The small-size crossover SUV market is flooded with a variety of attractive choices, but the Honda CR-V does a great job separating itself from its brethren. The CR-V was redesigned in 2012, and what worked last year continues to remain effective in 2013. Working the CR-V’s favor is Honda’s history of reliability and performance, and the willingness of Honda to listen to consumers. The result is a small compact SUV ideally suited for families with sufficient cargo space and a comfortable ride.
The CR-V is powered by a 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 163 foot-pound of torque. Unfortunately, this is the biggest drawback to the 2013 model. However, the single engine choice is reliable, and gets an economical 23 MPG/city and 31 MPG/hwy (on front wheel drive models), but the lack of a six-cylinder engine is problematic for those seeking a bit more quickness. Front-wheel drive is standard, and the powertrain is monitored by a five-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is optional, and definitely a worthy choice of an upgrade.
Inside, the CR-V is designed with aesthetics and usefulness in mind. The controls are lain out in an appealing (and logical) manner, and the full font console laced with storage compartments is a welcome addition. Legroom is ample, and a spring-loaded rear seat folds nearly flat – creating a generous amount of cargo space (just over 70 cubic feet).
The Honda CR-V is less exciting to drive than many of its four-cylinder competitors. It lacks quickness and low-end power, but more than makes up for this in the fuel economy department. Handling is smooth and quiet, and the steering is crisp. While the CR-V won’t win any awards for sportiness, it does the job with reliability and safety.
The CR-V is available in three trim levels, the LX, EX, and EX-L. Each is available as front-wheel driver with all-wheel drive an optional upgrade.
The variety of options, trim levels, and performance exhibited by the CR-V make it a resounding success in the face of stiff competition. While the CR-V might be lacking in engine power, it does stand up as a fantastic choice for drivers more interested in reliability, safety, and those in search of a dependable small-sized SUV for their family.
The base LX model is powered by a 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine which produces 185 horsepower and 163 foot-pound of torque. Its sufficiently equipped with: four-speaker sound system, CD player, Bluetooth, streaming audio, tilt and telescoping steering, 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, air conditioning, steering wheel audio controls, full power accessories, adjustable driver seat, rearview camera, 6-inch display screen, auxiliary input jack, iPod interface, and a Pandora interface. Options are limited and mostly purchased by upgrading the trim level.
Safety features include: back-up camera, antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints.
The EX is basically the same vehicle as the LX, with a few minor exceptions. Gone are the 16-inch wheels and in their place are 17-inch alloy wheels. There’s also an addition of a sunroof, rear privacy glass, fog lights, and a retractable (and highly useful) cargo cover. In addition the four speaker sound system is upgraded to a six speaker system.
The EX-L has all the same base features as the EX and LX. In addition buyers get: heated side mirrors, an eight way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, power lumbar support in the driver’s seat, leather interior, seven speaker sound system with satellite radio, and heated front seats. Options include a Navigation packages which adds a navigation system with voice control, and a Rear Entertainment package which includes a rear DVD system. However, the Navigation package and the Rear Entertainment package cannot be purchased in conjunction with one another.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Honda CR-V$25,455 | no mileage
2013 Honda CR-V$28,372 | 9,160 mi
2013 Honda CR-V$28,765 | 9,275 mi
2012 Honda CR-V$21,500 | 28,451 mi
2012 Honda CR-V$26,995 | 12,137 mi
2012 Honda CR-V$27,443 | 24,927 mi
2011 Honda CR-V$20,999 | 22,917 mi
2011 Honda CR-V$21,120 | 30,504 mi
2011 Honda CR-V$22,214 | 31,999 mi
2011 Honda CR-V$23,984 | 35,166 mi
2011 Honda CR-V$25,936 | 21,194 mi
2009 Honda CR-V$13,495 | 99,271 mi
2009 Honda CR-V$18,888 | 64,410 mi
2009 Honda CR-V$20,524 | 57,286 mi
2008 Honda CR-V$14,990 | 88,430 mi
2008 Honda CR-V$17,471 | 86,385 mi
2008 Honda CR-V$17,995 | 77,925 mi
2007 Honda CR-V$15,775 | 94,823 mi
2007 Honda CR-V$16,925 | 92,010 mi
2007 Honda CR-V$17,999 | 88,342 mi
2006 Honda CR-V$10,991 | 113,977 mi
2004 Honda CR-V$7,495 | 157,870 mi
2003 Honda CR-V$7,500 | 129,811 mi
2003 Honda CR-V$8,495 | 123,569 mi
2002 Honda CR-V$10,900 | 90,919 mi
2002 Honda CR-V$10,990 | 116,185 mi
2001 Honda CR-V$5,991 | 173,927 mi
1997 Honda CR-V$4,995 | 191,010 mi
Six-speed transmission, great fuel economy, tons of features, but options are expensive
Loads of features and options, spacious interior, but base engine is lacking
Attractive exterior package, good fuel economy, but many interior options are average at best
Lots of standard features, fun to drive, with an optional V6 engine