The CR-V 2021 is a compact crossover current sold by Japanese automaker Honda Philippines Inc. Now in its fifth generation, the model has been in existence since the 1990s. Currently, the Honda CR-V has two engine options with four variants. The first one is a 1.6-liter diesel, which can make up to 118 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. All variants with this engine uses a nine-speed automatic transmission. The top-spec trim has an all-wheel-drive drivetrain, while the rest of the trims are front-wheel-drive. As for the second engine of the CR-V, it comes in the form of a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline mill capable of producing up top 152 horsepower and 189 Nm of torque. Only the entry-level S variant uses this engine and pairs it to a continuously variable transmission. The entry-level CR-V S and the CR-V S diesel variant can fit up to five occupants, while the CR-V V and the top-spec SX can seat up to seven occupants. As for the dimensions, the Japanese compact crossover is 4,623 mm long, 1,855 mm wide, and 1,668 mm high. In the local market, the Honda CR-V is competing against the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, and Nissan X-Trail.
The Honda CR-V is a mainstay Honda product for the Philippine market. It has been around since the 1990's, and it has had several updates throughout the years.
The latest is the facelifted model introduced in 2021. It largely features the same exterior dimensions and design as the previous version, but it was updated to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Size-wise, the Honda CR-V for the Philippine market features a black colored grille, combined with priminent chrome pieces. It also has a pair of LED headlamps, and LED foglamps.
From the side, the black-colored cladding that was present on the previous model makes its return. The Honda-made crossover however rides on a new set of 16-inch or 17-inch wheels.
The rear on the otherhand, features smoked LED taillights, a skid plate, as well as a new rear bumper.
Depending on the variant, the CR-V can either fit up to five occupants or seven. All variants however come standard with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, automatic air-conditioning with rear vents, as well as leather seats.
For the driver, the CR-V provides a push-to-start button, a digital trip computer, as well as a digital gauge cluster. The top-spec CR-V SX though, comes with an electronically adjustable driver's seat, while the rest have a manually adjustable driver's seat.
Apart from being a practical family chariot, the 2021 Honda CR-V is also a dignified-looking crossover with a quiet and elegant exterior design. The Honda CR-V’s four color choices though, further adds to its character.
All variants of the Honda CR-V can come in red (Ignite Red Metallic). Any Honda CR-V trim can also be bought in black (Modern Steel Metallic). Then there’s white (Platinum Pearl White, which is available to all Honda CR-V variants. Last but not the least is blue (Cosmic Blue Metallic), which is only available for the Honda CR-V SX Diesel, and S Diesel trims.
Technology & Safety Features
For safety, all CR-V variants come standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, Hill Start Assist, Agile Handling Assist, a reverse camera, and Vehicle Stability Assist. As standard, the Philippine-spec CR-V gets dual front-airbags. The top-spec model S Diesel and SX however, also comes with side and side curtain airbags.
For CR-V SX also has a set of driver assist features. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Low-Speed Follow, Lane-Keep Assist System, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, and Forward Collision Warning.
Platform & Chassis
Honda CR-V is a compact crossover that can accommodate five to seven passengers depending on the variant. It has a body style of a five-door SUV and rides on the Honda Compact Global Platform. The crossover also comes with a G-force body structure to increase its rigidity.
The suspension is handled by MacPherson struts for the front and multi-link for the rear setup. Ventilated discs in the front and the rear solid discs are responsible for the Honda CR-V's stopping power.
Engine & Drivetrain
Propelling the Philippine-spec CR-V are two engine options. The diesel option is a 1.6-liter Earth Dreams turbodiesel mill that can produce up to 118 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. The gasoline option is a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine that can produce up to 152 horsepower and 189 Nm. Of note, the top-spec CR-V SX is the only trim that comes with all-wheel-drive.
Regarding transmissions, the gasoline variant uses a continously variable transmission, while the diesel ones comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission.