2019 Honda CR-V Is Not The Sportiest Of The Bunch, Nor The Best

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.

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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.


  • NormT

    Both Accord and CR-V sales were down in 2018. That is even with newly redesigned Accord sales dropped. So Honfa6is cutting shifts in Indiana and Ohio of Accord, CR-V, and Civic.

  • NormT

    The newly redesign in 2016 CR-V is not so good today. Infotainment problems and fuel dilutng the oil in the 1.5t engine.

    • Mbaumb

      Looks like the cx9 is a good choice 2.5L 4 cylinder turbo at 250 HP I believe. Ill probably check one out here next year.

      • NormT

        “…the CX-9 AWD system doesn’t send power to the rear wheels quickly enough, which can result in torque steer if you need to accelerate away from a stop quickly.”

        ” In dry conditions, the system is designed to minimize the amount of torque it sends to the rear wheels, which means during full-throttle acceleration, the CX-9 and its 310 lb-ft of torque will chirp the front tires and then proceed to torque-steer, leaving the driver to wrestle with the steering wheel. Considering the AWD control module is monitoring both the accelerator position and steering angle, I feel like the moment the accelerator pedal is depressed fully, power should be moved to the rear to mitigate the effects of all of that torque on the front wheels.” Motor Trend

        “…the CX-9  multi-point inspection, the service cost was a hefty $94.22.”  

        That is expensive every 5,000 miles and too much interior wear for the mileage. 

        “…and the center armrest is showing some use.”

        • Mbaumb

          Appreciate the points.

  • Super Rob

    I have a 2018 CRV and it’s awesome. Average 32 mpg, it’s quick, nimble and comfortable as I’m well over 6′. No small, or large SUV buyer for that matter, is going to take the vehicle through the cone drill to see how sporty the handling is. Editors all become jaded due to what they drive all the time. CRV was the #3 best selling last year behind Rav and Rogue. This year it’s ahead of Rogue. Should be a hybrid announced for the next year to compete with the new RAV hybrid.

  • SteersUright

    Much worse than the CRV is the reviewer. He sounds like some corporate automaton and not a passionate auto enthusiast with real convictions. I had to keep fast-forwarding to try and find which were recommended over the CRV and then just gave up as I couldn’t take this dude’s voice and manner anymore.

  • Paul

    Yeah but all that matters is the name on it and that H on the grille.

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