3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Honda CR-V

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Expert's Rating

4.8Excellent

MPG 23 City / 31 Highway
Pros
  • Refined interior
  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Excellent resale value
Cons
  • No V6 option
  • Back seat folds awkwardly
  • Base model seats feel cheap
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Seating for up to 5 with cargo room to spare for long trips, the CR-V continues to impress with its excellent build quality and solid feel, making it one of the top picks in the crossover class.

Introduction

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.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Honda CR-V
Starting price
$17,486

2013 Honda CR-V LX

Recommended for: Families in search of dependability and safety in a small-sized SUV

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.

2013 Honda CR-V
Starting price
$17,486

2013 Honda CR-V EX

Recommended for: Crossover SUV drivers wanting a bit more privacy

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.

2013 Honda CR-V
Starting price
$17,486

2013 Honda CR-V EX-L

Recommended for: Drivers desiring a small crossover SUV with loads of interior options

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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