Used Honda CR-V Purchaser’s Information

The generation of the Honda CR-V that we see here has come out for the 2012 model year with more features and attributes that have helped make it a Canadian favorite for generations.

The fourth generation CR-V offers plenty of storage space, flexibility and cargo space and offers drivers a special fuel-saving ECON drive mode, a color information display, improved all-wheel drive technology (AWD) and much more.

Upscale models have a sunroof, heated leather and navigation. Under the hood, look for a 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine with no less than 185 hp and automatic transmissions.

Below are useful tips, facts, and considerations to keep in mind when purchasing a used CR-V of this generation.

These are based on expert research designed to help test drivers identify problems and concerns that can lead to headaches.

The master tip

Honda has a reputation for making reliable vehicles – but keep in mind that neglect and abuse can turn even the most reliable car to a lemon.

Since well-maintained vehicles tend to be more reliable, buying a used vehicle with an extensive service history is a smart idea. One of the best ways to buy a reliable used car is to have that car inspected by a professional technician, ideally in a dealership setting, as the final step before buying it.

Consider a model from 2015

A 2015 or later CR-V of this generation may be your best bet. For 2015, Honda updated the CR-V’s engine and transmission team to improve both fuel efficiency and performance.

With a new CVT transmission and direct injection engine, a 2015 CR-V will offer better performance and lower fuel consumption than an earlier model of this generation.

Check the connectivity

Before purchasing, check all connectivity technologies for proper compatibility with your smartphone, USB drives, and other devices. Customers are advised to pair their phones via Bluetooth to ensure satisfactory audio quality and connectivity for calls and music streaming.

Some owners have reported frustrating compatibility issues, but most have not. Make sure that both your device and the central infotainment unit of the CR-V are running the latest software updates in order to achieve the best results.

Look at the heater core

Some owners have reported issues related to the CR-V’s heater core. Most have not. A poor heater core can be expensive to repair and make it difficult or impossible to heat the cabin of the vehicle. Sometimes a heater core purge will fix the problem. In other cases, an expensive replacement is the only solution.

During your test drive, make sure that the CR-V in the hottest setting can blow evenly hot air from its heater into the cabin over a longer period of time, possibly 5 minutes. If not, or if you notice a sweet, sugary coolant odor in the vehicle, or if the engine coolant level is low, have the vehicle inspected by a professional before buying.

Book a transfer review

Paying close attention to the operation of the transmission of a used vehicle during a test drive can save you money. In the CR-V, some owners of previous models have reported that automatic transmissions need to be updated with new software or fluid formulations to fix awkward or sluggish shifts. On newer CVT models, making sure all maintenance and software features are up to date can also result in a better owner experience.

If you are considering a model with a CVT transmission, you should familiarize yourself with and adhere to the maintenance and inspection requirements. Have the transmission of your CR-V serviced at a dealer at any time to ensure maximum safety.

Watch the oil consumption

Some CR-V owners report that their CR-Vs use questionable amounts of engine oil between oil changes. Most of them don’t. Checking your engine oil level regularly is important and can save you money.

If the CR-V you are considering is still under a factory or aftermarket warranty, report any signs of excessive oil consumption as soon as you notice it and document the complaint. Keep all records and correspondence. This can make it easier to repair warranties if necessary. For maximum safety, you should check your engine oil at least every time you add fuel.

Last thought

These tips are intended to help test drivers more easily identify potential problem areas that have been reported by some owners. An attentive test drive and purchasing process that focuses on the areas above can help you find a top quality copy of a used CR-V.

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