Honda CR-V 2018 car review

By Cade Wilson

Another 7-seater SUV has arrived on New Zealand shores, and quite an impressive one at that. Featuring a small but exciting 1.5L V-TEC Turbo engine, it’s the only engine you’ll ever need for family driving. The new CR-V further demonstrates how great the relationship is between a CVT transmission and a turbocharged engine, joining the likes of the Civic and HR-V. 


It’s a great looking SUV!

I found the CR-V to be very spacious, comfortable, and well designed. The interior layout is fantastic; there was nothing that was positioned awkwardly or hard to reach. The silver, grey and black accents gave a sense of luxury while the 7” infotainment touch screen was very user friendly with a neat picture background with the clock overlaid as the home screen. Smartphone connection is available via Apple CarPlay with Siri Eyes-Free mode and Android Auto with Google Voice.

Decked out with climate air-conditioning and heated front seats, the CR-V navigated Auckland’s motorways with warmth and comfort amidst a bit of wild wet weather before spring peered around the corner. The Sport 7 is front wheel drive so there was no driving in the mud, but the high ground clearance aided vision and on-road presence. All CR-V models come with the Honda LaneWatch camera, which brings up a camera display from the LH mirror onto the infotainment screen, it makes LH turns a lot safer for any cyclists that might be riding up on the inside.

The 7-seater has the benefit of a large boot area with the rear seats folded down, but has put on a few hundred kgs in the process. Because of this, the braked tow rating is down from 1500kg to 1000kg.

If you’re looking for a CR-V with a bit of an upgrade – check out the AWD Sport Sensing model. For a few grand extra you’ll get the likes of Honda Sensing package with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, collision warning, and lane departure as part of the many warning systems. However to go with the extra you do lose the two rear most seats, so back to a 5-seater it is.

The 1.5 Turbo engine gives the right amount of power to propel the CR-V along without the high rev screaming that we’re used to experiencing with CVT transmissions. 

CR-V variants include the 2WD Touring, AWD Touring, 2WD Sport 7, and top spec AWD Sport Sensing. All CR-V models have a new next gen Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) collision compatibility body, emergency stop signal (ESS), and trailer stability assist (TSA). All models still benefit from the safety of 6 airbags, driver attention monitor, straight driving assist, and cruise control with speed limiter.

The new CR-V has just received a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating.

At a glance  
Models  CRV 2WD Sport 7
Engine 1.5 V-Tech Turbo
 Price  $44,900
 ANCAP safety rating  5-Star
 Power 140kW, 240Nm Torque
 Transmission EarthDreams CVT
 Fuel economy 7.3L/100km
Towing capacity  1,000kg braked
Seating capacity   7
Luggage capacity / payload  150L seats up, 967L seats down
 Safety systems 
 6-Airbags Trailer Stability Assist
Straight Driving Assist Driver Attention Monitor

LaneWatch Camera

Reversing Camera

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