's a mid-sized SUV. But Honda's CRV has been the segment boss since its inception more than two decades ago. This week the SHIFT team hunts down what makes the latest fourth gen CRV invincible amongst its league.
You look at the latest CRV and you are bound to notice an oriental eye line, an uncanny smirk and an elf chin. If that is not appealing, you will like its size – it's BIG. The fourth generation CRV is also the first to get a protruding lip job, giving the vehicle a more sporty appeal. While the last generation CRV had a vulgar side profile due to the oval rear quarter windows and oddly shaped D pillar, this generation has a rather chunky feel to it, with a revised angular D pillar arrangement and rear lamps. A combination of large 18 inch wheels, fat tyres and all over bottom black panels with silver trim gives the car a wanna-be off roader feel. The versions you get in DHS Motors all have a 4WD emblem on the rear door, which means the indicated ruggedness is not fake.
Interior impressions: front, rear and trunk
We reviewed the smaller HR-V last year and the interior was nothing short of spectacular, with everything you need exactly where you would want them. The CRV's interior is a larger version of that compactness, albeit the long AC vents for the front passenger and the conventional center consoled gear lever. Here, you have the typical new-age Honda dash language speaking with an exquisite assortment of black materials and a dark wooden garnish from one end of the dash to another. There are two screens – a 5 inch i-MID display embedded on the top dash and a larger 7 inch touch screen audio system right at the middle of everything. Then there's the climate control followed with the dash mount gear lever – all very precise and neat. From the driver's POV, you get a nice three part meter cluster and a three spoke leather steering wheel with buttons that can control almost everything except the throttle and brake. Look up and there's a sunroof too.
The rear of the CRV has a massive trunk. Pull two latches and the rear seats will fold and tuck away for even more cargo space. If you go camping without a trailer, worry not, as the CRV's trunk will save the night.