The Honda CR-V Returns for 2005 Updated Styling, New Special Edition Model and an Expanded List of Standard Safety Features

9/1/2004 7:18:14 PM

For the 2005 model year, the CR-V receives a substantial re-design including new exterior and interior styling, additional standard safety equipment as well as the addition of a new Special Edition (SE) model with features such as a leather interior and body-color bumpers. In accordance with Honda's industry-leading 'Safety for Everyone' program, all CR-Vs will now come equipped with a longer list of standard safety equipment including front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control

A new addition to the CR-V lineup, the Special Edition is based upon the existing EX trim level with the addition of several new amenities. The SE adds heated leather seats and door mirrors, and a leather steering wheel and shift knob. Externally, the CR-V SE also adds body-colored bumpers, side molding, door handles and hard spare tire cover. Along with the other available exterior colors, Pewter Pearl is exclusively offered on the SE trim.

For the 2005 Honda CR-V, a five speed automatic transmission is standard for all trim levels. Additionally, a new Cam-driven real-time AWD mechanism replaces the previous pump-type system on all models, improving acceleration and hill climbing performance from the previous model. Integrated keyless remote entry is now standard on all CR-V trim levels.

The exterior of the Honda CR-V has a new look for the upcoming model year with newly designed front grill, cylindrical-shaped headlights and aerodynamic front bumper. A new side sill and side protector adorns the side of the CR-V, while newly designed rear combination lights and rear bumper enhance the rear of the vehicle. Additionally, a new Arch flare with one-piece mudguard has been added. Along with the new exterior elements of the CR-V, 16" wheels have also been added for all trim levels, along with a new EX alloy and LX steel wheel designs. Three new exterior colors join the CR-V palate for 2005: Silver Moss, Redondo Red Pearl and Sahara Sand.

Interior features for the CR-V have also been significantly updated for the 2005 model year. On the EX trim level, steering mounted audio controls and outside temperature gauge has been added. Also, all models now feature new retractable grab rails and larger seatback pockets. A new Ivory interior color replaces the Saddle interior color.

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