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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 New for 2007

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 707 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

What a great, reliable and economical car.

By on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

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
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "value for your dollar"

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

"Bought new and maintained by dealer service department. My 2011 CRV is reliable and following service schedule is affordable. Just about worry free if you take care of it. Fun to drive and practical. Expect to keep it for at least 200K miles."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great reliable car, practical, useful, efficient

By on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Practical and reliable, great for college students"

Cons: "more powerful engine, not the best looking car"

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

"This car was given to me from my parents after they drove it for some time. My mother used this car to drive roughly about 100 miles of high way driving 5 days a week for about 4 years. I got the car when I started to drive and have been driving it for about 4 years now. It has never broken down once, neither me, nor my parents have had to spend a penny repairing any major parts. Only wear and tear stuff has happened, which will happen to any car. My mother put well over a 100,000 miles on this car in the 4 years she drove it and the car has not had any problems. It is very reliable, practical for a college student, and I have gotten as much as 33 mpg on long drives. The engine is great, would like to see Honda put a V6 in this car but the current engine runs well and despite it being a four cylinder, it has decent acceleration as well."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Many major mechanical problems

By on Thursday, June 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Hate this car, can't think of any pros."

Cons: "major mechanical failures, silver paint scratches"

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

"At about 106,000 miles it started leaking fluid and had to repair the rear main seal which took 2 different visits to the dealer and it took them almost 5 days to repair it. At 119,000 miles had to replace the rack and pinon steering and both ball joints. At 126,000 miles had to replace the AC clutch and coil. Driver seat uncomfortable. Storage compartment on driver side door cracked. The silver paint chips VERY easily and shows every single scratch."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very Disappointed

By on Sunday, June 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Dependable if you can afford to keep it running."

Cons: "Too expensive to maintain"

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

"Things are requiring service that seem to be the result of poor quality components. Over $3,000 in the last year"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Nice

By on Friday, May 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Enough power and rides well."

Cons: "Rear seats do not come out."

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

"Nice car rides well. Very reliable but windshield/wiper system and rear seats could use a redo. Other than that is is a great car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Saturday, April 2, 2016

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great value, low maintenance, roomy interior"

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

"I bought this vehicle brand new in 2008. 8 years later, I have not had a single problem with it. I have regular maintenance (30k, 60k mile check-ups, oil changes, etc.) done at my local Honda dealership. I'm considering upgrading - only because it doesn't have any of the new technology, but this vehicle has been so good to me, I hate to get rid of it! If you are considering getting this vehicle, I highly recommend it!"

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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