Built on the 2001 to 2005 Civic platform; the 2006 Honda CR-V enjoys the same level of small-car agility and reliable ride quality. The SUV side of its personality adds good all-weather performance to the mix, along with the more secure feel of a midsize sport utility vehicle. It top things off with good fuel economy, and the Honda CR-V makes a worthwhile option for any buyer in search of a stronger alternative to a traditional small car.
Honda unveiled the CR-V in 1997 as a primary competitor for the Toyota RAV4. These two mini SUVs composed and defined their whole segment in those days, benefitting from great sales despite their many similarities. The field of competition expanded widely over the following decade, with fresh models offering a greater range of engine options, features, and better offroad abilities. Through it all, the Honda CR-V has held steady with its old design philosophy, carlike ride, and practical construction. While it may fall a step behind the competition with its lack of a V-6 option and no real offroad capability, the CR-V still comes out on top in terms of overall drivability and handling.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Honda CR-V LX, Honda CR-V EX, Honda CR-V Special Edition
No noteworthy changes have been made to the Honda CR-V for 2006. However, thanks to the new SAE testing procedure that Honda implemented last year, the CR-V’s stated engine power falls a bit below that of older models.
This mini SUV gets built on a small-car platform, with a sturdy but agile design. Three trim levels include: the LX, EX, and Special Edition (SE). Standard exterior equipment for all models includes a front air dam, mud guards, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, a full-size spare tire, a rear window defogger, and a rear wiper. Steel wheels come standard on the LX, while alloy wheels remain optional on the LX and standard on the EX and SE. Additional options for all models include a running board and fog lights.
The Honda CR-V offers a generous amount of interior room, for cargo as well as passengers. The cabin includes ample storage space, and the rear seats provide a great amount of comfort for an SUV of this size. Both sides of the 60/40-split rear bench can move forward or back, while also reclining up to 45 degrees. The rear seats also tumble forward to create 72 cubic feet of cargo space.
The LX trim package includes power windows, cruise control, air-conditioning, a CD player, rear heater ducts, and a 12-volt accessory outlet in the cargo area. The EX model adds steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, privacy glass, and an outside temperature gauge to the list of standard features, while the Special Edition upgrades to heated leather seats and a leather steering wheel.
Performance & Handling
While the 2006 CR-V lacks the V-6 power utilized by so many of its competitors, its 2.4-liter, inline-four with Honda’s i-VTEC architecture still delivers plenty of oomph to satisfy most everyday drivers. This 156-horsepower machine pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission in all models, though the EX also offers a five-speed manual gearbox. The CR-V’s all-wheel-drive system–called Real Time 4WD by Honda–only sends power to the front wheels in normal conditions and shifts to the rear wheels if it loses front traction.
Comfort has the final say over performance for the 2006 CR-V. The all-wheel drive provides good control on wet and slippery surfaces, but things get a bit shakier off the pavement. This isn’t the best SUV for an offroad wilderness adventure, but it makes for a perfectly enjoyable daily commute in any conditions.
The 2006 Honda CR-V’s full list of standard safety features includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, vehicle anti-theft, child safety door licks, and power windows and door locks. Front-seat side airbags come in all models, as well as head curtain airbags for both the front and rear seats. The NHTSA gives the 2006 CR-V five out of five stars in all frontal- and side-impact crash tests, while the IIHS awards this SUV is best rating of ?good? in side-impact testing, as well as in 40-mph frontal-offset crash testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda CR-V LX: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Honda CR-V EX: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Honda CR-V Special Edition: 20/25 mpg city/highway
- Spacious, well-equipped cabin
- Sturdy handling and ride quality
- Lots of standard safety features
- High crash test scores
You Won't Like
- Less interior space than many SUVs
- Limited engine options
While it can’t go as far offroad as some competitors, it offers all the power, space, and comfort you need for daily driving.
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