Last-generation CR-V looks largely trouble-free
History/Description: The CR-V was Honda’s top-selling entry into the compact crossover segment occupied by Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Ford and others. With four-cylinder power on all models, a reputation for reliable and fuel-efficient performance and plenty of flexible utility, it was a machine that connected well with Canadian families. Completely updated for 2012, the last-generation CR-V has now transitioned fully into used car territory.
Look for the five-seat crossover with features like heated leather, a sunroof, navigation, Bluetooth, automatic climate control and available Real-Time all-wheel drive. A five-speed automatic was included on all models. Shopping used? Note that CR-V’s naming convention saw lower-end models wearing the LX badge, while EX, EX-L and EX-L Navi models filled the range.
Power in any case came from a 2.4L four-cylinder making 166 hp during years 2007 to 2009. That figure was bumped to 180 hp in the 2010 and 2011 CR-Vs.
What Owners Like: Owners tended to rave about the CR-V’s driving position, surprisingly spacious interior, abundant storage facility, flexible cabin, ride quality and maneuverability. Additionally, owners of models with the Real Time all-wheel-drive system speak highly about the fully automatic, all-weather traction. Mileage and performance ratings made by owners are a mixed bag — but the majority say both are adequate if not incredibly impressive.
What Owners Dislike: Numerous owners wish for more comfortable seats, a ‘richer’ and higher-quality cabin feel, and less wind and road noise at speed.
Common Issues: Many owners taking to online forums have complained about the durability of the CR-V’s factory tires. Make sure the tires on the model you’re considering aren’t about to require an expensive replacement. Have the alignment checked out as well — as a bad alignment can lead to premature tire wear.
Have a mechanic inspect the CR-V’s brakes as well, ensuring they have plenty of life left. While the vehicle is in the air, said mechanic can also check the underside for signs of damage or fluid leakage.
Some owners have also complained of oil consumption; some amount is considered normal on virtually every vehicle, though test drivers are advised to check the CR-V’s oil level and condition, and ensure the seller was fond of frequent, high-quality oil changes.
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