2007 Honda CR-V Performance

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2007 Honda CR-V Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2007 Honda CR-V was new.


Performance: 8.3

During test drives, auto writers find that the 2007 Honda CR-V provides a competent, if not exactly thrilling, ride. With its four-cylinder engine and five-speed transmission, the CR-V is "well-mannered, controlled and nimble on the road," U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says. The Washington Post concludes the same, calling the front-wheel-drive option "a smart choice for the highway. And unlike real sport-utility vehicles, it isn't stupid for the city."

Out on the road, many reviewers first relate the driving experience in the 2007 Honda CR-V to the steering wheel feel. Auto writers also praise the 2007 Honda CR-V's maneuverability. As the Washington Post says, parking is "a cinch -- easy in, easy out. It often fit into spots that proved too small for mid- and full-size sport-utility vehicles."

Acceleration and Power

The 2007 Honda CR-V's engine is a 2.4-liter i-VTEC four cylinder with 166 horsepower and 161 pound-feet of torque. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, this engine is "peppy enough under most conditions, although when fully loaded with five adults, it's best to be patient when accelerating." On the other hand, the CR-V's acceleration and overall power cause some displeasure among reviewers. Car and Driver simply calls the acceleration "adequate," a word Consumer Guide Automotive also uses, followed by, "highway passing takes planning" and the "engine strains going up hills." In terms of fuel economy, the 2007 Honda CR-V's front-wheel drive receives a 20 mpg rating in the city and 27 mpg for the highway from the Environmental Protection Agency. The all-wheel-drive model is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Several reviewers criticize Honda for not using a V6 engine in the CR-V, as some cars in its class employ, but MSN Autos defends Honda's choice. "No V6 is offered because Honda is a firm believer in 4-cylinder engines ... a V6 with more power than the 4-cylinder would add too much weight, which would adversely affect handling and fuel economy." However, the reviewer also says that a V6 should at least be an optional purchase.

The CR-V comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission in all trims, a change from previous models that also offered a manual transmission. Edmunds reports that this sole transmission has gearing that's "been massaged with a shorter first gear and final-drive ratio for improved response" and features a grade logic control system and drive-by-wire system that "keeps jerky throttle responses and clunky gearshifts under control."

Handling and Braking

The 2007 Honda CR-V's handling shines, according to most reviews. The car has unit-body construction, with MacPherson struts in the front and a multilink rear suspension. Standard on all trims is variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, which helps provide a 37.8 feet curb-to-curb turning diameter. As Car and Driver noticed during its test drive, "the suspension was ideally tuned to soak up Detroit's worst potholes without trouble without allowing excessive lean while cornering."

For braking, the CR-V has 11.7-inch, power-assisted ventilated-front discs and 12-inch solid rear discs with anti-lock brakes. The CR-V's braking system also includes electronic brakeforce distribution, vehicle stability assist with traction control, and brake assist. As Cars.com sums up, "Braking was precise and will instill a lot of confidence in people going for a test drive."

Also notable is the 2007 Honda CR-V's option for either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Many reviews note that considering the overall handling and braking system in the car, front-wheel drive should be more than adequate for most driving conditions. On the other hand, Carz Unlimited's reviewer finds that the real-time all-wheel drive "transfers more torque to the rear wheels when more traction is needed."

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