Having been in production for almost three years, the Honda CR-V has fallen behind some of its competitors. The compact crossover segment is very vast and includes the ever-popular Toyota RAV4 and sportier Mazda CX-5, both of which are newer.
Slotting between the HR-V and Passport, the latest CR-V is offered in four trim levels. The range starts with the $24,450 LX, followed by the $27,350 EX and $29,850 EX-L. For a minimum of $32,850, you can get the range-topping Touring.
Every grade except for the LX uses a 1.5-liter turbo’d unit, with 190 hp and 179 lb-ft (243 Nm) of torque, whereas opting for the base model means settling for the 2.4-liter, naturally aspirated engine, with 184 hp and 180 lb-ft (244 Nm) of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the sole choice, regardless of the powertrain and spec. While it’s not as refined as a traditional automatic, it does the job without making you pull your hair.
On the go, there is some noticeable body roll but, overall, the 2019 CR-V can respectably attack corners, as long as you don’t forget that you’re sitting in a compact crossover. It doesn’t offer the sportiest driving feel, but on the plus side, the ride is quite comfortable, even with the 18-inch wheels.
The soft touch materials, roomy interior and a good boot capacity should also earn it points with consumers. However, is this the vehicle to go for in the segment? It depends on a number of factors, but RoadShow’s review of the car could help you decide.