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