2019 Honda CR-V Interiors

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2019 Honda CR-V Interior Review: Seating, Cargo Space, Infotainment and Interior Features

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2019 Honda CR-V's stylish and spacious interior features quality materials, comfortable rear-row seating, and plenty of cargo space. Though the 2019 CR-V is available for sale at an affordable price, the base trim lacks infotainment technology otherwise standard on upper trim levels. The Honda can seat up to five people on standard cloth upholstery, while a leather interior is available. All models except the base LX trim come with a touch-screen infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, six speakers, three USB ports, satellite radio, and HD Radio. With a combination of contemporary styling with modern features, the top-line 2019 CR-V Touring's cabin has upscale features including faux-wood accents, chromed plastic, and brushed-satin finishes. As one of the most popular and best-selling compact SUVs in the market, the 2019 CR-V has a familiar layout and ergonomics. After a major upgrade back in 2017, the Honda CR-V is carried forward unchanged into the 2019 model.

2019 Honda CR-V Dashboard

Now in its 5th generation, the 2019 Honda CR-V still manages to attract consumers especially given the presence of highly competitive rivals in the compact SUV segment; it sold more than 100,000 units last year alone. No matter which of the four CR-V trim levels you choose, you will get plenty of comfort features with this compact SUV. Further, you have a range of Honda CR-V interior color options to choose from -  the CR-V LX and EX trim levels offer a black cloth, gray cloth, or ivory cloth interior. Upgrading to the Honda CR-V EX-L or Touring trim, you can enjoy a leather interior in black, gray, or ivory. Its iconic design, plush and comfortable ride, elegant interior, and excellent driving experience are still a class apart from rivals like the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, and Mazda CX-5.

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"A stylish and spacious interior creates a cool and comfortable environment in the CR-V. " - CarandDriver.com

2019 Honda CR-V Interior Seating, and Comfort

Being one of the key highlights, the 2019 Honda CR-V's interior continues to be simple, spacious, and high-tech. Inside, the tasteful use of faux wood inserts on the dashboard and door panels, the brushed aluminum used for the door handles, and the abundance of soft-touch leather lighten up the otherwise darkish interior of the 2019 CR-V, giving it more elegance and class. Customers may have put up a tad bit with the positioning of the CVT gear lever, it is up high on the dashboard rather than on the center console. On the dashboard, you can find a 7.0-inch central infotainment system on all but LX trim, with a matte coating on its screen to prevent glares, and the climate controls are neatly placed below the screen. You can opt for a leather-wrapped steering wheel as well.

2019 Honda CR-V Front Seats

Coming to the seats, the 2019 Honda CR-V can seat 5 people in two rows with ample room for even tall adults. The front row comes with cloth upholstery and manually adjustable seats as standard. However, you can upgrade to a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, power-adjustable front passenger seat, and leather upholstery as you move up the trim ladder. Coming to ergonomics, the seating position is excellent and the high-set CVT gearbox is easy to use. Front and side visibility is excellent; however, rear visibility is hampered slightly by the thick D-pillars. Overall, the 2019 CR-V has one of the biggest interiors in its segment, and this combined with the use of upscale materials makes it a great place to be in and relax.

Models

2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Subaru Forester

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Interior Passenger Volume (ft³)

105.9

98.9

103.6

111.9

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.5/57.8/41

39.7/57.1/41

41.2/58.2/43.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.5/56.4/37.8

39/54.8/39.6

39.6/57.2/39.4

As we can see from the above statistics, the 2019 CR-V provides superior legroom at the rear than the competition, including the larger Subaru Forester. However, the 2019 Forester offers more space at the front and tops the chart when it comes to interior passenger volume. However, there is no significant difference in actual usable passenger space between the Honda and the Subaru. Toyota RAV4 is the smallest in the lot and still, it does offer decent space upfront; the rear row feels a bit cramped though.

2019 Honda CR-V Interior Features

The 2019 Honda CR-V is sold in 4 variants starting with the base LX model, It comes with cloth upholstery and manually adjustable seats. The more popular EX model adds a host of features such as push-start button, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, and a moonroof.

The EX-L model has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, a power tailgate, and power-adjustable front seats. The top-of-the-line Touring variant has a hands-free tailgate operation.

"With room for five passengers, an ample cargo bay and an available turbocharged engine, Honda’s CR-V for 2019 shines bright." - kbb.com

2019 Honda CR-V Cargo Space

The Honda CR-V has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space when the back row is folded down. The seats fold in a 60:40 ratio, allowing users to still seat a passenger in the rear while carrying a bigger load. The 2019 CR-V is a more practical compact SUV with the largest trunk capacity in its class.

2019 Honda CR-V Cargo Space

There is not much of a loading lip. Also, you get a cargo cover that can be easily stored under the cargo floor when not needed. A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are also available.

Models

2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Subaru Forester

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

39.2

37.5

30.9

31.1

Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)

75.8

69.8

59.6

76.1

As per the data above, the 2019 CR-V has the largest trunk capacity, followed by the Toyota RAV4. Subaru Forester however opens up more usable cargo space when you fold down the rear seats. Mazda CX-5 is comparably smaller than the rest of the rivals and the smaller dimensions didn’t translate well when it comes to cargo capacity.

Additional Interior Storage Spaces

Another area where the CR-V excels over others is the integration of smart storage spaces inside the cabin. Moving the CVT gear frees up a lot of space in the center. There are two 12V power sockets, two USB Type-A ports, and two rubberized pads for storing mobile phones and other small items. The driver seat armrest opens up to reveal a large storage area for keeping water bottles and other decent-sized objects.

2019 Honda CR-V Infotainment and Technology

The 2019 CR-V comes with a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display as standard and it has garnered mixed reactions from the market. Some prefer the large and clear 7-inch touchscreen display standard on CR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring models. Further adding salt to injury is the poor response time to any input and the touch capacitive fixed buttons on the side that does not inspire confidence while used on the go. However, these problems can be mitigated by using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which provide a superior user experience.

2019 Honda CR-V Infotainment System

Absence of onboard Wi-Fi – a standard feature across most of the SUVs in the segment is a bummer. Other standard infotainment features include Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 4-speaker stereo. As you move up the trim ladder, you can get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, additional USB ports, satellite radio, HD radio, and navigation. The music system can be upgraded to a 6-speaker stereo unit or 8-speaker stereo unit or 9-speaker premium audio system on the top trim.

Key Infotainment Features

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Satellite linked navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Satellite radio and HD radio
  • 9-speaker premium audio system

Honda CR-V Interior Verdict

The 2019 Honda CR-V has a lot of expectations to deliver on, which it does with confidence. The interior is much better than most of its key rivals; it still has class-leading interior and cargo space. Also, the ride quality and driving experience is right up at the top, coming close to the Mazda CX-5. All of that, coupled with that iconic and beautiful exterior design and a plush, comfortable ride means that Honda still has a best-seller in their line-up with the 5th generation CR-V.

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