Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2014 Honda CR-V OVERVIEW
The ever popular Honda CR-V returns for 2014 as one of the most functional compact SUVs in America. The CR-V provides car-like interior comfort, a smooth, quiet ride and innovative features, making it a great fit for families or anyone with an active lifestyle.
It is interesting that Honda still markets the CR-V as a SUV—it's built on a unibody frame and over the years has grown larger and more like a crossover with each new generation.
What's New for 2014
The current generation was introduced in 2012, so for 2014 the CR-V remains unchanged with the exception of some new colors.
Choosing Your Honda CR-V
All CR-V models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque coupled with a standard five-speed automatic transmission. Optional is Real Time AWD with an Intelligent Control System that further harnesses available traction in low-grip driving conditions.
The CR-V has an EPA fuel economy rating of 23/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined for the front-wheel drive model and 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined for all-wheel drive variants. With its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link fully independent suspension, the CR-V chassis is designed to maximize driving enjoyment, passenger comfort and confidence.
Honda rarely offers standalone options, so the trim level you choose determines which features you get. If you want a moonroof, for instance, you'll need to upgrade from an LX to an EX; navigation, meanwhile, is available only at the top $29,195 trim level.
For the budget-conscious buyer, the LX (starting at $22,945) offers lots of value for basic features. If your budget is more flexible, the $25,045 EX and the $27,695 EX-L provide appealingly upscale features for a fair price.