2021 Honda CR-V In Review

Lauded as a great all-rounder crossover, the Honda CR-V has plenty of talking points that make it an appealing ride to a wide array of drivers.

Let’s take a look at the specs of this 2021 crossover along with the perks that each edition has to offer.

Price

The standard LX model of this crossover has a starting retail price of $25,150. Above that is the EX which sells for $27,660. The slightly upgraded version of the EX is the EX-L, on sale for $30,150, while the top-of-the-line model is the Touring, on sale now for $33,350. Let’s take a closer look at each edition’s set of features.

Performance

Every CR-V model comes with a 1.5 litre four-cylinder engine, boasting 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. While a smooth ride around the city and highly responsive in harsher road conditions, the CR-V does tend to drone under hard acceleration. Nevertheless, this vehicle remains a smooth ride that mimics the shifts of a traditional automatic transmission.

Regardless of model, you can choose between a front-wheel drive or all wheel-drive. Front-wheel drives display impressive gag consumption, doing 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drives better those figures, with 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the open road.

Interior And Infotainment

The LX and EX models come with a spacious interior, door openings that provide plenty of clearance and plenty of cargo space. Exact measurements are 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats, while the EX-L and Touring trims have 39.2 cubic feet of space. With the rear seats folded down, each model boasts up to 75.8 cubic feet of storage.

The LX’s standard features include a 5-inch central display, a four-speaker sound system, and automatic climate control. The EX comes with plenty of extras such as a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen, and push-button start with keyless entry.

The EX-L provides luxury features such as leather upholstery, an eight-speaker audio system and a power liftgate. As the elite model, the Touring boasts premium features such as a heated steering wheel, a nine-speaker sound system, LED headlights, and integrated navigation.

Safety

All CR-V trims come with airbags, 4-wheel ABS, 4-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, daytime running lights, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, electronic stability control, and traction control. With such a vast set of features, the CR-V earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, making it one of the safest compact SUVs on the market.

Overall Impression

With its superior fuel economy, powerful engine, advanced safety features and spaciousness, the CR-V outperforms most of its competition. The only real shortfalls are the lack of infotainment features in the LX edition of the CR-V and the sometimes frustrating infotainment controls. If you are able to look past these weaknesses, the CR-V proves to be one of the most versatile crossovers that provides great value for money.