2007 Honda MR-V | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

The MR-V is the first 8-seat full-size 4×4 from Honda – designed to provide the perfect combination of on-road comfort and luxury, with performance and capability. Building on Honda`s legendary engineering and stylish design heritage, the MR-V incorporates many innovative features such as the Variable Torque Management 4-wheel drive system (VTM-4) which enables it to switch automatically into 4-wheel drive whenever needed.

The MR-V was primarily designed to fill a large American demand for SUVs. As this fad caught on here in the Middle East too, Honda launched the MR-V sometime back. Prior to the introduction of the MR-V, Honda only had the smaller CR-V based on the Civic. However, the CR-V lacked in features many consumers looked for in an SUV, which are overall size, passenger space, and towing capacity.

The MR-V went under the designer’s scalpel late last year and came back losing some of its flab. The front was redesigned to give it a sharper profile as well as a bit of aggressiveness that was lacking in its earlier design. Clear lens front head lights with a chrome grill in the front as well as funkier clear lens taillights like the ones on the Range Rover were the main exterior revisions. There was minor design touches applied on the interior as well which is retained for the model year.

The MR-V is capable of transporting up to 8 passengers. The third row seats 3 but legroom is limited, allowing transportation of small children or adults on short trips. The rear seats are capable of folding into completely flat surfaces to allow larger cargo inside if necessary. Seats are configured as stadium seating. Optional amenities that can also be included are a powered moonroof, DVD entertainment system, and a navigation system.

The MR-V is powered by Honda’s unique 3.5-litre VTEC V6 engine, delivering 280bhp and is shifted using a 5-speed automatic transmission. The MR-V also employs a four-wheel drive system called Variable Torque Management 4WD (VTM-4). The VTM-4 system delivers power to all four wheels under acceleration and when wheel slippage is detected. Otherwise, the system operates primarily in front-wheel drive and sends torque to the rear wheels when spin is detected up front. Two wheel drive models are also available.

Body Type4X4
Price (in AED)102,500-115,000
Engine Size (litre)3.5
Power (bhp)280
Torque (Nm)382

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