2018 Honda CR-V

MSRP $25,650 - $34,150

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2018 Honda CR-V Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Honda CR-V stands out in a segment that is highly competitive. The best-seller is back at it again this year with next to no changes in the specs and features department. An overall impressive package of an enticing interior and exterior layout, good performance figures, and moreover coupled to even better fuel efficiency numbers, the 2018 CR-V is the whole deal.

Starting over at an MSRP of $24,150, the CR-V is offered in over 4 trims, all of which are decked up to the brim with the latest features, including the best in terms of driver-assistance tech. What can also be dubbed as a soft-roader, the 2018 Honda CR-V is powered by either a 2.5L Inline-4 engine or a more potent 1.5L turbocharged unit. The mass-produced vehicle also has the best-in-class cabin room, which ultimately allows it to be known as the compact SUV to look out for by many.

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Pros

Practical and premium interior sheet

Excellent cargo capacity

Impressive engine options

Includes latest safety tech

Consumer-friendly price-tag

Cons

Slow and non-responsive infotainment system

Acceleration figures are underwhelming

What's New?

No new changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34150

bodystyle

4dr Crossover

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

190 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

179 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

Continuously variable speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105 in.

length

181 in.

width

67 in.

height

67 in.

curb weight

3512 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

75.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

21.5 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

8.1

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/29/33 mpg

highway range

462.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$25,650 onwards

  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Height-Adjustable driver seat
  • Led running lights
  • Rearview camera
  • Two USB ports

EX$27,050 onwards

  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Foglights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Sunroof

EX-L$29,550 onwards

  • Navigation system

Touring$32,750 onwards

  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Automatic wipers
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Led headlights
  • Navigation system
  • Power liftgate

Colors and Styles

2018 Honda CR-V in Basque Red Pearl II color
Basque Red Pearl II

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

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.9

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


The Honda CR-V has received many accolades over the years, which makes it one of the most popular vehicles amongst the masses. A perfect family-oriented SUV, the 2018 CR-V is spacious and well-equipped with loads of creature comforts to make your ride that much more comfortable. A smart choice for daily needs, its relatively tall-riding stance, and various other ride-assistance tech allow it to also take the uncharted off-road path. Safety has also been given the utmost importance, with even the basic trims having the best-in-class driver-assistance tech. Rivals of the CR-V now include the likes of Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5.


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.9/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2018 Honda CR-V Features

8.0/10

The 2018 Honda CR-V is offered in over 4 trim levels, namely LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring, with prices starting from an MSRP of $24,150 for the base LX trim and $32,650 for the top-most Touring trim. The base trims are not exactly filled with the basic set of features, as for 2018 Honda has reshuffled all of the trims with the latest set of advanced features. Moreover, it also goes without saying that as you move up the trim table, the premiumness of the features increases. Available in both FWD and AWD setups, the base trims are privy to just the NA Inline-4 engine, whereas the top-end trims get the turbocharged version.

Trims LX EX EX-L Touring
Starting Price $24,150 $26,950 29,450 32,650
Key Features 4 speaker audio system with Bluetooth Heated front seats Leather-Trimmed Interior upholstery Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate
  5.0 Inch infotainment 7.0 Inch infotainment Power Tailgate Full LED Headlights
  17-inch alloy wheels Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Power-Adjustable passenger seating Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  Cruise control Dual-zone automatic climate control Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System
  LED running lights Passive entry with pushbutton start 8-speaker audio system Dual chrome exhaust tips

We Recommend

This is one such compact SUV, wherein whichever variant you choose, you do get your money's worth. Nevertheless, having said that, out of the 4 trims on offer, we'd recommend the EX-L trim. As for the price of $29,450, this particular trim gets the latest set of creature comforts to aid you in a comfortable setting. Also applicable to this trim is the standard 190 hp 1.5L turbocharged Inline-4 engine, which is better than the rest of the rival engine choices.

2018 Honda CR-V Engine and Performance

8.0/10

With capable if not thrilling acceleration, composed handling and confident highway manners, the turbocharged CR-V is a multidisciplined competitor – Edmunds

2018 Honda CR-V Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Honda CR-V has over two engine choices on offer- one a basic and standard 2.5L naturally aspirated Inline-4 engine that puts down 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard with the LX trim. Then comes the 1.5L turbocharged Inline-4 engine, which is offered as standard with eh rest of the three top-most trims. This belts out a respectable 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque.

Available in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive setup, the 2018 CR-V is coupled to a standard CVT unit, which turns out to be quite decent in putting the power down. The CVT is surprisingly quite responsive and smooth in its functioning. The figures put up are relatively quite impressive, considering the rival compact SUV's power figures.

Models 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Mazda CX-5
MSRP $24,150 $23,850 $24,245
Engine 2.4L NA I4 2.5L NA I4 2.5L NA I4
Power 184 hp @ 6400 RPM 168 hp @ 6000 RPM 187 hp @ 6000 RPM
Torque 180 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM 170 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM 186 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
Transmission CVT 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD

The 2018 CR-V has been tuned for both power and fuel efficiency at the same time. It displays sheer performance at a consumer-friendly price tag. The only lag that one could have witnessed with this engine is the lack of power in the lower RPM bands, which was required. The potent turbo-four mates well enough with the CVT, and thus is the best engine in this lineup.

2018 Honda CR-V Acceleration

The 2018 Honda CR-V is able to sprint from 0-60 MPH in just about 8.6 seconds. This is with the base naturally-aspirated Inline-4 engine configuration. The quarter-mile barrier is also crossed in over 16.7 seconds. Moreover, with the turbocharged engine setup and the AWD setup, the 2018 CR-V can do the 0-60 MPH sprint in just 7.8 seconds.

Vehicle 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Mazda CX-5
0-60 MPH 8.6 sec 9.1 sec 8.5 sec
Quarter-mile 16.7 sec 16.8 sec 16.6 sec

The CVT is surprisingly smooth and quick in its functioning capabilities. The CR-V lags in power in the lower RPMs, whereas the whole 190 hp kicks into its full efficiency in the higher rev bands. Coming to the competition, the Ford Escape, with its lowest power figures, is also the slowest crossover of the lot.

2018 Honda CR-V Ride and Handling

The Honda CR-V provides excellent ride and handling dynamics. A prime family crossover, the CR-V put comfort as the foremost priority here. The power kicks in at higher rev bands, and so overtaking maneuvers on the freeways are quite cumbersome, to say the least. The steering input is precise and it makes the daily commuting experiences a breeze. The heft is an issue, as adequate body roll is evident when the CR-V takes on corners. The multi-link rear suspension soaks up the bumps quite nicely, thus making the cabin a comfortable lounge area for the passengers.

2018 Honda CR-V Braking

The 2018 Honda CR-V has the smallest brakes of the bunch. With 11.1-inch brake rotor discs in the front and 10.2-inch rotors in the back, the 2018 CR-V comes to a complete dead stop from 60 MPH in just 117 ft. The brake pedals have a nice firm feel to it and add to that further latest braking tech, and this was bound to happen.

Car 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Mazda CX-5
Brake Front (in.) 11.1 12.8 11.7
Brake Rear (in.) 10.2 12.0 11.9
Curb Weight (lbs) 3307 3552 3563
60-0 MPH (ft.) 117 112 126

Despite having the smallest curb weight of the bunch, the 2018 CR-V comes to a stop much earlier than the Mazda CX-5, which despite having the biggest brakes in the segment comes last in terms of braking.

2018 Honda CR-V Fuel Economy

8.9/10

The CR-V is the most fuel-efficient compact crossover we’ve tested so far, and it’s not a hybrid—yet – Car and Driver

The 2018 Honda CR-V is rated at 26 MPG in the city and 32 miles to the gallon out on the highway. This is with the base naturally aspirated engine running point. The above figures are with the FWD setup, whereas when you equip the CR-V with the AWD setup, the compact crossover is able to deliver 25 and 31 MPG in the city and highway respectively. The CR-V has aced both the performance and fuel efficiency front, which makes it the go-to SUV in this segment.

Car 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Mazda CX-5
MPG (City) 26 21 25
MPG (Highway) 32 29 31
MPG (Combined) 28 24 28
Fuel Capacity 14.0 gallons 15.7 gallons 14.8 gallons

Then there is the more potent 190 hp turbocharged Inline-4 engine. This when coupled to the CVT, can deliver 28 MPG in the city and 34 miles to the gallon out on the highway, with the FWD setup. Opt for the AWD system, and the 2018 CR-V is rated at 27 and 33 MPG in the city and highway respectively.

2018 Honda CR-V Interior

9.0/10

2018 Honda CR-V Seating and Comfort

Practicality at its best, the 2018 Honda CR-V equips a modern and premium interior setup. Able to seat 5 average-sized adults easily, the CR-V seats offer good bolstered support, and spending a long time driving won't be tiring at all. Cloth upholstery is standard in the lower trims, whereas the higher trims do get premium leather upholstered seats. 

8-way power-adjustable seats are standard in all of the trims, whereas heating and ventilating functions are only available with the higher trims. Cabin space-wise too, the 2018 Honda CR-V is the best in class, with adequate room in the rear seats. The dashboard as a whole uses soft-touch plastics, which although lags in its premium nature, evidently are enough for the price it is being offered at.

Models 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Mazda CX-5
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) 40.1/ 57.9/ 41.3 39.9/ 55.9/ 43.1 39.7/57.1/41.0
Rear (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) 39.2/55.6/40.4 39.0/55.2/ 37.3 39.0/ 54.8/ 39.6

Some of the interior features offered with the 2018 Honda CR-V are-

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Multi-angle rear-view camera
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 8-way power-adjustable seats
  • Sunroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system

2018 Honda CR-V Infotainment System

The 2018 Honda CR-V has a standard 7-inch touchscreen system, which at best is impressively responsive and easy to use. The only negative we found with the CR-V was that the infotainment screen was too small and that it could have been a little more angled toward the driver. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available with the infotainment system to take care of your entertainment needs. For all the audiophiles out there, Honda also offers a 330-watt premium audio system to take care of your audio duties.

Some of the infotainment features on offer are-

  • Bluetooth
  • USB connectivity
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 8-speaker audio system with HD Radio
  • 7-inch touchscreen with navigation
  • An upgraded rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

2018 Honda CR-V Cargo Space

The 2018 Honda CR-V offers 39.2 cu. ft of cargo space, which is way more than what the rest of the segment houses. Further, if that's not enough for you, you can also fold the rear seats further down in a 60/40 manner to gain 78 cu. ft of space.

Models 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Mazda CX-5
Cargo Capacity 39.2 cu. ft 34.0 cu. ft 30.9 cu. ft

Honda also offers plenty of interior cubby holes for you to store all your belongings when in need for a long weekend ride. This also adds up to the list of positives the CR-V endures in turn for the best-selling tag.

2018 Honda CR-V Exterior

8.0/10

Though still unmistakably a CR-V, the latest version of Honda’s small SUV looks like it has hit the gym, with a long, wide stance and more aggressive wheel designs – Kelley Blue Book

Its striking front-end along with the aggressive body kit is what makes many prospective buyers go for the 2018 Honda CR-V. Its rugged off-road look is partnered with the new pattern 17 and 18-inch alloys. It's boxy in its shape, with a gentle amount of character lines flowing through the sides giving it a relatively streamlined look.

Honda employs adequate chrome accents all around, which may or may not suit many. The overall exterior silhouette screams of practicality, despite the slightly sloping roofline, which in hindsight does not take away from the rear headroom at all. The assertive design language is further accentuated by all of the muscular wheel flares. Dimension-wise, despite having the smallest wheelbase of the lot, the 2018 Honda CR-V employs the biggest cabin space of all.

Models 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Mazda CX-5
Curb Weight (lbs) 3307 3552 3563
Length (in.) 180.6 178.1 179.1
Width (in.) 73.0 72.4 72.5
Height (in.) 66.1 66.3 65.5
Wheelbase (in.) 104.7 105.9 106.2
Ground Clearance (in.) 7.8 7.8 7.5

Some of the exterior features on offer are-

  • Hands-free functionality for Power Tailgate
  • LED running lights and foglights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Rear spoiler
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Roof rails
  • 18-inch alloys

2018 Honda CR-V Safety

9.0/10

The 2018 Honda CR-V employs the latest in terms of the latest driver-assistance tech. Honda Sensing is now standard in all of the trims beyond EX. In terms of crashworthiness, the 2018 Honda CR-V gets a 5 on 5-star rating from the NHTSA, whereas the IIHS deems it a Top Safety Pick + honor. This is because the new CR-V has a unibody construction, which employs high-strength steel, that manages to absorb the effect in case the compact crossover gets into a collision.

Some of the active and passive safety features on offer are-

  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Blind Spot Information system
  • Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Auto High-Beam System
  • Driver Attention Monitor

2018 Honda CR-V Competition

7.0/10

2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is the underdog of this segment. It is backed by the Ford reliability, is good to look at, and has a decent cabin space too. Comfort inside the Escape is unmatched, and it also comes at a consumer-friendly price tag.

But when you put the Escape against the Honda CR-V, the more favored car amongst the two tends to be the Honda CR-V. The Honda CR-V is a comprehensive package that does what a compact SUV is meant to do brilliantly.

2018 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Mazda CX-5

Both the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 have been pitted against each other for ages. While there is no match to the Honda CR-V performance numbers, the Mazda CX-5 clearly takes the cake in terms of outright exterior design layout.

The CX-5 also offers you impressive ride and handling dynamics. Coming onto the interior, the CR-V has no match for the practicality quotient it provides, whereas the CX-5 is known for providing a more premium cabin space.

2018 Honda CR-V Final Verdict

With no new changes in the specs and features department, the 2018 Honda CR-V will still continue to dominate the compact crossover segment, with its sheer performance offered for the affordable price tag. Moreover, just like its previous iterations, the 2018 CR-V delivers on the spacious interior front, fuel-efficiency front, and more. A highly reliable and safe package, to say the least, the 2018 Honda CR-V is surely the way to move forward.

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