In 1995, Honda revolutionized the automotive industry by introducing the CR-V. The Japanese carmaker's creation was one of the pioneers of the compact crossover segment, and as demand for more practicality and capability grew, the CR-V improved with every passing generation.
Today, we say hello to the fifth-generation CR-V. It arrived on Philippine shores back in September, impressing many with its new diesel capability and its three rows and seven seats. But for this review, Andy Leuterio will be taking you guys around the gas-powered (2.0-liter engine, 151hp and 189Nm), five-seat base model, the CR-V 2.0 S CVT.
It's the cheapest variant in the CR-V range, but you wouldn't be able to tell based on looks alone. The front's modern design impresses with large, bold headlights and relatively muscular proportions, and it's got chrome accents running along the side. It also runs on neat-looking 18-inch alloys.
The cabin is a nice place to be in, too. "It's not a very sporty experience, but it's comfortable. It's such a thoughtful design," says Andy, who's particularly impressed with the seats' padding and rear passenger area "because all the basic necessities are done very well."
So, on the hunt for a new family vehicle? You should probably look into the all-new CR-V. Watch the full video embedded above for more on the vehicle, wherein Andy discusses the base CR-V's ride quality and engine performance.
This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph.
*Minor edits have been made by the FHM.com.ph editors.