Honda Fuel Challenge 2018 - Honda CR-V: CUV class C but economical like a B-class sedan

Honda Fuel Challenge 2018 – Honda CR-V: CUV class C but economical like a B-class sedan


We left Da Lat with the continuous rainy and sunny weather here. More than 30 km of roads along Highway 20 do not have many highlights except for the crowded temporary markets and narrow roads, 2 cars to avoid each other still find it difficult. The highlight of the journey is Ngoan Muc Pass, one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam. Ngoan Muc Pass is over 20 km long, with an average slope of over 9 degrees – this is the largest hill pass in the southern provinces. This is also the place to experience the safety of brakes and the effectiveness of the suspension and steering systems of Honda CR-V.

Like the Civic, Honda applies electric power steering with dual gears and a variable speed ratio for the CR-V, a fairly special equipment for a CUV car. The CR-V’s power steering system has a ratio of about 20%, meaning that at low speeds, the driver only needs to turn the steering wheel 2.3 times to two limit points (instead of 3.1 round like previous generation CR-V). That makes the operation turn around in tight terrain, which makes it easy to climb down with the confidence and precision needed. The brakes also work very well with pedals whose brakes are well aligned. The suspension also makes this high-rise vehicle with the necessary stability when driving left and right, creating a feeling of peace when down the hill.

Stage 3 ends quickly with a stop at TTC Resort. At the end of a short break, we continue to make the final journey from Phan Rang to Nha Trang city. This is a relatively easy route running along Highway 1A so features like Cruise Control become even more useful. For me, this is an opportunity to continue to experience the 1.5L turbocharged engine block.

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Honda CR-V 2018 owns a 4-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine, capacity of 1.5 liters for a capacity of 188 hp, 240 Nm. This is a more powerful version of the engine on the new Civic. According to Toshikatsu Takanohashi, chief engineer in charge of designing CR-V 2018 engines, CR-V engines are more powerful than Civic thanks to the new turbine design, intake valves and exhaust valves. The CR-V exhaust turbine has a 9-wing design (instead of 11 as the Civic), with each wing 5 mm longer and 3 mm wider. This new design increases 6% of compressed air pressure, helping to reduce turbocharging delays.

The turbocharged engine – combined with the best CVT gearbox in the segment, makes the experience with the CR-V 2018 different from that of a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated Jazz engine. Slightly moving the accelerator, the car glided gently and smoothly, almost without any noise of the engine or gearbox entering the cabin. The most economical way to drive a car with a turbocharged engine is to prevent the turbocharger from waking up. With CR-V, the optimal way is to keep the rewinding machine at about 1,400 rpm.

Stage 4 passed when the convoy stopped at the Honda Nha Trang dealer. Both 16 CR-V and Jazz cars finished with unexpected results. Specifically, eight CR-Vs have an average consumption of more than 400 km of mixed roads is only 5.5 liters, much lower than the published 6.9 liters / 100 km. More significantly, the person who achieved the highest was Mr. Chu Huu Tho with the consumption of the CR-V he controlled was only 4.1 liters / 100 km. Besides the fuel economy, all participants were satisfied with other elements of the Honda CR-V, from engine, transmission, suspension to soundproofing.

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The 6th Honda Fuel Challenge journey ended successfully and left a compelling impression on two CR-V and Jazz models. This year’s journey is highly appreciated by players for the challenge, excitement, novelty and above all, the actual sticking. Those who currently use the Honda CR-V and the Honda Jazz can absolutely have the consumption level that we achieve if they drive slowly and understand their car. It can be seen that today’s Honda cars are not only beautiful, comfortable, economical, but also bring exciting experiences on all roads.

Vi Phạm (Tuoitrethudo)

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