BY GERRY MILES
Given that last year’s CR-V had the new styling shape, whereby the backside looked like Marty Feldman’s take on Quasimodo in “Young Frankenstein” years ago – so said some, there’s little that’s new in the strong-selling compact cute ute that has helped buoy and broaden Honda’s line so well for so long in 2014.
Oh yeah there’s new prices, of course. The 2014 CR-V is on sale today with MSRP starting at $22,945 for the two-wheel-drive LX edition up to $30,445 for the EX-L with Navi and all-wheel-drive (AWD) and a 5-speed automatic transmission.
All CR-Vs are driven by a 2.4-liter, 185 hp, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 163 lb-ft. of torque (SAE net), mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The front-drive CR-V has EPA ratings of 23/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined while the AWD numbers dip a bit: 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined.
The full press release follows below.
TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2013 – The Honda CR-V returns for the 2014 model year as one of the most fun and functional compact SUVs in America. With its upscale styling, excellent fuel efficiency and its impressive list of standard convenience features, the 2014 Honda CR-V remains the smartest choice in its segment. The CR-V provides car-like interior comfort, a smooth, quiet ride and innovative features, making it a great fit for families or anyone with an active lifestyle.
The Honda CR-V has earned a host of favorable ratings, including a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-star Overall Vehicle Score1 and a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It has also garnered awards and accolades from Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com, U.S. News & World Report and others. The CR-V finished 2013 as the best-selling SUV in America. The 2014 Honda CR-V goes on sale today, with prices starting at $22,945.2
The CR-V model lineup carries over for 2014, starting with the remarkably well-equipped CR-V LX with standard one-pull fold-flat rear seats, cruise control, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink™, air conditioning, rearview camera, 160-watt 4-speaker audio system with Pandora® interface (with compatible smartphones) and more. The CR-V EX, the most popular trim, adds premium features including a power moonroof, upgraded 6-speaker audio system and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The EX-L adds a leather-trimmed interior, a 328-watt 7-speaker audio system with XM® Radio3 and much more. Also available on the CR-V EX-L are a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System4 with Voice Recognition™ and FM Traffic, or a DVD Rear Entertainment System5. Real Time AWD (all-wheel drive) is available on all models.
|2014 Honda CR-V Pricing and EPA Data|
|Model||Transmission||MSRP2||EPA MPG Ratings6
|CR-V LX (2WD)||5-Speed Automatic||$22,945||23/31/26|
|CR-V LX (AWD)||5-Speed Automatic||$24,195||22/30/25|
|CR-V EX (2WD)||5-Speed Automatic||$25,045||23/31/26|
|CR-V EX (AWD)||5-Speed Automatic||$26,295||22/30/25|
|CR-V EX-L (2WD)||5-Speed Automatic||$27,695||23/31/26|
|CR-V EX-L (AWD)||5-Speed Automatic||$28,945||22/30/25|
|CR-V EX-L w/ Rear Ent. Sys. (2WD)||5-Speed Automatic||$28,395||23/31/26|
|CR-V EX-L w/ Rear Ent. Sys. (4WD)||5-Speed Automatic||$29,645||22/30/25|
|CR-V EX-L w/ Navi (2WD)||5-Speed Automatic||$29,195||23/31/26|
|CR-V EX-L w/ Navi (AWD)||5-Speed Automatic||$30,445||22/30/25|
All CR-V models feature an exterior Expanded-View Driver’s Mirror that adds an additional 5.5 degrees of visibility at the outer edge of the mirror’s field of view, which can assist the driver in detecting other vehicles or road conditions that they might not otherwise see in a conventional mirror.
The CR-V’s roomy 5-passenger interior has lots of storage room and utility whereby the innovative Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seatback can be quickly folded using release levers located near the tailgate opening or a pull-strap accessible from either rear door.
The CR-V features sophisticated instrumentation that includes a standard full-color “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) that offers a range of customizable features via fingertip controls on the steering wheel. A multi-angle rearview camera, standard on all models, provides a choice of three different views on the i-MID or optional navigation screen.
As standard equipment, every CR-V incorporates:
- a VSA® electronic stability control system
- ABS with Brake Assist
- driver and front-passenger airbags
- side-curtain airbags with roll-over sensor
- front-side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
- front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision.
An Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure helps make the CR-V highly effective at absorbing and dispersing the energy of a frontal crash.
All CR-V models are powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft. of torque (SAE net), paired with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. Real Time AWD with the Intelligent Control System further harnesses available traction in low-grip driving conditions. The CR-V has an EPA fuel economy6rating of 23/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined for the front-wheel-drive model and 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined for the AWD model.
With its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link fully independent suspension, the CR-V chassis is designed to maximize driving enjoyment, passenger comfort and confidence. All CR-V models feature Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) that works with the standard VSA and Electric Power Steering to detect instability in slippery road conditions and automatically initiate steering-wheel inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction.
In the U.S., CR-Vs are manufactured at the Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio from domestic and globally sourced parts.
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