2018 Honda CR-V Review


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2018 Honda CR-V Overview

Honda redesigned its compact CR-V crossover in 2017 to critical acclaim, earning it a case-full of industry awards. Fresh off of that successful launch, it slides into 2018 with no major updates.

The latest CR-V wears a design that is at once an evolution of the older models and something new. The tall bumpers, vertical taillights, and prominent window kink are all hereditary, but the new CR-V appears both muscular and substantial. That carries over to the interior, with its broad seats, logical dashboard, and masculine shapes. Despite its compact footprint, the CR-V has nearly the same amount of usable space as many midsize vehicles. The low rear floor, also a CR-V trait, makes easy work of loading and unloading cargo.

The base engine for the CR-V is a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder good for 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque with 26 mpg city, 32 highway, and 28 combined. Optionally, buyers can upgrade to a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder with 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, and 28, 34, and 30 mpg. Both engines are mated to a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT), and come with either front or all-wheel drive; fuel economy ratings drop by 1 mpg across the board for the latter.

All four of the CR-V’s previous trims return for 2018. LX, the base trim, gets the 2.4-liter engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lamps, a 5-inch color infotainment system, single-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

EX gets the more powerful turbocharged engine, keyless entry and start, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, remote engine start, a power moonroof, heated front seats, a 12-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, and automatic high beams.

EX-L tacks on leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, mirror turn indicators, a two-person memory setting for the driver, a power passenger seat, a garage door opener, and a 180-watt premium sound system with 8 speakers.

Lastly, the Touring tops the range with additional chrome appliques on the sides and exhaust tips, full LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a hands-free power tailgate, navigation, and a 330-watt sound system with 9 speakers.

Safety is yet another of the CR-V’s strong suits. A reversing camera is standard, as are six airbags. In addition, EX and above trims come with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection and the Honda Sensing group of active safety technologies, which includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Honda’s CR-V continues its tenure as the best value proposition in its segment, with a combination of comfort, technology and safety features, not to mention levels of interior room that punch it into the next size class. It deserves the attention of anyone shopping for a new compact crossover.


Kyree is new to the automotive journalism scene, but has voiced snarky public opinions about cars for quite some time. When he's not drooling over the latest European luxury sled, he's designing web experiences or writing backend code.

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