The CR-V might be a popular family crossover for daily duties, but its also incredibly versatile.
The Overlanding and adventure scene is only gaining more momentum as we approach SEMA 2019. Honda introduced the new rugged Passport this year, but the automaker is also bringing the standard gas-engine model and the all-new 2020 CR-V Hybrid to SEMA. Two models have been kitted out for the adventure crowd, and we're curious to see if they'll go down well at the show.
The first here is called the "Dream" Build, and it's by Jsport Performance Accessories. It's a weekend getaway project and features a 1.5-inch lift kit, 17-inch KMC off-road wheels wrapped with Nitto Ridge Grappler all-terrain tires, side steps, a new front bumper, and a rear tire gate.
For practical living in the wild for a couple of days, the "Dream" build has a Plateau modular roof rack from Jsport, a Roofnest Falcon clamshell-style rooftop tent, and the cargo area is kitted out with a slide-out refrigerator and an organization cabinet.
The second 2020 Honda CR-V is known as the "Do" build and, according to Honda, it's for "weekend warriors" that want something versatile that will transport them and their gear to the nearest trailhead while retaining the CR-V's everyday practicality. Like the "Dream" Build, it also has a 1.5-inch lift kit added along with 17-inch KMC off-road wheels with Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires.
Also added are side steps and a Cannondale mountain bike mounted to a roof basket. It's a low-key build in SEMA terms but, in reality, a gently upgraded CR-V is enough for most people. Even with front-wheel-drive plus a lift and a tire upgrade, something like the "Dream" build will get most people where they need to go to for some great hiking and bike trails.
Much as we love overkill when it comes to Overlanding and off-roading, the cost is a factor. The reality is that most people don't need a huge SUV or truck with a high-powered engine and the entire accessory catalog attached to it.