Dubbed the “king of practicality”, Honda is known to produce some of the most liveable and user-friendly vehicles on the market. And the CR-V is no different. A potent family cruiser, the CR-V is hailed as one of the most practical vehicles in its segment, and rightfully so. But it isn’t just the practicality that makes it shine. It also offers a decent interior with a nice fit and finish, it has a strong list of standard features, and it also offers a comfortable ride quality.
Another bonus is the reliability that follows with the Honda badge. The CR-V is an excellent choice if you want an affordable family crossover with very few compromises. The 2013 Honda CR-V starts at $24,875 and it’s available in three distinct trims. It rivals other crossovers like the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Stepping inside the CR-V won’t make you go “wow”, but it won’t disappoint you either. The design is quite straightforward which makes all the buttons and dials easily accessible to the driver. The dashboard curves down in the middle and then curves upwards as it moves towards the edges. This gives it a unique look that fits well with the theme of the cabin. The infotainment system is flanked by triangular AC vents while the buttons and dials are placed directly below for simplicity. Hard plastics are in abundance, but acceptable considering the affordable price.
As for the rest of the interior, both the LX and EX trims come with cloth seats with a very basic interior layout. You get cloth door trim inserts, a full cloth headliner, a urethane gear shifter, and hard plastics on the dash. The EX-L upgrades to leather upholstery by including leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It also includes a simulated wood instrument panel insert, leatherette door trim inserts, and a leather gear shifter.
The LX and EX trims also offer reclining front seats which are manually adjustable. In addition, they offer manual height adjustment and adjustable active head restraints. The seats are comfortable and supportive, but the EX-L offers the best deal by including a heated 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support and a heated front passenger seat. The manual tilt and telescoping steering column help you find the perfect driving position easily. Further, the driving position is pretty high and visibility is great all around.
The cabin has acres of space for both the front and rear row passengers. The front row is very spacious, but the rear row passengers also enjoy excellent headroom and legroom. Even taller passengers would have nothing to complain about at the back.
2013 Honda CR-V
2013 Mazda CX-5
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
Total Passenger Volume (cubic feet)
Front row (headroom/shoulder room/legroom) (in)
Second row (headroom/shoulder room/legroom) (in)
The two Japanese crossovers are the most practical vehicles on the list. The CX-5 offers slightly more interior space than the CR-V, however, both would impress their customers equally. The Escape and the Tiguan, on the other hand, are slightly less spacious, especially for taller passengers.
How good is the 2013 Honda CR-V’s infotainment system?
The LX comes with a very basic infotainment system with minimal features. The EX includes the same tech, but it upgrades the audio system. However, the EX-L includes a much better infotainment system with more exciting and upgraded features. The system is quite simple and should be relatively easy to use.
The base trim includes features such as an aux jack, Bluetooth, Pandora internet radio for iPhone, speed-sensitive volume control, CD text display, USB ports, and an MP3/CD player. The EX-L adds XM satellite radio. You can also opt for RES (Rear Entertainment System), which will add Honda DVD rear entertainment system for the rear seat passengers to enjoy. The EX-L trim can also be configured with a navigation system.
The audio duties are handled by a 160W 4-speaker audio system in the base trim while the EX upgrades to 6 speakers. The EX-L, on the other hand, packs a 328W 7-speaker sound system with a subwoofer.
Key infotainment features
Pandora internet radio
Honda DVD rear-seat entertainment
328W 7-speaker sound system with subwoofer
What are the creature comforts inside the SUV?
Considering the price, the CR-V brings forth a considerable amount of creature comforts, especially in the higher trims. The base trim includes reclining manually-adjustable seats, cloth upholstery, manual tilt and telescoping steering column, remote keyless entry, manual air conditioning, and more.
The EX includes cruise control, a 6-speaker sound system, and a few other minor upgrades. The EX-L upgrades to heated front seats, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstered seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.
What is the cargo capacity on offer?
Practicality is among the key selling points for the CR-V, and as expected, the CR-V features the highest cargo capacity in its segment. Behind the rear seats, you get 37.2 cubic feet of total cargo volume, which is an amazing figure for a crossover. It can fit an entire family's worth of luggage with ease. Moreover, the trunk opening is wide and the load height is low, which makes it quite easy to load or unload cargo.
If you want even more space, knock the 60/40-split seats down and it will open up a whopping 70.9 cubic feet of storage, for storing larger items.
2013 Honda CR-V
2013 Mazda CX-5
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Maximum Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
The CR-V has the maximum storage space, while all the rivals trail behind. Bot the Escape and CX-5 are also quite good in terms of cargo capacity, however, the Tiguan falls behind the others by a significant margin.
Additional Interior Storage Spaces
The Interior storage solutions are also quite good. You get a deep storage bin under the central armrest, a cavernous lockable glovebox, a pair of cupholders for both the front and rear passengers, sizeable door pockets with bottle holders, and some other small cubbies throughout the interior.
Is the interior of the 2013 Honda CR-V spacious and luxurious enough?
The CR-V is still the undisputed king of practicality in its segment, and it should be a no-brainer for people who want a practical crossover for their families. The interior is well-crafted, spacious, and offers a comfortable ride. But above all, the best part about it is the fact that it won’t break your bank. The 2013 Honda CR-V is a near-perfect family crossover that should be considered strongly.