2013 Honda CR-V priced at $23,525

Article by Christian A., on September 3, 2012

The 2013 Honda compact crossover is just $200 more expensive across the board compared to the 2012 model. Since the 2012 model was totally redesigned, it’s to be expected that the new model only received few and minor changes. The starting price of the base 2013 Honda CR-V LX is at $23,525, which include $830 in destination fees.

It has the following equipment as standard: air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rear-view camera, and remote keyless entry. The 2013 CR-V LX, which has a starting price of $25,625, adds a six-speaker audio system, tinted windows, a security system, a power moonroof, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

The range-topping 2013 Honda CR-V EX-L has a starting price of $28,075. It comes with leather seating, a 10-way power driver’s seat, and automatic dual-zone climate control. In addition, the EX-L models are offered with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system for just $700 higher.

Meanwhile, getting the optional navigation system costs just $1500 more. Just like last year, every 2013 Honda CR-V model is offered with all-wheel drive. Making the shift from front- to all-wheel drive costs only $1,500 more.

Exterior Design

During the development of the new CR-V, Honda set the goal of getting the right balance of having a car whose every element was inspired by an SUV. This, of course, included how the exterior would be designed.

According to Exterior Designer Manabu Konaka, this model has always been able to adapt to any occasion. While the CR-V needed to be both formal and casual, he continues, the visual should always be able to display reliability and solidity. As the fourth generation of this range, the newest version remains to be immediately recognizable as part of the CR-V lineup.

Even so, it still is able to have its own identity. For example, having a bolder nose section plus the use of deeply sculpted bodylines gives it a more aerodynamic and aggressive stance. The bumper in the front has those flowing and smooth lines and they are merged with the deep-set headlights and the three-bar horizontal grille. Meanwhile the bumper’s lower portion has a rather large approach angle and was designed this way to express SUV capability.

On the rear section, the signature vertical brake lights are still there. This feature has been present in each generation of the CR-V with the main difference being that for this new generation, the lights have a more 3D style to them. Highlighting further the capability of this vehicle and its dynamic presence are the large wheels and the strong wheel arches.

While the new version is shorter by 5 mm and lower by 30 mm than the model it is replacing, the amount of interior space remains the same. Konaka says that this is but a single example of the enhanced efficiency of the new CR-V. He continues by saying that this vehicle has the needed confidence, and is efficient, and functional, qualities that the brand tried to show through the design.

Honda disclosed that while the design of the CR-V is intended for the global market, the European version has some improvements done on the exterior that are specific for this particular market. The bumper in the front for instance has been revised in order to put attention to the dynamic appeal. New additions include daytime running lights in LED at the front and LED lights on the rear.

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