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Honda CR-V Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior & Specs in Australia

The Honda CR-V was the Japanese company's first ever SUV, and it launched worldwide in 1996.

It's an important car for Honda sales wise, and it has served the company well over its first three generations. Locally, the fortunes of the brand have been on a downward trend, with the parent company still playing catch-up with model ranges after it reined in spending in the wake of the global financial crisis of the late-2000s. However, it has big plans for the fourth-generation CR-V, which ranges from range from $35,500 for the CR-V VI (2WD) 5 Seats to $53,500 for the CR-V VTI LX (awd) 5 Seats. Its main rivals include the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson.

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Honda CR-V Seats

If you choose any model in the 2021 Honda CR-V range that has a '7' as part of its name, you'll be getting a seven seater. If you don't need three rows, the other five versions of the CR-V will suit you, as they're all five seaters.

The seven seat model has a penalty to pay in terms of boot space: Five-seaters run with 522L (VDA) cargo capacity, while the third row eats into the boot space to a decent degree, allowing just 472L (VDA). There is some storage behind the rearmost seats when they're in use, with 150L (VDA) available. All models come with a full size spare alloy wheel under the boot floor, though - well done on the packaging, Honda!

Honda CR-V Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Honda CR-V varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $35,500 and going to $53,500 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $35,500 $53,500
2021 SUV 1.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $25,400 $57,090
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $21,700 $49,830
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $20,400 $44,110
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $19,500 $40,260
See All Honda CR-V Pricing and Specs

Honda CR-V Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Honda CR-V here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Thinking about a Honda CR-V and its engine service life. Does the engine have a timing belt or chain?

    Is the engine in your Honda CR-V timing belt or chain? It depends on when the car was made, but it’s crucial information. That’s particularly so for owners of the first-gen CRVs we saw in Australia. That vehicle had the B Series Honda engine which used a rubber timing belt. The good news is that this has proved a very reliable set-up, and Honda recommends the belt be changed only every 150,000km which is a huge replacement interval by industry standards. A full kit to replace the timing belt on this engine, including a new water pump, will cost around $300 for the parts

    After that (from 2001 onwards) Honda fitted the K Series engine to CRVs, and this engine used a timing chain which should be good for the life of the engine. The R20A four-cylinder engine used from late 2012 also uses a timing chain, as does the turbo-diesel 2.2-litre engine from the same era. The current-model CR-V with its 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine (the L15B7) also uses a timing chain.

    The task of the timing chain or timing belt is exactly the same: They take drive from the engine’s crankshaft to the camshaft and, in the process, keep all the moving parts in harmony. Many car makers moved away from a timing chain to the rubber, toothed drive belt as a way of simplifying engine design and driving down the cost of each engine. The rubber timing belt is also quieter in its operation and is also less prone to stretching (as a timing chain can) so the camshaft (commonly referred to as the cam) stays in perfect synch with the rest of the engine’s rotating parts. The rubber timing belt is a simpler design because it doesn’t need to be tensioned via oil pressure from the engine as many timing chain systems are.

    The timing chain, meanwhile, is preferred by some manufacturers because it should last the lifetime of the engine and never need replacement. This isn’t always the case, however, and some engines designs from a variety of manufacturers suffer problems in this regard. But, in a properly maintained engine of sound design, the timing chain should never need attention, while the rubber timing belt generally requires periodic replacement.

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  • What's wrong with my 2006 Honda CR-V engine?

    The engines in these Hondas are considered pretty solid and reliable performers. But as with any car now celebrating its 15th birthday, things can go wrong that can affect performance. With that in mind it could be time to give the engine a comprehensive once-over and a full service. Having the car electronically interrogated would be a good idea, too, as any faults noted by the on-board computer will have been logged and could tell you a lot about that’s going on under the bonnet. Just because the car hasn’t illuminated a dashboard warning light, doesn’t mean that the computer hasn’t noticed something strange going on.

    The problem is obviously an intermittent one (or the car would never run properly) and that really does point towards something electronic. That said, a good mechanic will also go back to first principles checking things like fuel delivery, ignition timing and even engine compression.

    Any information you can gather when the problem occurs will help enormously, too. For instance, does the engine blow smoke or make any odd noises when it loses power? Does the car shudder or suddenly start using more fuel when the problem occurs? The more observations you can pass on to a mechanic the better idea he or she will have of where to start searching. Fundamentally, you could be looking at anything from a collapsed catalytic converter or muffler, a faulty fuel pump or injector, a damaged spark-plug lead or literally any one of about a thousand other things.

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  • What's the correct oil type for my Honda CR-V, and is it tricky to change it yourself?

    The best Honda CR-V engine oil will depend on which engine your car is fitted with. From 2007, Honda used a 2.4-litre four-cylinder and, even though the model was facelifted in 2012, the engine stayed the same. In that case, the oil you need is a quality (from a recognised brand) 5W40 either synthetic or semi-synthetic. From 2012 to 2017, the CR-V was also available with a two-litre petrol engine option, and that unit requires a 0W20 as the first choice but a 5W30 is also allowable for engines that size.

    If your car is the later model, things get a bit more complicated as there were new engine options including a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel which needs a diesel-specific 0W30 synthetic oil. If you have the later 1.6-litre turbo-diesel replacement which arrived here from late 2015, the same 0W30 oil is appropriate, as is a 5W30 synthetic. These `light’ (low viscosity) oils are typical for high-tech engines such as the Honda’s with its variable valve timing.

    Honda made continual changes to the CR-V range over the years, including some model and specification revisions for the 2016 model year, but none of these affected the range of engines (or Honda CR-V oil type) we’ve just discussed. Late model CR-Vs with a petrol engine require five litres (or slightly less) of oil, while the turbo-diesel models need 4.7 litres.

    Just as there’s a correct Honda CRV oil, the correct Honda CR-V oil filter should also be fitted at the same time to avoid putting clean oil through an old, dirty filter. For the 2.4 petrol, the correct filter is a Ryco (or equivalent) Z411, as is the filter for the two-litre petrol. The 2.2-litre diesel requires an R2767P filter while the 1.6 diesel uses a Z690.

    There are no mysterious trade secrets about how to change oil on a Honda CR-V, but you do need to know the basics. Changing oil and oil filter at home is a great DIY project and a good way to save some money and gain some satisfaction. The best advice is to obtain a workshop manual specific to your car and take it step by step. The manual will also include all the information and specifications you need to tackle other DIY service and maintenance jobs including checking power steering and transmission fluid. The manual will also give you information on how often to change the oil as well as the check and service intervals for the car’s other systems. That way, you won’t be relying on a warning light on the dashboard to tell you that action is needed.

    If you have any doubts, there’s always the option of taking the vehicle to a service centre, but even talking to a family friend who is a mechanic might give you the confidence to give this task a go. Changing a car’s oil is not tricky, but there are things you must remember, including disposing of the used oil in an environmentally responsible way.

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  • Why is the plastic around the gear shift on my 2019 Honda CR-V deforming?

    Plastic interior components in Japanese and European cars were once very susceptible to early failures in terms of cracking, peeling, discolouring and warping. The problem was that the manufacturers from these markets had an utter lack of understanding of Australian levels of UV radiation and heat cycles and, as a result, their plastic interiors soon disintegrated. Things soon changed for the better, however, and modern cars have very resilient interior fittings.

    However, that makes it even stranger that your car should be exhibiting this problem. I’s not something that we’ve seen across a wide cross-section of CR-V vehicles, so maybe it’s a one-off manufacturing fault. Perhaps the plastic trim piece you refer to was damaged when it was fitted at the factory and has gradually become worse with age. Either way, it should be a simple warranty repair for your local dealership. Replacing the trim piece with a new one is the answer as the damaged part probably can’t be repaired economically.

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Honda CR-V Towing Capacity

The Honda CR-V has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 SUV 1000kg 1500kg
2021 SUV 1000kg 1500kg
2020 SUV 1000kg 1500kg
2019 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2018 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
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Honda CR-V Colours

Exterior paint is Ignite Red (metallic) and that’s pretty fetching. Other colour options are Cosmic Blue Metallic, Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearlescent, and Platinum White Pearlescent.

  • Ignite Red
  • Platinum White
  • Lunar Silver
  • Modern Steel
  • Cosmic Blue
  • Crystal Black
  • Brilliant Sporty Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Honda CR-V Dimensions

The dimensions of the Honda CR-V SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 SUV 1679x1855x4635 mm 198 mm
2021 SUV 1679x1855x4635 mm 198 mm
2020 SUV 1679x1855x4596 mm 198 mm
2019 SUV 1679x1855x4596 mm 198 mm
2018 SUV 1679x1855x4596 mm 198 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda CR-V Dimensions

Honda CR-V Accessories

The accessories range for the CR-V is pretty decent - you can go beyond the usual stuff like floor mats and bonnet protectors, and even get stuff like roof racks, roof rails, storage luggage pods, side steps and body protection (bonnet protector and headlight protectors). There are weather shields, and different wheels available, too.

Honda CR-V Interior

The interior of the Honda CR-V is one of its biggest selling points - but you don't buy this SUV for its style, you buy it for its pragmatism.

There are both five and seven seat models available, and both make very good use of the space on offer. The rear doors open almost 90 degrees to allow really easy second and third-row access, and the openings for all the doors - including the tailgate at the boot - are big, allowing for easy loading in and out.

Shame the 7.0-inch media screen is falling well behind in terms of size, but at least all models have smartphone mirroring tech now.

Honda CR-V Boot Space

Boot space is a claimed 522 litres with the second-row seats in use; that increases to 1658 litres if you load to the roof with those seats down. There is a power socket and tie-down points in the cargo area.

The CR-V has a full-sized spare stored under the cargo area floor.

Honda CR-V Boot space

Honda CR-V Fuel Consumption

The Honda CR-V is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.6L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2021 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2018 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Honda CR-V Pricing and Specs for 2022

Honda CR-V Wheel Size

The Honda CR-V has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x65 R17 1 for SUV in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 SUV 235x65 R17 1 235x65 R17 1
2021 SUV 235x65 R17 1 235x65 R17 1
2020 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda CR-V Wheel Sizes

Honda CR-V Speed

There is no 0-100km/h claimed time for any version of the Honda CR-V. It's no performance SUV, so don't expect to be blisteringly quick from the traffic lights. But the turbo 1.5-litre is certainly the pick of the two engines if you value a bit of poke.