Surprisingly spacious inside and generously equipped, the redesigned Honda CR-V excels in what really matters to buyers of compact crossovers.

Pricing and Equipment

The CR-V starts at $24,945 for the LX, which covers all the basics like automatic climate control and Bluetooth. For $27,595, the mid-level EX provides plenty of additional features, including:

The EX-L ($30,095) gets luxuries like leather seats, a power tailgate, and a driver memory function. The $33,295 Touring adds special exterior trim, a hands-free power tailgate, and an upgraded sound system. All-wheel drive is a $1,300 option on all models.

Performance Pros

Honda CR-V

Every Honda CR-V comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Last year's four-cylinder engine carries over in the LX only, while all other trims get a new turbocharged engine, originally introduced in the Civic:

  • The base 2.4 liter provides typical performance for this class and an above-average EPA rating of 28 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
  • The CR-V is noticeably quicker with 1.5-liter turbo, and yet efficiency is even better at 30 mpg combined. Upgrading to the EX is well worth the cost, if only to get this engine.

Performance Cons

  • Steering is quick and confident, but the lack of feedback made us feel somewhat disconnected from the road.
  • As much as we like the gutsy turbo, it can get a little noisy when pushed.

Interior Pros

  • The Honda CR-V positively shines when it comes accommodating people and things. We found that three adults really can get comfortable in back, and cargo space (up to 75.8 cubic feet) is unmatched in this class.
  • The front seats are pleasantly firm and offer just the right amount of side support. The available leather makes them feel great, too.
  • After near-universal condemnation, Honda replaced the touchcapacitive volume control on the infotainment system with a physical knob.

Interior Cons

  • The 5-inch center display found in the LX isn't a touchscreen, so we had to contend with an array chunky buttons.
  • The front console spreads out around the gearshift, cutting into the space available for the driver's right leg.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

With its efficient packaging and clever storage options, the Honda CR-V elevated our expectations of how spacious a compact crossover can be.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Despite the CR-V's smooth ride and comfy seating, the interior isn't especially quiet. Road and engine noise can interrupt the otherwise serene mood.

The Bottom Line

After driving this latest rendition of the CR-V, it's easy for us to imagine it getting even more popular that it already is.