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Honda CR-V: leading the pack

Talking about the new Honda CR-V SUV this weekend – The Honda CR-V really began the SUV phenomenon back in 1987. Since then 9 million have been sold worldwide including 170,000 in Australia. Medium SUV’s are on fire this year – sales up 19.5 percent in the first half – Mazda’s CX-5 the big seller closely followed by Hyundai’s Tucson and Toyota’s RAV4. The latest fifth-generation Honda CR-V in four grades is powered by a 2.0-litre 140kW turbo engine driving through a CVT automatic and comes in a 2 and all-wheel- drive range depending on model – also in five or seven-seat configuration. Prices run from 30,690 for the two-wheel- drive VTi five seater up to 44,290 for the all-wheel- drive VTI-LX. The entry VTi has risen in price by $900 but gains $2,800 in extra features – now with keyless entry and push button start, a reversing camera, dual-zone air, 17-inch alloys and a full size alloy spare, an electric park brake and tyre pressure monitoring. More next segments. I’m David Berthon

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