2019 Honda CR-V

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2019 Honda CR-V Review

A compact crossover from the brand that knows a thing or two about practicality, refinement, and reliability, the CR-V leaps right to the front of the segment. Two four-cylinder offerings are available on the engine front, with a base 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline derivative outputting 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque and a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with an extra six hp with one lb-ft less, driving the choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. A CVT is the only available gearbox. With rivals such as the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5, the MSRP of $24,350 on the base LX derivative is a big plus. Three more derivatives, EX, EX-L, and Touring are available, with the latter offering a nine-speaker premium audio system, power adjustable heated leather seats, and a range of safety features.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 8 /10
  • Performance 9 /10
  • Fuel Economy 7 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 9 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 9 /10
  • Reliability 8 /10
  • Safety 9 /10
  • Value For Money 9 /10
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2019 Honda CR-V Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 CR-V?

After a substantial redesign last year, the CR-V remains practically unchanged for 2019, with significant updates only expected for the 2020 MY. The only change is a minor update to the color palette for the 2019 model, adding Platinum White Pearl as a new exterior option.

Pros and Cons

  • Two engine options – both equally efficient
  • Masses of cargo volume
  • Top quality interior
  • Impressive safety features
  • Great handling for a crossover
  • The volume knob returns
  • Turbo engine doesn't offer extra torque
  • Honda's touch-sensitive infotainment controls frustrate
  • CVT transmission lacks responsiveness
  • Acceleration could be stronger
  • Voice controls are inconvenient without a connected smartphone

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2019 Honda CR-V Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$24,450
EX
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$27,350
EX-L
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$29,850
Touring
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$32,850
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Handling and Driving Impressions

The CR-V is more than just a practical family crossover with a strong engine line-up, as it also offers some of the best driving dynamics around. Though the figures of the turbo motor are on par with the base 2.4, the broad spread of torque and the responsiveness of the turbo mill make it impressive, with ample acceleration that won't set your hair alight.

Braking performance is impressive, too, stopping consistently and with good feel and feedback through the pedal. But it's the handling that leads the class by some margin, with a natural steering feel, precision responses, and suspension that strikes a fine balance between comfort and handling. All but the largest of road abnormalities are absorbed easily, and even then, those are dealt with without any harsh jolting through the cabin. Threading the CR-V through a series of twists and turns also proves fruitful, with body roll kept to a fair minimum and steering inputs yielding swift changes of direction and an eagerness to please.

In this segment, only the Mazda CX-5 offers anything comparably exciting and involving as a driver, with the CR-V offering more comfort than the Mazda at the expense of outright athleticism.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Honda CR-V A Good SUV?

If you're worried that compact crossovers might not be big enough for your family, but can't afford something in a larger segment, the Honda CR-V gives you the best of both worlds. It carries an affordable price tag while boasting the most spacious interior for front and rear occupants of any vehicle this size. Build quality is solid, while the range of available creature comforts represents true value for money.

The responsive turbocharged engine offering is a potent performer without compromising gas mileage, while the chassis provides truly impressive dynamics, both for spirited driving as well as cross-country family holidays. Only the Mazda CX-5 is more athletic, but the CR-V's ace up its sleeve is how it manages to be all things to all people, providing everything a family needs including class-leading storage volume.

There's a good reason the CR-V has dominated the compact crossover realm, and it doesn't look to be relinquishing its title as class-leader any time soon.

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2019 Honda CR-V Comparisons

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2019 Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4

Toyota's new RAV4 has taken great strides in a segment that has been dominated by the CR-V for some time. With the redesign, it's now more attractive, but at the compromise of outright practicality and spaciousness, both aspects in which the CR-V dominates. The RAV4 is comfortable but less athletic than the CR-V, while the CR-V is also more frugal than the standard RAV4 offering. However, Toyota offers a hybrid RAV4 which is impressive. While both vehicles offer high-class interiors, the Toyota offers an easier to use infotainment system, but the CR-V packs more tech and safety features into a more comprehensive package, retaining its status as the best in the compact crossover battle.

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2019 Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5

In a world where crossovers are rapidly replacing sedans and hatchbacks, only the Mazda CX-5 can match the CR-V for its fun-to-drive factor, actually besting the Honda in this regard. It's an enthusiasts SUV, made apparent by the involving, capable chassis, as well as the new turbocharged 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that leaves the CR-V for dead in the performance stakes. The CR-V is, however, more frugal, while also being more practical, both from a rear passenger perspective as well as available storage volumes. Both vehicles play host to truly premium interiors, but higher CX-5 trims feel more special than the CR-V does, while the Mazda's infotainment system is more intuitive. Do you prefer practicality or driver enjoyment? If it's the latter, then the CX-5 is your pick, while the CR-V strikes a fine balance between both attributes.

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