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Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V
Manufacturer Honda
Production 1995–present
Model years 1997–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV
Compact Crossover SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Transversely mounted, front engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover, manufactured since 1995 by Honda. It was loosely derived from the Honda Civic. There are discrepancies as to what "CR-V" stands for. Most state that it stands for "Comfortable Runabout Vehicle",[1] although sales literature in the UK has reportedly made references to "Compact Recreational Vehicle". It actually stands for Civic Recreational Vehicle.

Honda began producing the CR-V in Sayama, Japan, and Swindon, UK, for worldwide markets, adding North American manufacturing sites in East Liberty, Ohio, in 2007; El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico, in late 2007; and Alliston, Ontario, Canada, in 2012. The CR-V also is produced in Wuhan (Hubei province) for the Chinese market by the Dongfeng Honda Automobile Company, a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Corporation.

The CR-V is Honda's second smallest utility vehicle, slotting between the smaller HR-V and the larger Pilot.


  • First generation (1997–2001) 1
    • Facelift 1.1
    • Safety 1.2
    • Fleet usage 1.3
  • Second generation (2002–2006) 2
    • Facelift 2.1
  • Third generation (2007–2011) 3
    • 2010 facelift 3.1
    • Asia 3.2
    • Europe 3.3
    • South America 3.4
  • Fourth generation (2012–present) 4
    • Regions 4.1
      • North America 4.1.1
        • 2015 facelift
      • Japan 4.1.2
      • Thailand 4.1.3
      • Indonesia 4.1.4
      • China 4.1.5
      • India 4.1.6
      • Philippines 4.1.7
      • Malaysia 4.1.8
      • Europe 4.1.9
    • Marketing 4.2
    • Safety 4.3
  • Recalls 5
  • Sales 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

First generation (1997–2001)

First generation (RD1–RD3)
Production 1995–2001
Model years 1997–2001
Assembly Swindon, England (HUKM)
Sayama, Japan
Hsinchu, Taiwan
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Ayutthaya,Thailand (Honda Ayutthaya Plant)
Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Karawang Plant)
Designer Hiroyuki Kawase (1993)
Body and chassis
Related Honda Civic
Honda Integra
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Hybrid drivetrain Honda Front Wheel Drive
Real Time 4WD
Wheelbase 2,620 mm (103 in)
2,625.1 mm (103.35 in) (post-facelift)
Length 4,510 mm (178 in)
Width 1,780 mm (70 in)
Height 1,678 mm (66.1 in)1997–1998 (2WD version)
1,700 mm (67 in) 1997–1998(4WD LX)
1,725 mm (67.9 in) 1997–1998 (2WD EX 126 BHP)
1,745 mm (68.7 in) 1999–2001 (2WD EX 146 BHP 2.0 Engine)
1,755 mm (69.1 in) 1999–2001 (4WD EX 146 BHP 2.0 Engine)
1,770 mm (70 in) 1999–2001 (4WD EX-L With Navigation)

Introduced in Japan in 1995 as a concept, the CR-V was Honda's first in-house designed SUV by Hiroyuki Kawase. The CR-V was introduced in Japan at Honda Verno dealerships only and was regarded as a luxury vehicle in Japan due to the exterior width dimensions exceeding Japanese Government dimension regulations. For North American market, it was displayed at the 1996 Chicago Auto Show and went on sale in February 1997.

Upon introduction, the model had only one trim level, which would later be known as the LX model trim; it was powered by the 2.0 L straight-four B20B producing 126 hp (94 kW) at 5400 rpm and 133 lb·ft (180 N·m) of torque at 4800 rpm. Outer dimensions for this engine would be identical to the Integra's 1.8 L engine, but internally the engine had a larger 84 mm (3.3 in) bore to add the extra displacement needed to produce more torque. The engine utilized a one-piece cylinder sleeve construction unique from any other B-series engine. The chassis was a unibody design with a four-wheel double wishbone suspension. Inside, the rear seats were able to fold down, and a picnic table was stowed in the rear floor area. A common external trait that was visible with this generation was plastic cladding covering the front bumper, rear bumper, and fender wells. In most countries, CR-Vs had a chrome grille; however, in the United States, the grille was made out of the same black plastic as the bumpers. A major difference between the LX and EX trims was that the EX had anti-lock brakes and 15 inch alloy wheels while the LX did not. Drivetrain options were: front-wheel drive or Honda's Real Time AWD.


Although the body style remained the same as the first generation, an update was made from 1999 to 2001 in response to criticism that the original engine lacked enough power for a vehicle of its weight – 3,200 lb (1,500 kg). The engine was changed to the 2.0 L B20Z engine, producing 147 hp (110 kW) at 6200 rpm and 133 lb·ft (180 N·m) of torque at 4500 rpm. Fuel economy of 23 mpg-US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg-imp) city/28 mpg-US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp) highway (US) and price were not affected by the increase in power, which was the result of a higher compression ratio (9.6:1 compared to the B20B's 8.8:1), a new intake manifold, and slightly higher lift on the intake valves.


The 1997–2001 model tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was the LX model with standard driver and passenger airbags. Even though the car's structure received an acceptable rating, the overall car received a marginal rating as the dummy's left leg would have been broken. Its head went through the airbag which would have caused a minor concussion. The chest was well protected.

Facelift Honda CR-V, Australia
Facelift Honda CR-V Sport, Australia

Models equipped with an automatic transmission now had an overdrive cancel button that allowed the driver to lock the transmission in the first three gears to provide power for passing and climbing grades. The pattern of the cloth on the seats was also redesigned, and the head restraints earned an acceptable rating from the IIHS for whiplash protection.

The 1999 European, Australian, and Asian CR-V models featured more drastic changes. Exterior alterations included a new front bumper, smoothed off rear bumper, and a smaller plastic radio antenna on the rear of the roof. "Nighthawk Black" was added to the list of paint choices, while "Passion Orange" disappeared. New dark blue pearl and red pearl shades replaced the former solid red and metallic blue hues. European models received an enlarged Honda emblem on the front grille, and a new metallic yellow paint in certain markets.

In 2000, a Special Edition model was introduced in North America. The SE featured body-colored bumpers and side moldings, a body-colored hard spare tire cover, leather upholstery, CD/cassette audio deck, rear privacy glass, a Navtech navigation system, and chrome grille accent. Until 2001, the CR-V sold more than any other vehicle in its class. The North American models also received new exterior colors including Naples Gold Metallic and Taffeta White. Electron Blue was introduced in 2000 to replace Submarine Blue Pearl, while Satin Silver Metallic replaced Sebring Silver Metallic in 2001. However, that year, sales of the Ford Escape and its clone, the Mazda Tribute, surpassed those of the CR-V.

The Australian higher specification model was called the 'Sport'. It was added at the time of the first facelift and included body-colored bumpers, mirrors, door handles, and hard rear spare wheel cover. It also included alloy wheels, roof rails, and a large glass sunroof. The CR-V became the country's best-selling SUV in 2000, outselling the Toyota LandCruiser for the first time.

Fleet usage

In 2010, Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) CRV's began importing to Canada due to an increasing demand for right hand drive SUV's by Canadian Postal Workers. Parts availability and mechanical familiarity with the JDM CRV positioned the compact SUV at the top of many RSMC's list.[2] For many years, Canada Post RSMC's have used right hand drive vehicles as a postal delivery vehicle and most recently have agreed to compensate many of their RSMC's who choose to use a right hand drive (RHD) vehicle.[3]

Second generation (2002–2006)

Second generation (RD4–RD7)
Production 2001–2006
Model years 2002–2006
Assembly Swindon, England (HUKM)
Ayutthaya, Thailand (Honda Ayutthaya Plant)
Wuhan, China (Dongfeng Honda)
Sayama, Japan
Ping-Tung, Taiwan
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
India (Honda India)
Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Karawang Plant)
Designer Mitsuhiro Honda (1999)[4]
Body and chassis
Related Honda Civic
Honda Element
Honda Integra
Engine 2.0 L I4 K20A4
2.2 L turbodiesel I4
2.4 L I4 K24A1
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,620 mm (103 in)
2,625 mm (103.3 in) (post-facelift)
Length 4,535 mm (178.5 in)
4,600 mm (180 in) (post-facelift)
Width 1,785 mm (70.3 in)
Height 1,680 mm (66 in) 2002–2004
1,700 mm (67 in) 2002–2004 2WD
1,750 mm (69 in) 2002–2004 4WD
1,759 mm (69.3 in) 2005–2006 2WD
1,780 mm (70 in) 2005–2006 4WD
1,800 mm (71 in) 2005–2006 2WD/4WD
Pre-facelift Honda CR-V Sport (Australia)

The bigger and heavier[5] second generation CR-V (Chassis Code RD4-RD7) was a full redesign, based on the seventh generation Civic, and powered by the K24A1 engine. North American versions of the new engine produced 160 hp (120 kW) and162 lb·ft (220 N·m) of torque. Per new SAE regulations, the same engine is now rated at 156 hp (116 kW) and 160 lb·ft (220 N·m). Despite the power increase, the new CR-V retained the fuel economy of the previous model, thanks in part to the engine's i-VTEC system. The newly developed chassis had increased torsional and bending rigidity, while the new suspension possessed front toe control link MacPherson struts and a rear reactive-link double wishbone; the compact rear suspension increased cargo space to 72 cu ft (2,000 l). The second generation CR-V was Car and Driver magazine's Best Small SUV for 2002 and 2003. Second generation CR-Vs in countries outside of North America were again offered in both 'low specification' and 'high specification' variants, with the latter featuring body-colored bumpers and fittings. It also now did not require the glass hatch to be opened before the swinging door. Changes between model years 2002, 2003, and 2004 were minor. The success of the CR-V prompted Honda to introduce an entry-level SUV, the Element.

It is reported that in late 2003, Honda took legal action against Shuanghuan of China accusing its Laibao SRV of copying the CR-V's exterior design.[6]


In 2005, the CR-V received a mid-cycle refresh. The 2005 CR-V was now equipped with 16 inch wheels, the earlier models had 15 inch wheels. Visual changes included new taillights and headlights with clear indicators. The new headlights now have two separate H1 bulbs for low beams and high beams, the previous setup used H4 single bulb for both low and high beams. The taillights now used clear lenses instead of amber for the turning indicators. The grille was also changed; it had two horizontal bars instead of one. The front bumper design was slightly changed, it now has round fog lights compared to the previous rectangle fog lights and in addition to the lower grill there are two horizontal bars instead of one. The rear bumper reflectors were longer and narrower.

Facelift Honda CR-V (US)

On the inside of the car, the EX trim received upgrades which included steering wheel-mounted audio controls and an outside temperature monitor. The stereo system was also XM Satellite Radio ready (USA but not Canada). All CR-V models also had revised rear seat headrests, which had been redesigned to reduce rear view blockage.

Mechanically, the 2005 model was also changed. A major change included a drive-by-wire throttle for all CR-Vs. The all-wheel drive system was improved; it had been tuned to activate faster in low traction situations. US market models were equipped with a five-speed automatic, as opposed to the previous four-speed automatic.

In the United States and Canada, all 2005 MY and later CR-Vs have anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction control and Vehicle Stability Assist front seat-mounted side airbags, and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors for all occupants.

In Australia, the MY05 facelift went on sale in late 2004. Base models made do with only dual airbags and ABS as standard equipment, while the Sport came equipped with side airbags for the first time. Curtain airbags were unavailable on any model, until the next generation.

Following the tradition of adding a trim level above the EX during the refresh like the first generation CR-V, Honda added the SE trim level for the 2005 CR-V. The CR-V SE featured painted bumpers, body side molding, and hard, body-colored spare tire cover. For a more luxurious experience, Honda added a leather interior, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated side mirrors and front seats.

Third generation (2007–2011)

Third generation (RE1–RE5, RE7)
Production 2006–2011
Model years 2007–2011
Assembly Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Karawang Plant)
East Liberty, Ohio, United States (ELAP)
El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico (Honda Mexico)
Ping-Tung, Taiwan
Sayama, Saitama, Japan
Swindon, England (HUKM)
Vĩnh Phúc, Vietnam
Wuhan, China (Dongfeng Honda)
Ayutthaya, Thailand (Honda Ayutthaya Plant)
Designer Daisuke Sawai (2004)[7]
Body and chassis
Related Acura RDX
Honda Civic
Honda Element
Engine 2.0 L R20A I4
2.2 L N22A turbodiesel I4
2.4 L K24Z I4
Transmission 6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,620 mm (103.1 in)
Length 4,518 mm (177.9 in)
Width 2007–09: 1,820 mm (71.7 in)
2010–: 1,819 mm (71.6 in)
Height 1,704 mm (67.1 in)

The third generation CR-V was launched for the 2007 model year. It went on sale in the US during late September 2006. Unlike preceding models it features a rear liftgate rather than a side-opening rear door and no longer has the spare tire mounted on the rear door. The new CR-V is lower, wider, and shorter than the previous models; the length decrease is attributed mostly to the fact that the spare wheel no longer adds length to the back of the vehicle. A lowering of the center of gravity is another benefit of the spare wheel being located underneath the rear cargo area. A feature unique amongst SUVs is the center rear seat pass-through.

The third generation CR-V is powered by the latest version of Honda's standard K-series 2.4 L inline-four engine, similar variants of which can also be found in the current-generation Honda Accord and Honda Element. In North American markets, this engine's power is rated at 166 hp (124 kW) at 5,800 rpm and 161 lb·ft (218 N·m) at 4,200 rpm.[8] A 2.2 L i-CTDI diesel engine is offered in the European and Asian markets. The European market CR-V offers a new R20A 2.0 L petrol engine, based on the Honda R-series i-VTEC SOHC engine found in the Honda Civic, as opposed to the previous CR-V offering the K20A.

Since the introduction of a newer, five-speed automatic transmission, which sports a higher MPG rating and smoother shifting, the manual transmission has been dropped from the US market. Fuel economy ratings from the EPA are 20 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp) city, 26 mpg-US (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpg-imp)highway. Consumer Reports rates fuel economy as 19 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg-imp) city, 29 mpg-US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg-imp) highway.

Pre-facelift Honda CR-V Luxury, Australia

Honda is also offering an integrated Navigation option on the EX-L model. The navigation unit is made for Honda by Alpine and includes voice activated control, XM radio (in the USA and Canada), in dash CD player that can play MP3 and WMA media. It also has a six-disc CD changer in the center console and a PC Card (PCMCIA) slot in the Nav unit for flash memory MP3 or WMA files. A second CD player is behind the navigation screen, this CD player plays MP3/WMA cds. A rear backup camera is also included.[9]

An iPod adapter was to be an available option on US models, but is currently only available as an add-on accessory. All CR-V models still have the auxiliary audio input jack, which is either on the head unit itself (LX), on the central tray (EX), or inside the center console (all versions of the EX-L, with or without navigation).

For 2007, Honda CR-V became one of the ten best selling vehicles of the year.[10] It overtook Ford Explorer, which had held the title for fifteen years (1991–2006), to be the best selling SUV in the US.[11] To meet demand, Honda shifted some Civic production from East Liberty, Ohio to Alliston Plant #2, Ontario[12] (where some Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey production was located until production was consolidated at Honda's Lincoln, Alabama facility) to free up space for additional CR-V production. Currently, the East Liberty plant is building 400 CR-V models a day for the Canadian and US markets. The U.S. market CR-V models are imported primarily from Sayama, Saitama, Japan and El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico in increasing numbers. In 2008, CR-V continued to be top ten bestseller and best selling SUV of the year in the U.S.[13] Since its introduction in 1997, there were more than 215,000 CR-V sold in Canada.[14]

Chassis code: RE1 (2WD), RE2 (4WD), RE3 (2WD), RE4 (4WD) RE5 (4WD), RE7 (4WD)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Crash Test Ratings[15]

Frontal Impact:

Side Impact:


All models come standard with Vehicle Stability Assist. The Honda CR-V is rated "good" in frontal[16] and side-impact[17] crash tests by the IIHS. However it is rated "marginal" in the roof strength test.[18] An analysis conducted by the IIHS and released in June 2011, found that the 2007-08 MY CR-V had the lowest fatality rate in its class and among the lowest fatality rates among all vehicles.[19]

2010 facelift

2010–2011 Honda CR-V SE (US)

For the 2010 model year, the CR-V received style, powertrain, and equipment changes. The exterior changes included a redesigned front fascia with a new horizontal-slat chrome grille and honeycomb-designed lower front grille, new front bumper, and revised taillights. The rear bumper was redesigned, as well as new five split-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels for EX and EX-L models. The interior received minor changes, including seat fabrics, as well as wider driver and front-passenger armrests. The audio head unit controls were altered and the information display backlighting in the gauges was changed to blue, instead of the previous black. A USB audio input became standard in the EX-L trim while hands-free Bluetooth connectivity was exclusive to the EX-L trim equipped with navigation system. In 2011, a mid-level SE trim debuted with a 6-disc CD changer and 17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels that came from the pre-facelift EX and EX-L trims.

Power was increased from 166 to 180 hp (124 to 134 kW) for 2010 and mileage improved by 1 mpg for both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models. The EPA ratings were 21 miles per US gallon (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg-imp) / 28 miles per US gallon (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp) city/highway and 21 miles per US gallon (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg-imp) / 27 miles per US gallon (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg-imp) city/highway respectively. Recommended oil weight changed from 5W-20 to 0W-20 from previous years with a change to the K24Z6 engine.

The 2010 model year update went on sale in the United States in September 2009.


In the Philippines the 2010 Honda CR-V is nearly the same as the USA model, but is provided with side-mirror turning signals. It is available in 4x4 (2.4 L) and 4x2 (2.0 L), the former having a five-speed automatic gearbox as standard. The top of the range 2.4 L 4x4 comes with leather upholstery and HID headlamps. All models have rear parking sensors as standard, but no sunroof or GPS fourth generation.[20]

In Thailand, the Honda CR-V has 4 versions: 2.0S(2WD), 2.0E(4WD), 2.4EL(2WD), and 2.4EL(4WD). All versions come with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Navigator, DVD, and rear-view camera are standard equipment for 2.4EL(2WD) and 2.4EL(4WD) versions. The version with 2.0 engine has 150 Hps at 6200 rpms, while the version with 2.4 engine has 170 Hps at 5800 rpms.[21]

In Indonesia, there are 3 variants of Honda CR-V: 2.0L M/T, 2.0L A/T and 2.4L A/T. The 2.4L A/T comes standard with single electric driver seat, Dual Automatic climate control, five-spoke rims, different level of interior trims and touch-screen enabled stereo system. All versions use FWD configuration. In early 2012, the third-generation Honda CR-V is updated with new front grille and minor interior trims.


The CR-V facelift made available to European markets (as well as South Africa) features new added luxuries not previously seen before, and not available to Japanese, Asian, or American markets. Xenon (HID) headlights are available for the first time, as are 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch optional), GPS/DVD navigation system, and a premium sound system with USB audio input. A panoramic glass moonroof is standard on upper spec models, and all models feature chrome exterior door handles. Externally, the vehicle also features complete body color-coding, on all lower body plastic cladding (models sold elsewhere in the world feature dark grey plastic lower cladding).

The 2.2 L i-CTDI N22A turbo diesel engine was discontinued and replaced by the 2.2 L i-DTEC N22B engine, increasing power output to 150ps, and meeting Euro5 emissions standards.

South America

In Brazil the CR-V third-generation was sold (imported from Mexico) with a 2.0-liter, 150 hp (110 kW) i-VTEC engine instead of the 2.4 used in other countries. The reason is that in Brazil the tax is higher for engines above 2.0 liters. The Honda Accord sold in Brazil had the same 2.0-liter engine.

In Peru the CR-V has different trim levels. The two most equipped ones are the Deluxe and the Platinum. These two, in contrast with the models sold in the USA feature chrome door handles, and HID headlamps. The Platinum version also comes with rear parking sensors, and 18-inch alloy wheels. It does not feature heated front seats because it is considered unnecessary due to the type of climate in Peru. There is no trim level featuring GPS. Trim levels: 4x2-L, LX 4x4, EX 4x4, Deluxe, 4x4, Top, and Platinum.

Fourth generation (2012–present)

Fourth generation (RM1, RM3, RM4)
Production November 2011–present
Model years 2012-
Assembly East Liberty, Ohio, United States (ELAP)
El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico (Honda Mexico)
Sayama, Saitama, Japan
Ayutthaya, Thailand (Honda Ayutthaya Plant)
Alliston, Ontario, Canada (HCM)
Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Karawang Plant)
Swindon, England (HUKM)
Wuhan, China (Dongfeng Honda)
India (Honda India)
Designer Manabu Konaka (2010)
Transmission 5-speed automatic
9-speed automatic (Europe)
6-speed manual
CVT (Japan)
Wheelbase 103.1 in (2,619 mm)
Length 178.3 in (4,529 mm)
Width 71.6 in (1,819 mm)
Height 65.1 in (1,654 mm)


North America

The CR-V Concept debuted at the Orange County International Auto Show in September,[22] the production 2012 CR-V debuted at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.[23] The CR-V went on sale in the U.S. on December 15, 2011.[24]

It is powered with a 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline-four engine that puts out 185 hp and 163 pound-feet (220Nm ) of torque at 4,400 rpm along with an all-new Real-Time all-wheel-drive (AWD) with intelligent control system. All North American Honda CR-Vs come equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission.[25] Front-wheel-drive CR-Vs now get 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while models with the optional Real-Time all-wheel-drive are rated at 22 mpg and 30 mpg, respectively.[26]

2013 Honda CR-V VTi-L (Australia)
2012 Honda CR-V (US)
2015 facelift

The facelifted 2015 model year CR-V went on sale during October 2014.[27] The CR-V uses the direct injected "Earth Dreams" engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) transmission combination first introduced on the ninth generation Accord, EPA estimated fuel economy is improved +4/+3/+3 mpg (city/highway/combined). The structure has been modified to improve crash performance, particularly in the IIHS's small offset crash test. The suspension shock absorbers, springs, anti-roll bars and lower control arms are also revised to improve ride performance, while a reduced 15.6:1 steering gear ratio and larger brake booster gives it a sportier feel.

The "EX-L with Rear Entertainment System" trim was discontinued. A new "Touring" trim supplants the "EX-L w/Navigation" trim level as the top trim level and adds Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) with Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) along with a power tailgate, power seat and side mirror memory, projector headlamps and integrated turn signal side mirrors.[28] The interior has been upgraded for a more upscale look with Honda's Lane Watch passenger side mirror camera now optional as well newly available exterior LED daytime running light headlamps.


In Japan, the 2012 CR-V was launched on November 28, 2011 and has been on sale since December 2, 2011.[29] The Japan-spec 2012 CR-V is offered in 2.4 L and 2.0 L variants. The 2.0 L variant is mated with continuously variable transmission with torque converter that has the same off-the-line acceleration and overall acceleration performance as the 2.4 L model. The 2.0 L variant is only available in front-wheel drive; the 2.4 L variant is available in four-wheel drive model only and equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission.


In Thailand, the 2012 Honda CR-V was launched in September 2012. It is offered in 2.4EL 4WD, 2.0E 4WD and 2.0S 2WD variants.[30] They are all mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4 EL comes standard with 18 inch alloy wheels, Smart Entry and Start System, Navigation, HID-Projector Headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.


In Indonesia, the fourth generation Honda CR-V was launched by PT Honda Prospect Motor (Indonesian Sole Agent of Honda Automobiles) in September 2012. There are 4 variants available: 2.0L M/T, 2.0L A/T, 2.4L A/T and 2.4L A/T Prestige. The 2.4L A/T comes standard with 18 inch allow wheels, Fog lamps, Chrome-plated door handles, Dual-zone Automatic climate control, Leather seats, Smart Key, Start-Stop button, Paddle shifters, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill-start assist and Electric Driver seat. The 2.4L A/T Prestige comes with fog lamps chrome garnishes, muffler tips and Navigation system with rear backup camera and parking sensor. All versions use FWD configuration and RM-3 chassis code

Unlike the CRV intended for North American market, Indonesian Honda CRV uses slightly revised front bumper, identical to the CRV intended for Japanese market. It also has side-mirror turning signals and projector headlights without Daytime running lights (DRL) pre-installed despite the dedicated room for the LEDs at the bottom of the headlamp.


The fourth generation CR-V was launched in China in February 2012.[31]


In India, the 4th generation CR-V was launched in February 2013 with 2 variants, a 2.0 litre petrol and a 2.4 litre, 185 bhp petrol. The 2.0 litre variant will be equipped with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.4 litre variant will come with an automatic gearbox, Honda's on demand 4 wheel drive system and an Econ-mode to increase fuel efficiency.[32]


In the Philippines the fourth generation CR-V was launched in early 2012 available in 3 trims. The 2.0 V which is the base model available in 6 speed manual transmission or 5 speed automatic,no fog lights,no side side turning lights has Halogen type headlights and sharks fin antenna and LED taillights. 2.0 S ranging from the top it has Fog lights and mirror with side turning lights fabric seats (also available for the 2.0 V ) and the top of the line 2.4 SX comes with 4X4 terrain,New alloy wheel design,leather seats,chrome door handles,HID headlights and smart key with push start/stop engine. All models receives reverse camera and ECON button. In early 2015 a facelift version for the CR-V has come all models now receives DRL or Daytime running lights,garnished lower bumper front and back, new chromed tailgate and redesigned front headlamps. 3 variants are still available the 2.0 V available in automatic and manual transmission,cruise control,ECON button,Reverse camera and rear aircon vents,2.0.S comes with Automatic transmission, fog lights, smart key with push start button,paddle shifters and VSA. The 2.4. SX is the top of the line model comes with lane watching camera,Navigation system,auto sensing wipers and 4X4 wheel drive.


The Malaysian trim of Honda CR-V has been launched in three engine options such as - 2.0-litre 2WD, 2.0-litre 4WD and 2.4-litre 4WD. The 2WD trim is powered by five speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. Whereas, the AWD trim sends power to the rear wheels when required. The top of the line 2.4 Liter AWD trim is mated to a 5-speed automatic that is capable of generating about 188bhp of power with 222 Nm of torque output.[33]


Honda introduced the 2015 model in the first quarter of 2015. Three engines are available: 1.6 i-DTEC (diesel) producing either 120 PS (88 kW) power and 300 Nm torque (2WD) or 160 PS (116 kW) power and 350 Nm torque (4WD) (replacing the N22B 2.2 i-DTEC unit paired with the 5-speed automatic gearbox and 150 PS, that was used between 2012 and 2015); and 2.0 i-VTEC (petrol) producing 155 PS (114 kW) power and 192 Nm torque (both 2WD and 4WD). Three gearboxes are available: 6-speed manual (petrol and diesel), 5-speed automatic (petrol) and 9-speed automatic (diesel).


To promote the vehicle during Super Bowl XLVI, Honda brought in Matthew Broderick for their commercial, which pays homage to his 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.[34] The commercial ties into Honda's "Leap List" campaign for the CR-V.[35] The company also released an extended version video.[35]



The CRV utilizes Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering front structure, the structure was upgraded during the mid-cycle refresh. All CR-V models come standard with a backup/reversing camera. Annual versions may differ.

2016 NHTSA[37]
Frontal – Driver:
Frontal – Passenger:
Side – Driver:
Side – Passenger:
Side Pole – Driver:
Rollover: / 17.4 %

Euro NCAP test results
Honda CRV 2.2 diesel SE, RHD (2013)[38]
Test Points %
Adult occupant: 37 93%
Child occupant: 37 74%
Pedestrian: 25 68%
Safety assist: 6 66%
2012 CR-V NHTSA scores[39][40]
Frontal Driver:
Frontal Passenger:
Side Driver:
Side Passenger:
Side Pole Driver:
Rollover: / 17.4%
IIHS scores[41][42]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good[43]
Small overlap frontal offset (2012-14 models) Marginal[44]
Small overlap frontal offset (2015-present models) Good1
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good2
1 vehicle structure rated "Good"
2 strength-to-weight ratio: 5.08


Honda is recalling 172,000 vehicles because of a problem with the door latches that could cause a door to open while driving. The recall affects the redesigned 2012 CR-V and the Acura ILX sedan.[45]

On October 7, 2012, Honda recalled about 482,000 CR-V models in Europe and the United States finding rain water may enter the vehicles' power window switch on the driver's door, which could cause the switch to overheat and catch fire.[46] The recall was for 2002-2006 models.[47]


Calendar year US sales
1997 66,752[48]
1998 100,582
1999 120,754[49]
2000 118,260
2001 118,313[50]
2002 146,266
2003 143,909[51]
2004 149,281
2005 150,219[52]
2006 170,028
2007 219,160[53]
2008 197,279
2009 191,214[54]
2010 203,714
2011 218,373[55]
2012 281,652
2013 303,904[56]
2014 335,019[57]


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External links

  • CR-V at Honda Worldwide
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