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2014 Honda CR-V Review

The 2014 Honda CR-V secures a high spot in our rankings thanks to its large cargo area, comfortable interior, strong safety scores, and above-average reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious cabin
  • Large cargo area
  • Standard rearview camera
  • Can feel sluggish on the highway

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Honda CR-V's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2014 Best Compact SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2014 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 48 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Honda CR-V Overview

Is the 2014 Honda CR-V a Good SUV?

The CR-V is an excellent compact SUV and a great value. In fact, we named it our 2014 Best Compact SUV for the Money. The CR-V has a comfortable ride, outstanding fuel economy, good legroom, and a long list of standard tech features. Its four-cylinder engine is also suitable for most situations, which is good since no other power plant is available.

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 48 professional evaluations for this 2014 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 2014 Honda CR-V?

Our site has more than 1,670 listings for the 2014 CR-V. The average price is around $17,600, and prices range from about $14,000 to roughly $21,400. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2014 Honda CR-V Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2014 Honda CR-V are estimated to be about $21,407. That’s well below average for a compact SUV.

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

You’ll save a lot of money if you buy a 2014 instead of a 2018 model. In fact, the average price of a 2014 CR-V is about $6,500 lower than the base price of a 2018 CR-V. Still, even a loaded 2014 CR-V offers features that the base 2018 lacks, including a moonroof, navigation, satellite radio, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. However, the CR-V received a redesign in 2017. Looking for a model in the new generation might be a good compromise for many shoppers.

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The average price of a 2014 CR-V comes close to the starting price of $17,990 for a 2018 Nissan Kicks, a new subcompact SUV. The Kicks offers better gas mileage and more front legroom, but it has less than half the CR-V’s overall cargo space. The 2018 Hyundai Kona costs a little more, at $19,500. The Hyundai offers better gas mileage and standard smartphone integration, but it has two-thirds the cargo space of the CR-V.

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

The fourth-generation CR-V debuted with the 2012 CR-V. Choosing a 2012 or 2013 model instead of a 2014 model will save you money, and you’ll get many of the same features. That said, you may want to consider the 2015 CR-V if it’s in your budget. For 2015, the CR-V received fresher styling, a retuned suspension, and a longer options list, including numerous advanced safety features. The new powertrain – featuring a stronger engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) – gives the 2015 CR-V better fuel economy than the model it replaced. As the last model before a full redesign, the 2016 CR-V did not see any changes.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Honda CR-V?

The 2014 Honda CR-V has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2014 Honda CR-V Recalls

As of this writing, the 2014 CR-V has no open recalls.

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

The 2014 CR-V comes in three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L. The base LX trim should satisfy the needs of most shoppers. It features keyless entry, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker audio system.

Those who want more features may want to consider the EX and EX-L. The EX adds a six-speaker audio system, a moonroof, and fog lights. The EX-L has a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a seven-speaker stereo system with satellite radio.

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How Safe Is the CR-V?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 Honda CR-V five out of five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, as well as four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 CR-V the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength tests. It scored the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap driver-side crash test.

A multi-angle rearview camera comes standard in the 2014 CR-V.

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2014 Honda CR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda CR-V or 2014 Toyota RAV4?

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 offers more cargo space than the 2014 CR-V. Otherwise, the Honda is the better choice of the two. The CR-V has a higher reliability rating and a nicer interior compared to the RAV4’s plastic-heavy cabin. The Honda also has lower predicted five-year operating costs than the RAV4 by about $2,500.

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda CR-V or 2014 Mazda CX-5?

Like the CR-V, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 ranks among the best in the compact SUV class. Your choice comes down to whether you want the Mazda’s sportiness or the Honda’s comfort. Although the base CX-5 has less horsepower than the CR-V, the Mazda boasts much sharper handling. However, the CR-V has a smoother ride, a nicer interior, and more technology features than the CX-5, like a standard rearview camera and Bluetooth.

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2014 CR-V Performance

How Does the 2014 Honda CR-V Drive?

The CR-V’s 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine offers decent power around town, thanks in part to its responsive, smooth-shifting five-speed automatic transmission. However, the engine can feel a little underpowered on the highway.

The 2014 CR-V has composed handling, which comes as no surprise considering it shares its platform with the Honda Civic. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on some models.

Does the 2014 Honda CR-V Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel drive 2014 CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is good for a compact SUV. The AWD CR-V has an EPA rating of 22/29 mpg city/highway.

2014 Honda CR-V Towing Capacity

The 2014 CR-V can tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2014 CR-V Interior

How Many People Does the 2014 CR-V Seat?

The 2014 CR-V seats five. The LX and EX trim levels have cloth upholstery, while the top-of-the-line EX-L has standard leather seats. The front seats are comfortable, and the second row is spacious enough for most passengers. The CR-V has a sophisticated, well-designed cabin, but there might be too many plastic parts for some.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2014 Honda CR-V?

The 2014 CR-V has two complete LATCH systems in its second-row seats.

2014 Honda CR-V Features

Standard features on the CR-V include a four-speaker stereo system with Pandora for iPhone users, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and keyless entry. Available features include an upgraded stereo system, satellite radio, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Since Bluetooth standards have changed over the years, you’ll want to test out the Bluetooth system with your phone.

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2014 Honda CR-V Dimensions

Honda CR-V Cargo Space

The 2014 CR-V has 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space when second row is upright or 70.9 with the rear seats folded.

2014 CR-V Length and Weight

The 2014 Honda CR-V is 14.9-feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,305 pounds up to 3,545 pounds.

Where Was the 2014 Honda CR-V Built?

Honda manufactured the 2014 CR-V in Ohio.

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