Honda CR-V

From Honda press: The Honda CR-V is the first Honda-designed and -engineered sport/utility vehicle and brings a new level of ride comfort, handling and efficiency, as well as Honda quality, to this market segment. Priced competitively with mini-SUVs, but sized comparably with compact SUVs, the CR-V combines 4-wheel-drive capability and utility with passenger-car driveability, comfort and convenience.

The CR-V body incorporates design features intended to make it equally suited for both highway and off-road travel. Its tall stance (over 8 in. of ground clearance), combined with an expansive glass area, provide excellent outward visibility in all directions for the driver and passengers. The front bumper, side sills, wheel arch protectors and rear bumper are made of a durable plastic that resists chipping, while large, powerful multi-reflector headlights provide even illumination and give the CR-V a distinctive appearance.

The CR-V is powered by a 2.0 liter, 16-valve dual overhead camshaft engine developing 146 horsepower and 133 lb.-ft. of torque. The new engine boasts lightweight and compact dimensions for its displacement and has been specifically tuned to have a flat, extended torque curve suitable for both highway and off-road use.

The CR-V's engine features a new cylinder block-casting process, in which all four cast-iron cylinder bores are one compact (siamesed) unit with the aluminum -alloy block cast around it.

The CR-V engine is a 4-cylinder, transverse-mounted engine, with a high-pressure die-cast aluminum-alloy, open-deck engine block. The sides of the block extend well below the crankshaft center line for added rigidity. A cast-bearing cap carrier forms an exceptionally rigid main bearing support. The connecting rods and single-plane crankshaft are of drop-forged carbon steel.

Additional weight-saving features of the engine include a stainless steel exhaust manifold, a die-cast aluminum power steering pump bracket and a planetary gear starter.

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