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CR-V gets makeover

Observer writer

Friday, September 08, 2017

WITH Wednesday's launch of the 2018 Honda CR-V at ATL Automotive's Honda showroom on Hagley Park Road in Kingston, Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine's team was the first to be given a spin.

At the end of our journey, we concluded — the new CR-V will be a hit.

We were inundated with questions from curious admirers.

“Is that the new CR-V?” screamed a female passer-by.

Once confirmed, she was soon followed by an enthralled flock. Their assessment could be summed up in the words of one admirer — redesigned, sporty, athletic, and attractive.

It was a case of judging a book by its cover when it came to the interior, which continued to receive high praise when three 'judges' — Abigail Hall, Taneisha Smith, and Shamiesha-Kaye Lewis — were taken on a test drive.

While the sun didn't allow them to experience the full-length panoramic sunroof, all sat comfortably in the rear kept cool by the rear a/c vents. They did, however, get to see the electric tailgate in action showing off even more cargo room. Approval of the interior came when Hall took out her phone and began snapping pictures of the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system to send to her friends. The interactivity continued with a quick call via the system's effortless Bluetooth connection.

“Sounds crystal clear,” said the person on the other end, as Hall spoke through the vehicle's hands-free system.

Another thumbs up came from Jamaica Observer's veteran photographer Joseph Wellington. Already an aficionado of the brand, he was well placed to offer a true opinion from behind the steering wheel.

“It drives like a dream,” said Wellington.

He said he was captivated by the smoothness of the new turbocharged engine and the suspension over the wide variety of road surfaces.

* See next week's Auto magazine for a full review of the 2018 Honda CR-V.