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8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.7
Safety: 9.9
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2019 Honda CR-V Review

The 2019 Honda CR-V has few weaknesses, which is why it ranks near the top of the compact SUV class. It boasts a comfortable ride, peppy engine choices, great safety scores, and a high-grade cabin with loads of passenger and cargo space. 

Pros & Cons

  • Generous passenger space
  • Immense cargo hold
  • Comfortable ride
  • Great fuel economy estimates
  • Competitors have more standard safety features

Is the Honda CR-V a Good SUV?

Yes, the 2019 CR-V is a good compact SUV. It’s an ideal vehicle for most families thanks to its spacious rear seats, outstanding safety scores, and vast amount of cargo space. Performance-wise, the CR-V has strong acceleration and composed handling. Besides its short list of standard features, there are few downsides to purchasing this compact crossover. We named the CR-V our 2019 Best Compact SUV for the Money because of its exemplary combination of quality and value.

Should I Buy the Honda CR-V?

The CR-V is one of the most highly recommended vehicles in the compact SUV class. It has great fuel economy estimates, a comfortable ride, and tons of space for passengers and their stuff. In short, it’s well worth the money. That said, there are more athletic and feature-filled offerings that you should take a look at. The Mazda CX-5's sporty handling and precise steering make it more enjoyable to drive than the CR-V, and the Toyota RAV4 has a longer list of standard safety tech.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Honda CR-V?

The CR-V was last redesigned for the 2017 model year, and there have been few changes since. The 2017 redesign brought updated exterior styling, improved interior materials, more passenger and cargo space, a new infotainment system with available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a turbocharged engine option. You can save money by shopping for a model from the previous generation, but they won't benefit from these considerable changes.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to read our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 CR-V. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

To give you a complete overview of the 2019 CR-V – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 18 Honda CR-V reviews alongside performance specs, interior quality information, and more. This review uses applicable research and data from the current CR-V generation, which spans the 2017 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Honda CR-V Cost?

The 2019 CR-V’s starting price of $24,350 is slightly above average for the class. The midlevel EX and EX-L trims will cost you $27,250 and $29,750, respectively. At the top of the lineup is the Touring trim, which costs $32,750. You can add all-wheel drive to any trim for $1,400.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

Honda CR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5?

Go with the Mazda CX-5 if you place a heavy emphasis on performance. It has carlike handling and precise steering, but it still maintains a comfortable ride, even over broken pavement. Both SUVs have nice interiors, but the CX-5 has a more sophisticated look and feel. The CR-V is a better option if you're looking to get the most space out of a compact SUV. It has more room for passengers and a larger cargo hold than the CX-5 by about 16 cubic feet. Choosing between these two well-regarded SUVs will come down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4?

The Toyota RAV4 comes with a generous number of standard features, including some that you'll have to pay extra to get in the CR-V. These include smartphone integration technology and loads of safety tech like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The RAV4’s base engine is loud, but it’s also more powerful and fuel-efficient on the highway than either of the CR-V’s available engines. However, the CR-V is a better vehicle overall. It has more passenger and cargo space and a lower starting price than the RAV4.

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CR-V Interior

How Many People Does the CR-V Seat?

The CR-V’s interior space and overall comfort are its major highlights. You'll find seating for up to five people in two rows of supportive seats. Additionally, the back seats have plenty of space for adults.

Cloth upholstery comes standard, and leather-trimmed seats are available. Heated front seats with a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat and a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat are also optional. You can also get a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel.

CR-V and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has an upper tether and a left lower anchor, and it can borrow a lower anchor from the right passenger seat when it is not in use. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the 2019 CR-V's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use.  

CR-V Interior Quality

The CR-V has one of the nicest interiors in the class. This Honda has a well-built and modern cabin that features quality soft-touch materials throughout, especially on higher trims. Still, if you’re looking for a more upscale cabin, you’ll want to check out the Nissan Rogue or Mazda CX-5.

CR-V Cargo Space

There's 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 75.8 cubic feet of space when they are folded. These are among the highest estimates in the class. The cargo bay’s low liftover height makes it easy to load in heavy cargo. A power liftgate and a hands-free liftgate are available.

CR-V Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a 5-inch audio display screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and four speakers. You can equip the CR-V with a number of upgrades, including an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, three additional USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Other available features include a six-, eight-, or nine-speaker audio system, navigation, and voice recognition.

Some reviewers note that the available infotainment system’s touch-sensitive controls can be a bit too sensitive. Fortunately, there are physical controls on the center of the control panel that are easier to use.

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CR-V Performance

CR-V Engine: Sufficient Base Engine; Powerful Turbo

Although the 2019 CR-V’s 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder base engine has adequate power, the available 190-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is a better option. This turbo-four has quicker acceleration and slightly better gas mileage estimates. Both engines come with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that makes good use of the available power. It has simulated shifts to feel more like a traditional automatic transmission, and it doesn't create a droning noise from the engine, which is a common problem with CVTs. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

CR-V Gas Mileage: Great Estimates

The CR-V models with the base four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive deliver 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which are good estimates in the class. Models with the stronger turbo-four engine and front-wheel drive get 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are some of the highest estimates among nonhybrid compact SUVs.

CR-V Ride and Handling: Good Daily Driver

The CR-V favors a comfortable ride. It has minimal body roll around corners and a suspension system that smooths out bumps in the road. Shoppers interested in agile handling and precise steering will want to look at the Mazda CX-5 or Ford Escape.

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CR-V Reliability

Is the Honda CR-V Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 CR-V a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is slightly above average for the industry. 

Honda CR-V Warranty

The Honda CR-V comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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CR-V Safety

CR-V Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the CR-V a 2019 Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in all crash tests performed. Headlights in the CR-V Touring trim earned an Acceptable rating for outward visibility, and models equipped with the optional collision mitigation brake system provide a Superior level of front crash prevention, which is the highest rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it four out of five stars in the rollover test.

CR-V Safety Features

The CR-V comes standard with a rearview camera. To get more advanced safety features, you'll have to move past the base trim. Safety options include lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, collision mitigation, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control.

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Which Honda CR-V Model Is Right for Me?

The Honda CR-V comes in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The base trim doesn't offer much, so we recommend moving up to at least the EX trim. By doing so, you’ll get additional safety, convenience, and technology equipment, including blind spot monitoring, heated front seats, and an infotainment system with smartphone integration. This trim also comes with a peppier and more fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The EX-L and Touring trims add more convenience features like a power liftgate and niceties like leather interior and a premium stereo system. Rear parking sensors are available for $528, and all-wheel drive costs an extra $1,400 in all trim levels.

Honda CR-V LX

The base LX trim costs $24,350, and it comes with cloth seats, a rearview camera, a 5-inch audio system display screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and four speakers.

Honda CR-V EX

Starting at $27,250, the EX trim has an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and six speakers. You’ll also get heated front seats, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with four-way lumbar support, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, and fog lights.

The EX adds numerous safety features as well, including adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

Honda CR-V EX-L

The EX-L trim costs $29,750 and comes with leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a power liftgate, and an eight-speaker audio system.

Honda CR-V Touring

The Touring trim is priced at $32,740. It builds on the EX-L by adding automatic high beams, navigation, voice recognition, HD Radio, and a nine-speaker sound system. 

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Honda CR-V is a fantastic vehicle, especially for families. Although this is a compact SUV, it has tons of passenger and cargo space. Add in its attractive cabin, stellar safety score, and solid ride quality, and the CR-V is easily one of the best vehicles in the class. Some of its competitors have more standard safety features, however.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • With room for five passengers, an ample cargo bay and an available turbocharged engine, Honda’s CR-V for 2019 shines bright. We just wish Honda would follow Toyota and Subaru’s lead and make its Honda Sensing suite of driver assists standard on every trim level." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If you're searching for a compact SUV, the 2018 Honda CR-V quite simply needs to be on your test-drive list." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "In a full day of driving the CR-V, we came away impressed with its fantastic interior, intuitive infotainment system, and comfortable freeway ride." -- Truck Trend (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: June 13, 2019

Strong Sales: It should come as no surprise that the Honda CR-V was one of the top-selling compact SUVs in 2018. Not only was it a top seller in its segment, but it was also the best-selling vehicle across the Honda lineup. So far in 2019, sales are steady relative to the same period last year.

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