The all-new Honda CR-V 5, specifically the V 2.0 I-MMD 8CV 4WD EXCLUSIVE (2022) model, is garnering attention from car enthusiasts and families alike. As an avid Honda fan myself, I recently upgraded from the CR-V 4 to this hybrid phase 2 CR-V 5, primarily due to its impressive all-wheel drive capabilities. However, after putting it to the test, my opinion is somewhat mixed. In this article, I’ll delve into the pros and cons of this latest addition to the Honda CR-V family.
Improved Design with a Few Trade-offs
One noticeable aspect of the CR-V 5 is its elegant interior design. While it may not be the most innovative, it exudes a classic charm that Honda is known for. The placement of physical climate control buttons, a clear and legible digital dashboard, and conveniently positioned steering wheel controls make for a practical and user-friendly driving experience. However, I did notice a slight decrease in the overall quality of finishing touches and practical aspects when compared to the previous generation. Some glossy plastics have made their way into the cabin, albeit in limited quantities, while the useful hook in the trunk has unfortunately disappeared. On the upside, there is increased storage space in the central console.
Hybrid Technology with Minor Fuel Efficiency Gains
Considering the hybrid nature of the CR-V 5, I was intrigued to see the impact on fuel consumption. Surprisingly, the system IMMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) only resulted in a marginal improvement in fuel efficiency during my mixed driving tests, which included mountain, rural, and urban routes with climate control and heating engaged. I observed a decrease from 8.6l/100km on the previous generation’s petrol engine to 8.4l/100km on the CR-V 5 hybrid. It’s worth noting that the newer model is larger and heavier, providing exceptional comfort for rear passengers. However, there appears to be a significant increase in fuel consumption when tackling even minimal inclines. In these situations, the 2.0L Atkinson cycle engine, responsible for recharging the traction battery, immediately kicks in at maximum revs, resulting in an unpleasant sound. While not as notorious as older Prius models, the engine does rev noticeably.
Moreover, due to the relatively small capacity of the hybrid battery, it quickly reaches full charge during scenarios like long downhill stretches. Consequently, the engine engages to provide an opposing force, simulating engine braking. On flat surfaces, including highways, the CR-V 5 showcases sufficient power and achieves improved fuel economy.
Enhanced Safety Features and a Few Minor Issues
The CR-V 5 maintains similar driving assistance features as its predecessor, but with notable enhancements and inclusion as standard offerings. The lane-keeping assist function, although effective and discreet, occasionally exhibits a slight “ping pong” effect. However, I believe Honda missed an opportunity by not including a 360-degree camera, considering the vehicle’s size and occasional visibility challenges in certain scenarios.
Unfortunately, I encountered a couple of minor issues. Three months after registration, my air conditioning stopped blowing cold air. I visited the dealership, where they thoroughly inspected the system but found no apparent issues. Eventually, a “system reset” resolved the problem. Additionally, the rearview camera occasionally experienced delays of 5 to 10 seconds before activating, displaying a black screen. It was concerning to encounter these previously unseen electronic glitches in a Honda vehicle.
Despite these minor setbacks, the overall driving experience of the CR-V 5 is pleasant, secure, and fully meets the requirements of a family SUV. The ability to travel in all-electric mode is enjoyable and a valuable feature, especially on hilly terrains. Overall, I am satisfied with my purchase, and I highly recommend the CR-V 5. It embodies Honda’s commitment to quality and reliability, even though certain aspects may appear outdated or could have been crafted with more attention to detail (such as the infotainment system, which remains unchanged from the previous generation, except for the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are wired connections even on the 2023 model).
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