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2007 Honda CR-V

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2007 Honda CR-V Review

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When the Honda CR-V first appeared in 1997, the SUV landscape had a far different look than it does today. Then, the market was thinly populated with four-wheel-drive wagon/SUV hybrids like the CR-V, and the new Honda was the class of a very small class. These days, steep and steady gas prices have chased many drivers out of their large sport utilities, downsizing in the hopes of economizing. As a result, the roads are thick with crossovers, and the third-generation CR-V rolls onto a far more competitive playing field.

You'll Like This Car If...

Few vehicles do as many things as well as the CR-V. As practical as a backpack, this benchmark crossover is an easy, one-size-fits-most car choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

There's little pizzazz in practical. If you chafe in sensible shoes, a compact crossover may not be the right fit for you.

What's Significant About This Car?

The CR-V's body and chassis designs are new for 2007. The list of standard safety equipment is expanded on all trim levels, the engine gains 10 horsepower (now 166), and is linked to a newly-standard, five-speed automatic transmission.

Driving the CR-V

Driving Impressions On the road, the CR-V has a well-integrated feel. The four-cylinder engine is right-sized for daily driving duties and the automatic transmission shifts smoothly. The only interruption to the quiet...

inside the cabin is some buzziness from the engine in high-demand situations, such as when the transmission kicks down to a lower gear for passing. Beyond that, there's not much road noise and little wind noise, even when the moonroof (standard on EX and EX-L) is open. The CR-V has a cushioned ride that belies its size. Handling is stable and predictable. Visibility is good in all directions, even to the rear. That's rare among SUVs, and credit goes to the relocation of the spare tire and the redesign of the rear-seat headrests. The four-wheel-drive system is automatic, requiring no input from the driver. The system shifts up to 70 percent of available torque from front to rear wheels as needed for improved traction.

Refined Ride Quality
A compact car with a big-car ride, the CR-V has a composed feel, easily rolling over rough roads without ruffling the passengers.

Sensible Size, Flexible Floor Plan
Right-sized, real-world dimensions and a highly adaptable interior are two reasons why the CR-V is Honda's biggest seller worldwide.

2007 Honda CR-V Details
2007 Honda CR-V photo Interior

Like most people, the CR-V's proportions have been rearranged a bit by the passing of the years. Unlike most people, the shift here is mostly positive. The latest version is a little shorter (3.1 inches), a little wider (1.4 inches) and it's put on a few pounds (88). The lessening in length is due to the removal of the SUV-influenced outboard tire carrier: The spare is now located beneath the cargo area. The width boost corresponds to an increase in hip room, with wider, comfortably bolstered seats. Front seats have enough travel to accommodate the long of leg, and all trim levels benefit from fold-down, inside armrests. Rear-seat legroom has been reduced by about an inch in the latest generation models. You can fit six footers front and rear simultaneously, though it's a skosh tighter in back now than it was previously. The new, dual-dial dash is an easy read. Controls and switchgear are all within arm's reach and simple to operate. Inside storage areas abound.

Like its predecessors, the new CR-V's defining feature is a highly flexible floor plan. Split rear seats fold easily and tumble forward. Doing so increases cargo capacity from a generous minimum of 35.7 cubic feet to a maximum of 72.9 cubic feet. Lift-over height in back is low. Second-row seats also recline slightly and the headrests have been redesigned for a visibility-enhancing low profile when not in use. Rear-seat travel is adjustable fore and aft. This allows you to pull row two closer to row one, shortening the trip for those occasions when the answer to the question, "Do I have to come back there?" is, "yes."

Exterior
2007 Honda CR-V photo

The first two generations of the CR-V made their mark by combining exceptional utility with enviable reliability. They were high function, but low fashion. This time around, Honda aims to lay claim to that portion of the new buyers flocking to this segment who are style conscious. Toward that end, the new CR-V's still-practical package is now wrapped in a more fashion-forward design. The side view is dramatically different, with an elliptically shaped greenhouse. Up front, the slash-cut headlamps point the way towards a laid-back windshield. Meanwhile, it's addition by subtraction in back. The rear view improves thanks to the deletion of the former bumper-mounted spare tire carrier.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The CR-V is now offered in three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L. A tire pressure monitoring system is newly standard across the board, as are 17-inch wheels. The steering column now telescopes as well as tilts. All sound systems have an MP3/auxilliary audio input jack, and speed-sensitive volume control. Those parents not equipped with eyes in the backs of their heads can utilize the standard "conversation mirror" on the back of the sun visor to keep tabs on the rear-seat occupants. LX and EX models have a retractable center tray table between the front seats. It's replaced by a fixed, floor-mounted console on EX-L models. Two covered storage containers are included—the larger of which is big enough to hold 24 CDs. EX and EX-L models gain a folding, removable, dual-level shelf in the cargo bay for added storage options. XM Satellite Radio is standard on the EX-L.

Optional Equipment

Honda's Real Time four-wheel-drive system is available on all trim levels. A GPS navigation system with a large, six-and-a-half-inch screen, voice recognition and rearview camera function is offered on EX-L models. The navigation system also includes an upgraded audio system, with 270 watts of power, a six-disc, center console CD changer, seven speakers (including subwoofer) and a digital audio card reader.

Under the Hood

The CR-V's drivetrain has been refined and simplified for 2007. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 166 horsepower (10 more than the last generation) and delivers its 161 pound-feet of torque across a wider power band than previously. The four-cylinder engine is linked exclusively to a five-speed automatic transmission. Dropping the five-speed manual transmission—formerly standard equipment on the CR-V—may be lamented by mileage maximizers, but Honda says that the demand for stick-shift CR-Vs among buyers has been low (only three percent) and dropping.

2.4-liter in-line 4
166 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 (2WD), 22/28 (4WD)

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2007 Honda CR-V Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 697 Ratings for the 2007 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Owner can no longer drive

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Condition average and appropriate for age and mileage. Needs tires and repair of rack and pinon (leaking. Color blue. Cloth interior damaged."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Fantastic Simple Roomy and Comfortable

By on Thursday, November 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Easy to drive, simple, very roomy, very reliable"

Cons: "Stereo sound limit, location charger socket"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my first SUV, I leased it initially for 3 years, and loved it right away. At first I was being careful not to cause any damage to it because it was a lease and had to go back and I didn't want to have to pay extra but then I fell in love, and you just don't damage what you love. I loved the ride, smooth and so much quieter than my other car, and easy to drive and park, its just the right size. I can load gardening stuff in the back one weekend and 3 + me,adults the next weekend, for an 8 hour road trip, no worries, everyone fit comfortably, including snacks, coolers and winter luggage and passengers could even recline a bit in the back seats. Would suggest additional charging sockets in rear, only has one in the front and the cover doesn't open in the right direction, makes it difficult to plug in. I really want to keep this vehicle, but for reasons unexplainable, I have to move on. The CR-V never let me down, always could see at any time, about when oil change would be needed, or low air pressure in the tires, the items that were listed that needed to be replaced at certain intervals were done and it was necessary. The only problem I had, I caused myself, by leaving the lights on when xmas shopping and had a dead battery upon return to vehicle. But a simple jump from fellow shopper had me on the road in no time. I also added the window visors, I want them on every vehicle I own. Being able to open the window a bit when its raining or snowing, and nothing comes in the car, is quite nice and such a simple pleasure. Oh yea, and the two glove compartments was another useful, unexpected addition, as well as the drop down tray between driver and passenger seats. Otherwise, no surprises. Love it, it will be hard to see her go. But life changes."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

After two years I have not had any problems

By on Thursday, November 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good value and easy to drive"

Cons: "upholstery not holding up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car has been reliable and easy to drive and maintain. No specific complaints other than the arm rest coverings have already worn out."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Would tell anyone how much I love a Honda...

By on Saturday, October 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Love driving it and love the sun roof."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I absolutely love my Honda CRV. It drives like a dream. It is so comfortable to drive; whether short or long trips. My last few cars have been Hondas. I had a 2005 new Honda Accord before this. Loved it too but nothing takes the place of my SUV. Love it. Love it."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best. Car. Ever.

By on Friday, September 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Safety, great gas mileage,visibility,storage"

Cons: "Had to replace power steering system @ 100K miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have loved driving this car more more than any I've driven in my adult years! Will definitely buy another when the time comes!"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

I love this vehicle, would probably by another '16

By on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've been very satisfied with my CRV, however there are now accessories I'd like to have: Back camera, front console which wasn't available in my current vehicle."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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