The all-new Honda CR-V Hybrid that debuted in the U.S. in July 2022 is a part of the sixth-gen Honda CR-V family. America’s second most favorite crossover in this segment has now graduated to become a 2024 model. Dive in with me as I highlight the 5 lesser-known features in the 2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid that not only outshine its predecessor but also enhance its practicality and novelty!
Small aero parts
I spotted a couple of features on the exterior of the 2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid which are designed to smoothen out the airflow. The SUV gets air curtains on the side of the bumpers which control the airstream, reducing air resistance, and guiding it past the front wheels. This reduces the air turbulence in the wheel housings and decreases the drag, while having a positive effect on the mpg and CO2 emissions.
The second part is a small skirt on the rear wheel arch, which I’m sure is designed to guide air smoothly towards the rear of the crossover. It aligns well with the body kit too!
A-Pillar designed to improve visibility
The sixth-gen CR-V has a unique design for the A-Pillar. It’s not like they have completely eliminated the blindspot, but the pillar is designed to not get thicker towards the base, and the small gap between the pillar and the side mirror enclosure, I feel, greatly improve visibility. I also observe that the shape of the A-Pillar is also optimized to create a rectangular window, which improves the field of vision for the driver.
Special engine sound plays through the speaker
Switching to Sport mode triggers a unique feature, and while I’m not a fan of synthesizing a revving combustion engine, for most drivers, this would add to the experience of spirited driving. The speaker plays sounds of certain frequencies to up in the ante in the cabin when accelerating.
Marks the era of interior grille?
Honda’s interior design team may have inadvertently made the longest grille for a car’s interior! We’re quite aware of exterior designers and their obsession with adding radiator and lower front grilles (and chrome), and that effect has certainly rubbed off on the interior designers who have made a honeycomb grille for the dashboard which cleverly integrates the aircon vents.
8-step rear seat recline
Honda has redesigned the seat with the sixth-gen CR-V, and I was able to position the seat back in 8 steps. Even as a six-footer, I found the rear seat supportive, and features like the rear air vent and arm rest, helped in enhancing my experience. While options like a panoramic sunroof or rear passenger climate control would be great, they might push the cost up.
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