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2013 Honda CR-V Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Honda CR-V was new.


Interior: 8.0

Test drivers note that the 2013 Honda CR-V has a sleek, attractive cabin design, as well as a spacious interior and useful cargo area, which combine to make the CR-V one of the most accommodating SUVs in its class. Despite these strengths, a few reviewers comment that there are still some areas for improvement. Some auto writers say that the CR-V’s interior materials could be nicer, while others write that the optional navigation system is outdated and difficult to use.  

  • "Hard plastic dominates the cabin, which is a bit disappointing. Honda attempts to spice things up with metal-look accents and contrasting colors to decent effect." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "We like the sophisticated overall look and feel inside the Honda CR-V, highlighted by a smartly-sculpted dash, large and bright gauges and elegant switchgear." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The door panels, steering wheel and dashboard have a new look, but materials quality doesn't seem nice enough in places for an all-new model." -- Cars.com 
  • "Inside, the CR-V's admirably large interior boasts a sleek, contemporary look with especially large storage in the center console and incorporating a standard 5-in. i-MID screen and Bluetooth connectivity." -- Road and Track (2012)


Reviewers say that the five-seat 2013 CR-V offers comfortable and supportive front seats, as well as a spacious back seat that should provide more than enough room for most passengers. LX and EX models feature cloth upholstery and a manually-adjustable driver’s seat, while the EX-L model includes leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

  • "CR-V drivers enjoy a take-charge driving stance. Generous seat travel and a standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel will help drivers of all sizes find a comfortable position." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Special attention is paid to driver comfort, with supportive front seats that flank an accommodating center console punctuated by two big cup holders." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Passenger room is generous in front and fine in the second row for the youth who typically occupy it." -- Road and Track (2012)
  • "There's plenty of room for adults in the backseat. Sitting directly behind the driver's seat that was in position for my 5-foot-10 frame, I had a few inches of knee room." -- Cars.com (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 CR-V comes with standard features that include a backup camera and a four-speaker stereo with a USB port and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming. If you’re an iPhone user, the stereo system can also integrate Pandora Internet Radio. Options and features on higher trims include an upgraded stereo system, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control and a moonroof.

Test drivers give the CR-V high marks for including a number of tech features as standard equipment, but some also say that the CR-V’s electronics could be better-integrated. While they appreciate features like the audio system, which integrates Pandora Internet Radio and can read text messages out loud, reviewers note that Pandora will only work with an iPhone, while the text message function only works on Android and Blackberry smartphones. They say that the optional navigation system also seems outdated, noting that its small buttons make it difficult to use.

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  • "The navigation system itself feels dated, with a somewhat clunky interface." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Honda did a mostly good job of making it easy and pleasant to use most of the controls and gauges. An exception is the optional navigation system. It's old school, with tiny buttons and a little joystick control. Hard to operate, nigh impossible wearing winter gloves." -- USA Today (2012)
  • "Even though the CR-V offers cool functions like cell-phone/Pandora integration and the ability to read text messages aloud, there is no mobile phone that's compatible with both features: Pandora works only with iPhones, and the texting feature works with four BlackBerries and the Droid X." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "The icing on the cake is the tremendous site lines that minimize any blind spot issues, and a standard backup camera, so parking the CR-V is cake." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)


The 2013 CR-V has 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. With the back seats folded down, the CR-V offers 70.9 cubic feet for cargo, which is more space than you’ll find in most affordable compact SUVs. Along with its ample cargo space, reviewers maintain that the CR-V’s low cargo floor makes it easy to load and unload. However, one reviewer says that lowering the back seats could be a simpler task.

  • "Generous cargo room and low liftover height make for easy loading and unloading. The rear seat backs fold and tumble forward in a 60/40 configuration, which is less convenient than simply dropping the back rests." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 5-passenger CR-V remains modestly-sized on the outside, but is extremely roomy inside, with a rear seat that accommodates adults and a proper-sized cargo area." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The new CR-V continues its heritage of excellent interior volume for its size; the rear cargo volume is class leading and accessed via a blessedly low cargo floor." -- Road and Track (2012)
  • "The seats don't leave a completely flat load floor, but the cargo area is substantially unobstructed and quite useful." -- Forbes (2012)

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