Looking for a used, dependable SUV? The 4th-gen Honda CR-V should be your prime choice
Shaun · Jul 6, 2021 11:59 AM
If there’s an SUV that has dominated the Malaysian market, it’s the Honda CR-V. It just ticks so many boxes for so many buyers. Comfort? Check. Practicality? Check. Reliability? Check.
Now that a used fourth-generation Honda CR-V has become more attainable – a quick search will reveal average prices of around RM 60k - 70k – it might be worth considering if you’re looking for more space than what new cars at that price range can offer.
Overview of the 4th-gen Honda CR-V
The 4th-gen Honda CR-V was launched in 2013 with a sole 2.0-litre variant, then the 2.4-litre version joined the range later in the year. The 2.0-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine offers 155 PS/190 Nm of torque whilst the 2.4-litre DOHC unit produces 190 PS/222 Nm.
Both engines are mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission and both are all-wheel drive models. The facelift exercise in 2015 introduced the 2.0-litre 2WD variant at a lower price yet standard features were bumped up, with HID headlights, keyless entry and push start button, Bluetooth connectivity, and powered driver’s seat.
Stability control (VSA), traction control (TCS), and Hill Start Assist come as standard across the range. 2.0-litre variants get four airbags while the 2.4-litre gets 6 airbags.
Which variant should I pick?
Our pick would be the facelifted 2.0-litre 2WD variant, as it has all the necessary features and it’s more fuel efficient than the 4WD counterparts. However, those are understandably more expensive but given that it's newer and packs a higher kit count, we think it’s worth the extra if your budget allows.
What should I look out for?
We’ve spoken to a few owners of the 4th-gen Honda CR-V and we’re happy to report that they are pleased with its reliability. With proper maintenance, it will continue to serve without skipping a beat.
That being said, buying a used car is also like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. For starters, a full service history would be preferrable and it doesn’t have to be from the official service centres, receipts of work done will suffice.
If there is no service history, then a full check up will be required. It can also suggest that the mileage is possibly tampered. In such cases, you could bring a trusted mechanic along to view it and even request for the car to be checked in a workshop.
Depending on mileage and condition, a number of wear and tear parts will need to be replaced. Suspension parts like absorbers, bushings, mounts can add up to around RM 3,000 depending on where it’s sourced.
Brake pads may need to be replaced, which can be bought for as low as RM 150 from a reputable brand. If the rotors are worn out as well, those would cost in the region of RM 300.
As with any other used car, check all the fluids; not just engine oil, but also every other necessary fluid, including transmission fluid, radiator coolant, and brake fluid.
At the same time, it is a good idea to check and see if the car you're looking at has been in a flood or an accident.
Also, do check if the car was affected in the Takata airbag recall and if the job has been carried out. To do so, head to Honda Malaysia’s website and enter the VIN of the car, which is commonly found at the bottom of the windscreen, doorsill, or near the firewall in the engine bay.
For around RM 60k, the 4th-gen Honda CR-V offers space, comfort and practicality that virtually none of the new cars at that price range are able to provide. With its proven reliability track record, the lack of warranty becomes less daunting.
Bear in mind however, that a C-segment SUV like the Honda CR-V will cost more to maintain than a B-segment car. If you’re prepared for the inevitable wear and tear parts replacement for a used car, then you’re all set for the hunt. May the best unit win.
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