2024: HONDA CR-V

The 6th generation of Honda’s most popular SUV, the Honda CR-V is perfect for daily life or weekend escapes, with a rugged and sophisticated design inside and out, a more spacious interior, increased utility and a more advanced powertrain system for a sportier driving experience. 

Benefitting from longer and wider premium proportions and a significantly broader stance, the CR-V further advances the new Honda design direction with a low horizontal beltline, a long, powerful front end and clean detailing. Its strong new looks are backed up by a more fun-to-drive personality, more confident, refined dynamics and increased power and capability.

Inside, the new CR-V is quieter, more comfortable and more versatile, with the most cabin and cargo space ever in a CR-V. With premium, high-quality materials, upscale touches and improved visibility, CR-V’s sporty, modern and spacious interior is a fresh take on Honda’s new interior design direction, introduced with the 2022 Civic. The wide instrument panel features clean surfacing and a striking metal honeycomb mesh that conceals the air vents for an uncluttered and harmonious look. New front Body Stabilizing Seats reduce fatigue and improve posture. 

Intuitive and intelligent technology also has been smartly integrated into the cabin. Standard features include a digital instrument display, a 9-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone integration, plus wireless phone charging. 

CR-V comes standard with new and advanced active and passive safety technology to maintain its reputation as a leader in safety performance, including expanded and improved Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technology with a new front sensor camera and radar system. Next-gen front airbags, as well as new front knee airbags, also are standard. An updated version of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is designed to exceed current and future frontal crash tests, including oblique collisions.  

2024 Honda CR-V | Exterior Design

Key Exterior Design Features

  • All-New rugged and sophisticated design
  • Sleek roofline and long hood creates a sportier, upscale profile
  • Repositioned A-pillars and door-mounted mirrors improve visibility
  • 115mm longer, 10mm wider
  • Distinctive, powerful grille designs and standard LED headlights
  • 19-inch wheels for Exclusive Grade, 18-inch wheels for Executive 

Rugged and Sophisticated Design

The 2024 CR-V features All-New rugged and sophisticated styling that further advances the new Honda design direction that debuted on the award-winning 11th generation Civic. Longer and wider than its predecessor, the All-New CR-V’s sportier proportions are highlighted by a sleek roofline, a notably wider stance and long hood that’s now held up by hydraulic struts to ease servicing.

A strong horizontal beltline begins at the trailing edge of the headlights and extends to the rear, emphasizing its increased overall length (+115mm longer), while 10mm of additional width give it a more premium stance and presence.

Radical repositioning of its windshield pillars is key to CR-V’s new sportier proportions and improved visibility. The base of these A-pillars has moved 120mm rearward, 70mm outward and 35mm lower. Together with new door-mounted side mirrors, these changes improve forward visibility. A new larger rear windshield improves rearward visibility.

The front-end is strong and powerful with a large, upright grille – a key design element of Honda’s rugged design direction – and standard new LED headlights. For a cleaner upscale look, CR-V’s windshield wipers hide from view under the hood line when not in use.

A sleek roof spoiler and a new, all-LED interpretation of CR-V’s signature vertical taillights make the sixth-generation CR-V instantly recognizable from the rear. 

The range-topping Exclusive grade features even bolder styling including more aggressive front and rear facias and even sportier grille mesh highlighted with a gloss black accent. The Exclusive grade is the only trim with polished stainless-steel exhaust finishers, Front & Rear sport bumpers, 19-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof.

Seven Eye-Catching Colors

CR-V is available in seven different colors, including a new Canyon River Blue Metallic exclusive to CR-V. Also available is:

  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Lunar silver Metallic
  • Meteoroid Grey Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Coffee Cherry Red Metallic
  • Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic

2024 Honda CR-V | Interior Design and Package

Key Interior Design and Packaging Features

  • Sporty, modern and spacious cabin is a fresh take on the new Honda design direction
  • Increased passenger space and rear seat legroom
  • Exceptional outward visibility
  • Simplified dashboard surfaces reduce distractions and reflections
  • High-quality switchgear throughout the cabin for a class-above experience
  • Front Body Stabilizing seats reduce fatigue

Larger, More Premium Cabin

The interior of the 2023 CR-V is sporty modern and spacious, advancing the new Honda design direction, with fine craftmanship, premium materials and upscale touches. The All-New 7-seater cabin is also quieter, more spacious, and features more tech, including standard digital gauges and larger touchscreens. 

Rear seat legroom is improved 15mm and the rear seatbacks now recline in eight different angles (previously two angles) and a maximum 10.5-degrees of recline for a more relaxing passenger experience. There are also improved ISOFIX anchors that make it easier for parents to quickly and properly install front and rear facing child seats.

CR-V is notably quieter inside and more refined. Road noise is significantly reduced with new sound absorbing non-woven fabric front and rear fender liners and front floor undercover. A new sound absorbing insulation covers the floor, with spray-type urethane foam improving noise insulation by reducing the body gap at the base of the pillars. 

New isolators on the inner and outer firewall reduce engine noise inside the cabin. 

Interior noise is further reduced with improved Active Noise Control (ANC). With expanded coverage area inside the cabin by an added speaker exclusive to ANC, as well as a broader range of volume and frequency, ANC reduces unpleasant booming noise in the cabin, standard on both the Executive and Exclusive grades. 

Outward visibility is radically improved by CR-V’s repositioned A-pillars, expansive windshield and outside mirrors that have been positioned away from the windshield pillars. Further improving visibility is the clean surfacing atop CR-V’s wide instrument panel, designed with minimal cutlines to reduce windshield reflections and visual distraction. A new high-resolution rear-view camera with a clear field of view eases reverse manoeuvres.

Premium materials are used throughout the interior, especially on touchpoints, with close attention paid to the operation of all switchgear and controls including the click and heft of knobs, stalks and switches. A metallic finish on components such as the climate control knobs conveys an upscale feel and the turn signal and windshield wiper stalks have been reshaped to be easier to see behind the steering wheel spokes. The instrument panel and door panels have been designed with an attractive honeycomb-embossed pattern that hides fingerprints and scratches. LED reading lights are standard throughout the cabin.

A striking metal honeycomb mesh accent stretches across the dash. A design element that debuted on the 2022 Civic, the honeycomb trim serves both form and function, creating a dramatic visual dividing line between the audio, information displays and climate controls, while the flow-through design conceals the air vents that might otherwise mar the uncluttered and harmonious look of the dash.

More Comfortable Body Stabilizing Seats

CR-V features new front Body Stabilizing Seats, which firmly hold the body, reduce fatigue and enhance comfort, especially on long drives. This new front seat design uses multiple internal structures to provide improved support across the entire body, including a resin mat that supports the area from the pelvis to the lumbar spine for a more stable and solid seating feel. Forward and lateral pelvic tilt are reduced by the new curve of the seat bottom.

An inner frame on the seat bottom stabilizes the hip to reduce movement and posture changes during the various G forces the user may experience while driving. The seat also centers the upper body over the pelvis, helping to stabilize the upper arms and the eyesight of the driver, making it easier to drive.

Further reducing driver fatigue, the steering wheel angle has been reduced from 28 degrees to 25 degrees, giving CR-V a sportier, more sedan-like driving position. 

Expansive Storage and Cargo

CR-V’s new center console bin is the largest in its class, with a volume of nine litres. The storage tray ahead of the shifter is large enough to accommodate two smartphones side-by side.

CR-V maintains a low liftover height, making it easy to load heavier items. The operation of the power tailgate is faster and quieter with a new helical gear and a resin housing for the power strut. Both models feature a standard hands-free access power tailgate.

Class-Above Materials and Design

Both CR-V grades also offer standard black leather seats, with an 8-way power driver’s seat, and 4-way power passenger seat. Heated seating for front passengers is also standard.  

2024 Honda CR-V | HMI and Technology

Key HMI and Technology Features

  • Standard digital instrumentation
  • Available HD 9-inch color touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ compatibility
  • Qi-compatible wireless charging
  • New Driver Heads-up Display

Standard Digital Instrumentation

Intuitive and intelligent technology also has been smartly integrated into the CR-V cabin. The 2024 CR-V Executive grade features instrumentation with a new 7-inch color TFT display. The digital tachometer and numerical speedometer occupy the left and center, with a physical speedometer on the right. 

The Flagship Exclusive grade is equipped with a 10.2‑inch Interactive All-Digital LCD Instrument Cluster, from which the driver can seamlessly scroll through Music Playlists, Navigation directions, Honda Sensing™ functions as well as answer phone calls – All from the Steering wheel. The LCD screen is used to convey information to the driver with customizable areas on the left and right side of the display. The left side of the screen is dedicated to audio and telephone information, which the driver can select using the left-side steering wheel controls. The right side is dedicated to driving-related information such as activating or deactivating various Honda Sensing™ functions, or navigation system information, which the driver selects using the right-side steering wheel controls.

New 9-inch Touchscreen Audio System

Both CR-V grades now employ a 9-inch color touchscreen audio system designed to be very easy to use. This system, which debuted on the 2022 Civic to rave reviews for its ease-of-use, features a physical volume knob, physical buttons for Home and Back functions, and large and easy-to-recognize icons. It’s powered by a faster processor for lag-free performance, and a simplified navigation structure with fewer embedded menus. Other mode selections are at the bottom of the touchscreen. 

The 9-inch system also comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, along with Qi-compatible wireless charging. The 9-inch screen also features a finger rest to make it easier to use the touchscreen while the vehicle is in motion. 

Designed with simplicity in mind, the 9-inch system features user-defined shortcuts at the bottom of the screen, with CR-V offering six easily programmable shortcuts. It also uses Smart Shortcuts, an automatic assistant function that enables the user to execute frequently used actions more quickly and with fewer steps. The system uses machine learning to predict user behavior and suggest applications for audio, phone and navigation functions. 

For the first time on CR-V, the Exclusive grade gains a new head-up display that is projected directly onto the windscreen, allowing drivers to see a broader range of speed, driver assist and navigation information in a clearer resolution.

2024 Honda CR-V | Powertrain

Key Powertrain Features

  • Newly refined 1.5-liter turbo engine
  • CVT updated for quicker response and more refined driving experience
  • CR-V-first Hill Descent Control

Refined 1.5-Liter Turbo Powertrain

With an updated and refined direct-injection 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine under the hood the new 2024 CR-V demonstrates that even as Honda heads into the electrified era, the company continues to make important improvements in the efficiency and performance of its internal combustion engine technology. 

Multiple enhancements to the 1.5-liter turbo provide a more refined driving experience and enhanced power delivery. Running on regular unleaded petrol, the engine produces 140 kW @ 6,000 rpm and maintains peak power over a broader range at high revs than before. Its 240 Nm peak torque spans 1,700-4,500 rpm.

VTEC variable valve timing is now used on the exhaust side of the twin-cam head. This helps improve exhaust efficiency and optimizing valve overlap, efforts that contribute to improved fuel efficiency. It also helps lower the engine speed for peak torque.

Improving acceleration response is a high-efficiency high-response turbocharger and low pressure-loss turbocharger piping. The turbocharger now routes exhaust gas diagonally to the turbine wheel, and the turbine blades also have been reshaped, helping the turbocharger generate pressure in a wider range of engine speeds and more efficiently. 

The exhaust manifold is now a 4-into-2 design, which consolidates the exhaust from the number 1 and 4 cylinders into one port, and the number 2 and 3 cylinders in a separate port. This reduces exhaust pulse interference, improving intake and exhaust efficiency, especially at low engine speeds. 

CVT: More Responsive and Quieter

The continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the 1.5-liter turbo features a quieter belt design and a thicker case that reduces vibrations. The CVT also provides significant drivability and performance improvements thanks to optimization of Torque On Demand control, early downshift during braking, and improved refinements to the Honda G Design shift. At full throttle, CR-V features Step Shift programming that simulates gear changes. 

2024 Honda CR-V | Body and Chassis 

Key Body and Chassis Features

  • Updated Honda Architecture for precise, sporty handling and comfortable ride
  • 40mm longer wheelbase
  • 10mm wider front and rear tracks
  • 15 percent stiffer body construction for improved driving dynamics
  • Front suspension mounted on new, lightweight rigid subframe
  • Stiffer mount points for rear multilink suspension and subframe
  • Improved steering feel and braking performance

New Enhanced Global Architecture

Honda architecture is a three-part modular system that takes advantage of component commonization to make the best product. This new approach to Honda architecture was used to create the 11th generation Civic and the new 6th generation CR-V.

Based on an enhanced version of Honda Architecture, the new CR-V features improvements in ride, handling and overall refinement. This chassis includes MacPherson struts in front and a multilink suspension in the rear.

For improved stability and a smoother ride, CR-V’s wheelbase has been extended to 2700mm (+40mm), and its front and rear tracks are significantly wider (10mm in the front and the rear), creating an athletic stance and enhancing stability. 

More Rigid Body Structure

Significant improvements to CR-V’s structural stiffness, including a redesigned front subframe, benefit its ride quality, handling and collision safety protection. Stiffening members have been added to the rear door frame and B pillars, and more rigid mounting points are used for the rear springs and suspension arm mounting points. Overall, the new body is 15 percent stiffer. 

For the first time, to achieve a radical reduction in cabin noise, vibration and harshness, and accurate steering response, CR-V also benefits from structural adhesive. Applied generously on the roof, A-pillars, B-pillars, floor pan, firewall, and rear structure, adhesives are applied where spot welds are performed, combining the strength of the weld and the broader surface area of the adhesive. This increases the stiffness of the joint, minimizing the need for increased sheet metal thickness or the addition of welded-on reinforcements. 

Retuned Suspension

The front MacPherson strut suspension has been re-tuned for a more comfortable ride over rough surfaces, while heat treated lower ball joints reduce friction to create a more refined driving experience. A new lightweight, highly rigid cast aluminium subframe shaves 5 kilograms. 

In the rear, the subframe for the multilink suspension has been stiffened with stronger mount points, and the rear spring rates of the mount support have been increased 15 percent for sportier handling and improved stability. 

Responsive Steering

The CR-V uses a dual-pinion electronic power steering (EPS) system which features a honed steering column bearing to reduce steering friction and improve steering feel. In addition, the EPS has been tuned to provide excellent feedback and improved straight-line stability. A new electric motor control unit also enables more accurate and linear steering, while the variable gear ratio improves low speed turning and high-speed stability feel by changing gear ratios at low and high speeds.

The stiffer new aluminium subframe also positions the variable-ratio steering rack below the rear propeller shaft instead of above it as before. Moving the rack 32 mm lower, along with a low-friction column bearing and rack, significantly improves CR-V’s steering system rigidity and consequently, steering feel and accuracy. 

Improved Brake System

CR-V’s brake controllability is improved by optimizing software for deceleration relative to tread force and pedal stroke.

All CR-Vs are equipped with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The system provides a comfortable and refined feel at low speeds, predictable and easy operation on the highway, a sporty, fun-to-drive feel on winding roads, and reassuring high-performance stopping in emergency situations. 

Large ventilated front brake rotors and rear solid rotors are standard. CR-V also uses a low-friction front caliper with a roll back spring to further reduce brake drag, contributing to fuel efficiency while still maintaining the excellent braking performance. 

2024 Honda CR-V | Safety and Driver Assistive Technology

Key Safety and Driver Assistive Features

  • Standard Honda Sensing™ system with new front sensor camera and radar
  • Updated Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure optimized for oblique collisions
  • Next-gen driver and passenger airbags designed to cradle the head and help control rotation
  • New standard front knee airbags 

Improved Honda Sensing

A new  Honda Sensing™suite of safety and driver assistive systems integrates a new front sensor camera and millimeter-wave radar. The new camera features a 90-degree field of view, up from 50 degrees on the previous generation. The radar is now mounted directly behind the Honda logo on the grille, which helps to increase its field of view to 120-degrees from the 50 degrees on the previous generation.

These wide angles improve collision prevention performance to recognize attributes of objects such as a vehicle or pedestrian, as well as white lines, road boundaries such as curbs, cyclists and motorcycles. The wide angle also enables expanded control range for CR-V at intersections. 

The camera detects feature points of a target and also recognizes attributes of objects such as vehicles or pedestrians. With the use of an exceptionally fast processor, the system measures distance and the lateral position of objects based on the change in the size of the target object, how long it took for the change to occur and speed of the vehicle. This enables the camera to recognize the various objects described above.

 Honda Sensing™ functions include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™): New camera system and more advanced software enables the use of CMBS™ in more situations, including the detection of pedestrians and cyclists. If no corrective action is taken when FCW signals an alert, CMBS™ can apply different levels of automatic emergency braking action to help reduce vehicle speed and eventual collision forces, and therefore to help reduce the severity of a collision.
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW, integrated with CMBS™): When the system determines a collision is possible with a detected vehicle, visual and audible alerts from the FCW system prompt the driver to take corrective actions.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): New camera system improves Adaptive Cruise Control with more natural brake feel and quicker reactions to changes in traffic. It also responds more quickly when changing into an open lane from behind a slower car and better maintains a constant vehicle speed in downhill situations.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): LKAS reduces the need for steering correction movements and driving effort. For the 2024 CR-V, LKAS has been improved with more linear and natural feeling steering assist, better line tracing, and improved resistance to crosswinds.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM): Can identify solid or dashed painted lane lines to find the edge of the road and uses steering force to keep the vehicle from departing the lane or roadway altogether. The detection range is expanded up to road shoulders and curbs because of the wide-angle detection sensor.
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW): Integrated with RDM, LDW operates at speeds from approximately 65 to 145 km/h and is designed to alert the driver if the vehicle is leaving a detected lane without the turn signal being activated. 

Additional Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies

The 6th-generation CR-V also features additional safety and driver assistive technologies. 

CR-V features a Driver Attention Monitor, which continually monitors and assesses driver behavior behind the wheel to help determine if the driver is becoming inattentive. If it detects fatigue, the driver is alerted by a coffee cup icon and a 4-level bar graph on the dash. As the driver’s attention drops, fewer and fewer bars are illuminated, and when it drops to two, the system displays a message inviting the driver to take a break. If the driver continues driving and the graph drops to the lowest level of one bar, a beeper sounds and the steering wheel vibrates, prompting the driver to pay closer attention or take a rest break.

A new Rear Seat Reminder is also standard for all three rows. A reminder appears on the driver information interface and an alert will sound when the car is turned off and notifies drivers to check the rear seating area for children, pets or other precious cargo when exiting the car.

ACE™ Body Structure and Collision Protection

Designed to meet present and anticipated future frontal collision standards while minimizing additional weight, CR-V features the newest version of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. ACE was introduced nearly two decades ago and has been continuously advanced, designed to help protect vehicle occupants and improve frontal crash compatibility between vehicles of varying sizes, such as an SUV and a small car. For the sixth-generation CR-V, the ACE architecture is updated to target 5-star crash test ratings and exceed upcoming safety standards. 

This latest version of the ACE structure in the new CR-V features a new structure that incorporates many of the new features introduced on the 11th-generation Civic. This includes a robust upper member constructed of high-strength steel, and an A-pillar structure, side frame and lower firewall structure all designed to route crash energy around the cabin, especially in oblique impacts. 

Additionally, side impact protection has been enhanced to meet new, tougher side-impact standards. A new, stiffer B-pillar and side sills are used, along with stronger door stiffening beams and a stronger rear wheel arch. The body also is designed to route energy into the floor in the case of a rear collision. 

Advanced Airbag and Seatbelt Technologies

CR-V uses the next-gen Honda front driver and passenger airbags first introduced in the

11th-generation Civic. These new airbags are specifically designed to reduce head rotation in a collision, especially an oblique collision. On the driver’s side, the airbag uses a tuck sewing shape for increased rigidity of both sides of the airbag to cradle and hold the head, mitigating rotation and reducing the likelihood of brain injury.  

On the passenger side, a three-chamber airbag design achieves a similar result. The three chambers inflate separately, with the two outer chambers that extend above the main chamber designed to cradle the head and help control rotation. 

CR-V further benefits from additional standard airbag technology, with a total of 8 airbags. Driver and front passenger knee airbags are used in CR-V for the first time, along with side curtain airbags and side impact airbags for both driver and front passenger.

Seatbelt technology has been updated as well, with an outer lap belt pretensioner used on front seatbelts, with a load limiter used on the driver’s side to help prevent chest injuries. In the rear, pretensioners are used in both outboard positions, along with load limiters, and CR-V now features a rear seatbelt reminder, which informs the driver if a rear seat occupant is detected as not properly buckled up. 

Warranty and Pricing

Service Plan: 5-year / 90,000km

Service Intervals: 1-year / 10,000km

Warranty:  5-year / 200,000km

Roadside Assistance: 3-year AA roadside assistance

Price:

1.5T Exclusive FWD R1 039 900  

1.5T Executive FWD R   959 900

The All-New CR-V will go on sale locally on 9 February 2024 

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