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2013 Honda CR-V Review

The 2013 Honda CR-V is a good choice if you’re in the market for a used SUV. It ranks among the top compact SUVs thanks to its carlike ride, above-average reliability, and respectable safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Carlike handling
  • Lots of standard tech features
  • Cheap cabin materials

Rankings & Awards

The 2013 Honda CR-V's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2013 Best Compact SUV for Families award. Currently the Honda CR-V has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 44 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.2
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2013 Honda CR-V Overview

Is the 2013 Honda CR-V a Good Used SUV?

The 2013 Honda CR-V was our 2013 Best Compact SUV for Families. Its standard four-cylinder engine gets the job done most of the time, but it could use a little more oomph on the highway. The CR-V’s interior materials also could be a bit nicer, but overall the CR-V has plenty of room in both rows. This Honda’s fuel economy is good for the segment, and its predicted operating costs are below average.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 44 professional evaluations for this 2013 Honda CR-V review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2013 Honda CR-V?

Our site has more than 1,100 listings for the 2013 CR-V, with an average price of about $16,100. Prices ranging from about $12,600 to roughly $19,900, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2013 Honda CR-V Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2013 Honda CR-V are estimated to be about $21,461. That’s almost $1,500 below average for a compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CR-V?

The 2019 Honda CR-V’s starting price of $24,350 is well above the average price of a 2013 CR-V. Honda redesigned the CR-V for 2017, giving it refreshed exterior styling, a turbocharged engine option, a more upscale cabin, and new infotainment features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These new models also have more passenger and cargo space, but they also have a much higher price that may not be worth it to some.

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The 2013 Honda CR-V's average price is lower than what you'll pay for a new compact SUV. However, the higher-end pricing for the 2013 CR-V is closely aligned with the cost of two new subcompact SUVs, such as the top-ranked 2018 Hyundai Kona (MSRP: $19,500) and the 2018 Nissan Kicks ($17,990). Both have less cargo space, but they offer more up-to-date technology.

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Which Model Year of the Honda CR-V Is Best?

Honda introduced the fourth-generation CR-V for 2012, and the CR-V was redesigned again for 2017. Since there were no major changes for 2013, you may want to consider a 2012 model, which is essentially the same vehicle for less money. If you have some wiggle room in your budget, check out the 2015 CR-V. Honda added a continuously variable automatic transmission that helps the CR-V achieve better fuel economy than older models. Regardless, all model years in this generation are solid picks overall.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Honda CR-V?

The 2013 CR-V has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five stars from J.D. Power.

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2013 Honda CR-V Recalls

As of this writing, the 2013 CR-V has one recall for a brake shift interlock that may fail and allow the SUV to shift out of park without applying the brake. Make sure this recall is fixed before buying a used CR-V.

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Which Used Make Honda CR-V Is Right for Me?

The 2013 CR-V has three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L. The Honda CR-V LX should satisfy most shoppers' needs. It comes standard with Bluetooth, keyless entry, USB connectivity, a four-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera.

The Honda CR-V EX adds features like a six-speaker audio system, a moonroof, and fog lights. The Honda CR-V EX-L adds dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a seven-speaker audio system, and satellite radio.

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How Safe Is the CR-V?

From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 Honda CR-V earned a perfect five-star rating in the frontal and side crash tests, as well as four out of five stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the CR-V a 2013 Top Safety Pick. The 2013 CR-V received the highest score Good in the moderate overlap front, side, roof, and rear crash tests, as well as the second highest rating of Acceptable for the small overlap front crash test.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2013 CR-V.

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2013 Honda CR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda CR-V or 2013 Toyota RAV4?

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 and the 2013 CR-V have a competitive history, but in this comparison, the Honda is the better choice. The CR-V has a stronger base engine, much higher safety scores, and a nicer interior with higher-quality materials. The RAV4 offers little that makes it a better choice except a slightly larger cargo hold.

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda CR-V or 2013 Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is more versatile on the inside than the 2013 CR-V. The Equinox has a rear seat that slides forward for more cargo space or backward for more rear-seat legroom. It also has better crash test results than the CR-V, and it offers an available V6 engine. However, the CR-V is the better choice. It gives you 5.7 more cubic feet of cargo space, much lower predicted operating costs, and a perfect reliability rating.

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2013 CR-V Performance

How Does the 2013 Honda CR-V Drive?

The 2013 CR-V offers a carlike ride and composed handling. It offers adequate power for most situations, but the CR-V’s engine can be noisy and feels like it could use more power on the highway. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The CR-V has a 185-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission.

Does the 2013 Honda CR-V Get Good Gas Mileage?

With front-wheel drive, the CR-V has an EPA rating of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is good for a compact SUV. The all-wheel-drive CR-V gets 22/29 mpg city/highway.

2013 Honda CR-V Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2013 CR-V can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

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2013 CR-V Interior

How Many People Does the 2013 CR-V Seat?

The five-passenger Honda CR-V has comfortable and supportive front seats, and the second row is spacious enough for most passengers. Cloth seats come standard. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. The CR-V’s interior materials could be nicer; it has a number of hard plastics.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2013 Honda CR-V?

The 2013 CR-V has complete sets of LATCH connectors for all second-row seats.

2013 Honda CR-V Features

Standard features in the CR-V include a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The stereo system can also integrate Pandora Internet Radio with compatible smartphones. Available features include an upgraded stereo system, satellite radio, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

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2013 Honda CR-V Dimensions

Honda CR-V Cargo Space

There is 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 2013 CR-V’s second row or 70.9 with the rear row folded.

2013 CR-V Length and Weight

The 2013 Honda CR-V is 14.9-feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,305 pounds to 3,545 pounds.

Where Was the 2013 Honda CR-V Built?

Honda manufactured the 2013 CR-V in Ohio.

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