Honda has upgraded its premium CR-V for 2022 and it looks really convincing

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  • The Honda CR-V lineup has been refined for 2022 to cater to a wider range of buyers.
  • Turbo model available with front-wheel drive configuration and all models are fitted with CVT transmission.
  • Range-topper packed with a standard luxury and safety kit that you would pay much more for in European competitors.
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Since 1997, the Honda CR-V has been one of the best-selling sport utility vehicles in the world (particularly in North America), and although the vehicle does not attract the kind of exceptional sales in South Africa as it does the fact in other regions of the world, it remains a sought-after mobility solution for demanding motorists.

For 2022, to ensure the CR-V remains the go-to choice for families and executives, Honda South Africa has refined the vehicle lineup with additional styling and luxury features. The local CR-V lineup still consists of four models offering two different engine options and varying levels of specification.

The rejuvenation of the CR-V lineup entails changes in the drivetrain and specifications of the 1.5T Executive. In particular, this model now offers front-wheel drive while benefiting from the all-inclusive strategy for which Honda has become famous, according to the Japanese automaker.


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Honda CR-V 2022

CR-V 2022 models in detail

As was the case with the previous CR-V lineup, the upgraded lineup consists of four models, with a choice of two engines and four specification levels. All derivatives are fitted with Honda’s latest generation continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The entire Honda CR-V SUV lineup in South Africa is covered by a full five-year or 200,000 km warranty, as well as a five-year or 90,000 km service plan. A three-year AA roadside assistance package is also included, while service intervals are set at 15,000 km for the 2.0-liter models and 10,000 km for the 1.5-liter turbo.

Honda CR-V 2022

Honda CR-V 2022

Honda CR-V 2.0 Comfort CVT

The 2.0 Comfort may be the base model in the lineup, but Honda says it’s by no means spartan, offering a long list of standard comfort, convenience and safety features. Combining a proven 2.0-liter petrol engine with a CVT gearbox, the model would deliver respectable performance and high levels of efficiency. The top speed is 192 km / h, while the advertised fuel consumption in the combined cycle is 7.3 liters / 100 km.

Distinctive exterior features include aluminum-look front and rear sill plates and brushed aluminum roof rails, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 235 / 65R17 tires. Inside, the cabin features fabric upholstery and metallic accents, a soft-touch dashboard with an innovative digital driver information interface and a long list of comfort, safety and convenience features.

The dashboard also houses a 5-inch color screen that provides an intuitive interface to the CR-V’s infotainment system. It allows configuration and control of the four-speaker audio system and the use of Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and music streaming.

Honda CR-V 2022

Updated interior finish of the 2022 Honda CR-V.

A USB port and AUX input are provided for external sources, and there are two 12 V accessory power sockets: one in the dashboard and the other in the center console housing. Additional convenience features include dual-zone air conditioning with rear-mounted air vents, rear park distance sensors, and power front and rear windows. The exterior mirrors are also electrically adjustable and an electric parking brake is standard.

A multifunction steering wheel ensures safe control of the audio system, cruise control and hands-free telephony. The headlights of this CR-V are automatically activated in low ambient light, while the hazard warning lights automatically flash in the event of sudden braking.

Standard active and passive safety features include SRS dual front and side airbags, curtain airbags, all-around three-point seat belts and ISOFIX child seat anchor points in the rear. Automatic brake hold is also part of the package, as are the anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Agile Handling Assist (AHA), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HAS) .

Remote central locking with speed-sensitive automatic door locking and selective unlocking and the immobilizer with integrated alarm are among the safety features of the CR-V 2.0 Comfort.

Ample storage space is provided in the glove box, a center console box, seat back pockets for the two front seats and a storage case above for the sunglasses. The front and rear door panels also incorporate storage compartments with integrated bottle holders.

Honda CR-V 2022

Honda CR-V 2022 multifunction steering wheel.

Honda CR-V 2.0 Elegance CVT

Enter the CR-V 2.0 Elegance, which is technically identical to the more affordable Comfort model in terms of drivetrain and exterior execution. However, the Elegance offers an improved set of interior features. Standard leather upholstery adds a level of luxury to the interior, while a more prominent 7-inch screen audio interface provides more accessible use of the vehicle’s infotainment functions. The latter offers improved features, including Apple CarPlay.

The Elegance model’s audio system includes eight speakers. An additional USB connection is provided at the front, while rear passengers benefit from a second pair of USB sockets. There’s also an HDMI connection to hook up a PlayStation for those long car trips.

The front seats of this model offer eight-way power adjustment with memory function for the driver’s seat and four-way power adjustment for the passenger seat. Heater for the front seats is also standard here.

Parking assistance is available at the front and rear, while the electric mirrors have a heating function. The left exterior mirror tilts in reverse for easier parking. The multifunction steering wheel is trimmed in leather and now features gearshift paddles for manual CVT operation. The Elegance model also benefits from auto-sensing windshield wipers.

Honda CR-V 2022

Honda CR-V 2022 (some models come with Apple CarPlay)

Honda CR-V 2022

The Honda CR-V 2022 range topper comes with built-in navigation, but you can still use Waze or Google Maps.

Honda CR-V 1.5T Executive CVT

For moms, dads and executives who need a little extra oomph, the 1.5T Executive is powered by Honda’s 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, delivering 140 kW of peak power and maximum torque. of 240 Nm. Again, a CVT gearbox comes standard.

The exterior design of the 1.5T Executive shares all of the key features of the 2.0-liter models but gains 18-inch alloy wheels, shod with 235 / 60R18 tires. The headlights are full LED with integrated LED daytime running lights.

The interior features the same leather upholstery, digital driver information interface, and 7-inch screen audio infotainment system as the 2.0 Elegance. However, it benefits from automatic headlight leveling and an on / off button, while the remote central locking system includes smart keyless entry.

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Honda CR-V 2022

Honda CR-V 2022

Exclusive Honda CR-V 1.5T CVT

The flagship of the new Honda CR-V range is the 1.5T Exclusive. Mechanically, it is identical to the Executive model, combining the same 1.5-liter turbo engine with a CVT gearbox. However, new 19-inch alloy rims and three-element front fog lights set it apart from its siblings.

Inside, Honda claims that the leather upholstery creates a luxurious ambience and the metallic accents remain, as does the spacious feel and user-friendly ergonomics, thanks to the TFT-based digital driver information interface. .

According to the manufacturer, one of the main advantages offered by the Exclusive model is the integrated satellite navigation system, integrated into the Display Audio system and offering color maps and detailed instructions. The integrated navigation system further enhances the comprehensive infotainment suite provided by the latest CR-V.

Another practical feature is the power tailgate, with a programmable opening height. Another useful feature that provides early and immediate warning of a loss of tire pressure is tire pressure monitoring.

In keeping with its top-of-the-line status, the 1.5T Exclusive is offered with Honda’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – a full line of active systems to safely help drivers cope with severe conditions. dangerous driving. Collectively known as Honda Sensing, these include Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) ), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed ​​Following (LSF) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional new driver assistance technologies include LaneWatch and Auto High Beam headlights.

The Exclusive model also has a panoramic sunroof and all-wheel drive as standard to differentiate it from the Executive model. The color range of the upgraded CR-V includes Platinum White, Moon Silver, Modern Steel, Crystal Black and Brilliant Sport Blue. A new addition is Coffee Cherry Red.

Honda CR-V 2022

Honda CR-V 2022

Recommended retail prices for the 2022 HONDA CR-V in South Africa:

  • Honda CR-V 2.0 FWD Comfort CVT – R556 100
  • Honda CR-V 2.0 FWD Elegance CVT – R617 900
  • Honda CR-V 1.5T FWD Executive CVT – R699 900
  • Honda CR-V 2.0 FWD Exclusive CVT – R796 300

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