2007 Honda CR-V

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$20,600

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2007 Honda CR-V

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • High-quality interior
  • Quiet ride
  • Smooth transmission
  • Value for the money

The bad:

  • Base model seat fabric

4 trims

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Notable features

  • All-new design
  • 166-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Standard five-speed automatic
  • Improved handling
  • Numerous safety features

2007 Honda CR-V review: Our expert's take

By David Thomas

One of the country’s best-selling compact SUVs has been redesigned for 2007. Since its introduction in 1996, the Honda CR-V has always been a nondescript player in the segment, quietly providing a reliable and utilitarian ride but never setting the world afire in the engine or design department. The 2007 will definitely turn heads, and while it grew on me during a recent day with a few test vehicles, it’s not an instant stunner.

This new Honda CR-V hopes to spur the soul with a stylish design that is indeed bold, but no one should overlook the quiet and refined engine and transmission, nor the slick interior. Has Honda finally busted out of the “just above-average” mold it made for itself in past generations?

 

Exterior
There’s no escaping it: The new Honda CR-V has an underbite. I don’t know where designers are getting the idea that this is a good look, but the new Jeep Compass has a similar bumper treatment. It’s truly “unfortunate,” as a colleague of mine said when he first saw it, because from every other angle the CR-V’s design shines.

Before I get too negative about the front end, it does look better on the road and from a dead-on perspective. It’s when you stray to the left or right that it shows off some of the oddity going on. I think most CR-V buyers will get past it, especially since the last two designs spoke to absolutely no one.

Around back, the CR-V has finally lost the rear-mounted spare tire and side-hinged, side-swinging cargo door, replaced by a true hatchback that lifts easily. Vertical brake lights also deliver a classy feel. I’ve now seen a number of exterior colors in the flesh and think darker hues like Royal Blue Metallic are more attractive than lighter ones like Glacier Blue Metallic. There’s also an odd Green Tea color that — similar to the front end — will generate strong opinions.

Interior
Honda has really found its stride with interiors lately. The CR-V shares its look in part with the new Civic compact car lineup and Ridgeline pickup truck.

The dash is perfectly executed. Did I just say that? Where the Civic went a bit funky with a two-tiered layout for the gauge cluster, the Honda CR-V opts for a more straightforward side-by-side setup with an informative digital display wedged between the speedometer and tachometer.

The steering wheel was a bit on the small side for me, but considering Honda expects 60 percent of CR-V buyers to be women, that won’t be a real negative. Radio controls and the center-mounted shifter are surrounded by small cubbies, including a hidden upper glove box with a metal door. There’s also a standard glove box below. A trio of center-mounted A/C knobs felt a bit cheap when turning, but they were the lone setback in an overall splendid dash.

The moonroof in the LX model seemed small, even for the body type. Rooftop glass is only getting bigger these days, and the Honda CR-V’s small sliver doesn’t deliver as a must-have option.

Leather-equipped LX models should be the preferred choice, as I found the standard cloth fabric in both the EX and LX trims a bit too soft to the touch to be durable. I also didn’t think the straps used to flip the rear seats down would last over the long haul. They felt strong for the most part, but oether automakers use sturdy buttons for such operations instead. There’s also no way to flip the seats down from the rear cargo area.

Going & Stopping
The CR-V sports Honda’s new 166-horsepower DOHC four-cylinder engine mated to a standard five-speed automatic transmission and alloy wheels. It’s a capable unit that won’t stir the souls of sports enthusiasts, but it isn’t meant to. Shoppers instead will consider the mileage: 23/30 mpg city/highway in front-wheel-drive models and 22/28 for four-wheel-drive. That’s an average of one additional mpg for the 2007 models.

The standard five-speed offered smooth shifts between gears, and engine noise only intruded when I tried to hammer the accelerator. I quickly learned that wasn’t the right way to go about driving this compact SUV, and for the rest of the ride I barely heard a whisper from the engine.

Braking was precise and will instill a lot of confidence in people going for a test drive.

Ride & Handling
Again I find myself praising the Honda CR-V, this time for the absolute quiet the cabin provides, totally blocking out road and wind noise. The funky exterior must be aerodynamic as well.

The CR-V shines in handling. Steering was sprung tight on the four-wheel-drive EX-L I tested. It felt like a super-size rubber band was snapping the wheel back in my hands. Move the steering wheel slightly and the Honda CR-V EX-L reacts with an intuitive feel that’s rare in non-luxury cars. The EX-L also comes with the option for on-board navigation system.

Cargo & Towing
The first thing designers and journalists care about when discussing utility vehicles like this one is cargo size. Sometimes I think they get so caught up in the size they forget about the utility. The CR-V measures 35.7 cubic feet with the second-row seats intact and 72.9 cubic feet with them folded flat; that’s up from 33.5 cubic feet and 72 cubic feet, respectively, in the outgoing model.

Folding the seats themselves isn’t hard, but it’s not the best setup either. There are two straps to pull, and neither felt that sturdy. One flips the rear seat bottom forward, against the back of the front seats, and the second strap, next to the integrated headrests, flips the second row down, creating a flat load floor — another must when designing utility vehicles.

There’s a folding shelf that fits into two molded slots in the rear, meaning you could store groceries underneath and dry cleaning on top. The shelf didn’t seem all that useful, and according to a warning sticker can only support 20 pounds. I’d prefer a standard cargo cover to simply hide what I’m hauling.

The CR-V can tow 1,500 pounds, but I don’t expect many buyers will haul more than a load of groceries.

Safety
Honda offers side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, front side-impact airbags, active front head restraints, an electronic stability system, antilock brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system, all standard. The 2007 CR-V was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the organization’s best rating. It earned top scores in frontal and side crash tests.

CR-V in the Market
The aging Jeep Liberty is still the best-selling compact SUV on the market; the outgoing Honda CR-V was third. With this new CR-V on the market, only the Toyota RAV4 manages to be a true competitor, and it adds an optional V-6 engine. Still, the Honda CR-V brings its own distinct exterior and enough interior refinement and driving pleasure to compete with any compact SUV.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

1.7

The most unreliable car of all time

Sure, the engine never failed, but holy smokes, I spent xxxx near five grand to keep it running, I got it w 59k miles, thinking, it’s a Honda, you can’t go wrong, haaaaa, the exhaust blew out, the ac condenser went, the steering rack went, leaking, the headlights would yellow up easily, no matter what I couldn’t get the thing aligned correctly, after repair after repair to the steering, I gave up, I couldn’t deal with it, nobody could figure out what was wrong with it despite the extensive steering repairs, I traded it in after two years of owning it, I’ll tell you one thing, Honda’s have great engines, but the little parts, brakes, suspension pieces, forget about it. Terrible, never again, went back to a rav4. Xpzero regrets, buyer beware with them crvs

3.1

Didn't get any call for recall

Honda company announced recalls, unfortunately i didn't get any call or notification from service, car is showing air bag light on, im residing in saudi arabia

4.7

Can't go wrong with Honda

Will run for 200k miles easy! This is a great car and you cannot go wrong buying a Honda. Just know that the A/C will need to be replaced at 100k miles...every Honda...every time.

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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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