Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Is the CR-V VTi-E7 good value? Nope, it's great value. No, it's better than great, it's terrific value. The list price is $34,490, which is good for two reasons.
First, until 2019 if you wanted a seven-seat CR-V there was only the VTi-L grade which was $38,990. Then, in January this year Honda brought out the more affordable VTi-E7.
Second, while this is a less expensive seven-seater CR-V, the VTi-E7 still has a mountain of standard features. Exterior features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, front fog lights and roof rails.
There's a reversing camera, but no front and rear parking sensors, though.
What are you missing out on by not stepping up to the $38,990 VTi-L7?
You don't get a sunroof (but that's a blessing in disguise, I'll explain in the Practicality section), nor do you get the 'Lane Watch' camera, (but the system is a bit distracting anyway).
You also don't get sat nav (that's a bummer, but use your maps from your iPhone or Android device) and there's no power tailgate (they're slow and annoying, so don't worry).
Oh and you also don't get rain sensing wipers (come on, how lazy are we getting?) nor heated front seats (since when did we become so spoilt to demand these?).
None of those features from the VTi-L7 that you're missing out on are essential which makes the VTi-E7 the smart choice, and to me, the sweet spot in the range in terms of value-for-money.
What I believe is essential on a new car today isn't offered on either the VTi-E7 or VTi-L7. You can skip ahead to the Safety section to find out what I'm talking about or get there in your own time – either way, as a parent it's something which could be a deal breaker when buying a new car.
Most mid-sized rivals with seven seats, such as the Mazda CX-8, Peugeot 5008 or Skoda Kodiaq, cost at least $4000 more than the VTi-E7 and if you're considering something for about their price then you may as well check out the Hyundai Santa Fe, too.
For a true model comparison based on price there's only the Nissan X-Trail ST seven-seater.