2022 Honda CR-V: Preview, Photos, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - April 14, 2021

Model Preview

Entering its sixth model year since going on sale, the 2022 Honda CR-V is expected to arrive without any changes. While it will be a carryover model, the 2022 CR-V will still continue to be a leader in the segment, offering a strong mix of advantages that few rivals can match.

Honda unveiled the fully redesigned 2017 CR-V with a sharper, more modern design, but the compact SUV received a slight refresh in 2020. Unmistakably a Honda, the 2022 CR-V will share a lot of the same design elements as the current SUV. The SUV will wear a two-tiered grille, a chrome element that connects the front headlights with the grille, and a wide air intake at the bottom of the fascia. A prominent body line that starts at the front fascia and connects with the rear end helps break up the CR-V’s smooth lines. At the back, the CR-V will have tall, L-shaped taillights, a chrome element directly under the rear windshield, and two exhaust outlets.

Inside, things will remain mostly the same for the 2022 CR-V. The SUV will continue to feature a classy, user-friendly design. The unique placement of the gear shifter in the center console gives the SUV’s cabin a V-shaped design. Honda will continue to have well-labeled buttons and dials to control the HVAC and infotainment systems, while the spacious interior will also carry into the 2022 model year.

When it comes to technology, features are expected to remain the same for 2022. A 5-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker audio system are expected to be standard. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch touchscreen, nine audio speakers, wireless smartphone charging, and navigation will continue to be optional.

Honda CR-V

Honda will continue to only offer one powertrain with the CR-V for the 2022 model year. Power will come from a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission and routes power to the front wheels as standard. All-wheel drive will be available as an option.

The current CR-V comes with the automaker’s Honda Sensing suite as standard equipment. We expect the list of standard and optional features to remain the same for the upcoming model year. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist are standard on the current CR-V. The IIHS has not tested the current CR-V yet. In the NHTSA’s testing, the 2021 CR-V earned a five-star overall safety rating.

Pricing & Release Date

Honda hasn’t released any information on when it will officially introduce the 2022 CR-V yet. Based on past years, we expect an on-sale date in fall 2021.

Pricing for the 2022 Honda CR-V also remains unclear. Without any major changes, we expect pricing to remain close to the current model’s, which ranges from $26,525 to $34,770 with destination.

The compact SUV will compete against the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, and Kia Sportage.

Pictured: 2021 Honda CR-V

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