car-like character: a centre of
gravity lowered by 35 mm, a track that
is wider by 30 mm, larger 17 inch
wheels with a number of changes to the
steering and suspension geometry.
27 September 2006.
Honda describes the new CR-Vís
handling characteristics as being more car-like in
their character, thanks to key changes including a
centre of gravity lowered by 35 mm, a track that is
wider by 30 mm, larger 17 inch wheels together with a
number of changes to the steering and suspension
The MacPherson strut front
suspension incorporates new geometry with a high
caster angle, and inversely wound springs for straight
line stability, along with improved toe-control
dynamics for sharp and responsive steering. It
includes high-friction upper strut mounts,
asymmetrical coil springs, large-diameter lower arm
compliance bushing and a 20mm front stabilizer bar to
help control body roll.
At the rear, the independent
multi-link rear suspension helps provide a smoother
ride, improved handling and additional cargo space. It
uses large-diameter trailing arm bushings to reduce
harshness and improve ride comfort, anti-squat
geometry to reduce pitching under acceleration and
19mm rear stabilizer bar contributes to reduce roll
effects while cornering.
Steering - The variable speed
sensitive rack-and-pinion power steering system
features quick gear ratios for sharp and rapid
transitions with a quick and light response.
Previously a high-mounted steering box setup, the
entire steering system is located lower in the vehicle
with short length tie-rods to improve input geometry
(i.e. more direct) into the front suspension.
A speed sensitive hydraulic power
steering system provides more power boost at low
speeds and less boost at higher speeds for a direct
steering feel and improved economy.
All models have a tilt and
telescope steering wheel column. The curb-to-curb
turning diameter is 37.8 feet (11.5 metre).
The new overall steering ratio is
more direct (15.7) than previously (16.4), with
2.96 turns (lock-to-lock) at the steering wheel (was
Braking - The CR-V is
equipped with a standard 4-channel anti-lock braking
system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
and Brake Assist. Brake discs are ventilated at the
front and solid at the rear. The 4-channel ABS with
EBD independently modulates braking power at each
wheel, as opposed to the 3-channel system that
modulates the front wheels independently and the rear
wheels with relatively equal braking force. The new
4-channel capability allows the rear wheels to react
independently while cornering, representing a
significant enhancement to the ABS systemís ability
to influence vehicle stability and safety.
For 2007, the ventilated front disc
brakes are 11.7 inches (297mm)and the solid rear disc
brakes are 12.0 inches (304mm). The front disc
thickness equals 1.1 inches (28mm) and the rear disc
thickness equals 0.35 inch (9mm).
A function of the VSA system, the Brake
Assist function recognises emergency braking. When
the driver uses the brakes in a panic stop fashion, a
pressure sensor recognizes braking system operation
beyond a specific value for pedal stroke and speed.
Then, the VSA modulator pump assists braking pressure
to increase braking force and shorten the braking
To read more about the all-new,
third generation Honda CR-V crossover SUV: General
trim and equipment, engine,
transmission and drive options in Europe and the U.S.,
suspension and brakes, and the three
CR-V generations since 1995.