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These spy shots from WorldCarFans give us the best idea yet of what the next Honda CR-V will look like when it launches next year. Sister ute to the Acura RDX, the next CR-V will not get the new Acura's turbocharged engine, but rather a more meager naturally aspirated 2.4L four-cylinder rated at 170 hp. That also means the CR-V won't be hunting any Toyota RAV-4s with their (much) larger V6 engines and third row of seats. Some good news is that this new Honda ditches the outside mounted spare and thus gets a vertical lift gate instead the traditional horizontal one.
[Source: WorldCarFans]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, the CX-7 ONLY got 14 mpg when driven by some lead-footed auto magazine writers. And the fact that the engine in the CX-7 has about 30% MORE horsepower than this new CRV will have...probably had nothing to do with it's poor numbers.
      The CX-7 needs to be compared to the Acura version of this vehicle and the Toyota RAV4 with it's optional V6.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Interesting that they chose to go with a rear window-line reminiscent of a Chrysler Pacifica's or Mercedes-Benz R-Class'. I personally don't like this look, partly because it's murder on rear visbility (which reminds me: I don't think you guys would be seeing a hearse if this test mule weren't painted black).

      That compromised visibility, plus the relatively weak engine, look to be this design's weak spots--on paper, anyway.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Geez, you guys are a tough crowd. I think it's a great improvement over the current pointy fronted box. We are looking for a reliable, practical and efficient vehicle for my wife for work/runabout. This has to be on our short list. The RAV is too, but I just haven't warmed up to that vehicle; inside or out.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sid and Jeff: before you go pick up your CX-7, you might want to consider that Car and Driver observed said vehicle achieving all of 14 mpg in their test (July 2007).
      • 9 Years Ago
      CRV not as slick-looking as the Mazda CX-7, but far better than the RAV4 IMO.

      The RAV4's ugly "D" pillar and stupid tire hanging off the back (overhangs the bumper--a bad design) kill the RAV4's style. The RAV4 is still an excellent vehicle as are all Toyotas.

      Seems the new CRV doesn't have a spare tire hanging off the back. In some markets, the RAV4's tire isn't on the back as it is on U.S. versions.

      True that an outside spare creates more interior space, but the outside spare becomes the rear bumper with expensive repairs if it hits anything that destroys the rear hatch window, etc. Also, an overhanging tire damages the hoods of cars parked behind when a Paris Hilton is trying to park.

      I'd take the CRV over a CX-7 because there might be too much Ford in the CX-7 to suit me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Most of you guys are clueless. Yes, you know how to read, but remember what you read or connect the dots--I don't think so. And for the Mazda-head who thinks Honda can only dream about perfomance--Well, tell me of one car that even comes close to the Fit or the S2000 and that is actually in their respective comparison group?
      • 9 Years Ago
      >24. Yes, the S2000 can be matched by the RX-8. For cheaper. And is a better car at that.

      >Not to mention the upcoming Mazdaspeed MX-5.

      >The Fit? You got me there. Mazda doesn't manufacture overpriced, underpowered vehicles so Honda wins that one.

      Mazda2 is indeed competitive, and shares a platform (as so often Mazda's do these days) with Ford (in this case the Fiesta, which is damn nice for a small car). Expect it in the US sometime in 2007.

      >Got anything to take on the CX-7, MX-5, Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3/6 at their comparison groups?

      CX-7 ranges from a high level CR-V to an entry level RDX. The Civic is competitive with the 3, the Accord blows the 6 out of the water, and the 5's comparable model is the Honda FR-V, which also seats 6 on a compact 4-cylinder platform, though does it with a different seating arrangement (3+3 instead of 2+2+2, sacrificing shoulder room for better legroom and cargo room.)

      You have to look a little farther than the borders of the continental US when comparing two global companies.

      I own a Honda and a Mazda, but I'd sell both if I could buy a Citroen in the US, built to US specs.
      • 9 Years Ago
      You expert shoppers do know the CX-7 is a more expensive vehicle that the CR-V right? There's about a 10K difference between the top models of each.
      The Acura RDX will compete against the CX-7 and because it is an Acura and the CX-7 is, well a Mazda, the RDX will sell more.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Jose - Wow, I thought the last CR-V is an awesome design. Very masculine. And I love the interior just as much. I will be buying an '05 or '06 CR-V when this new version comes out.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Everytime J.Neff graps someone elses tip, he never gives that person any credit. For now on, I will write
      that Neff can't use any of the articles that was submitted by me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It looks more suited for corpses rather than passengers
      • 9 Years Ago
      Kia must be flattered.
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