Honda's five-passenger CR-V compact crossover SUV was completely redesigned for the 2017 model year. In the new 2018 CR-V, there aren't any big changes. As compared to the previous generation model, the 2018 Honda CR-V is more stylish, practical, and has more technology features. In the cabin, you'll find increased rear legroom- this CR-V offers two inches more rear legroom and a 9.8-inch-longer flat load floor in the back. Also, this new generation CR-V improves ground clearance, making it deal the off-road trails easily. On that note, you can also find an appealing interior, spacious cargo area, and, most importantly, excellent safety ratings. You can choose any of the four CR-V trim levels, all of which offer exclusive comfort and convenience features to fit your needs. What we like the most is the roomy interior with comfortable and supportive seats and the wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments. Both rows provide ample headroom and legroom, even for taller passengers.
The 2018 CR-V has one of the largest cargo areas in the class, with a maximum cargo space of 75.8 cubic feet with these seats folded. The CR-V’s interior is elegantly styled, and you can find a leather-trimmed interior on the higher EX-L and Touring trims. Inside, the cabin features soft-touch plastics and padded surfaces. The cabin is quiet, and the large windows provide good front and rear visibility. First introduced over two decades ago, the Honda CR-V has proved itself well and is currently the Japanese carmaker’s best-seller with a record 379,021 units sold last year. Can the 2018 Honda CR-V's interior stand up against the likes of Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and Nissan Rogue?
"Incredibly roomy in both rows of seats, the Honda CR-V also offers class-leading cargo space. " - Cnet.com
2018 Honda CR-V Interior Design, Dimensions, and Comfort
The 2018 Honda CR-V’s interior is meticulously designed, keeping both style and comfort in mind. The cabin feels cozy and provides an ample amount of room for five. It also looks promising in terms of build quality. The dashboard comes wrapped in soft leatherette trim as standard. You can also find sleek piano-black inserts, metal-look, or wooden interior accents that run from the dashboard to the door panels. At the center, it comes equipped with a touch screen unit along with properly labeled climate control buttons and knobs. Apart from that, you can also find a 6-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a multi-function steering wheel. Moreover, as you move up the trim ladder, you get a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shifter.
Coming to the seating and comfort, as standard, the 2018 Honda CR-V can seat people in two rows. The front row comes standard with manually-adjustable seats wrapped in cloth upholstery. The front seats are very comfortable and provide excellent headroom and legroom. As you move up the trim levels, you can also opt for heated front seats, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a 4-way power front passenger seat. Opting for the EX-L trim also gets you leather upholstery as standard. Similar to the front seats, the rear seats are very spacious and comfortable as well. Moreover, the suspension is tuned on to provide a softer ride for comfort.
2018 Honda CR-V
2018 Toyota RAV4
2018 Mazda CX-5
2018 Nissan Rogue
Interior Passenger Volume (ft³)
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
The 2018 Honda CR-V has the largest cabin in the lot. And the interior space is more balanced than the rest of the competition. Nissan Rogue also offers almost similar cabin space but it has more space at the front while the rear row feels a bit cramped. When it comes to design and styling, the Japanese duo Mazda and Toyota offer premium feels and vibes.
2018 Honda CR-V Infotainment Features
2018 Honda CR-V comes standard with a 5-inch multimedia display, a 4-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Pandora, radio, and two USB ports. The base unit lacks a touchscreen display and is controlled by buttons and knobs found on either side of the screen.
The EX trim comes standard with a 7-inch HD touchscreen display, a six-speaker audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio, and HondaLink. An eight-speaker audio system is standard in the EX-L, while you get navigation and a nine-speaker premium audio system as standard in the flagship Touring model.
Key Infotainment Features
7-inch HD HondaLink touchscreen display
9-speaker premium audio system
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Bluetooth HandsFree and audio streaming
SiriusXM satellite radio
Navigation with voice recognition
2018 Honda CR-V Cargo Capacity
The 2018 CR-V has been Honda’s best-seller partly because of its impressive cargo area. You get a class-leading 39.2 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats of the Honda CR-V. However, if you need more space for loading larger items, you can fold down the rear seats which open up to 75.8 cu. ft.. The cargo lid is large enough to allow easy loading and unloading and also the rear seats fold completely flat.
For more convenience, Honda offers a power liftgate as an option, as is hands-free access for the hatch. The EX and higher trims get a retractable cargo cover. Further, the CR-V has a low cargo floor which makes it easy to load.
2018 Honda CR-V
2018 Toyota RAV4
2018 Mazda CX-5
2018 Nissan Rogue
Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)
The 2018 Nissan Rogue and the 2018 Honda CR-V offer the best-in-class standard cargo space. However, the CR-V quickly takes the lead when you fold down the rear seats. This is due to the fact that Nissan traded cargo space for legroom in the front row. On the other hand, the Mazda CX-5 offers the least cargo capacity for it is smaller than the rest in the lot.
Additional Interior Storage Spaces
There are plenty of secondary storage spaces inside the 2018 CR-V. The front row comes standard with two cup holders, a mobile cubby, an illuminated and cooled glovebox, a large storage compartment under the armrest, and two large door bins. The rear row comes with two cup holders, an under-seat storage compartment, seatback pockets, and door bins.
2018 Honda CR-V Interior Features
The 2018 CR-V comes with a decent list of comfort and convenience features. However, most of them are reserved for the top two trims. The base LX comes standard with cloth-trimmed seats, remote keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control, power windows, manually-adjustable seats, and foldable rear seats. For entertainment, the base CR-V model has a 5-inch audio display, a multi-angle rearview camera, four speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, and two 12-volt power outlets.
The EX trim adds a smart entry, a one-touch moonroof with tilt-feature, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic AC, 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar support, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a security system, and a retractable cargo cover. It also adds a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two more USB ports, satellite radio, and a six-speaker stereo.
The EX-L adds a power tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, and a 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. The flagship Honda CR-V Touring's interior adds a navigation system, HD Radio, a nine-speaker sound system, a hands-free power liftgate, LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and roof rails.
2018 Honda CR-V Interior Verdict
The 2018 Honda CR-V is the star of the segment when it comes to the interior. The brand managed to perfectly balance luxury and utility. The cabin is stylish and built with the finest materials available for the price. It also provides the largest cargo capacity in the segment. So, if you are looking for a compact SUV that provides a family-friendly cabin loaded with a decent set of features, the 2018 CR-V is the one to put your money on.