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The Honda CR-V is a compact SUV (now called crossover in North America), manufactured since 1995 by Honda. It was loosely derived from the Honda Civic. There are discrepancies as to what CR-V stands for, Honda sales literature in UK reportedly made references to Compact Recreational Vehicle, other Honda references (including the official Honda Japan CR-V Fact Book [ 1 ] and Honda Worldwide [ 2 ] ) cite Comfortable Runabout Vehicle.
It is produced in both four-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. with availability differing by market.
The CR-V is Honda’s smallest SUV other than the related Element sold in Canada and the United States, and the HR-V sold in Europe. In size, the CR-V slots between the Element and Pilot. but due to the Element’s discontinuation during the 2011 model year, the CR-V has regained its status as Honda’s entry-level SUV.
First generation (1995–2001) [ edit ]
1,678mm (66.1in)1996–1998 (2WD version)
1,700mm (67in) 1996–1998(4WD LX)
1,725mm (67.9in) 1996–1998 (2WD EX 126 BHP)
1,745mm (68.7in) 1999–2001 (2WD EX 146 BHP 2.0 Engine)
1,755mm (69.1in) 1999–2001 (4WD EX 146 BHP 2.0 Engine)
1,770mm (70in) 1999–2001 (4WD EX-L With Navigation)
Introduced in Japan in 1995, the CR-V was Honda’s first in-house designed SUV by Hiroyuki Kawase. The CR-V was introduced in Japan at Honda Verno dealerships only. For North American market, it was displayed at the 1996 Chicago Auto Show and went on sale in February 1997.
Upon introduction, the model had only one trim level. which would later be known as the LX model trim; it was powered by the 2.0L straight-four B20B producing 126hp (94kW) and 133lb·ft (180N·m) of torque. Outer dimensions for this engine would be identical to the Integra’s 1.8L engine, but internally the engine had a larger 84mm (3.3in) bore to add the extra displacement needed to produce more torque.
The engine utilized a one-piece cylinder sleeve construction unique from any other B-series engine due to overlapping combustion chambers. The chassis was a unibody design with a four-wheel double wishbone suspension. Inside, the rear seats were able to fold down, and a picnic table was stowed in the rear floor area. A common external trait that was visible with this generation was plastic cladding covering the front bumper. rear bumper, and fender wells.
In most countries, CR-Vs had a chrome grille; however, in the United States, the grille was made out of the same black plastic as the bumpers. A major difference between the LX and EX trims was that the EX had anti-lock brakes and 15inch alloy wheels while the LX did not. Drivetrain options were: front-wheel drive or Honda’s Real Time AWD .
Facelift [ edit ]
Although the body style remained the same as the first generation, an update was made from 1999 to 2001 in response to criticism that the original engine lacked enough power for a vehicle of its weight – 3,200lb (1,500kg). The engine was changed to the 2.0L B20Z engine, producing 147hp (110kW) at 6,200rpm and 133lb·ft (180N·m) at 4,500rpm of torque. Fuel economy of 23mpg -US (10L/100km; 28mpg -imp ) city/28mpg -US (8.4L/100km; 34mpg -imp ) highway (US) and price were not affected by the increase in power, which was the result of a higher compression ratio (9.6:1 compared to the B20B’s 8.8:1), a new intake manifold, and slightly higher lift on the intake valves.
Safety [ edit ]
The 1996–2001 model tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was the LX model with standard driver and passenger airbags. Even though the car’s structure received an acceptable rating, the overall car received a marginal rating as the dummy’s left leg would have been broken. Its head went through the airbag which would have caused a minor concussion.
The chest was well protected.
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