2014 Honda CR-V Review

The Honda CR-V has been one of the bestselling SUVs over the years due to its practicality, comfort, usability, fuel economy, driver involvement, reliability and low ownership costs that its competitors can’t match. It competes with established brands such as the  Nissan X-Trail, Toyota Vanguard, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5 Toyota RAV4

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Detailed Review

The Honda CR-V has been in production for 5 generations since 1995. the first generation known as the RD1 was in production from 1995 to 2001, the second generation known as the RD4 from 2001 to 2006, the third generation known as the RE3 from 2006 to 2011, the fourth generation known as the RM1 from 2011 to 2016 and the fifth-generation known as the RW1 from 2016 to present.

The 2014 Honda CR-V comes with 3 engine options: a 2.4 Litre K24A i-VTEC petrol engine, a 2.0 Litre R20A i-VTEC petrol engine, and a 2.2 Litre i-DTEC turbodiesel engine.

2014 Honda CR-V Grades

  1. 2014 Honda CR-V LX– It comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, a blind-spot mirror, full power accessories, keyless entry, a rearview camera, cruise control, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split-folding and reclining seat with trunk-mounted fold handles, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an iPod/USB audio interface and Pandora Internet radio control.
  2. 2014 Honda CR-V EX- It adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, fog lights, body-colored mirrors and door handles (instead of the LX’s black plastic), rear privacy glass, a cargo cover and a six-speaker sound system.
  3. 2014 Honda CR-V EX-L– This trim adds roof rails, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar, heated front seats, leather upholstery, satellite radio and a seven-speaker sound system that includes a subwoofer.

Interior legroom & Space

The Honda CR-V’s cabin provides enough space for stowing large and small items. The enormous center console bin between the front seats is large enough to conceal several purses from view. The logical organization of the controls is another manner in which the CR-V is highly user-friendly. Though the overall body size is smaller than in previous generations, the interior space is still unchanged and both rows are spacious and comfortable.

Cabin Storage

At the front, there are 2 cup holders, 2 bottle holders, door panel storage, a glovebox, and a cubby box. For the second row, there is storage on the front seat pockets and door pockets.

Boot Space

The Honda CR-V’s boot space can hold a significant amount of luggage. It has an extra compartment under the floor and the back seats fold completely flat to open up the boot to more space.

Exterior

The exterior received a total makeover that transformed the CR-V into a sleek and modern-looking SUV. All grades come with alloy rims and fog lights while higher grades are loaded with extras such as daytime running lights, chrome trimming, and roof rails.

2014 Honda CR-V Fuel Tank Capacity: 58 Litres

2014 Honda CR-V Fuel Consumption

2014 Honda CR-V 2.4L Petrol Fuel Consumption: 10.41km/L (On Average)
2014 Honda CR-V 2.0L Petrol Fuel Consumption: 12.8km/L (On Average)
2014 Honda CR-V 2.2L Diesel Fuel Consumption: 6.9L/100km (On Average)

2014 Honda CR-V Acceleration

2014 Honda CR-V 2.4L Petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.9 secs.
2014 Honda CR-V 2.0L Petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.1 secs
2014 Honda CR-V 2.2L Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.6 secs

Service Intervals
Minor Service – Done at 10,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service – Done at 15,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

 

Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
A few years back, Honda spares parts were expensive and not easily available in Kenya. Things have significantly improved with the parts now being cheaper and easier to find. Service parts are readily available in major towns and comparable in price to the Toyota RAV4. On the other hand, body parts such as headlights can be expensive and hard to find. This is not unique to Honda but also for most cars where body parts are usually expensive and hard to find. For a list of Honda CR-V spare part prices and dealers in Kenya, follow this link.

Performance and Handling

The CR-V strikes a wonderful balance between comfort and control on the road. The steering lacks any meaningful feel and can lack mid-corner precision, but it is light and makes the vehicle easy to maneuver in urban areas, especially when parking. Through tighter turns, the CR-V may exhibit some body roll, but it feels nimble and all-wheel drive provides adequate traction.

Resale Value: Average

Honda CR-V Competitors: Nissan X-Trail, Toyota RAV4, Land Rover Freelander, Subaru ForesterMitsubishi Outlander and VW Tiguan

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: From Ksh.2,000,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 48,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If necessary) Ksh. 60,000/- for 4 Tyres
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What We Love about the 2014 Honda CR-V

  • Superb interior space and comfort
  • Big boot
  • Decent dynamics and ride quality

What we don’t Like

  • Interior not to the same level of snazziness as rivals
  • A bit plasticky inside

Conclusion

The CR-V remains near the top of the pack in the SUV segment and is arguably the most family-friendly offering SUV. With ample space and a big boot, it ticks a lot of boxes as a perfect and reliable car.

Also Read: 2016 Honda CR-V Review

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