Buyer's Guide

2021 Honda Cr-v
Select a Different Model (8 Available): EX 2WD
Fuel Economy $ 28 / 34 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 39/76 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 190@5,600
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2021 Honda CR-V MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Great ride/handling balance
  • Standard active safety tech
  • Impressive interior space

Cons

  • Slow infotainment
  • Higher trims don't feel as upscale as competitors' offerings

The CR-V represents the middle ground of Honda's SUV lineup, positioned above the subcompact HR-V and below the midsize Passport and Pilot. Introduced for 2017, the current-gen CR-V got a mid-cycle refresh last year, so we're not expecting a new model until 2023. The popular SUV competes in the ultra-competitive compact crossover segment against the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Ford Escape, and Chevrolet Equinox.

The CR-V is a carryover model for 2021 and goes unchanged.

A hybrid with standard AWD is also available on every trim. Learn about the CR-V Hybrid here.

What We Think

In what could be the hottest segment in the automotive landscape, our rankings crown the CR-V as the best of the bunch in non-hybrid form. What sets the Honda apart from a sea of competitors is not its exceptional execution of any one task but rather how this well-rounded compact crossover performs across the board.

The CR-V manages controlled, sporty handling and supple ride quality. Even with the turbocharged engine now standard, this isn't the quickest car in its class, and its tow rating is unimpressive, but neither ruin the experience. Inside, the little ute offers near limo-like rear legroom and massive cargo capacity despite tidy dimensions. Honda's packaging expertise is here in spades.

Our only significant gripe is a slow, outdated infotainment system with a display too small for our liking, but the CR-V's countless strengths easily outshine any flaws. This is the best non-hybrid compact SUV you can buy, full stop.

Performance and Fuel Economy

After the refresh for 2020, all non-hybrid CR-Vs are now powered by a 1.5-liter turbo-four developing 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque. A CVT auto is your only transmission option, but Honda offers the choice between FWD and AWD. The CR-V is rated at 27-28/32-34 mpg city/highway, with FWD examples holding a slight advantage. Our testing shows the AWD model reaching 60 in 7.5 seconds, matching the time of the more efficient AWD-0nly hybrid, which is good for 40/35 mpg.

Safety

The CR-V delivers a strong performance in IIHS safety testing. It earns the highest possible scores in all six crashworthiness evaluations and the two front crash prevention tests. Headlight ratings vary by trim; the CR-V Touring's LED units receive a Good score while the standard halogen beams are rated as Marginal. With the LEDs, the CR-V is a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick

Honda's compact crossover also earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Its only non-perfect results are four-star ratings for the front passenger side crash test and for rollover resistance.

All CR-Vs include the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist active safety tech as standard. That means automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control are included on every model.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The CR-V offers seating for five and thanks to Honda's packaging expertise, the most cargo volume in the segment. You can fit 39.2 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat, and capacity expands to 75.8 cubes with the rear bench folded flat (those figures are cut to 33.2/68.7 cubic feet in the hybrid). Legroom is another strong point, with 41.3 inches up front and 40.4 inches out back.

Technology

If it's within your means, we recommend skipping the base CR-V's 5.0-inch infotainment display and four-speaker audio. All models beyond the entry-level car use a 7.0-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio capabilities. The top-spec CR-V Touring adds integrated navigation, nine-speaker audio, and a wireless charging pad.

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2021 HONDA CR-V SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter Earth Dreams Technologyâ„¢
Transmission Name
Transmission, Continuously Variable Automatic Mode Select
Trim
EX 2WD
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
190@5,600
Standard MPG
28/34
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 03-01-2021
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 03-01-2021
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 66, 72 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 03-01-2021
$500 Honda announces a Bonus Cash offer for HFC leases. 03-01-2021