2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Honda CR-V Test Drive Review: Almost The Complete Package

The best selling vehicles in America after trucks are no longer sedans. Honda has kept pushing the Civic and Accord to new heights, but in the USA, the Honda CR-V crossover is now the automaker's best seller. For those seeking a versatile family runaround, the CR-V delivers a spacious and attractive interior, a fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged engine making 190 horsepower - or 212 hp in the case of the hybrid models - plenty of cargo space, and peppy driving dynamics.

Safety is also a key component in Honda's lineup, and the CR-V is no exception, which is key to battling rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and the Mazda CX-5. But can a solid all-round approach to the compact crossover segment really challenge rivals who focus their efforts on being exceptional in certain aspects and decent in others? Honda gave us the chance to spend some time with the 2021 CR-V to find out.

2021 Honda CR-V Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 CR-V?

In last year's Honda CR-V review, we made mention of a few significant changes to the CR-V, such as making the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine standard, refreshing the styling, and adding more safety gear. Perhaps because of the extent of these upgrades, no major changes have been introduced for the 2021 model year. There have been four prior generations of the CR-V, and the 2021 model continues the life cycle of the fifth-gen model.

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent fuel-efficiency
  • Turbo engine feels nippy around town
  • Spacious cabin and trunk
  • Impressive interior quality
  • Comprehensive safety specification
  • Good handling
  • Low towing capacity
  • Some competitors offer more power
  • Infotainment interface needs refining
  • Lacks some high-tech features

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2021 Honda CR-V Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$25,350
Special Edition
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$26,550
EX
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$27,860
EX-L
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,450
Hybrid EX
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$30,560

CR-V Exterior

The 2021 CR-V is typically Honda in its presentation, which means neat and utterly inoffensive. After production of the current generation commenced at the end of 2016, last year the CR-V got a comprehensive facelift. There are no gimmicks in its styling and the absence of a sloping rear roofline - as has become so fashionable these days - maintains admirable cabin space. The base variant misses out on a power moonroof, LED foglights, and rear privacy glass, which are equipped to all other trims. Multi-reflector halogen headlights are standard, while the Touring and all hybrid versions get LED headlights. Wheel sizes range from 17-inch alloys on the LX to 19-inch machine-finished alloys on the top-spec Touring with 18s for models in between. The non-hybrid Touring also has chrome exhaust tips.

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Dimensions

Similar in size to the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V's dimensions include a length of 182.1 inches and a width of 73 inches. The wheelbase is 104.8 inches for 2WD models and 104.7 inches for AWD versions, while the height is either 66.1 inches for the former or 66.5 inches for the latter. One of the advantages of an SUV over a sedan is its ability to traverse a few tougher everyday obstacles, even if that's pavement in a crowded parking lot rather than a truly rocky 4x4 trail. To that end, the CR-V's ground clearance varies between 7.8 (2WD) and 8.2 inches (AWD). The curb weight begins at 3,337 pounds for 2WD variants and increases to 3,455 lbs when AWD is equipped, but the hybrid models weigh a heftier 3,649 lbs.

  • Length 182.1 in
  • Wheelbase 104.8 in
  • Height 66.1 in
  • Max Width 73.0 in
  • Front Width 63.0 in
  • Rear Width 63.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,337.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

A sensible and fairly predictable range of colors is on offer for the Honda CR-V. The base CR-V LX is available in a choice of five colors: Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, and Radiant Red Metallic. The first three colors won't cost anything extra but the last two go for $395 each. Moving up to the EX adds the availability of Aegean Blue Metallic and Sonic Gray Pearl ($395), increasing the color palette to a total of seven. However, the hybrid versions trade Aegean Blue Metallic for Obsidian Blue Metallic. The top two trims have the same choice of seven colors, and while the CR-V looks perfectly fine in silver, it must be said that the Aegean Blue Metallic does add a bit more punch to its appearance.

  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Radiant Red Metallic
  • Sonic Gray Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Aegean Blue Metallic
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic

CR-V Performance

All non-hybrid Honda CR-V models use the same 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that manages 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, with power being directed to the front wheels, although all-wheel-drive - not off-road-focused 4-wheel drive - is offered as an option. Based on independent testing, it will take the CR-V around seven and a half seconds to complete the usual 0-60 mph run. That is reasonable - especially considering this power plant's superb economy - but the turbocharged Mazda CX-5 with 250 hp is much quicker, slashing about 1.5 seconds off the CR-V's time. If you're on the lookout for rorty V6 power in your SUV, you'll need to consider the bigger Honda Passport. The Honda CR-V Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors to produce a total system output of 212 hp, which is enough for this model to reach 60 mph in around 7.6 seconds, based on independent testing. Unlike the non-hybrid CR-V, the hybrid ships with all-wheel drive as standard. A towing capacity of just 1,500 lbs for the CR-V isn't much, either, as the CX-5 can manage up to 2,000 lbs while the RAV4 can manage up to 3,500 lbs.

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Engine and Transmission

The sensible theme that runs through almost every fiber of the Honda CR-V continues with its power plant. It's not the most powerful or thrilling engine in this segment, but for the needs of the average compact SUV owner, it doesn't miss a beat. The 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 190 hp and 179 lb-ft, with that torque figure on tap from a nice and low 2,000 rpm. This engine is paired exclusively with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a Sport Mode. The more powerful CR-V Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle engine with two electric motors. One is a generator/starter motor and the other is a propulsion motor with 181 hp and 232 lb-ft on its own. On its own, the 2.0-liter engine produces 143 hp and 129 lb-ft, but the total system output is 212 hp. This powertrain is paired with an electronic CVT.

At low to medium speeds, the non-hybrid CR-V performs well; the crossover gets off the mark with just enough gusto and the CVT is actually one of the more pleasurable iterations of this kind of transmission, ensuring smooth and easy progress. The CR-V manages passing maneuvers confidently and merging onto the highway isn't an unnecessarily sweaty-palmed undertaking. It's really only when you're in more of a hurry that another 20 to 30 hp would be welcome, and flooring it induces the typical engine drone that accompanies CVT 'boxes. The hybrid is even better, with improved low-end torque thanks to the electric motor, making it the more responsive powertrain around town. At higher speeds when the electric motor has done most of its work, it can feel a tad strained, but not terribly so.

  • Engines
    1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

While Mazda's CX-5 is more entertaining to drive, the CR-V still has Honda's love of driving dynamics in its DNA. With good steering feedback and an agile chassis, the CR-V avoids being a boring utility vehicle to drive and betters more popular competition such as Toyota's RAV4. The engine is tuned for efficiency, but it gets off the line quick enough to join fast-moving traffic, and Honda's CVT is one of the best in the business. There are no pretend steps to mimic a traditionally geared transmission; instead, it's a smooth and reactive unit that does an excellent job of keeping the engine's revs in the right place for the style of driving being used.

The Sport setting makes the CR-V mildly more reactive to throttle inputs, and the big green Eco button does the opposite while taking more control over drains on fuel economy, such as air-conditioning.

Honda's CR-V excels around town with suspension that gives a compliant ride over rough roads without giving into body roll around corners. Honda has upped its game for quieting down road-noise, and mixed with the ride quality; the CR-V has become a plusher ride than the pre-facelift model and preceding generations.

CR-V Gas Mileage

As far as non-hybrid compact SUVs go, the Honda CR-V is one of the best for fuel efficiency. The latest EPA-rated figures indicate gas mileage of 28/34/30 mpg for FWD variants across the city/highway/combined cycles, with the AWD versions returning 27/32/29 mpg. By comparison, the most efficient Mazda CX-5 returns 25/31/28 mpg. However, the Toyota RAV4 is just as thrifty as the CR-V with best figures of 28/35/30 mpg from its larger 2.5-liter engine. The CR-V has a 14-gallon gas tank so has a maximum range between filling up of approximately 420 miles.

Our all-wheel-drive test vehicle indicated 29 mpg after a couple of days of running around town and a long freeway run, perfectly in line with its EPA estimates.

For maximum efficiency, the CR-V Hybrid will return an EPA-rated 40/35/38 mpg, which is good but can't quite match the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's 41/38/40 mpg. With the same-sized tank as the non-hybrid CR-V, the electrified version will travel for around 560 miles on a full tank in mixed driving conditions. An electric-only driving mode is available, but the small 1.4-kWh battery limits range in this mode to just a mile or two - perfect for sneaking in quietly at night.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    14.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 28/34 mpg
* 2021 Honda CR-V LX 2WD

Honda CR-V SUV Interior

A highlight of the CR-V package is the crossover's solid, spacious, and well-designed interior. It's a cabin that feels as though it is up to the task of withstanding family use over an extended period of time, while upper trims feature even nicer materials for a more upscale ambiance. That said, there are some harder plastics lower down. Crucially, it's a spacious cabin that accommodates both passengers and luggage without feeling cramped. Some overseas markets do offer a CR-V with a 7-seater option, but our version seats just five in comfort. All derivatives come with automatic climate control and driver-assist technologies like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, but you'll have to skip the rather basic entry-level models to get leather-trimmed seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and push-button ignition.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Honda CR-V exists in a segment that values space and utility and provides both in spades. Six footers have no trouble front or back, with a generous 41.3 inches of legroom in the front and 40.4 inches in the rear. There's seating for five available in total; the center seat in the back is adequate, but no full-size adult is going to volunteer to use it, though. The wealth of space and comfortable seats make this generation of CR-V particularly comfortable for a full family on long road trips. The driver has excellent forward visibility, and the EX trim and above introduces heating for both seats and 12-way power-adjustability for the driver.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 40.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.2 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Depending on your choice of exterior paint, the base LX comes with a cabin in either Black, Gray, or Ivory, with cloth upholstery being standard. However, the availability of interior color differs based on the outside color. This version doesn't have a leather-wrapped steering wheel or gear shift lever, which you only get from the EX-L and above. The EX comes with cloth but wood trim replaces the aluminum-look inserts on the base LX, although the wood finish won't necessarily be to all tastes. Both the EX-L and Touring have leather-trimmed seats in the same color choices, although once again, only certain exterior and interior colors are compatible. These versions also get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever.

CR-V Trunk and Cargo Space

Behind the second row of seats, the CR-V's trunk capacity measures 39.2 cubic feet, enough to cram in about ten carry-ons. With the 60/40 second-row rear seat folded flat and no 3rd row to worry about, utility space swells to 75.8 cubes. These numbers are excellent and place the CR-V well ahead of the Mazda CX-5, which can only manage 30.9 cubes behind the second row and 59.6 cubes when it's folded. The CR-V Hybrid's electric components reduce trunk capacity to 33.2 cubes behind the back seats and 68.7 cubes with the second row folded. If the CR-V still doesn't meet your cargo needs, the 7-occupant Honda Pilot offers around 46 cubes behind its second row. The CR-V's lower liftover height contributes to it being an excellent choice for cargo-carrying duties. Convenient latches either behind the rear seats or in the cargo area make it easy to tumble the second row.

Storage space in the cabin has been similarly well-considered. There are large door pockets and a deep enough center console to complement the usual glovebox. Only the EX and above have a seatback pocket on the passenger side, while front/rear cupholders form part of the storage solutions as well. A sunglasses holder doubles as a conversation mirror, making it easier for parents to keep an eye on the kids.

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CR-V Infotainment and Features

Features

The base LX is rather spartan compared to the trims above it, but for those on a tighter budget, this version does come with automatic single-zone climate control, a tilt/telescopic steering column, a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, power side mirrors, and a remote entry system. On the safety side of things, every CR-V comes with a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and auto high-beam headlights. Upgrading to the EX will add a power moonroof, heated front seats, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, while the Hybrid EX adds a two-position memory system for the driver. EX-L and Touring variants come with a power-adjustable front passenger seat, and a power tailgate, adding a heated steering wheel on hybrid models. The latter is standard on both variants of the Touring, which also gain hands-free access. Only the Hybrid Touring gets front/rear parking sensors equipped as standard.

Infotainment

Unfortunately, Honda has been lagging behind on infotainment for a while compared to other brands. The LX model is weak on features, and owners have to make do with a five-inch LCD screen, four speakers, and basic Bluetooth compatibility in a world where Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are becoming standard fare. The rest of the CR-V's range of trims upgrade to a seven-inch touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It's a small screen compared to rivals and still not the fastest to react to inputs. The EX trim adds two more speakers and the Hybrid EX adds another two on top of that, while the Touring trim boasts a premium nine-speaker sound system and navigation. Sirius XM and HD Radio are also standard on all but the LX.

CR-V Problems and Reliability

Over at J.D. Power, the 2021 version of the CR-V had not yet been rated at the time of writing, but the 2020 model managed an overall score of 81 out of 100 - anything in the 80s generally represents a solid ownership prospect. The NHTSA has not yet announced any recalls for the 2021 CR-V, although the 2020 version - essentially the same vehicle - was recalled once for a potential rear subframe separation which could adversely affect the SUV's handling. Reliability appears to have improved through the years as the 2019 model was recalled four times, including for a possible fuel leak that could increase the risk of a fire.

Although Korean competition from Hyundai and Kia offer superior powertrain warranties, the Honda's coverage is otherwise on par with most rivals. The CR-V comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and roadside assistance for either three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. A rust perforation warranty runs for five years and is unaffected by mileage covered in that period. For the hybrids, a high-voltage battery capacity warranty runs for eight years or 100,000 miles.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

CR-V Safety

In its review of the 2021 Honda CR-V crossover, the NHTSA gave an overall rating of five stars. As further proof of the crossover's safety credentials, the 2020 version achieved a Top Safety Pick nod from the IIHS. The only blemish was the headlights, which on some trims were rated as either Marginal or Acceptable. As such, the TSP award is only applicable to Touring models with the LED headlights.

Key Safety Features

Honda rarely cuts corners when it comes to essential safety gear and isn't about to start on a family-focused model like the CR-V. Active safety features include vehicle stability assist with traction control, ABS/EBD brakes, tire-pressure monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation. The multi-angle rearview camera has guidelines on the LX and dynamic guidelines on the upper three trims. Driver-assist technologies extend to lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and auto high-beam headlights. The EX, EX-L, and Touring also have blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic monitoring, while the hybrids come with an acoustic vehicle alerting system. All derivatives employ six airbags, including front side and side curtain airbags. While these features are welcome, the Mazda CX-5 offers a surround-view camera system and a head-up display, both of which are missing from the CR-V.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Honda CR-V a good SUV?

In a fiercely competitive segment, the CR-V should be on everyone's cross-shopping list. It's versatile, spacious, comfortable, and manages to do all that without being boring. After a recent refresh, this generation is as good as it will get, and most of the kinks have been ironed out. The only thing that holds the CR-V back is the infotainment system, which becomes even more apparent when you look at what Hyundai and Kia offer as standard. If that's not a deal-breaker, we would not try to stop anyone from pulling the trigger in a 2021 CR-V.

🚘What's the Price of the New Honda CR-V?

The 2021 Honda CR-V will cost $25,350 in the USA for the entry-level LX. That represents a $300 increase over last year's equivalent model, so a nearly new used example is worthy of consideration based on the fact that there have been no major changes for 2021. Next is the EX at $27,860 and the EX-L at $30,450. Following these are the Hybrid EX at $30,560 and the Hybrid EX-L at $33,150. The most expensive gas-only model is the Touring, with an MSRP of $33,650, while the priciest CR-V of all is the Hybrid Touring at $36,350. These prices exclude a destination/handling charge of $1,120 along with tax, licensing, and registration costs. The Honda CR-V's price will increase by $1,500 when upgrading from FWD to AWD on non-hybrid models. Other SUVs for sale in this segment include the Mazda CX-5, which starts at a slightly cheaper $25,370 but goes all the way up to $37,505.

2021 Honda CR-V Models

Mirroring last year's lineup, the 2021 Honda CR-V is offered in a choice of seven trims: LX, EX, Hybrid EX, EX-L, Hybrid EX-L, Touring, and Hybrid Touring. All non-hybrid versions come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. FWD is standard, but every trim can be upgraded with a real-time AWD system. The only transmission is a CVT. The hybrid models employ a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors for a total system output of 212 hp. On these versions, AWD and an E-CVT transmission are equipped.

The base Honda CR-V LX lives up to its name, and that's not necessarily a good thing. This model misses out on many small conveniences like a retractable cargo area cover and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, along with more glaring omissions such as Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It does, however, come with 17-inch alloy wheels, single-zone climate control, a four-speaker sound system, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist.

A much better choice is the Honda CR-V EX. This model gains a power moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic monitoring, a larger seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The Hybrid EX shares the bulk of its features with the EX but comes with both AWD and the hybrid powertrain. It also gains LED headlights, a two-position memory system for the driver, and an eight-speaker sound system.

The Honda CR-V EX-L gets leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, and a memory system for the driver's seat. It also comes with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a power tailgate.

Moving up to the Hybrid EX-L introduces a heated steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, and the acoustic vehicle alerting system found on the other hybrids.

The Honda CR-V Touring boasts hands-free access, LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, navigation with voice recognition, a nine-speaker sound system, and wireless phone charging.

Finally, the Hybrid Touring combines the Touring's comprehensive specification with the more powerful hybrid powertrain, while also adding front/rear parking sensors.

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Additional Packages

There are no major package upgrades for the Honda CR-V, which is a pity as the base model could have been an appealing buy with a few more significant upgrades. The only options on this base model are an array of standalone accessories such as illuminated door sill trim ($304), a cargo tray ($120), parking sensors ($538), a tailgate spoiler ($313), and a roof box ($513). Some of these options require additional upgrades, such as the roof box which needs crossbars as well ($261). On the EX and EX-L, additional upgrades include larger 19-inch wheels at $2,083 and a heated steering wheel costs $523. All trims have access to the Dark Accent Package A with a gloss black front grille, a Crystal Black tailgate spoiler, a fender emblem, and more for $1,127.

🚗What Honda CR-V Model Should I Buy?

We would skip the basic LX trim completely as other automakers deliver more features in their most affordable models. We're also not convinced by the Touring trim when compared to spending the same money for an upscale interior and wealth of features on a Mazda CX-5.

However, the CR-V shines in its mid-tier EX and EX-L trims as a comfortable and useful crossover. The additions over the base LX model of a power moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic monitoring, a larger seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and dual-zone automatic climate control make the EX a great buy. Unfortunately, you need to step up to the EX-L for the power tailgate, which should at least be an option for the EX. Along with the power tailgate, the leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel, and heated front seats will suit those that want a more upscale interior.

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2021 Honda CR-V Comparisons

Toyota RAV4 Toyota
Mazda CX-5 Mazda
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Honda CR-V190 hp28/34 mpg$25,350
Toyota RAV4 203 hp27/35 mpg$26,250
Mazda CX-5 187 hp25/31 mpg$25,370

2021 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4

Every competitor in this segment must ultimately answer to the top-selling Toyota RAV4, a crossover that US buyers can't seem to get enough of. Choosing between these two isn't an easy task, though, as they are that closely matched. The Toyota is powered by a much larger 2.5-liter engine, but it lacks turbocharging so both crossovers aren't among the fastest-accelerating options in the segment. Despite the different power plants, they're similarly efficient, too, although the RAV4 Hybrid eclipses the CR-V Hybrid in this aspect. On the road, the CR-V is more rewarding to drive with sharper responses, but the TRD Off-Road RAV4 is a better choice for heading off the beaten path. Inside, large cabins are finished in materials that are both high-quality and feel durable, but the CR-V wins with a larger trunk, at least on non-hybrid models. However, the Toyota, when correctly equipped, can tow nearly 2,000 lbs more than the Honda. Both base models are missing some key features, but the cheapest RAV4 at least has smartphone integration and a bigger touchscreen interface. If ever a back-to-back test drive was needed before signing on the dotted line, these two make a strong case for it.

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2021 Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5

Whereas the CR-V is an excellent all-rounder, the Mazda CX-5 aims to be a more sporty, desirable alternative in this segment. It boasts handsome styling, the availability of a powerful 250-hp turbocharged engine, brilliant handling, and an upscale interior that feels more expensive than most rivals. The base CX-5 (with a non-turbo engine) comes with a much larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and LED headlights, outdoing the base CR-V at a lower starting price. The Honda's turbo engine provides better acceleration than the Mazda's base power plant, though, while traveling around two miles per gallon further in FWD guise in a mix of city/highway driving. Whether the back seats are upright or folded, the CR-V offers a lot more cargo space. Upper CX-5 trims become quite expensive, but they do boast that excellent turbo engine and luxuries like heated/ventilated front seats and even Nappa leather. The CX-5 appeals to us more.

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