The newly restyled and upgraded Honda CR-V has just been voted CUV of the year by Motor Trend, one of the automotive industry's most prestigious publications. After a few missteps over the last few years, many publications have been hard on Honda lately, so this is a big victory for the automaker. Regardless, Honda continues to sit at the top of many bestseller lists, because of the Civic, Accord and now the CR-V.
A panel of nine judges determined the winner of the CUV of the year award. They applauded the improvements of the new design and aesthetics, but were most enthused by the CR-V's engineering. "This feels like a Honda should, with light steering, great feedback, and competent handling chops. It’s way more fun than any compact crossover ought to be," noted one judge.
This newest CR-V is both handy and practical, and best of all, economical. It's engine delivers 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. A leader in gas mileage, fuel economy has improved 12 percent over the previous generation. It gets up to 26 mpg in the city, and 33 on the highway. Not only is it easy on fuel, but it's reasonably priced, and it's five-year total operating cost is significantly below average. It also depreciates 13 percent less than it's rivals like the Ford Escape or Mazda CX-5, and it's insurance and maintenance costs are lower as well.
Those comparisons to it's rival may only be temporary as the Honda CR-V faces some tough competition in the next year. Jeep is considering aluminum bodies and turbocharged engines to boost performance and affordability, and Ford is expanding it's use of EcoBoost technology. Other rivals such as the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 will be redesigned soon, keeping Honda on it's toes.
"Some years, a vehicle wins our calipers almost unanimously. This year our jury entered the final discussion split almost down the middle," wrote Motor Trend. "After two hours of contentious debate, the CR-V’s stellar value, engineering, and safety features combined with the cheerful way it performs its intended functions earned Honda the win."
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca