2006 Honda CR-V

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$20,395

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2006 Honda CR-V

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Compact dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Refinement
  • Strong resale value
  • IIHS crash-test ratings

The bad:

  • Unconventional controls
  • Notable noise levels at times

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $20,395

  • EX

    $22,550

  • SE

    $25,450

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2006 Honda CR-V trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 156-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Carlike qualities
  • Side-impact and side-curtain airbags
  • FWD or AWD

2006 Honda CR-V review: Our expert's take

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A new CR-V is waiting in the wings for an introduction later this year, but the current model, one of the leading entry-level SUVs, still has a lot going for it. That’s especially true with the 2006 Special Edition, which pairs popular options and special features.
Honda usually creates Special Editions to give vehicles a boost, often in the latter stages of a vehicle’s model life.

The 2006 CR-V Special Edition, which has a list price of $25,400, has heated leather seats, side airbags, side-curtain airbags, vehicle stability assist, steering wheel audio controls and 16-inch wheels as standard equipment. The SE also has body-colored bumpers, side molding, door handles and a hard spare tire cover. Integrated keyless remote entry is standard on all CR-V trim levels.

The SE is the top of the line, but a front-wheel-drive LX starts at $20,395, and the popular all-wheel-drive EX with an automatic transmission starts at $23,750. The EX is also available with a manual transmission, although in very limited numbers.

Some might lament the lack of a third seat or a V-6 engine, but the CR-V excels without either of these. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 156 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. By producing maximum torque at a reasonably low rpm, the CR-V’s engine has the drivability of a small V-6, and in fact it feels quicker than the small V-6s of some competitors. The engine is smooth and relatively quiet.

While the base CR-V is available with front-wheel drive, most buyers will opt for all-wheel drive for added security in rain or snow. All-wheel drive is standard on the SE. A cam-driven all-wheel-drive mechanism replaces the previous pump-type system on all models, improving acceleration and hill climbing performance. There is no way to lock the system into permanent all-wheel drive, something that would be handy on rare occasions.

The five-speed automatic transmission spreads the power nicely and has a gear for nearly every situation.

The Special Edition CR-V is impressive because it has the fit and finish one expects to find in a more expensive vehicle. The doors close with a resounding thunk, panel gaps are fairly small and the interior has a surprisingly upscale look and feel. Varied textures on the instrument panel and door panels add visual interest and a touch of sophistication.

Most of all, the CR-V is practical. The Environmental Protection Agency rates it at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission. Real-world mileage will be about 10 percent less, but even that is pretty good for a vehicle whose interior is almost as large as many midsize SUVs.

Aside from the fuel mileage, the CR-V is also practical because its cargo space is quite tall. It easily holds two upright bicycles without front wheels, and loading through the side-opening rear door is a cinch. Some reviewers don’t like the fact that the rear door latch is on the driver’s side, but I prefer that.

The tailgate glass can be opened separately if you need to carry fly rods or long pieces of wood, although it not wise to drive for any distance with the rear glass open because fumes can come back into the vehicle.

The 60/40 split-folding rear seat also reclines. The seats tumble forward, and that limits the length of items that will fit. Honda Element seats fold to the side, but take up valuable width. I would rather have those of the CR-V.

A folding table between the front seats functions as a console and cup holder, yet it folds down when you need the space between the seats.

The CR-V is built on the chassis of the Civic sedan. The independent rear gives a comfortable ride without sacrificing on-road handling.

Even with all-wheel drive, the CR-V’s off-road capability is limited to rough gravel tracks, but that’s OK because most CR-V owners will use their vehicles like a small station wagon, and it shines in that role.

Price

The base price of the test car was $25,400. Destination charges brought the sticker price to $25,950.

Warranty

Three years or 36,000 miles.

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Engine: 2.4-liter, 156-hp 4-cyl.

Transmission: Automatic

All-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 103.3 inches

Curb weight: 3,494 lbs.

Base price: $25,400

As driven: $25,950

Mpg rating: 22 city, 27 hwy.

At A Glance

Point:

The CR-V is an amazingly useful SUV. It has almost as much room as many midsize SUVs, yet it drives with the maneuverability of a small sedan. The SE adds convenience items such as heated leather seats, vehicle stability assist and side-curtain airbags. Counterpoint: The texture on the side of the cargo compartment scratches easily and the tires can be noisy.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

Fun, Practical, and Reliable

We bought our CPO 2006 CR-V SE in 2008 with 19K miles. It replaced a 2000 CR-V with 180K miles, and the 2.4L/5 speed felt so much peppier in the mountains than the old 2.0L/ 4 speed. It now has 243K trouble-free miles and has been passed down from Mom to our teen daughters. Everyone who gets in is amazed that it's so much roomier in both rows than the outside would suggest. Lots of cargo room, too. Simple, ergonomic dashboard controls. Love the dash-mounted shift lever and flip-up center console. Leather seats are tough as nails and still look good. It's fun to drive. Not overpowered, but feels peppy and responsive, revs easily and smoothly when you punch the throttle to merge or pass. Great outward visibility. Tight steering, firm brake feel. Very maneuverable in tight spaces. Best feature is the low, low cost of operation. It has never broken down. No expensive timing belt services. The only non-routine repairs were a thermostat at 190K, brake pads at 210K, and a knock sensor at 240K. We just can't seem to spend money on this vehicle. Everything works, AC blows cold, starts every time, runs smoothly, plenty of power for mountain driving. The flaws I've noted are relatively few. One, seats are contoured for smaller people. That's us, so we're fine, but larger people probably would not be happy. Two, the seats fold and tumble, so you don't get a full-length flat load floor. It holds a lot, but you have to load vertically. Third, the cupholders are poorly designed and don't seem to fit any common drink sizes in the US. Four, the rear cargo door swings to the wrong side for curbside loading in the US. In my opinion the 2006 SE was the best CR-V ever made, and I've already put my daughters on notice that when they move on, it's mine.

3.6

Grossly over Priced

Why is this so overpriced? this car should not cost more than about $4000. You can buy a CR-V that's almost new for that price. I am looking for a CR-V, but I would never pay that $25000 for it.

4.6

I love this car

Just bought one and the sensation is cool! One of the best cars I have ever driven. Very maneuverable and I feel safe in it!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True Certified+
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 12 months or 12,000 miles from their original in-service date.
Basic warranty terms
4 years/48,000 if vehicle purchased within warranty period 1 year 12,000 miles if vehicle purchased after warranty period expired
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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