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2006 Honda CR-V

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$2,767 — $9,819 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
23-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Unconventional controls
  • Notable noise levels at times

What to Know

about the 2006 Honda CR-V
  • 156-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Carlike qualities
  • Side-impact and side-curtain airbags
  • FWD or AWD

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2006 Honda CR-V Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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 sid...

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.7
88 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Only 1 OWNER and NO ACCIDENTS

by Ruck cars from Tupelo, MS on November 11, 2019

This car runs great. It’s a 4 cylinder so it’s great on gas. It’s a Honda so that speaks for itself as far as reliability. This car will run for years to come. Drives and shift smoothly. Read full review

(5.0)

Best all around vehicle.

by yugsam from Ontario on October 3, 2019

Great layout and lots of room/storage. Owned it since new. Great for when kids where in child seats and presently as teenagers. Reliability is the best! History of non maintenance repairs: 2 struts, ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Honda CR-V currently has 8 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Honda CR-V has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CR-V received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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