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    2018 Honda CR-V OVERVIEW

    The CR-V has consistently been a best seller in the compact crossover segment and others have had trouble duplicating Honda's winning recipe. With its high-tech features, abundant cargo space, and spectacular fuel economy, the 2018 Honda CR-V is a triple threat and one of the best options in its class.

    What's New for 2018

    After a complete redesign last year, the Honda CR-V carries over with no changes for 2018.

    Honda CR-V

    Choosing Your Honda CR-V

    The CR-V lineup has two engines for consumers to choose from. The base LX trim is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-four engine paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that produces 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The rest of the lineup features a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder motor that makes 190 hp and 179 lb.-ft. of torque that’s matched to a CVT.

    Power can be put down through the front wheels or through all four with Honda’s real time all-wheel drive with Intelligent Control System. With the 2.4-liter engine and front-wheel drive, the CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive to the crossover brings its fuel economy down by one in the city and on the highway. The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is the more fuel-efficient motor, boasting a fuel economy rating of 28 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway for front-wheel drive models. Opting for all-wheel drive brings those figures down to 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

    As a compact crossover, the new CR-V offers consumers a spacious cargo area. With the seats in place, the vehicle houses 39.2 cubic feet of cargo volume, while the space opens up to 75.8 cu. ft. with the seats folded down.

    The 2017 CR-V was an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and the 2018 model should be the same, since it comes with all of the latest safety features, including: brake assist, a multi-angle rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking system, and road departure mitigation system.

    The CR-V is available in four trims:


    The entry-level LX trim starts at $25,125 (prices include the $975 destination charge) and is powered by the 2.4-liter inline-four engine. Front-wheel drive is standard, while Honda’s real time AWD with Intelligent Control System is an additional $1,400.

    The LX trim comes with an active shutter grille, power side mirrors, a remote entry system, 17-inch alloy wheels, a black roofline spoiler, and black door handles on the outside. On the inside, the crossover features: automatic climate control, a six-way driver’s seat with manual adjustment, a five-inch LCD screen, and Bluetooth.

    There are no available packages for the LX trim.


    Moving up to the EX trim, which starts at $27,925, brings the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine to the CR-V and a few other features over the base model. On the outside, the EX trim benefits from auto on/off headlights, a body-colored roofline spoiler, body-colored door handles, rear privacy glass, a security system, smarty entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, 18-inch wheels, fog lights, and heated exterior mirrors.

    On the inside, the EX trim comes with illuminated front vanity mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a one-touch power moonroof, push button start, a retractable cargo area cover, heated front seats, and a 12-way power driver's seat.

    There are no available packages for the EX trim, but the crossover does come standard with Honda Sensing, which is the automaker's suite of safety features that includes: adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation system, and collision mitigation braking system.


    The EX-L trim is priced from $30,425 and adds a few luxury features over the EX. The EX-L trim comes with: a power tailgate with programmable height, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror, a HomeLink Remote System, a memory setting for the driver’s seat, leather-trimmed seats, and a four-way power adjustable passenger’s seat.

    The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System ($1,000), the only available package on the EX-L trim, adds a Garmin-based navigation system.


    The Touring trim is the range-topping model and carries a starting price tag of $33,625. The Touring adds a few tech features, including: rain-sensing windshield wipers, a hands-free power tailgate, roof rails, LED headlights, dual chrome exhaust finishers, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, and a nine-speaker audio system with a subwoofer. There are no available packages for the Touring trim.

    CarsDirect Tip

    Since the 2018 CR-V lineup doesn’t have a lot of available packages, getting into a trim that has everything you want is crucial. While the LX is the most affordable, the EX model adds a lot of tech and comfort features, including the safety-focused Honda Sensing group.

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