The Honda CR-V is one of the more popular compact crossovers in the market and it’s hard to argue with why. You don’t get stunning visuals from the exterior but it doesn’t look bad either. You don’t get a luxurious interior but it’s not incredibly cheap either. The CR-V is only offered with one engine option, an 185-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which works well for this size of vehicle and because it’s a Honda you get DOHC, i-VTEC, and direct injection helping fuel economy and performance. Most importantly, you can get all of this in a package starting just under $24,000.
Our test vehicle was 2016 CR-V with all-wheel-drive and decked out in the Touring trim. All of this put our pricetag at $34,145 which is $10k higher than a base model. This afforded us some cool features though including Honda’s Sensing Package which gives you adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist. All of this, obviously, adds up to a safer and more comforting overall experience. Inside, with the Touring trim, we had leather seats, armrests, and steering wheel along with a lot of great feeling materials. The one thing that continues to let this vehicle down in interior quality is Honda’s infotainment system and touch-screen controls. While I like most of the tech in the CR-V I think this is still a letdown.
Overall the CR-V is a solid buy if you’re looking for a small vehicle but still want to be sitting up off the ground like an SUV. You’ll get great reliability being a Honda and a nice warranty. I’d definitely cross-shop it with something like the Hyundai Tucson which I think looks much better and has similar features and a better infotainment experience, I’d also look at the Ford Escape as it’s come a long way in quality, technology, and design recently.