The great thing about CR-V is that everything just feels right in terms of the design, standard features as well as the smooth ride-glide. For 2005, the Honda CR-V changes its appearance with a different front grille, cylindrical-shaped headlights, new taillights, one-piece mudguards, and other visual cues. This model year also adds a new trim to the line-up, the SE (special edition), which puts heated leather seats, leather steering wheel and shift knob, body-color bumpers, hard spare tire cover, heated outside mirrors and more as part of the presentation package. The 2005 vehicle also opts for a cam-driven real-time all wheel drive device (replacing a pump-type system) as a way to improve acceleration and hill climb capabilities.

CR-V makes a 5-speed automatic transmission standard fare for 2005. The shifter is located in a somewhat unusual spot – to the right of the steering column on the dash. The dash is a zone of appeal with stow bins above the glove box, three jumbo-sized air conditioning and heat control knobs, a 6-disc in-dash CD changer, and a lever-operated, flip-up from side of front seat cupholder/tray. CR-V, even as a 4WD vehicle, earns decent mile counts at 22 city/27 highway when fitted with a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, 160 horsepower 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed automatic transmission. MSRP of CR-V five-door 4WD SE is $25,050.