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Used Honda CR-V 2006 - 2012 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Alternatives

Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
  • Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
  • Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
  • Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
  • Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
  • Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
  • Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
  • Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
  • Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
  • Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
  • Honda CR-V (06 - 12)
Used Honda CR-V 2006 - 2012 review
Star rating

Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Honda CR-V estate?

The CR-V’s closest rival was the second-generation Nissan X-Trail, also launched in 2007. Like the CR-V, this could be bought with a 138bhp petrol engine or 148bhp diesel, but there were other options, including a 171bhp diesel and a (very thirsty) 2.5-litre petrol. The X-Trail has the Honda beat for luggage volume, but its rear seats are not quite so spacious. Unlike the CR-V, it was offered with front-wheel drive, and this has the potential to trim your fuel and tax bills a little.

Land Rover’s Freelander was also a long-time rival to the CR-V, but while it’s classy, good to drive and talented off-road, it simply can’t compete with the Honda in terms of reliability or practicality.

Overview

One of the most spacious and practical SUVs, and a comfortable cruiser. Typical Honda reliability, too.

  • Spacious
  • Comfortable
  • Excellent 2.2-litre diesel engine
  • Very reliable
  • Four-wheel drive as standard
  • Looks like an overinflated hatchabck
  • Drab interior
  • High emissions
  • Limited off-road ability