The Honda CR-V has been around for five generations now, and it's improved tremendously over the span of over two decades. What was once a humble and basic crossover has become one of the best selling vehicles in the industry, loaded with features and style more expensive crossovers would kill for. The current CR-V is a veritable masterpiece when it comes to ticking all the boxes shoppers are looking for. In fact, it's so well-loved and highly rated that Honda will build a three-row version, as well as a hybrid. Here are five reasons why you should consider it for your next vehicle purchase.
1. It's Honda's Best-Looking Vehicle
We actually think out of the four earlier generations, the first CR-V was the best looking because it didn't try so hard. It was cleanly styled and simple. Since then, it's gotten a bit complicated and overstyled, but all that has finally changed with the new one. Honda nailed it. It looks both civilized and rugged with the right proportions, and the creases and curves aren't overly dramatic.
The exterior remains tasteful while delivering an adventurous spirit. With this generation, it departs from some of the cheapness in the exterior styling
2. The Interior is Superb
Take one look a the CR-V's interior, and you'd think it went through a time warp that skipped a couple of decades. No more confusing dual
3. It's Positively Huge Inside
Honda packed this thing with serious capacity amounting to 75.8 cubic feet with the seats folded flat. That's almost 5 more cubic feet than the previous generation CR-V. And the current CR-V has just 8.1 cubic feet less than the positively huge bigger brother, the Honda Pilot. The second row folds flat, and the space is also wide and usable without any awkward intrusions. If you're looking for a crossover that feels huge inside without looking bloated on the outside, take a serious look at the very utilitarian cabin of the new CR-V.
4. The Engine is Potent and Efficient
Honda gave the new CR-V its first turbocharged engine, and the payoff is great in more than one way. Available on the EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels, the 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four makes 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. It may be the same mill that drives the Civic, but this time it's been tweaked to deliver more power in the CR-V and it’s shared with the Honda Civic, but it’s been tuned to make more power.
5. It's Supremely Safe
You'd be hard-pressed to find a safer crossover on the road. The new CR-V attained top marks in crash testing by both the IIHS (Top Safety Pick +) and the NHTSA (5 Stars), so owners can take comfort in the fact that the CR-V will do a spectacular job of protecting them and their loved ones. EX, EX-L, or Touring trim levels get Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, a Collision Mitigation Braking System, and a Road Departure Mitigation System, all designed to keep you from getting into a fender bender, or worse.
So, the CR-V just happens to be one of the best vehicles on the market because it does so many things so well. It's evolved over time to be at the front of the pack for good reason. Shoppers can take confidence in what Honda has engineered with the fifth-generation crossover because it really is the best it's ever been, and it's always been pretty damned good.