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Review of The Month: Honda CR-V – The Perfect Intermediate SUV For Long Drives

Honda may not have created the crossover category with the Honda CR-V, but they sure made it desirable. When it first went on sale in 1995, the CR-V was in a relatively niche market. Today, buying or renting a spacious, high-riding vehicle with on-demand all-wheel drive is just normal. Our Mississauga car rentals desk sees tremendous demand for the CR-V for weekend getaways.

The Honda CR-V isn’t just a category leader; it established the intermediate SUV category!
Over the years the Honda CR-V has forged a reputation for being about the most rounded car you can buy or rent. The latest 2019 Honda CR-V only refines the formula further. Just to hit home how accomplished the CR-V is, here are some awards it has won: Best SUV Brand according to U.S. News; Best Compact SUV by Kelley Blue Book; and IIHS Top Safety Pick – and that’s just in 2019.
So why should you consider the Honda CR-V crossover for long drives? Read on to find out.

Powerful, responsive engine

Since 2017, Honda has been offering the Honda CR-V with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine. And it delivers a lot of power and torque for its displacement – as much as the Toyota RAV4, which has a much larger engine. Honda’s new engine also cures the perennial complaint of not having enough torque lower down the rev range. Coupled with Honda’s ability to make something as coarse as internal combustion feel like running a hot knife through butter, the Honda CR-V offers a refined driving experience.

A gearbox that works

The Honda CR-V comes mated exclusively to a Continuously Variable Gearbox (CVT). While CVTs from other makers are renowned for their rubber band effect, Honda’s are precise and fast to react. Gear ratios change smoothly and the gearbox is unobtrusive. The party piece of CVTs, however, is the ability to cruise at highway speeds at low RPMs – making the CR-V a very comfortable long-distance cruiser.
Great gas mileage

When it was launched more than 10 years ago, Honda’s Earth Dreams project underlined the company’s focus on high fuel economy for its passenger vehicles. It shows, too, with the CR-V averaging nearly 7 litres/100km. That’s very respectable for any car, let alone a high-riding crossover. Thank the turbocharged engine and CVT gearbox combo for this one. Now, your highway drives won’t drain the tank or your wallet. Get in touch to find a Honda CR-V car rental Mississauga.

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Comfortable suspension

Make no mistake, the CR-V is not a sports car; but is no boat either. Honda has always hit a good compromise between ride and handling, and newer models are no exceptions. Slightly soft springs combined with ample damping make this intermediate SUV remarkably car-like to drive. Admittedly, the steering is lacking in feel, even if precise. Regardless, this is a car that will receive praise from all occupants for its quiet and comfortable ride.

Spacious interiors and boot space

Honda stuck resolutely to its guns and kept the CR-V a dedicated five-seat SUV, despite its competition trying to usurp it with seven or more seats. Honda’s strategy of not compromising interior space for five adults has paid off as well. Passengers love the wide cabin and copious legroom they have. Best of all, the CR-V has a commodious, nearly 600-litre boot with all seats up (more than 1600 litres seats down). It means you can have a complement of passengers and carry all of their luggage, no problem.
Safety and convenience

The Honda CR-V has aced safety ratings ever since it was launched. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2018 Honda CR-V a full five-star rating for overall safety. In fact, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has chosen the Honda CR-V as its Top Safety Pick in 2019.
Honda Sensing – its suite of driver safety tech – is fully featured too, giving you automatic braking, lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control. Not only do they make your drive safer, but take the strain out of long journeys.

Mississauga Car Rental

To make sure you get the best crossover on the market for your drive, get in touch with Advantage Car Rental. Our rates for car rentals Mississauga are extremely competitive compared to the large car rental companies. We don’t pass on our administrative costs to you. With Advantage, you are sure you get clean and well-maintained cars that will be your faithful companions.

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