October 16, 2015
What is a Crossover? An Introduction to the Honda CR-V
If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “crossover” is a sweet basketball move, there’s a very good chance you are not completely familiar with the Honda CR-V. The missing link between SUVs and smaller passenger cars, crossover SUVs have gained immense popularity in recent years. The CR-V, Honda’s own version of the crossover, has a set of features that makes it a popular choice among car buyers everywhere. To help you to become familiar with the Honda crossover, here is a brief overview of the Honda CR-V and its impressive features.
Essentially, a crossover vehicle is one that looks like an SUV but drives like a car. Unlike SUVs, which have a body-on-frame platform, the Honda CR-V has a unibody platform. This gives it a much lighter weight, making it easier for you to maneuver gracefully and smoothly on the road. The unibody frame is also what gives the Honda CR-V a more durable structure. It also has exceptional fuel economy when compared to similar vehicles, delivering an impressive 27 mpg on city roads and 34 mpg on highways.
Thanks to its lightweight frame, the Honda CR-V handles much better than many other vehicles on the road. Although it is a front-wheel drive vehicle, you do have the option of upgrading to all-wheel drive if you want some light off-road capabilities. However, its light weight does limit its towing capacity to 1,500 pounds, which is still pretty good for a crossover vehicle.
The Honda CR-V is the perfect combination of modern style and versatility. On the outside, it looks like a sleek and boldly-styled hatchback. On the inside, it looks and feels more like a spacious SUV. The Honda CR-V is available in four different trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Each level of trim offers more tech and luxury features than the previous one, such as Honda’s LaneWatch, a 7-inch touchscreen, and more. The Honda CR-V has many of the same appealing qualities of an SUV, such as a roomy and spacious interior that is suitable for five passengers and lots of cargo storage capacity. The interior is also very family-friendly; it features upright, self-folding seats and a bevy of safety and tech features, making the Honda CR-V a great choice for anyone who has a lot of passengers.
As one of the safest crossover vehicles on the market, the Honda CR-V comes equipped with antilock brakes, a rearview camera, and front, side, and side-curtain airbags. It consistently outperforms other vehicles in its class, as evidenced in government crash and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing.
Crossovers aren’t just for basketball playbooks anymore. In fact, they’re becoming a very popular alternative to both large SUVs and small passenger cars. The Honda CR-V’s superior style, safety and tech features, low purchase price, and cost of ownership make it a great affordable alternative to SUVs and minivans.