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2008 Honda CR-V

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2008 Honda CR-V Review

A great value for the money.

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Honda is one of the most well-known vehicle manufacturers in the world for many reasons. The majority of its vehicles are wildly popular for their safety records, versatility, comfort, convenience, and of course, overall reliability. With all these traits packed into just about every single automobile created by Honda, it is easy to see why the company is really at the top of its game

The 2008 Honda CR-V maintains all the favorite characteristics of previous years’ models. It is the lightest of the compact sport utility vehicles (SUVs) on the current market. This foundational trait, linked with the four-cylinder engine, means that the CR-V gets top of the line fuel economy for its total size. Handling and driving performance are definite perks within this SUV, as it features highly-communicative steering, which makes it very enjoyable to drive in an urban setting or even through rougher terrain. The sporty but still refined CR-V exterior is recognizable in almost any setting. To really make the 2008 Honda CR-V special, there is ample interior space and plenty of handy features to keep things easy and very fun.

The Range

Body Styles: Compact SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: CR-V LX, CR-V EX, CR-V EX-L

What's New

The only 2008 Honda CR-V changes affect the car’s EX-L trim level. The 2008 Honda CR-V EX-L gains an eight-way driver’s seat, dual zone climate control, and the separate option of a premium sound system that used to only be available with the navigation system package. Everything else remains the same as the previous year's model.


The 2008 Honda CR-V's sleek look could end up confusing some people. The overall exterior appearance tends to point toward a crossover design even though the 2008 Honda CR-V is a pure-bred SUV and falls in the compact category of this class. The smaller overall size actually adds to its base appeal; it is still easy to get in and get out of, has better fuel economy numbers, and manages to work well in crowded urban areas.


The 2008 Honda CR-V interior cabin is able to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. The gauges are clear and easy to view while the controls are in the normally standard positions within the center console to keep things simple without confusing any passengers or the driver. Other features are ideal for the actual utility of the vehicle. Wide-opening rear doors make for easy access for loading people and cargo, and the lightweight back lift gate means that even smaller individuals will have no trouble opening and closing the rear end. The new additions to the 2008 Honda CR-V EX-L model are mostly based in the interior as well to highlight features already installed. The 2008 Honda CR-V EX-L has an eight-way driver’s seat and dual zone climate control in its standard package.

Performance & Handling

All 2008 Honda CR-V models are powered by a sturdy 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 166 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque. Yet, actual acceleration power is rather low for a compact SUV. It can take a full 10 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph. This particular engine is paired with a mandatory five-speed automatic transmission without any kind of manual transmission options. There is a choice of powertrain between a front-wheel-drive and an all-wheel-drive system, which can even moderate power to the rear wheels in the case of front slippage. The 2008 Honda CR-V's handling is one of its greatest attributes. It almost drives like a car. Steering is simple with the communicative properties of the system, and makes for easy parking.


Safety is a high priority for all Honda-manufactured vehicles. The 2008 Honda CR-V is equipped with anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. A perfect score of five stars was achieved in every category of front and side impacts by the 2008 Honda CR-V during government crash testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

CR-V: 20/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Ample cargo space
  • Affordability
  • Nimble handling

You Won't Like

  • Engine can become overwhelmed on hills
  • No manual transmission

Sum Up

A great value for the money.

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