When you look back in history and you think Japanese SUVs, automatically you think about the likes of the great Toyota Land Cruiser, the Nissan Pathfinder and perhaps the Mitsubishi Pajero. It came to a point that those became so good that they got involved in some sort of sport racing or they were just good at carrying families on outdoor trips safely and comfortably. If you continue to dabble you'll realize that you probably skipped passed the horrid Subaru Forester for some good reason and also the all new Honda CR-V, and that's totally understandable. There isn't even much to say, but a non 4x4 vehicle that claims the SUV title shouldn't even be considered and with looks gone all wrong from a car manufacture like Honda who knows a thing or two about great engines and a few spectacular cars, it's a sad sight to know that the CR-V is an option they actually offer.
Recently, I had a chance to test the Japanese crossover, and unfortunately, I wasn't too impressed. For starters, the grille looks like that of a Mini Countryman, all dreary and depressed. Then there's the overall rotund shape of the car, which makes it look just like every other crossover ever made. Which is a pity, really, considering that Honda is capable of designing much better looking cars, such as the NSX.
Then we get to the interior, which isn't much better. The infotainment screen is too small to be useful, and the fake wood panelling gives it a cheap feeling, a sort of slapdash feeling. As if Honda didn't put much thought into it. Now, you might be thinking, "But it's a family crossover, not a Bentley. It doesn't need real wood". Yes, you are correct. It is a family crossover. However, just because it isn't a Bentley doesn't mean that real wood can't be used. Think about it. Who in their right mind is going to be impressed by a slapdash crossover with some fake wood panelling inside? So, more to my point, adding real wood gives it a special feeling. It makes it look like it's had thought put into it, and that it's not just another crossover from the land of the rising sun.
That's not it, I'm afraid. The back seat has virtually no leg room at all. Now, I'm not the world's tallest person, but even for all five-foot-six of me, it was a bit cramped back there. And the back seat misery doesn't end there, I'm afraid, because the seats weren't particularly comfortable, either.
So, what is the consumer being sold? We're being sold a car that has pretty poor, cut-and-dry styling, a laughably small sat-nav screen, and some fake wood panelling that's got seats so hard they'll give you cramps almost immediately. And the back seat is too small as well. Which rasies a question. Why buy this car? It won't be any good for road trips due to its small sat-nav screen and concrete-like seats. And you'll be laughed at because of its silly slapdash styling.
However, there is one positive aspect of this car. If you fold the back seats down, you can fit all of the pieces of a drum kit in the back. Believe me, you really can fit an entire drum kit in the back. I tried it myself. So, perhaps there's one thing that Honda have done right with this car. But, is that really enough to make you buy the car? No, I'm afraid it's not. Because there's plenty of other cars that have ample trunk space and are much better looking and much more well-equipped.