Honda has further evolved its successful formula for the compact CR-V by wrapping it in an even more attractive skin and adding a 1.5L turbocharged engine that is both fuel efficient and powerful. Increased ground clearance, best-in-class interior space and rear legroom, and available all-wheel drive make the CR-V one of the most versatile machines in the segment.
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Honda's fifth-generation CR-V was completely redesigned for 2017 and it continues to be a top competitor in the compact SUV landscape. Outside, the CR-V benefits from styling that Honda describes as bold and sophisticated, with an aggressive, "windswept" front end and sculpted sides. Inside, the cabin yields more space than previous iterations, with 106 cubic feet of total passenger cabin volume, including 39.2 feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. Underpinning it all is a chassis that allows the CR-V to be agile in its handling capabilities while still offering a cushy ride, thanks to a suspension system comprised of MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link setup in the rear.
The 2021 Honda CR-V's are all powered by a turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder engine. This unit produces 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque and is EPA-rated at 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway on front-wheel-drive models. These figures for both engine options are only reduced by 1 mpg in the all-wheel-drive models. Both engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission.
Like much of Honda's lineup, the CR-V is offered in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. LX models ride on 17-inch alloy wheels and feature LED exterior lights and a tailgate spoiler. Standard features include automatic air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, four-speaker audio system with Pandora compatibility, active noise control and premium cloth seating, with a one-motion 60/40 split "dive-down" rear seat.
EX trims add 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with push-button start, automatic headlights with auto high beam and integrated turn signals in the mirrors. Inside, there can be found heated front seats with an 8-way powered driver's seat, a six-speaker audio system with 7-inch color display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, four USB ports, a power moonroof and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Standard safety technology on the EX includes blind spot information, a driver attention monitor, rear cross-traffic monitor and Honda SENSOR, a suite of technologies that feature collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning.
The EX-L trim adds luxury amenities such as leather-trimmed seats, steering wheel and shift knob, 4-way power passenger's seat, a power tailgate, auto-dimming mirror, an eight-speaker sound system and SiriusXM satellite radio. Navigation is available on the EX-L.
Finally, the CR-V Touring features exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust, LED headlights, roof rails, automatic wipers, a hands-free power tailgate, wireless phone charging, a heated steering wheel and a 330-watt premium audio system with nine speakers.
Honda offers numerous available options for the CR-V, these include a hands-free power tailgate, heated steering wheel, black alloy wheels, cargo organizer, all-weather floor mats, blue interior illumination, carbon-look interior trim, running boards, crossbars and multiple roof attachments.