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Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.8
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2018 Honda CR-V Review

The 2018 Honda CR-V ranks near the top of the compact SUV class. It has a quality interior, lots of passenger and cargo space, great safety scores, refined handling, and zippy engine performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • Pleasant ride and handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Great safety scores
  • Pricier than many class competitors

Is the 2018 Honda CR-V a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Honda CR-V is a good option if you’re shopping for a used compact SUV.

The 2018 CR-V has several strengths:

  • Upscale cabin with generous seating space
  • Class-leading cargo room
  • Support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Many available active safety features
  • Comfortable ride, even over rough pavement
  • Peppy yet fuel-efficient engine options
  • Great safety scores

It has a few drawbacks though:

  • Mediocre towing capacity
  • Relatively few standard features
  • Higher asking prices than most other used compact SUVs

Before you buy, consider alternatives like the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and 2018 Toyota RAV4. These models offer a wider range of standard tech and safety features, and they are typically less expensive to buy. For even greater savings, check out the CR-V’s smaller sibling – the 2018 Honda HR-V.

Compare the CR-V, CX-5, and RAV4 »

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 30 Honda CR-V reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2018 Honda CR-V?

Based on listings for the 2018 Honda CR-V on our site, the average price is $26,900, which is above average for this class. Prices range from $22,300 to $32,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Honda CR-V Cost to Own?

The 2018 CR-V’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $22,100, or $4,420 per year. That’s a bit lower than average for a compact SUV.

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

A new 2019 Honda CR-V starts at around $24,400, though its price can rise to more than $34,000 in its top trim level. After a full redesign for 2017, the CR-V saw no major changes for 2018 or 2019. Look for a 2017 model to get an SUV that's nearly identical to the new CR-V but likely less expensive.

Read about the new Honda CR-V »

You can save even more money by shopping for a CR-V from the previous generation. These vehicles cover the 2012 through 2016 model years, and they have comparable seating space and cargo room. The 2015 and 2016 models are available with many of the same safety features as the 2019 CR-V.

That said, these SUVs lack a few popular tech features that the 2017-and-newer CR-V models offer, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The newer CR-V’s also have higher-quality cabin materials, sharper styling, and two engine options. Opt for a newer CR-V if this is important to you.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Honda CR-V?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 CR-V a predicted reliability rating of three out of five. While this rating is about average for the industry, it’s subpar for the compact SUV class.

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2018 Honda CR-V Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Honda CR-V:

  • power steering system may fail

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

Though there is not an official recall, Honda is aware of an oil dilution issue affecting 2017 and 2018 CR-Vs with the available 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. In some of these vehicles, unburnt fuel is able to pass by the pistons and mix with engine oil. This can cause the oil level to read above the “Full” mark on the dipstick. Some owners have also complained of a gasoline smell inside the cabin. These CR-V oil dilution issues are more prevalent in colder regions of the country. The standard 2.4-liter engine is not affected by these issues.

Honda has extended the powertrain warranty to six years/unlimited miles for the affected 1.5-liter engines. A software update is available that addresses this condition. See your local Honda dealership for more details.

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

The Honda CR-V comes in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The base LX model is a good pick for most shoppers. It has a decent array of features, and its four-cylinder engine has ample muscle for everyday driving.

If you want the latest tech and safety systems though, you’ll need to opt for a higher trim. Only the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims are equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the Honda Sensing safety package.

  • Honda CR-V LX: The base LX trim has a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. It's available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Standard features include a 5-inch audio display, a multi-angle rearview camera, four speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, two 12-volt power outlets, remote keyless entry, automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, halogen headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
  • Honda CR-V EX: The EX trim has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. This trim adds a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two more USB ports, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a moonroof, heated side mirrors, fog lights, a security system, a retractable cargo cover, tinted rear windows, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The EX trim also adds safety features such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and auto on/off high-beam headlights.
  • Honda CR-V EX-L: The EX-L trim also comes with the turbo-four engine. This trim adds leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a power liftgate, and an eight speaker stereo.
  • Honda CR-V Touring: The Touring trim has the same turbocharged engine, plus a navigation system, HD Radio, a nine-speaker sound system, a hands-free power liftgate, LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and roof rails.

See 2018 Honda CR-V trims and specs »

What Does Honda’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

Based on our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is more comprehensive than what many other nonluxury automakers offer. Still, competitors like Buick and Kia have better programs.

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Read more about the Honda certified pre-owned program »

How Safe Is the CR-V?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 CR-V a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in all six crashworthiness tests. Depending on the trim level, the CR-V's headlights received the second-highest rating of Acceptable or the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well they illuminate the road ahead. CR-V models equipped with Honda Sensing earned the top rating of Superior for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CR-V four out of five stars in the rollover test and five stars in all other crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • lane keep assist
  • lane departure warning
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Honda CR-V Versus the Competition

Which is Better: 2018 Honda CR-V or 2018 Subaru Forester?

The 2018 Subaru Forester is a popular option in the affordable compact SUV class. Like the CR-V, the Forester has a boxy body style that provides generous passenger and cargo room. Both SUVs rate highly for safety and offer a wide range of active safety features. Both also offer turbocharged engine options. Choosing between these sport utility vehicles may come down to personal preference. The Forester is standard with all-wheel drive, and it’s available with a manual transmission, whereas the CR-V is offered solely with an automatic. On the other hand, the CR-V gets slightly better fuel economy, it has a classier interior, and it offers tech features that the Forester doesn’t, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Which is Better: 2018 Honda CR-V or 2018 Nissan Rogue?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is also worth consideration. The Rogue has comparable seating and cargo space to the CR-V. It’s similarly fuel-efficient, and its cabin is trimmed with many quality materials. The Rogue even boasts more standard features than the CR-V, including automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, a touch screen, and Apple CarPlay. Better still, the Nissan is often significantly less expensive to buy than the Honda. The one snafu is performance: The Rogue offers leisurely acceleration. The CR-V is the better vehicle, but test-drive both before you buy.

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2018 CR-V Performance

How Does the 2018 Honda CR-V Drive?

The Honda CR-V is an easy-driving SUV. It stays balanced around turns, and the suspension nicely absorbs bumps and dips in the road. The steering is responsive, and the CR-V’s tight turning radius makes it easy to park. Its brakes have fine stopping power.

The CR-V is available with two engine options. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder scoots the Honda around town confidently, and it provides sufficient power for getting up to highway speeds and passing other vehicles. The available 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is just as competent at higher speeds, though it offers a bit more punch for low-speed city driving. Both engines are paired with a refined continuously variable automatic transmission. Unlike some other CVTs, this transmission feels responsive, and it doesn’t cause the engine to drone noisily under hard acceleration.

The CR-V isn’t an off-road vehicle, but it can handle unpaved roads and deep snow with little issue, thanks to its 8.2-inches of ground clearance and available all-wheel-drive system.

  • Base engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engine: turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Honda CR-V Get Good Gas Mileage?

The CR-V gets great fuel economy for a compact SUV.

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder, FWD: 26/32 mpg city/highway
  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder, AWD: 25/31 mpg
  • 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder, FWD: 28/34 mpg
  • 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder, AWD: 27/33 mpg
2018 Honda CR-V Towing Capacity

The CR-V has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. That’s adequate for pulling a small utility trailer, but it’s not enough for anything larger like a jet ski or a camper.

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2018 CR-V Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 CR-V Seat?

The Honda CR-V is a two-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments make it easy to find an ideal driving position. The rear seats are also nicely cushioned. Both rows provide ample headroom and legroom, even for taller passengers.

The CR-V’s interior is elegantly styled, and it’s trimmed with soft-touch plastics and padded surfaces that wouldn’t look out of place in a pricier Acura SUV (Honda is the parent company of Acura). The cabin is quiet, and the large windows provide good front and rear visibility.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats
  • manually adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • leather seats
  • heated front seats
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Honda CR-V?

The CR-V has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The rear middle seat has a partial set. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system mixed ratings for its ease of use. Some of the anchors are hard to find, and attaching the car seat to these anchors requires too much force.

2018 Honda CR-V Features

The CR-V is available with two different infotainment systems. The base LX trim has a 5-inch display with buttons and knobs at each side of the screen. Its graphics aren’t particularly flashy, but overall this layout is very easy to use while driving.

All other trims are equipped with the HondaLink 7-inch touch screen. This system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow users to integrate their smartphone apps with the screen. These models also benefit from additional USB ports, ensuring there’s enough space to plug in all of your devices. That said, the system’s menus are somewhat confusing, and the small on-screen buttons can be hard to press while on the go.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 5-inch audio display screen, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Additional standard features: remote keyless entry and two 12-volt power outlets
  • Available infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, two additional USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a sound system with six, eight, or nine speakers
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, a moonroof, and a security system

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2018 Honda CR-V Dimensions

Honda CR-V Cargo Space

The 2018 CR-V has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 75.8 cubic feet with these seats folded. That’s much larger than other 2018 compact SUVs like the Jeep Cherokee and GMC Terrain. The cargo hold is wide and can readily accommodate bulky items. The low cargo floor makes it easy to load. A power liftgate is available, as is hands-free access for the hatch.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 CR-V Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 1 inch
  • Curb weight: 3,307 to 3,512 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Honda CR-V Built?

The CR-V was built in Indiana, Ohio, and Canada.

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