First introduced in the United States in early 1997, the Honda CR-V has gained immense popularity over the years. For the first model year, the CR-V was only available as a four-wheel drive model with a 126-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The next year, Honda added a more affordable two-wheel drive model. And, in 1999, engine output was increased to 146 horsepower.
In 2002, the second-generation CR-V made its debut with a new i-VTEC engine and a larger cargo area. It was quickly becoming one of Honda’s most popular models and actually led to the development of the Element.
For the third-generation, which made its debut in 2007, the CR-V gained a traditional rear liftgate instead of the original side-opening rear door. It also lost the rear-mounted spare tire. The 2007 CR-V is lower, wide, and shorter than previous model years and gained a new five-speed automatic transmission.
Currently, the CR-V is in its fourth generation, which began in 2012. It is powered by a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder. Buyers can choose between front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Today, the Honda CR-V is the most popular SUV in America because of its versatility, reliability, generous cargo space, unbeatable safety, and excellent technology. Come visit us at Brighton Honda for your very own CR-V!