2019 Honda CR-V Review


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2019 Honda CR-V Overview

The Honda CR-V, one of the models that helped kick off the compact crossover craze, has been around longer than you probably think. Honda redesigned CR-V for 2017, so it carries over unchanged for 2019.

Buyers get the choice of two powertrains in the 2019 CR-V. The base option, standard in the LX, is a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It’s rated for 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, and earns fuel economy of 26 mpg city, 32 highway, and 28 combined. For better power and fuel economy, the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, also paired with a CVT. Ratings for this engine come in at 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, and EPA estimates of 28, 34, and 30. Adding all-wheel drive (AWD) to either powertrain sacrifices 1 mpg across the board.

The CR-V’s cabin is one of the nicest in the class, with a clean look, cloth upholstery, and plenty of soft-touch surfaces. The EX trim adds heated front seats, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a proximity key, push-button start, remote start, and a moonroof, and offers a heated steering wheel. For leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a power liftgate, check out the EX-L. The Touring trim includes LED headlights and navigation.

The CR-V LX keeps things simple with a 5-inch color display, a 4-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth. The EX trim and above get upgraded with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 6-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The EX-L gets an 8-speaker stereo and offers navigation, while the Touring gets a 9-speaker audio system and includes navigation.

The 2018 Honda CR-V received a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the 2019 model earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). A reversing camera comes standard, and rear parking sensors are available in every trim. For features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist, look at the EX trim or higher.

It’s hard to argue with a consistent bestseller, and the CR-V has been the top-selling vehicle in a class it practically invented for roughly 20 years. While it faces increased competition from the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue, the CR-V is an excellent value and offers performance and features that should meet the needs of most shoppers.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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