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2019 Honda CR-V Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

There are plenty of reasons why you 'd want a compact SUV. First is the practicality, second is the on-road presence, and third, low MSRP compared to larger SUVs. You could opt for a larger SUV, but the consequent rise in price and fuel consumption might throw you off your budget. Compact SUVs are also easier to drive, easier to manage in traffic, and much, much easier to park.

Honda has had a reputation, and not in a bad way. If you ever want to buy a new car, and you 're not sure which one to pick, the best choice would be a Honda. They 're affordable, reliable, and economical to run as well. Regardless of which car or segment it is, a Honda will always be one of the best bets. So, does the same hold for its compact SUV as well?

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Pros

Turbocharged engine delivers a rare combination of thrift and zest

Roomy interior with cavernous cargo capacity for this class

Rides comfortably yet handle corners athletically

Plentiful and thoughtful storage areas

Cons

The touchscreen can be finicky to use and lacks a separate tuning knob

Base LX's engine is weaker and thirstier than the turbo

The optional navigation system isn't as reliable as expected

What's New?

TBD


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24350

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

184 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

180 lbs.-ft @ 3900 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Honda Architecture (10th gen)

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63/63.7

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

180.6 in.

width

73 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3307 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

75.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/28/32 mpg

highway range

448 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Honda CR-V in Basque Red Pearl color  2019 Honda CR-V in Crystal Black Pearl color  2019 Honda CR-V in Dark Olive Metallic color  2019 Honda CR-V in Gunmetal Metallic color
Basque Red Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Honda CR-V LX

LX

power
184 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$24,350 - $25,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,750 MSRP (25/27/31) 184 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5
LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $24,350 MSRP (26/28/32) 184 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Honda CR-V EX

EX

power
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$27,250 - $28,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $28,650 MSRP (27/29/33) 190 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5
EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $27,250 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Honda CR-V EX-L

EX-L

power
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$29,750 - $31,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $31,150 MSRP (27/29/33) 190 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5
EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $29,750 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Honda CR-V Touring

Touring

power
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$32,750 - $34,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $32,750 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $34,150 MSRP (27/29/33) 190 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Top Honda Cars

2019 Honda Civic Type-R
8.3/10

Engine: 306 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 25 combined

2019 Honda Pilot
8.3/10

Engine: 280 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L V-6

MPG: 22 combined

2019 Honda Accord hybrid Sedan
7.9/10

Engine: 143 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 48 combined

2019 Honda Civic Coupe
8.5/10

Engine: 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 33 combined

2019 Honda Civic Si Coupe
8.3/10

Engine: 205 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.5 L I-4

MPG: 32 combined

2019 Honda Accord
8.3/10

Engine: 192 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L I-4

MPG: 33 combined

2019 Honda Civic
8.3/10

Engine: 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 29 combined

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback
8.3/10

Engine: 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L I-4

MPG: 34 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial July 15, 2019


On the surface, it does look like it. Honda CR-V offers a lot of space, has great driving dynamics, and has decent performance as well. There are a lot of cars in this segment though, and some of those might catch your fancy too. So, let's take a deeper look into what makes this car better.

2019 Honda CR-V Features

8.0/10

Sans the ‘Touring’ trim, Honda CR-V costs less than 30 Grand. The base variant is surprisingly cheap, under $25,000, at which point it could become an alternative to the best sub-compact cars.

Trim

LX

EX

EX-L

Touring

MSRP (FWD)

$24,350

$27,250

$29,750

$32,750

Key Features

LX trim gets the following features

EX gets the same features as LX with following addition/replacements

EX-L gets the same features as EX with following addition/replacements

Touring gets the same features as EX-L with following addition/replacements

 

2.4 Liter Inline-4 Engine

1.5-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4 Engine

Power Tailgate with Programmable Height

Hands-Free Remote Tailgate

 

LED Daytime Running Lights

Remote Engine Start

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob

Roof Rails

 

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera`

Honda Sensing (Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System)

Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Rain-Sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers

 

Fold-Flat 60/40 Split Rear Seats

Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers

   
 

17-inch Alloy Wheels

Auto High-Beam Headlights

   
 

Eco Assist System

Blind Spot Monitoring System with Cross Traffic Monitor

   
 

Automatic Climate Control System

Adaptive Cruise Control

   
 

Remote Entry System

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System

   
 

Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seatback

     
 

Power Side Mirrors

     
 

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink

     
 

USB Audio Interface (Optional)

     
 

Available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System

     

We Recommend

Get the EX trim; it gets all the great safety features like Blind spot monitoring, Forward collision warning, Auto high beam headlamps, etc.

2019 Honda CR-V Engine

The 2019 Honda CR-V comes in four basic flavors, turbo, and non-turbo with either front- or all-wheel drive. None inspire, but the turbocharged engine in 2019 CR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels provides decent oomph with good fuel economy.   -The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 model uses the same powertrains as the 2018 Honda CR V. It gets two engine choices, a sprightly 1.5 liter inline-4 turbo, and the base 2.4 liter inline-4 naturally aspirated. The base engine, which is only available in the base model, pushes out a maximum of 184 horses. The smaller turbocharged engine on other trims churns a little more, 190 Horsepower.

While the difference in power output doesn’t seem much, the turbo engine is an absolute joy to drive. Power comes in strong but linear and is in no way hampered due to its tiny capacity. You could have both the engines with either front wheel or all-wheel drive system. CVT comes standard with sports mode in all trims, which although rear for a CVT, isn’t as engaging as a manual could have been. It is much easier for everyday use though.

Models

Honda CR-V LX

Chevrolet Equinox L

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Mazda CX-5 SPORT

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Mitsubishi Outlander ES

Nissan Rogue S

GMC Terrain SL

Subaru Forester 2.5i

Kia Sorento L

MSRP

$25,345

$24,795

$25,190

$25,345

$26,545

$25,690

$25,795

$26,195

$24,295

$26,980

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4 Turbocharged gas

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4 Regular Unleaded

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4 Turbo Gas/Ethanol

2.5L Boxer-4 Regular Unleaded

2.4L Inline-4 Regular Unleaded

Transmission

Continuously variable automatic

6-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously variable automatic

9-Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

6-Speed automatic

Horsepower

184 hp@ 6400rpm

170 hp@ 5600rpm

184 hp@ 4400rpm

187 hp@ 6000rpm

185 hp@ 6000rpm

166 hp@ 6000rpm

170 hp@ 6000rpm

170 hp@ 5600rpm

182 hp@ 5800 rpm

185 hp@ 6000rpm

Torque

180 ft-lbs.@ 3900rpm

203 ft-lbs.@ 2000rpm

221 ft-lbs.@ 1600 rpm

186 ft-lbs.@ 4000rpm

178 ft-lbs.@ 4000rpm

162 ft-lbs.@ 4200rpm

175 ft-lbs.@ 4400rpm

203 ft-lbs.@ 2000rpm

176 ft-lbs.@ 4400rpm

178 ft-lbs.@ 4000rpm

As for the competition, all the cars here come at the same entry price, and make nearly identical power figures, save for a few horses. The torque figures are a bit more diverse, but nothing that deserves special attention. Mitsubishi Outlander is quite underpowered, with just 160 HP propelling it forward.

Acceleration

Performance has never been a strong point for SUVs, or for budget cars, and CR V is both! 60 Miles an hour comes up in a generous 7.7 seconds, just enough to not be called lazy at full clip. Quarter mile comes up in a similarly cool and clam fashion, in exactly 16 seconds.

Models

Honda CR-V LX

Chevrolet Equinox L

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Mazda CX-5 SPORT

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Mitsubishi Outlander ES

Nissan Rogue S

GMC Terrain SL

Subaru Forester

Kia Sorento L

0-60 MPH

7.7 sec

N/A

N/A

8.7 sec

8.9 sec

N/A

N/A

6.8 sec

9.6 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter mile

16 sec

N/A

N/A

16.7 sec

16.7 sec

N/A

N/A

15.4 sec

17.3 sec

N/A

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4 Turbocharged gas

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4 Regular Unleaded

2.4L i4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4 Turbo Gas/Ethanol

2.5L Boxer-4 Regular Unleaded

2.4L Inline-4 Regular Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

6.3

7.7

6.3

N/A

6.5

6.1

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Acadia takes the cake here, though not by much. The little GMC SUV is a second quicker to the 60 MPH mark by a whole second against the Honda.

Braking

Braking is quite effective in the Honda CRV, with disc brakes on all wheels. The front pair consists of 11.1-inch discs, and the rear, 10.2 inches. The curb weight isn’t light, and you can feel weight under panic braking situations. Under all other circumstances, the weight is well masked.

Model

Honda CR-V LX

Chevrolet Equinox L

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Mazda CX-5 SPORT

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Mitsubishi Outlander ES

Nissan Rogue S

GMC Terrain SL

Subaru Forester

Kia Sorento L

Brake Front (in.)

11.1

N/A

13.4

11.7

12.6

11.6

11.7

11.6

11.8

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

10.2

N/A

11.8

11.9

12

11.9

11.5

11.2

11.3

12

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3307

3274

3721

3541

3591

3329

3456

3449

3499

3810

60-0 MPH (ft.)

115

N/A

N/A

136

130

N/A

N/A

130

129

N/A

Kia Sorento and Volkswagen Tiguan deserve a mention in the weight segment. They are extremely heavy cars, approaching 4000 pounds on better-equipped trims. On the other end of the spectrum, we have Chevy Equinox, which is about 30 pounds lighter than the Base CRV.

2019 Honda CR-V Fuel Economy

Honda’s compact SUV, is quite an economical choice, as all Hondas are. A city drive would reach to about 26 miles if you’re careful, and on a smooth freeway, you could easily push that figure up to 32 MPG. This averages to a combined efficiency figure of 28 Miles per Gallon, which is quite impressive.

Model

Honda CR-V LX

Chevrolet Equinox L

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Mazda CX-5 SPORT

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Mitsubishi Outlander ES

Nissan Rogue S

GMC Terrain SL

Subaru Forester

Kia Sorento L

MPG (city)

26

26

22

25

22

25

26

26

26

22

MPG (highway)

32

32

29

31

29

30

33

32

30

29

MPG (combined)

28

28

25

28

25

27

29

28

28

25

Range (city/highway (miles)

364 / 448

387 / 477

337 / 444

370 / 459

414 / 545

415/498

377 / 479

387.4/447

431.6/547.8

414 / 545

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.0

14.9

15.3

14.8

18.8

16.6

14.5

14.9

14.9

18.8

This entire segment consists of very frugal cars, which manage to squeeze anywhere between 25 to 29 MPG for city and highway combined driving. On paper, Nissan Rogue has been rated the highest in class, at 26 and 33 MPG in the city and highway respectively.

 

2019 Honda CR-V Interior

8.5/10

As noted, the 2019 CR-V's 2-row/5-passenger interior space is one of its best attributes -- an impressive feat given that the previous generation was already among the most spacious in its class. -Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

The CR V is a typical Honda, in that the interiors aren’t too fancy, but extremely spacious. It is probably the roomiest car here, primarily because it doesn’t try to fit in more than it can handle. There is ample space for 5 people, and the CR V doesn’t claim to seat anymore. All the sets are great for comfortably seating adults, and one could even argue that the Honda is the most comfortable car in the class.

Model

Honda CR-V LX

Chevrolet Equinox L

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Mazda CX-5 SPORT

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Mitsubishi Outlander ES

Nissan Rogue S

GMC Terrain SL

Subaru Forester

Kia Sorento L

Passenger capacity

5

5

7

5

5

7

5

5

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg,(In.)

40.1/57.9/41.3

40.0/57.2/40.9

39.6/57.0/40.2

39.7/57.1/41.0

41.2/59.1/44.1

40.6/56.4/40.9

41.6/56.6/43.0

41.2/58.2/43.3

40.0/57.2/40.9

39.5/59.1/44.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.2/55.6/40.4

38.5/55.5/39.7

39.1/55.9/36.5

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.2/58.3/40.9

38.4/56.0/37.3

38.5/55.9/37.9

39.6/57.2/39.4

38.5/55.6/39.7

39.3/58.0/39.4

Mitsubishi Outlander and Kia Sorento 7 seaters SUVs, and they make quite a fine companion for long rides as well. The last row is cramped, as is the case usually, but the first and second rows are quite spacious. Hyundai offers the best in class space, with tremendous headroom and legroom.

Infotainment

For the 2019 Honda CR V, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard on the infotainment. Other standard features include:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Audio
  • Satellite radio
  • Rearview camera
  • USB Audio interface and charging ports for front row
  • USB charging ports for second-row
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink

Cargo volume

Cargo Volume is an important criterion while buying an SUV. Their large dimensions on the outside lend themselves to open spaces inside. The little Honda SUV holds nearly 40 cubic feet in the trunk, or the equivalent of 4 large, stuffed travel bags. If that falls short of your needs, then simply lower the seats to reveal nearly double amount of space in total.

Model

Honda CR-V LX

Chevrolet Equinox L

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Mazda CX-5 SPORT

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Mitsubishi Outlander ES

Nissan Rogue S

GMC Terrain SL

Subaru Forester

Kia Sorento L

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

39.2

29.9

12.0

30.9

35.9

10.3

39.3

35.4

29.6

11.3

The 7 seaters sacrifice trunk volume in favor of one more row of seats. The trunk space is smaller than what you’d find in a small hatchback. Fold the last row though, and you get a useful storage space. Honda CR V and Nissan Rogue have the most space in the rear, nearly 40 cubic feet.

2019 Honda CR-V Exterior

The 2019 Honda CR-V has done well in crash-tests and most versions come well equipped with advanced safety gear. Moreover, unlike many of its rivals, the 2019 CR-V offers great outward vision thanks to its low window line and narrow roof pillars.  -The Car Connection

Dimensions and Weight

As stated earlier, this Honda crossover is a compact SUV. You would have probably guessed by know that it isn’t a big car. If you want to visualize, the CR V isn’t even bigger than the Civic, except for the height. You could muscle the car into tight spaces like a sedan and easily see your way around due to the raised seats.

Model

Honda CR-V LX

Chevrolet Equinox L

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Mazda CX-5 SPORT

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Mitsubishi Outlander ES

Nissan Rogue S

GMC Terrain SL

Subaru Forester

Kia Sorento L

Curb weight (lbs.)

3307

3274

3721

3541

3591

3329

3456

3449

3499

3810

Length(in)

180.6

183.1

185.1

179.1

187.8

184.8

184.5

182.1

182.3

189.0

Width(in)

73.0

72.6

72.4

72.5

74.4

71.3

72.4

71.5

72.4

74.4

Height(in)

66.1

65.4

66.3

66.2

66.1

67.3

66.3

68.1

65.4

66.3

Ground clearance (in)

7.8

N/A

7.9

7.5

N/A

8.5

7.8

8.7

6.9

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

104.7

107.3

109.8

106.2

108.9

105.1

106.5

105.1

107.3

109.4

Track width (in) F/R

62.9/63.5

62.2/62.2

62.2/61.8

62.8/62.8

64.3/64.7

60.6/60.6

62.8/62.8

61.6/61.8

62.2/62.2

64.3/64.7

2019 Honda CR-V Safety

Numerous advanced safety features are standard on the Honda CR V, including the following:

  • Six airbags
  • 4-wheel Antilock Braking system
  • automatic high beams
  • blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • lane keeping assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children

2019 Honda CR-V Competition

Honda CR-V vs Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue is perhaps the most popular crossover in the US, and if there is a car that can lock horns together with the Honda CR-V, it’s this SUV by Nissan. Both these cars lead the sales charts for the segment and are a bang for the buck. You couldn’t go wrong with either of these SUVs. The Honda pulls ahead in terms of passenger space, though not by much.

Honda CR-V vs Chevrolet Equinox

To combat the Japanese contenders, homegrown car maker Chevy has brought out the relatively big guns. Equinox isn’t as spacious or as comfy. Honda also offers better drivability and handling. Overall, the Equinox is quite a few steps behind the CR-V.

Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5

If practicality and space aren’t too high on your priority list, then you can consider the Mazda CX-5 as well. It is a much more exciting car, with better performance and handling. Its steering is extremely precise and feedback-rich, and ride comfort isn’t compromised either. It also has a sleeker look. Still, for space and practicality, you’ll be better off with the Honda.

2019 Honda CR-V Final Verdict

You can always count on the Japanese to build solid, reliable cars for an affordable price. Honda CR-V is a great car, arguably the best in the segment. If you don’t have your heart set on some other car, you should definitely go for this one. With good space and usable performance, it will keep the driver and the passengers happy.