After receiving an extensive freshening last year, changes to the 2006 CR-V are few. The EX trim level is now available in a two-wheel-drive configuration. (Previously, the choice of two- or four-wheel drive had been exclusive to the LX trim level.) Also, two new exterior colors are available for 2006: Royal Blue Pearl and Alabaster Silver Metallic, both featuring a black interior.
The 2006 CR-V is available in three trim levels, base LX, upscale EX, and premium SE, with LX and EX models offering the choice of two- or four-wheel drive. All come equipped with a 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine developing 156 hp. LX and SE variants receive a five-speed automatic transmission, with a five-speed manual as standard on the EX with 4WD. The automatic is standard on the EX 2WD and optional on the 4WD model.
All CR-Vs are equipped with dual front-air bags, front side-air bags with Occupant Position Detection system, side curtain air bags, Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, and four-channel anti-lock brakes. Standard features include air conditioning with micron air filtration, power windows with auto-up/driver-side down feature, cruise control, maintenance interval indicator, a retractable center tray table with cup- and cell-phone holders, cargo hooks, and a removable picnic table.
EX models also receive a moonroof, AM/FM/Cassette/6-CD changer audio system with six speakers, an adjustable steering column with audio controls, alloy wheels, and an outside temperature gauge. SE models add body-color side moldings, bumpers, and door handles; leather-wrapped seats, steering wheel, and shift knob; and heated seats and door mirrors.
Since its introduction in 1997, the Honda CR-V has been part of the fast-growing Compact CUV segment. Over 20 models now compete for the attention of buyers in this segment.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the CR-V ranked third in the segment in sales during calendar-year 2005, with 150,219 units sold, right behind the Ford Escape (165,122) and sales leader Jeep Liberty (166,883). Other top-sellers in the segment include the Chevrolet Equinox, Saturn Vue, Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Xterra, Toyota RAV4, and Hyundai Santa Fe and Tucson.
|LX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$20,395||156-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||23/29|
|EX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$22,550||156-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||23/29|
|SE (A5)||5 speed automatic||$25,450||156-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||22/27|