Voluminous cabin. Vehicles continue to grow in size, but the 2022 Honda CR-V continues to be one of the more spacious options in the segment. While most compact SUVs offer roughly 60 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, the CR-V offers nearly as much space as midsize SUVs. Behind the rear seats, the CR-V has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the rear seats down opens up cargo space to 75.8 cubic feet — a cavernous figure for the class.

In addition to having a spacious cargo area, the CR-V has loads of space for up to five people. The rear seats, which tend to be tight in other compact SUVs, are commodious. There are 40.4 inches of rear legroom and 39.2 inches of rear headroom. If there’s one issue in the back, it’s that fitting three adults is a squeeze because of shoulder room.

Another thing that often goes overlooked is the wide opening of the doors. Unlike a few compact SUVs that have rakish rooflines for a sportier design, the CR-V’s more traditional look results in wide doors that make it easy to enter and exit the SUV.

Safety first.Honda offers its Honda Sensing suite of safety features on every CR-V. Major features like forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning are standard. Honda also includes adaptive cruise control and road departure mitigation. The only optional features include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

In addition to helping you avoid an accident, the CR-V can also keep you safe in the unfortunate situation that you get into a crash. The IIHS hasn’t crash-tested the 2022 model yet, but the 2021 CR-V earned a Top Safety Pick award. The award only applies to the Touring trim, which comes with LED headlights that earned a rating of “Good.” In the NHTSA’s testing, the 2022 CR-V earned a five-star overall safety rating.

Skip the base trim. While the CR-V comes with an extensive list of standard safety features, the SUV’s list of standard equipment isn’t as attractive. The base LX trim comes with a five-inch display, a USB port, Bluetooth, and four audio speakers. While it gets the job done, it’s certainly nothing to write home about. Unless you want a very basic vehicle, we recommend skipping the LX trim entirely.

In terms of value, the Special Edition trim is the best option. It’s only $1,200 more than the base LX trim, but brings a ton of more content. A seven-inch touch screen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an extra USB port, and six speakers are standard. Additionally, heated front seats, push-button start, remote start, and dual-zone automatic climate control are also included.

Mediocre performance. The CR-V’s main Achilles' heel is its performance. The SUV comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 190 horsepower. The engine is paired with a CVT that is one of the better ones on the market. The main issue is that acceleration isn’t exactly sprightly. The good news is that the CR-V’s smooth ride is something a lot of owners will appreciate.

Honda also offers the CR-V Hybrid. While it’s the efficient one in the lineup, it also makes the most power. It comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors for a combined output of 212 hp. The CR-V Hybrid doesn’t feel much peppier than the regular CR-V, but it brings much better fuel economy figures.

The regular CR-V is rated to get up to 30 mpg combined, while the CR-V Hybrid, which comes with standard all-wheel drive, has a 38-mpg combined rating. The CR-V Hybrid may not be the most efficient SUV in the compact segment, but its more impressive fuel economy and extra power over the CR-V make it worth the extra money.

Final thoughts. There’s not much the 2022 Honda CR-V gets wrong. It may not have an exciting design, thrilling performance, or the fanciest tech features, but its traits will appeal to a lot of shoppers. Comfortable, roomy, and efficient, the CR-V does the basic stuff extremely well.

The main thing holding the CR-V back from being the leader that it once was is its tech features. A lot of car shoppers have a larger smartphone in their pockets than the CR-V’s standard five-inch touchscreen. The lack of standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the base trim is also troubling. Others in the segment are available with digital instrument clusters and laptop-sized touchscreens, not to mention wireless smartphone compatibility. If you’re interested in having the latest tech, you won’t find it in the CR-V.

For consumers that want something that feels luxurious and is fun to drive, there’s the Mazda CX-5. It’s available with a 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, offers peppy handling, and has one of the nicest interiors in the segment. It’s not as spacious or as efficient as the CR-V.

The fully redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson arrives as a segment leader. It has a unique design, an upscale cabin, impressive tech features, and has a large cargo area. Hyundai offers the Tucson with three powertrains that include a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid.

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