Honda CR-V 2018 is among the hardest-to-beat crossovers in terms of comfort and utility. It is much more spacious than most of its predecessors, and it is ideal for everyday short city sprints (shopping, school commuting, etc.) and weekend riding. Combining somewhat bold (some find it a little quirky) and robust appearance, advanced interior, and abundance of new Honda technologies incorporated, it creates an attractive mix of modernity, functionality and aesthetic beauty. On top of that there is impressive cargo space and fuel economy!
MPG and General Performance
Honda CR-V 2018 is a fuel economy guru in its class. These vehicles return 28 mpg (26 city/32 highway) to 30 mpg (28/city/34 highway). Rides feel smooth and almost impervious to bumps, jumps and turns. Although CR-Vs are not intended for off-road adventures, they have enough ground clearance to handle an average countryside road. They do not claim to be racing or sport cars either.
The Honda CR-V lineup presents four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. All four seat five persons. There is enough space to provide sufficient hip- and legroom, both in the front and in the rear. There is no need to move the front seats to make space for legs. Seats are sculpted to line your body and rest with a feeling of infinite comfort. All three rear seat have latch anchors. The EX and higher trims trim offers a 12-way powered driver’s seat, which is adjustable and therefore comfortable regardless of your body size.
Interior and Space
The interior has undergone a major update and taken on a more advanced hi-tech appearance. Higher trims (EX-L and Touring) have stylish metal finish and leather upholstery. Also, Honda CR-V has a number of compartments so vast that together they make up a storage/cargo space comparable to those of many larger SUVs. There are a handful of small-piece storages and compartments – door pockets, cupholders, central console, etc. Cargo space is configurable: fold down rear seats and get a full-blown SUV. Thanks to a low liftover, it can handle an object as big as a mountain bike without really cluttering the space.
Infotainment and Features
The entry LX model features a basic four-speaker audio system, climate- and cruise control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB ports (those found in rear seats are intended for charging only), 17-inch wheels, a 5.0-inch display screen.
EX offers a 7-inch touchscreen, a 5-inch dashboard display the system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other items include a collision avoidance kit, powered moonroof, heated front seats, push-button ignition.
EX-L features power passenger seats, premium satellite HD radio, navigation (optional), a garage door opener, power tailgate, and a dressier interior design with leather upholstery.
The CR-V Touring adds automatic windshield wipers, LED headlamps, a hands-free tailgate, and an advanced audio system, which boasts premium sound quality thanks to a subwoofer.
LX is the only one in the lineup featuring a 2.4 liter inline-4 engine (184 hp). The other three have a turbocharged 1.5 liter inline-4 engine.
Honda CR-V climbs high on crash-testing charts. The basic set (LX) includes anti-lock brakes, six airbags and a stability control systems. The higher trims boast more advances Honda Sensing features. These include a forward collision warning, road departure mitigation system, which signals the driver when the vehicle begins to drift off the tarmac, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency brakes (collision mitigation), adaptive cruise- and lane control.
Is CR-V Good for Me?
Even though the basic LX trim level offers a minimal number of amenities, it still lives up to today’s comfort standards. However, there is a good reason to step up to EX or higher: these higher trims have a more powerful turbocharged engine, which provides a smoother drive and better fuel economy. Also, the LX CR-V 2018 has a smaller (5-inch) display screen (higher trims have a 7-inch screen) and no moonroof. In any event, your choice should depend on your wallet and how much the amenities described in this post mean to you.
What is the price?
The price of the four front-wheel drive models varies across the lineup: from $24,150 (LX) to $32,650 (Touring). An all-wheel drive will add another $1,400 to the price.
Earlier CR-V modifications were not intended for any sporting or intensive off-pavement use. Neither is any one of the CR-V 2018 lineup. However, the new vehicle has obtained quite a number of new Honda technologies. Thanks to increased spaciousness, user-oriented design, high quality of ride, advanced safety solutions, and comfortable seating, it takes an increasingly strong standing in the SUV segment.