• Apr 26th 2006 at 7:28AM
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The next Honda CR-V due out in Japan later this year has been caught testing on the large isle of Australia with its more expensive sibling, the Acura RDX. And guess what, the darn thing’s bigger than the current model – surprise, surprise. Honda has to keep up with the Joneses, who are now driving a 269-hp Toyota RAV-4 with a third row bench. In addition to the increase in size the CR-V appears to slip through the wind with much less effort and its tailgate now hinges on the top instead of the sides.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Where are you guys getting the spec information? I keep getting an error message when I click "Read". Is it just the picture or does it have more information.

      Thanks in advance...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hmmm, I'm surprised Honda is falling into the US automaker trap of bigger is better. I own a CRV and I like the fact it is small and OK (I would have preferred 30 mpg's) on gas. If I wanted bigger I would have stepped up to a Pilot.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Must EVERYTHING always get bigger? Soon they'll just have to add a smaller SUV to pick up that end of the market... wouldn't it just be easier to keep each vehicle in it's respective class?

      Third row seats do not make sense for EVERY vehicle. Only some. If the emptiness of the commuter lane this morning is any indication, most people are driving just themselves and no passengers. A lot of these no-passenger cars are big and with a lot of seats. I'm not on an environmental tirade, that's not my thing, I'm just saying it seems silly for all these people to be in a big SUV, when they could just assume be in a Miata.... they'll still have an empty seat, and most likely a bigger smile.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't get the bigger thing either, that's what the Pilot is for. Next, they'll be introducing a "new" smaller suv appeal to the demo that the CR-V used to be aimed at. When I bought my suv, it was mid-size. Now everyone's cute-utes make it look small. It's ridiculous...and who needs a 3rd the size of a Snickers bar anyway? Where are all these American families suddenly toting six kids everywhere? Have they driven our roads lately? Just try to find an suv full of people--it ain't easy find.
      Karen B
      • 9 Years Ago
      Don't think I'm gonna' like the new CR-V. I'll reserve judgment,though, until I actually see one. I have a 2002 CR-V with nearly 70,000 on it. It's been fabulous! One of the reasons I bought it was for the looks of it--it didn't look like every other SUV, and it was a Honda afterall. As far as the style--here's my new mantra--Honda's are classy; Toyota's are flashy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Look! Every car looks like another car nowadays!
      • 9 Years Ago
      What's wrong with a spair on the hatch? Seems perfectly reasonable to me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "What's wrong with a spair on the hatch? Seems perfectly reasonable to me."

      wow, yeah, i just about to say the same thing... weird

      I thought that the older "real" suv's of the 80's and early 90's like the Montero, Pathfinder, Land Rover Defender, Bronco, etc. looked great with a spare tire hanging off the back. (although a spare tire on the roof rack like many Cherokee owners add, looks even better imho)
      • 9 Years Ago
      So mount the tire to a collapsable, energy absorbing cylinder rather than a welded steel frame.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree, it is so dumb to make everything bigger and bigger generation after generation. The Civic has gotten so big, they had to add the Fit to take the place of the Civic. What happens in three more generations? Accord is the size of a Cadillac, the Civic is the current Accord, the Fit is the Civic, and so we need yet another model to take over the Fit?

      3rd row? For what? Your hamster? The Rav4's 3rd row couldn't even seat a toddler in a booster seat, much less an adult. I don't think a German shepard could fit in the 3rd row.

      Stop the madness, aren't the high price of fuel telling anyone anything?

      UGHHHHH !!!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Congratulations to Honda. This is a vast improvement over the horrible styling of the past CRV. Gosh it was a horrible box design, with that nasty tire stuck on the back for so long...who needs to look at that? And all the problems in rear crashes with the steel arm crushing the door/window/wiper and causing major damage. They were awful designs, the RAV4 cleaned up considerably, and forced this lovely design from Honda. Honda has been poor at design for decades now. The new Civic Coupe is just a joy to look at. The Accord is still a morph'd mess, the Element just terrible box, the Pilot heavy and dated, the Ridgeline an Avalanche morph, and a nice looking vehicle was long overdue from this great engineering manufacturer. The Asians need to get creative in the styling department, and this cute little, curvey, attractive shape is an excellent start!
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