The 2018 Honda CR-V will launch in Australia next week with prices starting at $30,690+ORC in 2WD and AWD and five- and seven-seat trim.

THE HONDA CR-V is, along with the Down Under arrival of the Civic Type R one of the highlights for Honda this year. With more Australians buying SUVs last year than babies born, the arrival of yet another SUV into a crowded and competitive market will see Honda having to fight to be noticed. It helps that the CR-V is already one of the most popular models on-sale in its segment and the best-selling SUV around the world too, and that changes to this new one should see its loyal followers trade-up to it, while wooing new buyers too.

“Twenty years ago the first generation Honda CR-V redefined the segment by delivering space, efficiency and versatility in a compact package. One that Australian families had never seen before,” said Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins. 

“Our customers consistently tell us what a joy their CR-Vs are to live with and the fifth generation builds on this reputation with new levels of style, versatility, technology and value.

“The all-new CR-V is bolder and more stylish than ever, and in true Honda fashion it nails the brief for versatility with more interior space plus a new seven seat option,” said Collins.

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  1. Looks hideous from that shot, even worse than the Civic Type R. I wonder when ugly became the new normal in Japan. Only Mazda has any sense of style in the mainstream segment.

  2. I looked at a new CRV on the weekend and it really is a big improvement on the old model. I also wondered about performance against the Mazda CX5 but when you look at the engines stats in the brochure the Mazda has about the same torque as the CRV but at 2000rpm higher!

  3. I’ve driven one, the active noise control didn’t help with the engine noise. The engine has a rumbly sound and is quite loud under even mild acceleration. Shame.

    And, note to Honda Australia, stop treating Australians as mugs, at the very least give us the option of buying the Honda Sensing suite of safety add-ons as an optional extra. I mean, you know, if it doesn’t cause you TOO much trouble…

    1. I didn’t notice much noise John?? I thought it was really quiet on the freeway and it was much quieter than the CX5 I drove.

      1. I can only tell you my impressions of the noise on my test drive. I found the engine noise quite noticeable, though in the time since I’ve been wondering if it was as bad as I had thought – you know how sometimes a second drive will show something you initially thought was bad wasn’t as bad as you first thought. And, to be fair to the CRV, my test drive did cover a lot of hilly territory – the engine did have to work hard. I think it would be much quieter on flat ground.

        But, on first impressions, the engine in the CRV was noisier than my Mazda 3 SP25 (in which most noise is tyre-based) and noisier than a Suzuki Vitara S Turbo I test drove at the same time.

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