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2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Honda CR-V

Honda’s CR-V has been a hit for many satisfied people over the decades.  The CR-V has been one of the longest serving SUVs of its type – ever, so if anyone knows a thing or three about how to build a decent, reliable, and comfortable SUV, it will be Honda.  What’s the 2022 CR-V like?  It’s muscled up nicely and grown more manly in its looks, more attractive in its lines, and the CR0-V is right up to speed with all the latest tech and equipment.

As far as roomy family-sized SUVs go, the latest CR-V looks pretty nice in the metal, and it has an elegance that other similar takes on the SUV styling (e.g., Toyota RAV4, Skoda Kodiaq, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Tucson) might appear a little short on.  This 2022 Honda CR-V boasts a well-proportioned exterior with the addition of the careful flick of an artist’s brush to give us a very nice-looking and interesting medium/large family SUV.  Mums and Dads heading off on the school run in a new CR-V will look the part.

2022 Honda CR-V

On the inside, Honda has kept the CR-V design interesting, with their own take on how the dash, panels and surfaces should look in a family SUV.  Honda’s bestselling SUV is comfortable, the seats being very supportive and spacious first and second rows.  You get dinky features like the sunglasses holder that doubles as a rear seat space mirror, so the driver and front passenger can keep half an eye on backseat antics.  Big door bins swallow bottles easily, and there is plenty of jack points for connecting phones and other devices throughout the cabin.

Even entry level models get adaptive cruise control that keeps you a safe distance from the car in front, as well as lane keep assist.  Auto emergency braking and automatic headlights are standard, and a very modern feature is the detection system that automatically puts a phone call through to the ambulance if you end up (unlikely) in a major Honda CR-V accident.  Premium Honda CR-V 5-star safety is a given by our independent ANCAP crash testers.

Maybe the one bugbear of the entry level model would be the infotainment system, which is a little on the tacky side and not that great.  So, if you can, get the CR-V with the better 7 or 10-inch touchscreen, all the better.  These are better units and offer modern tech, as well as being able to link in with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from your phone.  Head a step up from the base model and you also get front and rear parking sensors as well as a reversing camera, which displays itself on the touchscreen system.  Climate control becomes a dual-zone affair, which is a pleasant feature – especially in hot Australian climates.

Flagship Honda CR-Vs get loaded with kit, adding a complete leather interior, wireless phone connection and charging, LED DRLs and fog lamps, and blind spot monitoring, a heads-up display, a panoramic glass roof, and an automated tailgate – to name a few of my favourite things.

Honda’s 2022 CR-V also gets a digital driver’s display with blue lighting as standard.  While in the driver’s seat, you’ll easily get yourself comfortable, in fact, the Honda CR-V is one of the most comfortable family SUVs to drive.  Both the driver’s seat and the steering wheel are fully adjustable.  Long journeys are a doddle, thus.

Masses of storage throughout the new CR-V cabin, both front and rear, start to bring out the excellent practicality and liveability that the Honda CR-V provides its owners.  Back seat space is excellent and comfortable even for tall adults.  The rear doors also open very wide to make access a breeze – great for stiff-jointed Grandad and for popping those bulky child seats through!  Five and seven seater versions of the Honda CR-V are available, and the rear seats (second row) are reclining.  Third row seats can accommodate adults, though its tight – the Kia Sorento may have a tad more back here (FYI).  Two USB points in the rear doors is a cool Honda CR-V feature.

2022 Honda CR-V

Grocery bag space behind the third row is good, but you can’t really take a big suitcase (or three) when the third row is up and in place.  Fold that forward, and the boot space can be made flat with some underfloor storage space as well.  Obviously, the second row can also be folded flat to offer colossal cargo carrying capability.  Five-seater versions are top notch practical with their fixed rear seats and flat boot floor.

Towing capacity is pretty decent.  All models can tow up to 1500 kg braked and 600 kg unbraked.  Which brings me onto the engines offered in Australia.  Base model Vi versions get the 2.0-litre, 113 kW @ 6500 rpm, 189 Nm @ 4300 rpm 91-ULP motors. These average around 8 litres/100 km for fuel consumption, sometimes a little less, and, like all CR-Vs, are linked to a CVT gearbox.  VTi onwards (all the rest) get the 1.5 Turbo ULP motor with 140 kW @ 5600 rpm, 240 Nm @ 5000 rpm, and fuel efficiency around the 7 (or just over) litres/100 km.  FWD and AWD is available for all specs except the FWD -only Vi base model.

Out on the road, the Honda CR-V is comfortable and rides well.  Having the AWD capability tames gravel roads and slippery surfaces with ease.  There is a bit of body roll in the corners, but grip levels remain predictable and excellent.  The 1.5 Turbo gets along willingly and emits a growl when you put your foot down for more acceleration.  Interior noise maybe a bit more than you might expect, however you get used to it.

Anywhere between roughly $35 and $55k will see you into a new Honda CR-V, depending on the model, of course.  You get a 5 year/unlimited km warranty and 5 tears of roadside assistance.  While on the number 5, don’t forget the 2022 Honda CR-V is one of the safest vehicles of its type on the road.  The 5-star safety rating is superb.

Honda’s next-generation CR-V will be due shortly, so get in quick for one of these well-priced units.  With the new generation will come more new stuff, including Hybrid engine technology and other significant upgrades to go up against the latest Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson.

2022 Honda CR-V

The 2022 Honda CR-V models include:

  • CR-V Vi
  • CR-V VTi
  • CR-V VTi7
  • CR-V VTiX
  • CR-V VTi L7

For any more information on the new Honda CR-V or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181. If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Honda dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours. Private Fleet – car buying made easy!