Being a leader for numerous years in a segment is a tough thing to pull off, but the Honda CR-V continues to be the benchmark in the heavily contested compact crossover arena. Despite facing more competition than ever, the CR-V continues to come out on top thanks to a spacious cabin, good safety features, and punchy yet fuel-efficient powertrains. The 2019 Honda CR-V ticks all of the right boxes, which is what makes it such a well-rounded option.
What's New for 2019
There are no changes for the 2019 Honda CR-V.
Choosing Your Honda CR-V
The CR-V has two engines to choose from. The base CR-V comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Those seeking more power can opt for a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that's rated to make 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is also offered for an extra $1,400. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the sole gearbox offered on the CR-V.
Surprisingly, fuel economy is better for the turbocharged engine. The standard 2.4-liter engine is rated to get an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway, and 28 combined; all-wheel drive lowers these figures by one mpg in each category. The turbocharged 1.5-liter is capable of getting up to 28/34/30 mpg (city/highway/combined). Once again, AWD knocks one mpg off each.
Despite being a compact crossover, the CR-V has a useful amount of cargo space. With the rear seats in place, the CR-V has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the rear seats down opens cargo space up to 75.8 cubes.
Every trim except for the entry-level LX comes with Honda Sensing, which is the automaker's suite of advanced safety tech. Honda Sensing includes collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist. There are no option packages available across the lineup.
Honda offers the CR-V in four trims:
Having the latest safety features in a vehicle is crucial, which is what makes the 2019 Honda CR-V EX so attractive. It's affordable, comes with the peppier and more fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, Honda Sensing, and a bunch of comfort features as standard. The addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard on the EX also solidifies the trim as the best starting point for the majority of drivers.