The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular compact crossovers. It appeals to buyers with its well-balanced attributes, including a spacious cabin, efficient handling, high resale value and Honda’s reputation for reliability. He has also been a winner of the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award for several years.
The CR-V is available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or as a hybrid CR-V. The standard version can be equipped with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is included on the hybrid. Both variants are available in several trim levels. The regular CR-V is available in LX, Special Edition, EX, EX-L and Touring trims. The CR-V Hybrid skips the LX and the Special Edition, offering only EX, EX-L and Touring.
The LX ($ 25,350, plus $ 1,175 in destination fees) starts with automatic climate control, 4-speaker / 160-watt audio system with 5-inch screen and the Honda Driver Assistance Package Sensing that includes forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
The Special Edition ($ 26,550) upgrades to a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, passive keyless entry with push-button start, heated seats, and a 6-speaker / 180 audio system watts.
The EX ($ 27,860) and Hybrid EX ($ 30,560) feature blind spot monitoring, power sunroof, power driver’s seat, satellite radio and additional charging ports.
The penultimate EX-L (30,450) and Hybrid EX-L ($ 33,150) feature leather, power tailgate, two power front seats with memory for the driver’s seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The fully loaded CR-V is the Touring. That’s $ 33,650 or $ 36,350 for the Hybrid Touring. For an additional $ 3,200, the Touring builds on the EX-L trim level and adds several special elements. Additional exclusive features include hands-free power tailgate operation, wireless smartphone charger, 19-inch alloy wheels, heated steering wheel, navigation, LED headlights, ambient lighting, sensor wipers rain, roof racks, a premium 330-watt audio system and two chrome tailpipes.
To that, we can add all-wheel drive to the regular CR-V Touring for $ 1,500. (It is included on the Hybrid Touring.)
There are four standard colors, but three are chargeable: Platinum White Pearl, Sonic Gray Pearl, and Radiant Red Metallic, each $ 395.
While 19-inch wheels are standard on the Touring, there are two alternative 19-inch wheel designs, and either will set you back $ 1,488.
Beyond that, there are several accessory packages, ranging in price from $ 287 to $ 2,859. The cheapest is a basic protection package with mudguards, locks and a cargo bed. The most expensive is a Dark Accent package that includes lots of black or dark exterior elements such as black wheels, a grille, and a roof-mounted spoiler.
Here’s a more detailed look at some of these models and features:
The CR-V hybrid model
In addition to the standard powertrain, the CR-V is available in a hybrid version. Instead of the standard CR-V’s 190-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the CR-V Hybrid combines a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and two electric motors. Total power is 212 hp, which, combined with the low-end torque added by the electric motors, gives the hybrid an edge over the regular CR-V under acceleration.
Of course, the biggest advantage of the hybrid is fuel economy. The CR-V Hybrid carries EPA ratings of 40 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 38 mpg combined. This handily beats the regular CR-V’s numbers of 28/34/30 mpg (FWD) and 27/32/29 mpg (AWD).
Hands-free power tailgate
This Touring-trim exclusive allows you to open the power tailgate without touching the handle or removing the remote from your pocket. It’s great when you have your hands full. Just approach the rear of the vehicle and, as long as you have the remote with you, the CR-V detects it and opens the tailgate if you put your foot under the rear bumper.
Smartphone wireless charging
The CR-V includes two USB ports on the front of the center console. But the Touring makes it even easier to charge smartphones wirelessly, without worrying about cables. A tray on the front of the console powers Qi-enabled smartphones, and a small green light lights up to let you know it’s working.
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