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.
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