Many thanks to the folks at Honda Canada who provided me with the latest Honda CR-V for a test drive. Here are my thoughts on the vehicle:
Get your motor running…head out on the highway!
I may not have been born to be wild, particularly since I’m the very uncool mother of four, but that’s beside the point.
Recently, I was indeed provided the opportunity to get my motor running. On a sunny Friday morning, I got on the highway with the latest Honda CR-V. Not knowing what to expect but up for anything, I put the key in the ignition and hit the road.
Now, let me just paint a picture for you so that you can understand just how much this vehicle was appreciated. I am the (sometimes embarrassed) owner of a 2006 Honda Odyssey that, most would say, has seen better days. Much better days. You know what I mean: I have small kids. Need I say more? Yes, there are various types of food stuffs that may or may not be embedded in the nether regions of the minivan’s interior. There are a few Pull-ups strewn here and there, a variety of crayons and stickers (more Spiderman and Hot Wheels stickers than others, not surprisingly) and a general tinge (and smell) of childhood in the form of fingerprints and smudges all around. Oh, and I bashed the side of the van some time back and haven’t gotten around to fixing it. Sad but true.
My 2006 Honda Odyssey
All this being said, I was thrilled to have been provided the opportunity to test drive the latest Honda CR-V. Woo-hoo! A new car? I was in like Flint. How could I say “no,” when my sad-looking but faithful Odyssey reminded me that our family may, indeed, need a new vehicle. So “yes” it was, and I hit the road.
Okay, where do I begin?
Driving the Touring model was an experience in and of itself. I’m not used to driving a “luxury” vehicle (which it is, compared to my current wheels), so this was a real treat. This car has all the bells and whistles and then some, making me feel for a brief while that I was not the frazzled mom of many. I felt cool. Really cool. Now, this feeling was supported by the fact that I was cruising along with the in-car XM Satellite radio serenading me with my favourite songs, amongst other things.
Some noticeable features for those of you who have little ones and some of my favourites:
This may sound like a luxury to many folks but for those of us who have little children, it’s a must-have. I can’t tell you how many times various liquids, food stuffs and other items have unexpectedly spilled on the seats of our car during a jaunt out with the kids. It doesn’t matter how much you scrub, cloth seats just don’t clean up like the leather ones do. Hence the lingering aroma of childhood. Let’s just leave it at that.
Lots of Storage Space
This is key for all of us parents who know that even a simple trip to the grocery store can require the equivalent of packing for an extended trip. Little ones in particular take up a lot of space, not with their physical bodies necessarily, but with all of the stuff that they require. When they’re babies, it’s the playpen, stroller, diaper bag and more which are required items for travel – even if it’s just to grandma’s house for a few hours.
The Honda CR-V is deceptive. Before the test drive, I was tasked with fitting the following items into the trunk:
Of course I thought that there was no way that these were going to fit. I mean, there were golf clubs in the mix, for heaven’s sake!
You’ve probably figured out that all of the items fit – with room to spare. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it myself. Huge bonus points for this feature, Honda, and parents everywhere salute you
A Smooth Ride
Who wants a bumpy ride? I certainly don’t like to be jostled while driving and it doesn’t work well when you’re trying to get the little ones to calm down. From past experience, they seem to think that being bounced around in the car is akin to a ride at the local amusement park, and act accordingly (think screaming, laughing and general noise). This car was smooth – real smooth – and it made driving a pleasure. You don’t realize how bumpy your ride is until you drive a vehicle like this to make the comparison.
Peace and Quiet
Last but not least, this may have been the best feature of all, in my humble opinion. The car was quiet. That’s right – there was barely any noise on the long highway drive that I took in the vehicle, and ditto for city driving. Now, if you have children, you know how important it is to not add to the aural craziness that is a family road trip (or a trip to the local grocery store, for that matter). Kids blabber and jabber relentlessly and believe me – road noise only adds to your monumental migraine. This car almost eliminated any outside road noise while driving inside the vehicle which is a major consideration when you have kids. Trust me.
My post test-drive comments: Boy, was it quiet!
For all of the more technical and featured-focused folks amongst you, here are some highlights and specifications of the Honda CRV:
New for 2012
- More efficient engine design with improved horsepower and torque
- Available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™
- New-for-2012 standard features include an Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat, Eco Assist™, Expanded View Driver’s Mirror and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
- New-for-2012 features include intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) and SMS text messaging function
- New Touring trim – Auto-dimming rearview mirror, chrome door handles, Touring badge, roof rails and navigation system
- Versatile 5-passenger compact SUV with sleek style, high-tech features and an enhanced emphasis on safety
- 2.4-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb.-ft. of torque, standard 5-speed automatic transmission and estimated fuel economy of 9.0/6.4 L/100km (2WD) and 9.2/6.6 city/highway (AWD)
- Passenger volume, 2949 L (LX), 2873 L (EX/EX-L/Touring)
- Cargo volume, rear seat up/down, 1054/2007 L
- Body Length x Width x Height (EX AWD), 4530/1820/1654 mm, Wheelbase, 2620 mm
These are just a few of the many features of the Honda CR-V. For more detailed information, go to www.honda.ca
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