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Strong and reliable

Source: Carpenters Motors
Saturday, January 12, 2013

FRESH from its complete makeover last year, the 2013 Honda CRV compact SUV carries on largely unchanged.

The passenger CRV remains modestly-sized on the outside but is extremely roomy inside, with a rear seat that accommodates adults and a proper-sized cargo area.

It's hard to argue with the CRV's excellent repair history and it continues to lead the pack in terms of long-term resale values.

Extensive noise reduction efforts yield a quiet, well-isolated passenger compartment, and the rigid unit-body structure, coupled with taut suspension tuning, gives the 2013 Honda CRV impressively capable handling characteristics.

We like the sophisticated overall look and feel inside the Honda CRV, highlighted by a smartly-sculpted dash, large and bright gauges and elegant switchgear.

Special attention is paid to driver comfort, with supportive front seats that flank an accommodating centre console punctuated by two big cup holders.

A large covered centre stow bin houses USB and auxiliary inputs as well as a 12-volt power point. Although the 2013 CRV's overall interior dimensions are largely unchanged from the previous two generations, its cargo area now offers a bit more space than before with the rear seat up.

While the 2013 CRV retains roughly the same dimensions as the last-generation CRV, it looks substantially larger. With a bold, more aerodynamic look, the CRV appears a bit more rugged, with swept-up rear quarter windows and edgy front and rear fascia treatments.

A steeply-raked windshield and slightly lower roof line effectively complement the CRV's high-profile grille and lamp treatments, while a large single-piece lift gate, coupled with a significantly lower lift-over height, eases loading and unloading chores.

To help in the mileage maxing cause, all 2013 CRVs feature an energy-efficient multistage alternator and come with Honda's Eco Assist system that includes the green "ECON" button on the dash that can modify throttle mapping as well as operation of the air conditioning and cruise control.

Honda's CRV fabric pack for 2013 boasts a full range of power assists, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with USB/AUX inputs, Bluetooth HandsFree Link, Pandora Internet Radio interface, read-aloud SMS text messaging capability, air conditioning, an intelligent Multi-Information Display, multifunction steering wheel, multi-angle rearview camera, keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering column, various interior and exterior enhancements, a power moon roof, privacy glass, alloy wheels and a security system.

Chase down your next adventure with confidence, knowing that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the CRV a five star star Overall Vehicle Score rating.

Every CRV is equipped with a host of standard safety features, including Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control and active front head restraints.