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Top Features of Base Model
- Lots of standard safety features on most models
- Great reliability
- Solid resale value
- Lots of interior space and storage areas for passengers
Honda CR-V: Everything You Need to Know
About the Honda CR-V:
The Honda CR-V is a five-passenger compact crossover and its one of the best-selling models in Honda’s line up.
The 2019 Honda CR-V is the fifth generation of the SUV that was originally introduced in 2017. It is built by Honda, a Japanese company. It sits above the smaller Honda HR-V crossover in the line-up.
The Honda CR-V comes in four different trim levels:
- Honda CR-V LX: Comes with the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.
- Honda CR-V EX: This version comes with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque
- Honda CR-V EX-L: This version also gets the turbocharged engine and a leather-trimmed interior.
- Honda CR-V Touring: The turbocharged engine comes in this version
While there is a Honda CR-V Hybrid currently available in Europe, Honda has not yet announced whether they will release a hybrid version in the U.S. The Honda CR-V is front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive as an added option.
Honda is a Japanese company known for making affordable, fun-to-drive cars that offer a ton of safety and technology. Most Honda CR-Vs hold their value very well and are some of the most reliable vehicles on the road today.
The Honda CR-V recently won several awards from a variety of top-tier outlets for its combination of price, value, and desirability. Some of the accolades it has received includes awards from Edmunds for the Best Family Car of 2019 and the 2019 Editor’s Choice Awards as well as U.S. News & World Report’s Best Cars for the Money award.
What’s New in the 2019 Honda CR-V?
The 2019 Honda CR-V remains mostly unchanged for 2019 but does get one additional paint color for this model year: a Platinum White Pearl. In addition to the new color, the price increases slightly over the 2018 model.
Honda also dropped one trim level from its line-up for 2019. The EX-L with Navigation is no longer a standalone trim level. Instead, they offer the Touring, which includes navigation.
The 2019 Honda CR-V comes in front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Opting for the AWD version adds roughly $1200 to the cost of the car.
The EPA estimates that the 2019 Honda CR-V gets 26 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway with a base 2.4-liter engine and CVT. The 1.5L engine in the higher trims is estimated to get 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway.
What Does the Honda CR-V Compete With?
The Honda CR-V competes with the following compact cars:
- Toyota RAV4
- Subaru Forester
- Ford Escape
- Mazda CX-5
- Hyundai Tucson
- Kia Sportage
- Nissan Rogue
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Jeep Cherokee
The Honda CR-V is a great car for families looking for a reliable, spacious vehicle that can carry up to five people and all their gear.
Exterior Design of the Honda CR-V
The 2019 Honda CR-V gets a slightly updated exterior for this model year but largely remains unchanged. Updates include:
- More aggressive styling with new wheel designs
- New available color: Platinum White Pearl which replaces the White Diamond Pearl from previous years. There are still ten different paint colors available.
Outside, the base LX trim comes with LED daytime running lights and turn signals and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Step up to the EX and you get 18-inch alloys, automatic windows, heated side mirrors, a power moonroof, and remote engine start. The EX-L adds a power liftgate to the mix.
At the Touring level, you get automatic high beam headlights, dual exhaust tips, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and LED headlights along with some added chrome bits.
Interior Style in the Honda CR-V
The interior of the Honda CR-V remains largely the same as the 2018 model with tons of cargo space (39.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 75.8 when the seats are folded down) and tons of cubbies and storage spaces inside for all your gear. The rear cargo area can be divided into two levels to help keep objects secure.
On EX models and above, the Honda CR-V gets additional rear seat USB ports. To get leather inside, you have to step up to the EX-L and Touring. At its base, the Honda CR-V comes with cloth seats and a soft-touch dash and upper door panels.
At the EX trim and above you get a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The steering wheel in the 2019 Honda CR-V receives a number of buttons to control a variety of systems around the vehicle including Bluetooth, audio, and cruise control.
What Technology Comes in the Honda CR-V?
The 2019 Honda CR-V comes packed with tons of technology to make your commute that much better. At the base, the LX trim, you get:
- A 160-watt audio system
- 5-inch color infotainment screen
At the EX trim and above you get a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You also get power adjustable front seats dual-zone climate control, moonroof, and push-button start.
Some of the tech highlights from the Honda Sensing that come standard on all Honda CR-V EX trims and above:
- Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control
- Automatic high beams
The LX level gets basic cruise control.
The infotainment system is the same one that you will see across the Honda brands and for 2019 the CR-V gets a volume knob instead of the much-loathed slider. Most reviewers have celebrated the return of the knob.
The touchscreen-enabled system we used is easy enough to navigate, and when equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it is simple enough to pair your phone. While the system sometimes is a bit laggy, it isn’t enough to be frustrating.
For more on the safety features in the Honda CR-V read below.
What Safety Features are in the Honda CR-V?
The Honda CR-V comes standard with Honda's safety suite at the EX trim and above, called Honda Sensing. Honda Sensing includes:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System: This system is an automatic emergency braking system that will stop the car if it’s about to hit something. Some reviewers have complained about how sensitive the system is.
- Road Departure Mitigation System: A camera at the front of the car “reads” road markers and alerts the driver when the car is about to veer off the road. It also applies brakes to keep the Accord on the road.
- Adaptive Cruise Control: In traffic, set the cruise control and the Accord will follow the car ahead keeping a safe distance
- Lane keeping assist: This system keeps the Accord in the center of its lane.
- Lane departure warning
- Forward collision warning
- Automatic high beams
Recently, IIHS named the Honda CR-V a Top Safety Pick. NHTSA has not yet rated the 2019 Honda CR-V.
What is the Honda CR-V Like to Drive?
On the road, the Honda CR-V is enjoyable to drive, even if it isn’t that engaging. The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is the better of the two since the older, 2.4-liter engine is just laggy and slow.
On the highway, the CR-V is a comfortable cruiser, and the turbo on the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine doesn't lag or bog down. In fact, it's hard to even notice it, which is a very good thing. While the CR-V lags somewhat in performance in comparison to the Ford Escape, acceleration is still strong enough to make merging into fast-moving highway traffic, comfortable.
We recommend that most buyers should, at the minimum, go for the EX trim of the CR-V just because of the laggy 2.4-liter on the LX trim. You also get more features in the EX trim that make the added price worth it.
Steering in the Honda CR-V is linear and direct and inspires confidence as the ratio changes with acceleration. It's got a good balance of ride quality and handling. The body roll that is typically a trait of this class of crossover, is minimal in the 2019 Honda CR-V.
The ride and interior of the Honda CR-V is quiet enough to be enjoyable and comfortable, and interior space for passengers is enough to make even a long drive a pleasant experience.
Should I Buy a Current Honda CR-V?
Yes. The Honda CR-V is a great crossover to consider purchasing. It has tons of space, is great on the road, and it offers plenty of great safety features that can help protect you and your loved ones.
Should I buy a Used Honda CR-V?
Used Honda CR-Vs tend to hold their value well, and since the new 2019 CR-V doesn't really add anything new from the previous year, you could save a bundle by buying a one to two-year-old vehicle.
According to Carcomplaints.com, you should try to avoid the 2015 model year. Most recently, Honda had to roll out a big recall for 2018 models because of engine stalling problems. Whatever year Honda CR-V you decide on be sure to have it checked out by a certified mechanic before you sign on the dotted line.
How Much Does the Honda CR-V Cost?
The 2019 Honda CR-V starts around $24,350 plus a $995 delivery charge for the base LX. We don't recommend this version as it lacks too many vital features that you will want and love.
We recommend moving up to the EX trim of the Honda CR-V which starts at $27,250 plus delivery and destination. At this level, you get a larger infotainment screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
If you want a leather interior, you’ll need to move into the EX-L trim which starts at $29,750 plus delivery and destination. The top-of-the-line Touring edition starts at $32,750 plus destination and delivery.
Pros and Cons of the 2019 Honda CR-V
- Tons of interior space
- Well-mannered on the road
- Great resale value
- Highly rated for safety
- The base model comes with an older engine and not as many features as some of the competitors
- All-wheel drive is an added option and cost
- Must step into the EX trim to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (no standalone features available)
The History of the Honda CR-V: From Four-Wheel Drive to Two-Wheel Drive
The Honda CR-V made its debut in Japan in 1996 and came to the U.S. in 1997. Originally it was launched as a four-wheel drive vehicle, but today it comes in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options. The 2019 Honda CR-V is the fifth generation of this vehicle, and it is Honda's best-selling crossover.
Specs & Key Features of the 2019 Honda CR-V
- Body Style
- Sport Utility
- 2.4L I-4 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC
- 184 hp
- Continuously Variable w/Sport Mode
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Front Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Back Up Camera
- Cruise Control
- LCD Monitor
- LED Lights
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 2.4L I-4 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC
- Transmission: Continuously Variable w/Sport Mode
- 5.05 Axle Ratio
- GVWR: 4,695 lbs
- Front-Wheel Drive
- 36-Amp/Hr 410CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 14 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
- Wheels: 17" Alloy
- Tires: P235/65R17 104H All-Season
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Metal-Look Bumper Insert
- Black Rear Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
- Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
- Black Door Handles
- Black Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
- Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
- Light Tinted Glass
- Fixed Interval Wipers
- Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
- Lip Spoiler
- Chrome Grille
- Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
- Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
- Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- LED Brakelights
- Radio: AM/FM Audio System w/4 Speakers -inc: 160-Watts, 5-inch color LCD screen, Bluetooth streaming audio and HandsFreeLink, Pandora compatibility, Radio Data System (RDS), Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC), USB audio interface w/1 port in center console and 12-volt power outlets (front and center console)
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack and Steering Wheel Controls
- Audio Theft Deterrent
- Integrated Roof Antenna
- 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
- Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver's seat w/6-way manual adjustment
- Driver Seat
- 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
- 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
- Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Valet Function
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
- Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Automatic Air Conditioning
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
- Locking Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look/Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Cloth Door Trim Insert
- Urethane Gear Shift Knob
- Cloth Seat Trim
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and Conversation Mirror
- Front Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
- Carpet Floor Trim
- Cargo Area Concealed Storage
- Cargo Space Lights
- Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Systems Monitor
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Digital/Analog Display
- Seats w/Cloth Back Material
- Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
- Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
- Engine Immobilizer
- Air Filtration
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
- Back-Up Camera