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2018 Honda CR-V Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Honda CR-V was new.


Interior: 8.9

The 2018 Honda CR-V has a handsome cabin design built with quality materials. Seating space is roomy and comfortable for all passengers, and cargo space is among the largest in the class. The CR-V’s infotainment system has simple menus and commands but doesn’t function as smoothly as it should.

  • "Only the most hedonistic individuals could complain about the interior, which is completely restyled with improved materials and the most modern technology Honda has to offer." -- Truck Trend (2017)
  • "The CR-V's interior received a dramatic and much-needed overhaul. Everything from the dash materials to the upholstery pattern and quality has been upgraded. Granted, our evaluation vehicle was a loaded-up Touring model with all the bells and whistles, but even the lower-trim models have significantly nicer interior appointments." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • "Although 'dressier' might be a subjective evaluation, there's much to back it up. The interior is fitted with lots of soft-touch surfaces and is available in two-tone color combinations (black/grey and black/tan), and higher-line models boast rich-looking wood trim." -- Consumer Guide (2017)


The CR-V seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Optional seating upgrades include heated front seats, leather seats, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a heated steering wheel. The CR-V has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the back. The middle seat has one dedicated lower anchor, and you can borrow another one from the rear driver's side seat. The LATCH system can be cumbersome to use, with confusing tether hardware and too much force needed to attach car-seat straps.

The CR-V’s front seats are comfortable and supportive, while the rear seat provides ample room for even taller passengers. Access to the back seat is easy via wide-opening doors.

  • "Rear legroom is equally impressive at a whopping 40.4 inches. … Up front is the CR-V's familiar and enviable seating position that is comfortable and provides a good view out." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "What the CR-V always has been about is space and utility. While really tall folks might wish for a bit more headroom and legroom in front, it's really tough to criticize the room in back, as 6-footers should fit easily even with the seat ahead pushed all the way rearward. Furthermore, step-in height makes egress a breeze, which is aided further by rear doors that open nearly 90 degrees, far wider than most. Visibility is good except to the rear corners, where it's only fair, though the standard 180-degree rearview camera really helps when backing." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "My six-foot two-inch frame fits well inside the CR-V's cabin, and in both rows of seats. The driving position is comfortable, and nearly everything is put into its proper ergonomic place, from window and mirror controls to heated seats." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the CR-V include a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 5-inch audio display screen, and a rearview camera. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, remote start, a moonroof, a six-speaker stereo, an eight-speaker stereo, a nine-speaker premium audio system, four USB ports, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The optional touch-screen system is simple to use, but it can be slow to respond to and process commands. Its high position on the dashboard makes it easy to see, however. Physical buttons and knobs control common functions like audio volume.

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  • "All but the base trim level come with a revised version of Honda's rightly maligned touchscreen interface. It now has a volume knob and shortcut buttons for the navigation, audio and phone systems, which greatly reduces the confusing back and forth between menus that characterizes the touchscreen found in the Civic and Pilot. Unfortunately, the system remains on the slow side, but it isn't so much worse in comparison to rival systems to make you think twice about the CR-V." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "Many members of the Cars.com staff have bemoaned Honda's Display Audio system (standard on EX and above) and its reliance on touch-sensitive panels rather than mechanical controls. Honda has heard these cries and installed a volume knob, and the menus have also been revamped to make them more intuitive. It's a step in the right direction, but now that I have one knob, I'd really like one for tuning as well. … Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now come standard with the Display Audio system, so if you don't like Honda's menus, there are built-in alternatives. The screen does look nice in its new location, high up on the center console for easier viewing." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "Our test model's large touch screen was nice to look at and reasonably simple to use. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are offered on vehicles (like ours) equipped with the 'Display Audio' system and both work straight out of the box. Only LX models are not so-equipped." -- Left Lane News (2017)


The 2018 CR-V has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat and 75.8 cubic feet with the seat folded. A low cargo floor makes the CR-V easy to load, and the cargo hold is wide and open to haul bulky items. A power liftgate is optional, as is hands-free access for the hatch.

  • "… this Honda SUV's space is easier to utilize. The 60/40-split rear seats fold with a simple pull of a lever, and the rear cargo area has a 2-tier setup in which the floor can be flat or set lower to keep objects secure." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Like the back seat, the old CR-V already had one of the biggest cargo areas in the segment. Actually, it bettered most 2-row midsize SUVs. . . . owning a CR-V means you can carry more stuff and have an easier time loading it inside." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "Just as impressive is the cargo space. It's wide at the rear and includes side bins, and the floor can be set at two levels: raised, it lies level with the folded rear seat backs and has underfloor storage space, and it can be lowered to take up the underfloor space and make for a taller load area. All but the base LX include a power liftgate, which can be easily adjusted for opening height. Spring for the top-line Touring, and the liftgate can be opened simply by kicking your foot under the bumper." -- Consumer Guide (2017)

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