The Honda CR-V has a new look for the upcoming model year with newly designed front grill, cylindrical-shaped headlights and aerodynamic front bumper. A new side sill and side protector adorns the side of the CR-V, while newly designed rear combination lights and rear bumper enhance the rear of the vehicle.
The CR-V is offered in three trim levels. All come with a four-cylinder engine. All are available with a five-speed automatic transmission; a five-speed manual is available on the mid-level model. All models now feature new retractable grab rails and larger seatback pockets. On the EX trim level, steering mounted audio controls and outside temperature gauge has been added.
Added features for the new Honda CRV includes redesigned lamps, front bumper, headlight, side still and front grille, standard five speed automatic transmission,16" wheel for all trim levels, plus new EX alloy wheel design and LX steel wheel design, new arch flare with one-piece mud guard, improved ivory interior color, new integrated keyless remote entry. It also has a new cam-driven Real Time' 4WD mechanism on all models (replaces hydraulic pump-type system), new Special Edition trim level that includes heated leather seats and door mirrors, leather steering wheel and shift knob, body-colored bumpers, side molding, door handles and hard spare tire cover. It also has ABS, VSA and front side airbags standard on all trim levels.
The CR-V offers only one engine, a 2.4-literL/160-horse inline-four bolted to a smooth and responsive five-speed automatic transmission. The CR-V's standard equipment list includes electronic stability control and traction control, anti-lock brakes, front seatbelt pretensioners, and front and side airbag, side curtain airbags. A new, smarter, cam-driven 4WD system replaces the outgoing hydraulic pump-type mechanism.
For 2005, the front grille and front bumper have been redesigned to improve aerodynamics, and cylindrical headlights added to complement the stronger appearance. The CRV is one of the best car-based SUVs on the market yet it is competitively priced.
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