The 2021 Honda CR-V does almost everything right

If you’re looking for a compact crossover SUV, the 2021 Honda CR-V should be on your test drive list. Like its rival Toyota RAV4TM -1.09%, the Honda CR-V HMC -1.81% has been around for more than two decades and has cultivated an enviable reputation for reliability and high resale value. Also, it is a pleasure to own and operate it. The Honda CR-V is easy to get in and drive. Its standard turbocharged engine is energetic enough and surprisingly efficient. A CR-V hybrid model (reviewed separately) that made its debut last year is even more so. It reaches up to 40 mpg, has additional power and standard all-wheel drive.

Don’t Miss: The 12 Best New Cars of the Year The Honda Sensing suite of active safety systems is standard, and Apple AAPL, -1.51% CarPlay and Android Auto are present on most models. Cargo space is near the best in its class, second only to that of an entry-level Subaru Forester (but better than competing with the taller models). It all adds up to a 2-row / 5-passenger SUV that does almost everything right and will gladly cater to a wide range of buyers. After a busy 2020 that saw the standardization of Honda Sensing and the turbo engine, the 2021 model continues without significant changes. What we like Excellent passenger and cargo space Cheerful and efficient engine Refined driving experience Smart storage Generous standard safety technology What we don’t do There is no higher performance engine option available Base model lacks Apple CarPlay / Android interface Auto Tech can frustrate How much? $ 23,550 to $ 30,450 (plus a $ 1,120 destination charge) Fuel Savings The only engine option on the standard 2021 CR-V is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that’s good for 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is impressive, returning 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg in combined driving for the front-wheel drive models. Adding all-wheel drive brings those numbers down a bit, to 27 city / 32 highway / 29 combined mpg.

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The CR-V uses a continuously variable transmission that does a good job of mimicking a traditional automatic. Standard Features and Options The 2021 CR-V comes in a unique 5-passenger configuration and is offered with four trim levels: LX, EX, EX -L and Touring. Standard gasoline models are FWD, with optional AWD. The LX ($ 25,350, plus destination charge) comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running / accent lights, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, a folding and reclining rear seat 60/40 split (with “easy to fold” remote control pulls from the charging area), a backup camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 4-speaker sound system. Also included is the Honda Sensing Accident Avoidance Technology Package, consisting of lane departure warning and forward collision warning systems, plus automatic emergency braking, lane departure prevention, and adaptive cruise control with slow speed and traffic friendly. follow capabilities. The EX ($ 27,860) is the model most people end up with, which isn’t surprising given its pickup in trim. Adds blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic assist, plus 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, proximity entry and push button start, remote start, rear privacy glass, sunroof, cargo cover, dual zone automatic climate control, 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, three additional USB ports (one front, two rear), a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 6-inch sound system speakers with satellite radio. The EX-L ($ 30,000) adds a power liftgate, leather trim, memory driver settings, a 4-way power passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, HD radio, and an 8-speaker sound system. . Touring ($ 30,450) bumps things up with roof rails, 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, wireless charging, heated steering wheel, hands-free power liftgate, premium 9-speaker audio, dual chrome exhaust trims, windshield with rain sensor, wiper blades, ambient lighting and a navigation system Safety The 2021 Honda CR-V includes the usual endowment of safety equipment: antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front airbags, front airbags and side curtain airbags cover both rows. There are also LATCH anchors in the three rear positions. Equally or even more importantly, each setting comes with a system that can help prevent an accident in the first place. It’s called the Honda Sensing and includes Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control. All models except the base LX model also come with Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Assist. You might like: Best 3-Row SUVs Under $ 40,000 in 2021 The government gave the 2020 CR-V perfect 5-star ratings for overall, front and side crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit organization, named the CR-V a Top Safety Pick for its highest scores in all relevant crash and crash prevention categories. The version is sure to feel more grown-up and sophisticated. It has a more comfortable and controlled ride, a quieter cabin, and steering that needs fewer corrections on the road. In fact, this observation does not only apply to comparisons between the current model and its predecessor, but also to most of the compact SUV field. The turbocharged 1.5-liter used in the 2021 CR-V is arguably the most competitive engine in the segment, with admirable power and fuel consumption, and responsive power delivery that doesn’t draw too much attention to the turbocharged, powered engine. Continuously variable transmission. The fact that it is now the standard engine for the CR-V makes this Honda even more competitive than before. As for your passengers, they will enjoy interior comfort and space unmatched for this segment. Rear legroom is best-in-class and there are LATCH points in all three rear seat positions, making it an extremely family-friendly SUV. The CR-V’s plentiful cargo capacity and clever front center console make it a transport-stuff champion. The quality of the interior material is also solid, compared to its predecessor and its competitors. If there’s a downside on the inside, it’s the touchscreen found on all but the basic LX. It’s perfectly functional, but its responsiveness, menu structure, and touch-sensitive menu buttons add up to a system that’s less user-friendly than Honda’s latest system (Accord, Odyssey) and those of the competition (Subaru FUJHY). , -1.96% Forester, Toyota Other Cars to Consider 2021 Toyota RAV4: The CR-V’s longtime nemesis, the Toyota RAV4 was completely redesigned for 2019. 2020 Subaru Forester: The Forester also has plenty of cargo space and has a more adventurous nature thanks to its sophisticated all-wheel drive system, 8.7 inches of ground clearance and off-road modes. It includes a package of safety features and is priced slightly lower than the CR-V. Hyundai Santa Fe 2020: The 5-passenger Hyundai HYMTF, -2.16% Santa Fe is slightly larger than the CR-V and features a state-of-the-art interior, large cargo space, and an unsurpassed 10-year / 100,000 powertrain warranty. m illas. See: Why the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the best cars of the year 2020 Mazda CX-5: Contender Mazda MZDAY, -2.01% has less cargo space than the CR-V, but some of the most athletic manners in this class. The optional turbo engine makes it even better. Used Honda Pilot: If the CR-V doesn’t have the familiar utility you need yet, you probably need a bigger SUV. Like the older brother of the CR-V, the Pilot has three rows, seating for up to eight, and all the good manners of Honda. Questions to ask Is the 2021 Honda CR-V a good car? Yes. In fact, it is among the best. Even among the crowded field of compact crossovers, the CR-V stands out as one of the best. Will the Honda CR-V be redesigned in 2021? No. The CR-V received a slight makeover for the 2020 model year and continues into 2021. Is the 2021 Honda CR-V a safe SUV? Yes. Among compact crossover SUVs, the CR-V is one of the safest, earning a 5-star crash test rating from the government and a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It comes standard with a full suite of active safety systems called Honda Sensing. Where is the 2021 Honda CR-V made? The Honda CR-V is made in the United States. Specifically, it is built at the Honda factory in Greensburg, Indiana. FORMER. For around $ 2,500 over the base model, the CR-V EX adds a host of content, including an upgraded infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, some additional safety tech, a sunroof, heated seats and many other features that make it up. the sweet spot of value in this Honda’s model range. When it comes to powertrains, we think of the standard turbo engine. This story was originally published on