Getting jiggy with the Honda CRV

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Honda Cars Philippines lent us their new SUV, the Honda CRV 2010, to take out of town and get the hang of driving one of their top of the line sports utility vehicles.

So we head out to Tagaytay for a whole-day shoot, road trip and several rounds of shots (in no particular order). The weather wasn’t cooperating — it was cloudy, a little drizzle here and there and not a ray of sunlight.

hondacrv2010 • Getting jiggy with the Honda CRV

Before I proceed, let me just state again that this isn’t a car review and I’m no car expert. This is more like sharing my driving experience and a little bit of tech behind the Honda CRV.

In fact, the very day the car was handed out to me, it took a full 10 minutes before I was able to figure out where the hand brake was (turns out it’s a footbrake). I Googled it to no avail; should have just tweeted and gotten an answer in 3 minutes.

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crv2010 • Getting jiggy with the Honda CRV

My only experience with driving an SUV is with the Hyundai Tucson I got a year ago so there’s not much to compare the Honda CRV with. The variant that we tested was the 2.4 S-X AT 4WD (Brilliant White Pearl).

Now that all the disclaimer is out of the way, let me just share some of my personal observations after using the new CRV for over a week.

honda crv2010 • Getting jiggy with the Honda CRV

First time I saw the new CRV, I thought the body was a bit small for the SUV category and somewhat had low clearance. The interior is spacious though and there are a lot of storage compartments everywhere.

The cargo area is spacious as well with a second platform that serves as a cover so you can stock and organize more stuff at the back. The seats at the back can also be adjusted to give more room to the cargo area. There are a lot of safety and tech features that came along with the model it’s even a shame to try to compare it with my own car.

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The CRV drives comfortably and pretty agile sometimes it feels like I’m just driving a regular sedan. It’s got a smooth ride and not bumpy at all. I especially liked the arm rests that makes it feel I’m seated on a pilot chair.

For an SUV, the 2.4L engine isn’t that very powerful but it’s got more than enough horsepower inside the hood to give it a good kick and decent acceleration when needed. We were driving between 80 to 120kmph on the highway without noticeable effort from the engine. Too bad traffic these days are so terrible we couldn’t even go past 120kmph and sustain it for a minute.

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crv honda philippines • Getting jiggy with the Honda CRV

If there’s one thing I found lacking in this unit, that would be the inclusion of a manual mode in the transmission. It’s not really that essential but sometimes, I’d like to switch control to manual especially if I’m weaving thru traffic and want better maneuverability of the vehicle.

Over-all, it was a pretty great ride and we wish we had more time with it.

Honda CRV 2010 2.4L S-X AT 4WD
170 ps @ 5800 rpm max power output
22.2 kgm @ 4200 rpm torque
5-speed automatic
McPherson Strut-Type Suspension with Stabilizer
17″ alloy wheels
Fuel Consumption meter
Anti-Lock Brake System
Vehicle Stability Assist
Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Dual-Zone Climate Control
Price: Php1,525,000

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