The 2013 Honda CR-V: The Best For Safety, Comfort And Overall Value

The 2013 Honda CR-V is here. And if you like comfort and ease of handling, this is the vehicle for you. Add to that it low sticker price and best in class rating for both safety and interior layout and you have a vehicle most families are sure to love.

What really stands out with this vehicle is how much emphasis Honda has placed on comfort. The cabin has richer, softer materials from stem to stern. The seats are so comfortable you should hear complaints on even long rides. The cabin is blessedly quiet and whether you are transporting 5 passengers or just need to move your stuff the spacious interior is sure to impress. When the rear seat is in place the CR-V boasts a more than adequate 37.2 cubic feet of space. When the rear seat is folded out of the way carrying capacity becomes an impressive 70.9 cubic feet.

The interior design is not fancy. The focus of the vehicle’s design is on function. Everything is perfectly placed and easy to use. Its rounded lines and gradual curves make it a pleasure to drive or to ride in. The shifter is elevated and in easy reach of the driver, The 2013 CR-V has more than ample leg and room and combined with folding armrests give one the feeling of being in a much bigger vehicle. The array of well-placed storage compartments makes storing lots of gear a breeze without making the vehicle seem cluttered or cramped. Overall the interior brings two words to mind- practical and comfortable.

The CR-V’s practicality also extends to the exterior. While it does not have sporty, supermodel beauty, it does have the nice curves and clan cut good looks of the girl next door who you would be proud to be seen with around town. With the 2013 CR-V Honda has subtly tweaked the look of last year’s model to create a slightly wider yet well-proportioned look that combines style with practicality. It is the best looking CR-V yet although it may not be the sexiest looking vehicle it its class. Like its interior the 2013 CR-V has eschewed groundbreaking style in favor of excellent function and owners will be plenty pleased with it.

Performance and reliability is what has always set Honda apart and the 2013 CR-V continues that tradition. Its five-speed automatic won’t blow the doors off competitors with its speed but that is not what CR-V owner were looking for when they bought the vehicle. Its 2.4-liter i-VTEC in-line four-cylinder engine delivers enough power and performance to keep them satisfied. The smooth shifting transmission downshift without hesitation and the 2013 CR-V’s taller gear ratios taller has improved fuel economy. This is why many people continue to choose Honda.

While the vehicle is not designed to scale mountains, it can get families to and from their campsite and over snow or mud covered roads with ease thanks to its Real Time AWD system. When cruising, the system fully disengages the rear wheels to help save fuel.
Driving the 2013 CR-V may not be very exciting, but it offers safe, easy handling and a softness to the suspension that improves the quality of the ride. One slight disappointment is the electric power steering which feels a little unsettled and under normal driving condition may requires frequent small adjustments.

When it comes to safety the 2013 Honda CR-V goes to the head of the class. The improved strength and rigidity it has gained from its re-engineered body structure is sure to appeal make owner feel comfortable about carrying their most precious cargo, their families. It has a class topping crash-test rating, including five-star results for frontal and side impact tests. Its side-curtain airbags, front side airbags, electronic stability and wide-angle side mirrors is part of the reason both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have ranked it as one of the top vehicles on the market when it comes to safety.

The 2013 Honda CR-V also has all the connectivity most people contained in its feature set. It includes Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, streaming audio, an i-MID control screen which displays information clearly and uses a simple directional toggle on the steering wheel to control it. Adding SMS texting, turn by turn directions and a trip computer/fuel economy screen through a Pandora app is a snap. Want to see your personal pictures as wallpaper? No problem. However if you want a satellite radio or a navigation system you may have to pay a little more and get the EX-L model.

If you do upgrade to the LX, EX, and EX-L models you also get a higher-power (328-watt) audio system with subwoofer, heated mirrors and front seats, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a ten-way driver’s seat and a host of other bells and whistles. You and your loved ones can even enjoy wireless headphones, a DVD player and a rear entertainment system featuring a seven-inch display. The system even comes with a remote control to make controlling it all just a little bit easier.

As always fuel efficiency comes standard. The 2013 Honda CR-V is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. It delivers an EPA rated 23 mpg in the city and a whopping 31 mpg on the highway if you choose the front-wheel drive model. Should you choose 4WD the drop off isn’t really significant. The 4WD models gives owners a not too shabby 22 miles per gallon as it navigate through stop and go inner city traffic or a robust 30 miles per gallon as it gallops along the highway. In these times of high fuel prices those numbers are a welcome sight.

If you are looking for comfort, safety, excellent fuel economy and affordability it’s tough to beat the 2013 Honda CR-V. With a starting price of around $22,695 for the LX model this spacious crossover is one of the best values on the market today.

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