Honda CR-V

From Honda press: From Honda press: The Honda CR-V is a highly-versatile four-door entry crossover SUV with a roomy 5-passenger interior, sedan-like handling and comfort, and a reputation for offering the highest levels of standard safety features in the segment. The all-new 2007 Honda CR-V adds a dynamic sense of style and refinement, bridging the space between sport and utility better than any CR-V yet - while adding recently-developed collision compatibility safety enhancements like Honda's exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure.

Now in its third generation since its 1997 U.S. debut, the CR-V helped establish the crossover SUV segment - now the fastest growing portion of the light truck market and forecast to be the second largest automotive segment overall by the end of the decade. Sold in more countries than any other Honda vehicle, the CR-V is among the best-selling vehicles for Honda globally, cumulatively reaching approximately 2.5 million customers in 160 different countries over its lifetime.

As a crossover SUV, the foundation of the CR-V starts with unit-body construction for sedan-like on-road performance, maximized interior packaging, optimized safety construction and good fuel economy for an SUV. Since unit-body construction allows for interior space to be maximized, the CR-V's packaging provides generous 5-passenger interior space and superior cargo functionality relative to traditional SUV designs that are inherently less space-efficient.

The 2007 Honda CR-V provides a cutting-edge combination of performance, efficiency and low emissions with a 2.4-liter, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, standard 5-speed automatic transmission and available Real Time™ 4-wheel drive. Drive-By-Wire™ throttle control smoothly choreographs shift points with the transmission, while Honda's Grade Logic Control helps the CR-V intuitively hold the most appropriate gear on hilly roads. Compared to the previous CR-V, the new 2007 CR-V accelerates faster, drives quieter with more smoothness and has a lower CARB emission rating.

The 2007 Honda CR-V engine is a dual overhead cam (DOHC) all-aluminum, 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder design that uses 16 valves and a high-volume intake manifold. The engine produces 166 horsepower at 5800 rpm and torque is rated 161 lb-ft. at 4200 rpm. Primary enhancements for 2007 include a slightly higher compression ratio (9.7:1 from 9.6:1) along with optimized valve timing and higher flow rate intake and exhaust systems. The broadened torque output allows the 2007 CR-V to offer smooth and spirited performance in all types of driving conditions whether it is city, freeway and hilly terrain.

The 2.4-liter engine uses a two-piece, die-cast aluminum block and bearing cap design that helps maximize strength and rigidity while minimizing noise and vibration. The compact upper element features cast-in iron cylinder liners for outstanding durability and the lower element consists of a single-casting crankshaft carrier fitted with ferrous-carbon bearing-cap inserts that add to its overall structural rigidity. Each journal on the forged-steel crankshaft is micropolished to help reduce internal friction and improve durability. For those keeping score, the crankshaft rotates clockwise.

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