There is confusion as to what “CR-V” stands for, as Honda sources in different markets cite different meanings. The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by the Japanese company Honda since 1995. The first generation (RD1–RD3) (1995–2001) can be called the original CR-V’s production era. 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-4 B20B producing 126 hp (94 kW) and 133 lb·ft (180 NMS) of torque. 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 bore to add the extra displacement needed to produce more torque.
In the second generation CR-V (Chassis Code RD4-RD7), the vehicle was completely redesigned, based on the seventh generation Civic, and powered by the K24A1 engine. North American versions of the new engine produced 160 hp (120 kW) and 162 lb·ft (220 NMS) of torque. 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 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 third generation CR-V, launched in the year 2007, is powered by the latest version of Honda’s standard K-series 2.4 L 4-cylinder engine, similar variants of which can also be found in the current-generation Honda Accord and Honda Element. Markets of North America rate this engine’s strength and power at 166 hp (124 kW) at 5,800 rpm and 161 lb·ft (218 NMS) at 4,200 rpm.
In Europe the CR-V offers a new R20A 2.0 L petrol engine and it is based on the Honda R-series i-VTEC SOHC engine found in the Honda Civic. For the 2010 model year, the exterior changes to CR-V include a redesigned front fascia with a new horizontal-slat chrome grille and honeycomb-designed lower front grille, new front bumper, and revised taillights. Moreover, it got a modest style, power train, and changes in equipment.
The 2011 Honda CR-V model is equipped with a 2.4 Liter engine with 16 valves and 4 cylinders, which provides a horse power of 180. The car has several safety features, such as ABS, Airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Traction control. The interior of the car is equipped with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, Noise, Vibration and Harshness Reduction. This new model is different to its predecessors with its lowered Step-In height that eases the entering and exiting of the vehicle.
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