The CR-V is Honda's compact crossover SUV. It has been in production since 1996. Derived from the Honda Civic, it was created to satisfy public demand for a Honda sport-utility vehicle. The first generation of CR-Vs lasted from 1996 to 2001. They have a 2.0 liter, 126 horsepower engine. The transmission came in 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic. The second generation of CR-Vs was produced from 2002 to 2006. The engines came in a 2.0, 2.2, and 2.4 liter 156 horsepower engine. The transmission came in 5 and 6-speed manual, and 4 and 5-speed automatic. The second generation of CR-Vs retained roughly the same fuel economy as the first generation, despite its increase in power. The third generation of CR-Vs is what is produced today. Their production began in 1997. Third generation CR-Vs began to have at least 166 horsepower. These third generation CR-Vs were wider and shorter than previous models and no longer featured a spare wheel attached to the back of the vehicle. Instead they are placed inside the vehicle itself.
Today's 2010 Honda CR-V costs about $21,000. The CR-V comes in three models: the LX, EX, and EX-L. All four models have four-cylinder engines with 180 horsepower at 6,800 rpm. The CR-V has a fuel efficient, 180 horsepower engine. The CRV can get an estimated 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon in the highway. It comes in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. It is an ultra-low-emission vehicle. The curb weight of all three models is about 3,300 lbs.
The 2010 Honda CR-V has won some awards as well. The CR-V has been honored in the Best Resale Value category for compact utility vehicles, as well as in the top 10 category by Kelly Blue Book. Edmunds.com names the 2010 Honda CR-V a "Top Recommended" car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2010 Honda CR-V 5 stars for its frontal and side-impact crash test ratings.
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