• Aug 24, 2009
You're excused if you look at these images and see little more than the Honda CR-V that we already know and love. According to a corner of its home-market website, the Japanese automaker is debuting what it calls the "new CR-V" on September 17th, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Already a hot perennial seller, Honda is understandably cautious to mess too much with success, though calling this updating anything other than a mid-cycle refresh is a bit of a stretch.

Subtle grille and fascia changes are about the extent of what we can make out from the limited images, leaving the CR-V a good looking sales workhorse in Honda's stable. We'll all have to hold our breath until mid-September when the whole enchilada will be revealed and we'll find out if there are changes under the skin worth talking about.

[Source: Honda Japan via Carscoop]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a Honda fan and can agree this is not the best looking CUV on the market. But Honda buyers are loyal because the cars last, they're safe and it's a name they can trust. Chevy and Ford are going a long ways to make improvement in their vehicles, mostly in cars but their whole line up is getting better. Three years ago you couldn't sit in a car with a Ford or Chevy interior and be cross shopping Honda's and Toyota's in the same price range with out throwing up a little in your mouth just at the difference in quality, I want the American companies to continue to be better, but until I can trust it to hold up like a Toyota or Honda... the Japanese are getting my money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, you can trust a Ford to hold up as well as a Honda or Toyota. All of the independent surveys agree on that. As for GM, it's still pretty hit or miss, and I have no confidence that things will get better now that they are owned by the UAW and the government.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks for the warning, I'll go underground on the 17th.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yay! Just what car enthusiast want, a new face on their soccer mom cars! C'mon Autoblog lets pick up the monday drag!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The grille always looked like there was a piece missing to me but other than that I thought this design was a massive upgrade from the last generation CRV which looked like a fiat panda
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can polish a turd...
      • 5 Years Ago
      three letters describe this vehicle from Honda best: POS
        • 5 Years Ago
        i still say POS is perfect description
        there are plenty of people that don't care what they drive - still doesn't make those cars better than POS anyways
        • 5 Years Ago
        So? The Camry is the best selling car in America too, are you going to try and tell me that's a good car too?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It does look better and it will sell better, but I'll still take the new Forester over this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Car is right. I hate people who pretend these things are trucks. Its just another boring appliance driven by people who hate driving.
        • 5 Years Ago
        clearly you've never driven a Honda.


        Hondas are consistently rated highest in their class for driving pleasure.

        Not everyone WANTS to drive a minivan or crossover. but if I had to, I'd drive a Honda.

        And this is to say nothing for Honda's well known reputation for reliability and quality.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha, the ironic thing is that a Honda Odyssey can almost be considered "fun to drive" with relatively engaging driving dynamics.

        Minivan, yo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Basically a car on stilts. Not much off-road ability either.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The CR-V was never meant to go off-roading, haha. It's based off the Civic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      arent facelifts supposed to make vehicles look BETTER?
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      RAV-4 over this anyday.

      This thing looks bad IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks marginally better
      Old one had these ugly little square nubs in the front and rear bumper - wtf?

      Looks aside, the CR-V is a very good and sensible small SUV. Too bad its frumpy looking.
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