• (4.7) 53 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,701–$11,113
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 23-26
  • Engine: 156-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2006 Honda CR-V

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Honda CR-V

What We Don't Like

  • Unconventional controls
  • Notable noise levels at times

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 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Many newcomers have entered the compact sport utility vehicle market since Honda launched its car-based CR-V as a 1997 model. Substantial revisions for 2005 included new exterior and interior styling. A new Special Edition featured heated leather front seats and body-colored bumpers. All versions got side-impact and side curtain-type airbags, as well as Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability system.

A five-speed-automatic transmission is available on all models, but the EX can be equipped with a five-speed manual instead. Honda claimed that a modified all-wheel-drive system yielded better acceleration and hill climbing.

Under new testing standards established by the Society of Automotive Engineers for 2006 models, the CR-V's engine is rated at 156 horsepower. Two new colors are available, but nothing else has changed.

LX versions can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive. The upscale EX and SE come only with all-wheel drive. The 2006 CR-V earned five-star ratings in both frontal and side-impact crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2005 CR-V also earned impressive frontal and side-impact crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Semi-traditional SUV styling continues to conceal the CR-V's passenger-car platform. Styling features include a short, sharply raked nose and high-visibility rear lights. An aerodynamic front bumper, a restyled grille, updated side sills and cylindrical-shaped headlights were new for 2005.

EX and SE versions are equipped with a moonroof and privacy glass. All models ride on 16-inch wheels.

Each CR-V seats up to five occupants in front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench. The reclining and sliding rear bench seat is split 60/40, and it folds and tumbles. Cargo volume is 72 cubic feet with the rear seat folded and 33.5 cubic feet with the backseat up. All models have remote keyless entry and a retractable grab rail.

Under the Hood
The CR-V's 2.4-liter four-cylinder develops 156 hp and 156 pounds-feet of torque. Those figures are down slightly from 2005 because of new SAE testing standards, though actual performance is the same. The EX comes standard with a five-speed-manual transmission; a five-speed automatic is available. All other models come only with the automatic. Front- and all-wheel-drive models are available.

All-disc antilock brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist, and side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are standard. A bumper beam was designed to match the height of passenger-car bumpers. The CR-V earned five-star ratings in government crash tests for both frontal and side impacts.

Driving Impressions
Honda's CR-V is quiet, smooth, refined and classy. This SUV is neatly stable, stays easily on course, maneuvers crisply and yields an enjoyable driving experience. The ride isn't wholly gentle, but it's smooth most of the time. Occupants feel the bumps, but few are annoying.

Though the CR-V is pleasantly peppy when equipped with a manual gearbox, it isn't quite as vigorous with an automatic transmission on steep upgrades. Engine blare at full throttle may be noticeable. The manual gearbox shifts easily and teams with a well-behaved clutch.

Firm but well-cushioned seats have snug side bolstering. Protruding from below the dashboard, the automatic-transmission lever operates as easily as a column shifter.

Consumer Reviews


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Ok car

by Speed runner 85 from Lynnwood on November 9, 2017

I bought the car used with 149K miles on it and 2 weeks later the starter failed and I was left stranded. Otherwise the car is ok

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2006 Honda CR-V Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda CR-V EX

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda CR-V EX

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda CR-V EX

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda CR-V EX

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 8 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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