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.
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2018 Honda CR-V Overview
What's New for 2018
After a complete redesign last year, the Honda CR-V carries over with no changes for 2018.
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:
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.
2018 Honda CR-V Review
All-new last year, the 2018 Honda CR-V checks nearly all the right boxes – quiet, comfortable, roomy, and fuel efficient. But it's not very entertaining, advanced safety features are missing on the affordable LX, while its odd design is eclipsed by competitors from Mazda and Kia.
Pricing for the 2018 CR-V starts at $25,125 for a front-wheel-drive LX and runs up to $35,025 for the all-wheel-drive Touring. The LX makes do with a 184-horsepower, normally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder, while the rest of the lineup is powered by a 190-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Both engines are matched to a CVT automatic. Either front- or all-wheel drive is offered on all models, with AWD a $1,400 premium.
We'd skip the base LX with its lack of advanced safety features and less flexible engine and choose an AWD EX if we lived in the northern tier of states and a FWD EX-L if we lived down south. In addition to an engine with more low-end torque, the EX trim adds larger 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats (power driver's), a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, automatic headlights with auto high beams, keyless entry with push-button start, walk-away door locks, and fog lights. Standard safety features not available on the LX include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a driver attention monitor, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning.
FWD EX-L models ($30,425 MSRP) receive easier-to-clean leather on the seats, steering wheel, and shift lever, a power tailgate, a power passenger seat, and satellite radio.
Since we live where the snow flies, here's how we'd build it:
- Model: 2018 Honda CR-V EX
- Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output: 190 hp / 179 lb-ft
- Transmission:CVT automatic
- Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
- MPG: 27 City / 33 Hwy
- Options:All-wheel drive ($1,400)
- Base Price:$29,325 (including the $975 destination fee)
- Best Value Price:$29,325
The CR-V features a smooth ride, and quick, light steering. The base 2.4-liter engine is certainly capable, but the 1.5-liter turbo found on EX and above models, although not much faster, is quicker off the line with more usable low-end torque and better fuel economy. The turbo also seems to match up better with the CVT automatic.
On the flip side, the base engine can sound rough and its lack of low-end torque means you have to put your foot into it to get things going. At the same time, the steering isn't very communicative, while the ride is tuned for comfort rather than sharp handling.
The CR-V's eccentric exterior is wrapped around an interior that's a paradigm of space efficiency – making it feel more mid-size than compact. Controls are well organized and the fabric upholstery feels chic, while the optional leather is especially elegant for this price point.
But there are shortcomings as three adults will find accommodations tight in back. Moreover, the front fascia is a mish-mash of styles, while the exterior design suggests family minivan rather than energetic sport utility – falling short of competitors from Mazda and Kia.
The Best and Worst Things
The 2018 CR-V's versatile, roomy interior establishes the bar in the compact crossover class.
Light on steering feedback and driving dynamics, the CR-V isn't much fun to hustle around.
Right For? Wrong For?
A smooth ride and roomy, versatile interior should be a big attraction for families.
Light on personality and vehicle dynamics, the CR-V won't attract many enthusiasts.
The Bottom Line
Despite quirky styling and plain vanilla performance, the 2018 Honda CR-V makes for a solid choice in the compact crossover class thanks to its roomy interior, upscale feel, and abundance of safety features on most models.
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