The small crossover wagon was an instant hit when released in 1997.
It was a comfortable and practical family car that had AWD for some mild off-road work, but did most of its work in the suburbs.
The new CR-V, which starts at $31,990, takes the same formula and pushes it forward with more emphasis on comfort. It also introduces a new, meaner look.
It has an all-new body which sits 20mm lower to the ground. That is good for handling and will make it easier to get in and out.
But, it also means the CR-V won’t be able to go as far off-road as its predecessor.
Just like the last CR-V, the new model features a specially-developed front-end that limits the chances of injuries to pedestrians in the event of an accident.
Honda has also relocated the spare wheel from the tailgate and placed it under the floor.
The new CR-V comes standard with antiskid brakes, electronic stability control and front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger. Sport and Luxury CR-V models also come with curtain airbags.
The CR-V’s 2.4-litre engine has been given an upgrade to generate 125kW and is available as a six-speed manual or a fi ve-speed automatic.
The previous CR-V was made in Japan. The new one will be sourced from Thailand.