2019 Honda CR-V Performance

$24,350 - $34,150
Price Range (MSRP)

The base 2.4-liter engine is a carryover for the CR-V to give buyers a cheaper entry point to the model, but in reality you’ll want the new 1.5-liter turbo 4 cylinder on offer. The broad spread of its torque overcomes the frailties of a continuously variable transmission. The CVT isn’t the worst around, but it’s still a CVT and will never be as fluid as a well programmed automatic gearbox. The upside to the CVT is the economy it offers, with a combined figure of 28MPG in the 2.4 and 30MPG in the 1.5T. Performance is impressive, particularly the direct, natural feeling steering setup and the suspension’s resistance to body roll, though the CR-V is no sports car and makes no attempt to be one.

2019 Honda CR-V Engine and Transmission

Just two engine are on offer for the 2019 Honda CR-V, as was the case for the 2018 MY. A 2.4-liter naturally aspirated 4 cylinder is found in the base EL trim, developing 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. All other trims get a new 1.5-liter turbo 4 cylinder with 190hp and 179 lb-ft. The figures might seem close to the 2.4’s, but the broad torque spread from 2000-5000rpm makes the turbo engine vastly more versatile. From standstill or when merging into highway traffic, the turbo engine is the one you want, and the minimal lag is a huge plus. Both engines are standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as the only option, though buyers are given the choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

Honda CR-V
2.4-liter Gas Engine
Nissan Rogue
2.5-liter Gas Engine
Volkswagen Tiguan
2.0-liter Gas Engine
Horsepower 184 @ 6400 170 @ 6000 184 @ 4400
Torque 180 @ 3900 175 @ 4400 221 @ 1600
Transmission Continuously Variable with Sport Mode Xtronic CVT Automatic 8-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic

Drivetrain

2019 Honda CR-V is available in Front wheel drive and All wheel drive

MPG

The base 2.4-liter engine, despite being of larger displacement and without a turbo, still offers impressive fuel economy. The EPA rates it at 26, 32, and 28 MPG for city, highway, and combined cycles respectively in front-wheel driven guise. The turbo engine, however, adds 2 MPG to each of those figures (28/34/30 MPG), and besting rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4, though the Subaru Forester is on fairly even pegging with the Honda. All-wheel drive models subtract 1MPG from each of the figures given above.

Honda CR-V
2.4-liter Gas Engine
Nissan Rogue
2.5-liter Gas Engine
Volkswagen Tiguan
2.0-liter Gas Engine
Combined 28 mpg N/A 24 mpg
City 26 mpg N/A 22 mpg
Highway 32 mpg N/A 27 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity 14 gallons 14 gallons 15 gallons