2008 Honda CR-V Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What Changed for 2008:

  • New dual-zone climate control for EX-L

  • New 8-way power driver's seat for EX-L

  • Premium audio now standard on EX-L

  • LX and EX models unchanged from 2007
Overview
Honda's CR-V was one of the original crossover utility vehicles (CUVs), combining car-like handling dexterity and fuel economy with very practical and versatile cargo-carrying functionality. The 2007 model year saw the introduction of the third-generation CR-V, which added new safety features, a more powerful engine, and a more sophisticated and substantial feel, according to the manufacturer.

Model Lineup
Honda offers the 2008 CR-V in LX, EX and EX-L models. The LX comes with a CD player with auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, a tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows/locks/mirrors, a retractable center console tray, two glove compartments, an under-seat storage bin, split-folding and tumble-away rear seats, and remote (keyless) entry. The EX version adds a power moonroof, rear privacy glass, audio controls on the steering wheel, 2-level rear cargo shelf, 6-CD changer, and more. The top-of-the-line EX-L includes leather seats (heated in front and power-adjustable for the driver), dual-zone climate control and XM satellite radio with an available navigation system.

Powertrain
Power for the 2008 CR-V comes from Honda's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that provides 166 hp at 5800 rpm and 161 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard. All three versions of the CR-V are available with either front- or 4-wheel-drive (FWD or 4WD). EPA fuel economy estimates are 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway for FWD models, 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway for 4WD models.

Safety
The 2008 CR-V features Honda's ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure, designed to enhance protection in a frontal collision with vehicles of various shapes and sizes. Additionally, the CR-V comes standard with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, side curtain air bags with rollover sensors, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS). The CR-V aced the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, with perfect 5-star ratings for front and side impacts. Rollover rating was 4 stars. The CR-V was an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) \"Top Safety Pick\" for 2008, with \"Good\" ratings (the best possible score) in front- and side-impact tests, and offering vehicle stability control.

Technology
The 2008 Honda CR-V is one of many models to employ a drive-by-wire throttle, with no direct connection between the accelerator pedal and the engine. Instead, the engine uses a DC motor to control the throttle butterfly valve (which sets engine power) and a pedal-position sensor on the accelerator. In addition to pedal position, the CR-V's engine also takes into account the vehicle speed, engine speed, and intake manifold vacuum to fine-tune the actual throttle position. The drive-by-wire throttle works in conjunction with the electronically controlled transmission to provide quicker, smoother gear changes, according to Honda.

The CR-V also uses Honda's Real Time 4WD system, which is optimized for bad weather and light off-roading. Lighter in weight than a conventional 4WD transfer case, the Real Time system sends 100 percent of the engine's power to the front wheels under normal conditions. A hydraulic pump is connected to each axle. If the front wheels begin to slip, the front pump produces more pressure, which activates a multi-plate clutch that sends power to the rear wheels until speed is again equalized. The system is 100 percent mechanical and uses no electronics, simplifying maintenance and eliminating the possibility of failure due to electrical problems, Honda says.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New dual-zone climate control for EX-L

  • New 8-way power driver's seat for EX-L

  • Premium audio now standard on EX-L

  • LX and EX models unchanged from 2007
Overview
Honda's CR-V was one of the original crossover utility vehicles (CUVs), combining car-like handling dexterity and fuel economy with very practical and versatile cargo-carrying functionality. The 2007 model year saw the introduction of the third-generation CR-V, which added new safety features, a more powerful engine, and a more sophisticated and substantial feel, according to the manufacturer.

Model Lineup
Honda offers the 2008 CR-V in LX, EX and EX-L models. The LX comes with a CD player with auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, a tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows/locks/mirrors, a retractable center console tray, two glove compartments, an under-seat storage bin, split-folding and tumble-away rear seats, and remote (keyless) entry. The EX version adds a power moonroof, rear privacy glass, audio controls on the steering wheel, 2-level rear cargo shelf, 6-CD changer, and more. The top-of-the-line EX-L includes leather seats (heated in front and power-adjustable for the driver), dual-zone climate control and XM satellite radio with an available navigation system.

Powertrain
Power for the 2008 CR-V comes from Honda's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that provides 166 hp at 5800 rpm and 161 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard. All three versions of the CR-V are available with either front- or 4-wheel-drive (FWD or 4WD). EPA fuel economy estimates are 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway for FWD models, 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway for 4WD models.

Safety
The 2008 CR-V features Honda's ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure, designed to enhance protection in a frontal collision with vehicles of various shapes and sizes. Additionally, the CR-V comes standard with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, side curtain air bags with rollover sensors, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS). The CR-V aced the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, with perfect 5-star ratings for front and side impacts. Rollover rating was 4 stars. The CR-V was an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) \"Top Safety Pick\" for 2008, with \"Good\" ratings (the best possible score) in front- and side-impact tests, and offering vehicle stability control.

Technology
The 2008 Honda CR-V is one of many models to employ a drive-by-wire throttle, with no direct connection between the accelerator pedal and the engine. Instead, the engine uses a DC motor to control the throttle butterfly valve (which sets engine power) and a pedal-position sensor on the accelerator. In addition to pedal position, the CR-V's engine also takes into account the vehicle speed, engine speed, and intake manifold vacuum to fine-tune the actual throttle position. The drive-by-wire throttle works in conjunction with the electronically controlled transmission to provide quicker, smoother gear changes, according to Honda.

The CR-V also uses Honda's Real Time 4WD system, which is optimized for bad weather and light off-roading. Lighter in weight than a conventional 4WD transfer case, the Real Time system sends 100 percent of the engine's power to the front wheels under normal conditions. A hydraulic pump is connected to each axle. If the front wheels begin to slip, the front pump produces more pressure, which activates a multi-plate clutch that sends power to the rear wheels until speed is again equalized. The system is 100 percent mechanical and uses no electronics, simplifying maintenance and eliminating the possibility of failure due to electrical problems, Honda says.
Available Trims for the 2008 Honda CR-V
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LX (2WD 5dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 20700.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
Name EX (2WD 5dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 22950.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
Name EX-L (2WD 5dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25500.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
Name EX-L (2WD 5dr w/Navi) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27200.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
Name LX (4WD 5dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 21900.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
Name EX (4WD 5dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24150.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
Name EX-L (4WD 5dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26700.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
Name EX-L (4WD 5dr w/Navi) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28400.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
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INTERIOR
  • Reclining cloth front bucket seats-inc: driver seat manual height adjustment, adjustable head restraints
  • 60/40 split sliding fold & tumble forward rear seats-inc: active head restraints, 40/20/40 reclining seatbacks w/center pass-through
  • Retractable center tray table
  • Floor mats
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • Instrument panel w/white & blue backlit gauges-inc: digital odometer, (2) digital trip meters
  • Instrument panel-mounted shifter
  • Indicator lights-inc: low fuel, low-oil pressure, door/tailgate open, average fuel consumption, miles-to-empty
  • Maintenance Minder system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto-up/down
  • Pwr door & tailgate locks
  • Remote entry system
  • Cruise control
  • Remote fuel filler door release
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system
  • Air conditioning w/air-filtration system
  • Rear seat heater ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • 160-watt AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (4) speakers, MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary input jack, speed-sensitive volume control
  • Upper & lower glove compartments
  • (8) front & rear beverage holders
  • 12V pwr outlets-inc: front & rear
  • Conversation mirror w/sunglasses holder
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors
  • Driver-side garment hook
  • Map lights
  • Ambient console lighting
  • Cargo area light
  • Under seat storage bin
  • Door pocket storage bins
  • (4) cargo area tie-down anchors
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Instrument panel w/white and blue backlit gauges-inc: digital odometer, (2) digital trip meters, outside temp display
  • Security system
  • 160-watt AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: (6) speakers, MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary input jack, speed-sensitive volume control, CD text display capability
  • 12V pwr outlets-inc: front, center tray, rear
  • Dual-deck cargo shelf
  • Reclining leather heated front bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, driver pwr lumbar support, adjustable head restraints, leather armrests
  • Center console
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Instrument panel-mounted leather-wrapped shifter
  • Dual zone auto climate control system
  • 270-watt AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: (6) speakers, subwoofer, MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary input jack, speed-sensitive volume control, CD text display capability
  • XM satellite radio w/90-day subscription
  • 12V pwr outlets-inc: front, center console, rear
  • Honda satellite-linked navigation system w/voice recognition, rearview camera
  • 270-watt AM/FM stereo w/6-disc center-console CD changer-inc: (6) speakers, subwoofer, MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary input jack, speed-sensitive volume control, CD text display capability, digital audio card reader
EXTERIOR
  • 17" styled steel wheels
  • P225/65TR17 all-season tires
  • Compact spare tire & wheel
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Full-length taillights
  • Folding pwr mirrors
  • Heat-rejecting green-tinted glass
  • Chrome window trim
  • 2-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear intermittent wiper w/washer
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • One-touch pwr moonroof w/tilt feature
  • Chrome accent grille
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Chrome rear license trim
  • Body-colored folding heated pwr mirrors
  • Body-colored door handles
MECHANICAL
  • 2.4L DOHC MPFI 16-valve i-VTEC I4 engine
  • Drive-by-wire throttle
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Vehicle stability assist (VSA) w/traction control
  • Front wheel drive
  • Advanced compatibility engineering (ACE) body structure
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • Variable pwr rack-and-pinion steering
  • Pwr front ventilated/rear solid disc brakes
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)
  • Brake assist
  • Real-Time 4-wheel drive
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)
    • Brake assist
    • Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags
    • Front side-impact airbags w/passenger side occupant position detection system
    • Side curtain airbags w/rollover sensor, front & rear
    • Front 3-point seat belts-inc: automatic tensioning system, adjustable anchors
    • (3) rear 3-point seat belts
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Childproof rear door locks
    • Vehicle stability assist (VSA) w/traction control
    • Side-impact door beams
    • Daytime running lights
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