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2021 Honda CR-V Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020
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Totan Banerjee

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There was some news that the upcoming Honda CR-V might be a facelift from last year, a more sportier variant in all. Unfortunately, Honda may keep the 2021 Honda CR-V unchanged from its last year. The official pricing and launch confirmation is still awaiting for the car, but we expect the prices to begin from nearly $25,000. 4 trims are still expected as last year and so is the 190hp producing 1.5L turbocharged inline-4 motor.

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Pros

Superior interior space

Class leading MPG figures Plush ride quality

Hybrid option available

Cons

Engine not as powerful as rivals

Feels slightly dull to drive compared to rivals

What's New?

Car remains unchanged from 2020


2021 Honda CR-V Latest Update

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Honda CR-V LX

LX

power
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$25,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $25,050 MSRP TBD 190 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4,
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

Expert Review


You might have thought that entering its 26th year with the CR-V, Honda may have kept some surprises waiting for us. But no! The Honda CR-V is a compact small size entry level SUV that has seen a great demand for its chunky and muscular appearance and unmatched reliability. Along with a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cyl engine, the CR-V enjoys the top spot in terms of sales for its affordable pricing. This compact on road off road vehicle is a clear competitor to rivals such as the Subaru Forester, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and the Kia Sorento in the US market.

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover Front View
2021 Honda CR-V Crossover Rear View

2021 Honda CR-V Features

The 2021 Honda CR-V is expected to get a similar price as the 2020 model, with prices ranging between $25,000 to $33,000. The Honda CR-V trim levels comprise four trim options: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. All the trims will come with a suite of features depending upon its price, similar to the 2020 year model. Official pricing of the vehicle has not yet been released but we expect it to be similar to last year. All the CR-V trims will offer either an AWD or FWD option.

Trims

LX

EX 

EX-L

TOURING

MSRP* (FWD)

$25,050

$27,560

$30,050

$33,250

MSRP* (AWD)

$26,550

$29,060

$31,550

$34,750

Key Features

Remote entry system

All LX features included and these

All EX features included and these

All EX-L features included and these

 

Honda Sensing Safety and Driver-Assist suit

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Power Tailgate with Programmable Height

Hands-Free Remote Tailgate

 

Auto High-Beam Headlights

Adaptive Cruise Control

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel 

Premium Audio System with 9-speakers

 

6-way manual adjustable driver's seat

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System

Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Roof Rails

 

18-inch Alloy Wheels

Variable Intermittent windshield wipers

18-Watt Audio System with 8-speakers

19-inch Alloys Wheels

 

5-inch LCD Screen

7-inch display touchscreen

Leather-wrapped seats

 
 

LED Daytime running lights

     

*MSRP for 2020 model.

The LX trim,with an expected price of $25,000 offers 18inch alloy wheels, 6 way adjustable driver seats, 5 inch LCD touchscreen infotainment, LED daytime running lamps and also comes with Honda Safety Sensing and Drive Assist suite.

The EX trim, that is expected to be priced at $27,500comes with all the basic features of the LX trim but additionally offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Adaptive Cruise control and Dual zone Automatic Climate Control feature and houses a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment.

The EX-L trim adds luxury to the EX trim while it is expected to be priced at $30,050 adds luxury features to the EX trim such as the Leather Wrapped steering wheel and seats and auto dimming rear view mirrors. It also offers an 18 Watt Audio system with 8 speakers.

The Touring trim which is expected at $33,250 completes the CR-V lineup as it bundles premium features like LED headlights, Hands- free remote tailgate, 9 speakers premium audio system, satellite-based navigation and more in the features list as standard.

Which trim should you buy?

The EX- L trim features luxury comfort amenities such as leather wrapped steering wheels and seats with heated functionality. It also houses better infotainment and other value added features for an economical price.

Is buying a used car Honda CR-V a good idea?

In 2020, the CR-V was awarded with the Best Buy Award in 2020 by Kelley Blue Book, kbb.com. Honda is known for making reliable and performance oriented vehicles with a robust powertrain. However, from the year 2020 Honda CR-V scrapped its old 2.4L naturally aspirated engine for a 1.5L turbocharged engine. Parts,machinery and repairs for the CR-V built before the year 2020 is still not an issue and is available in abundance to meet the market needs.

If you are looking for an used Honda CR-V, the US market data shows 2016 and 2018 models to be more priceworthy. A 4 year old Honda CR-V can be good for the next 6 years. The CR-V sheds around 10% of its value every consecutive year after the first year which is retained at 14% -16%.

2021 Honda CRV ownership and maintenance costs, warranty and reliability

Like most Japanese marquees, Honda is famed for making some of the most reliable and cost-effective cars and the 2021 Honda CR-V needs no special certification to prove that. Over the decades the CR-V has earned a reputation for its unmatched value, reliability, performance backed by Honda’s quality workmanship. Be it J D Power reports or customer satisfaction reports, the Honda CR-V has been a favorite for the masses over the decade.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

Honda CR-V is a feature rich vehicle with an excellent past, the vehicle gets a lot of features on the safety front. It has consecutively remained a champion in its segment for 5 years. by Kbb.com or Kelley blue book has awarded the 2020 Honda CR-V with “BEST BUY AWARD” for its clean styling, sensible performance, comfortable and roomy interior, and easy-to-drive demeanor. 

Honda has consistently ranked in the top 10 car manufacturers in terms of reliability and that’s down to how mechanically sorted Honda cars are. The CR-V is reliable and easy to maintain. The repairs are fairly cheap and are not a hassle to get it all done. In 2019 the CR-V scored an overall score of 81 out of 100 from J.D. Power report for overall quality and reliability.

Honda sells and services its vehicles with a network of over 1,000 independent dealers and service networks in the US. The CR-V is considered a worry-free travel companion both on and off road that has no recent safety recall history by NHTSA.

On average, the 2020 Honda CR-V crossover cost about $33,000 for a five year period. This cost estimation has been made for running the CR-V for a 5 year and 75,000 miles equivalent scale. The Vehicle will cost you from $1000 to $2000 for repair works and maintenance each year.

Warranty

Each Honda car comes with a 4 year/45,000 miles limited warranty cover on the vehicle and 6 year/70,000 miles warranty on the powertrain. The Brand also offers extended warranty policy for its vehicles which has earned it a reliable badge over the years. Apart from it Honda also offers roadside assistance packages such as 24-hour emergency road service available in the United States valid during the 4-Year/45,000 Mile Limited Warranty term.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

4 years/ 45,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

6 years/ 70,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

4 years/ 45,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Honda vehicles check in a lot of good options in the list of warranty, the CR-V additionally gets a comprehensive 5 years/ unlimited miles warranty against Outer Body rust and 15 years/ 150,000 miles limited warranty on seat belts. 

Miles Per Dollar

On a true cost of ownership basis the Honda CR-V will cost an estimated 0.4 dollars per mile. This cost has been estimated taking into account all the variable costs for running the vehicle inclusive of all taxes, depreciation and fuel charges. Considering some other vehicles in its category, this is very low when compared to them and hence, cheaper to live with.

2021 Honda CR-V Engine and Performance

The 2021 Honda CR-V will also come equipped with an efficient and powerful 1.5L turbocharged Inline 4 cylinder that replaced the 2.4L naturally aspirated engine which used to come till 2019. Now this engine belts around 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. There is also an hybrid engine version available with the CR-V with a higher power figure of 212hp, better performance and better mileage

It offers an AWD setup and a FWD setup and is powered through a 2 speed CVT automatic transmission unit. The transmission package is monitored by Honda’s G shift control logic that identifies the road conditions and enhances engine performance for improved fuel efficiency on roads. The continuously variable transmission works better with the turbo and offers a more silent and noise free ride. 

Models

2020 Honda CR-V LX

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE

2020 Ford Escape SE

2020 Kia Sorento L

MSRP

$25,050

$25,950

$27,090

$26,690

Engine

1.5L Turbo Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Turbo Inline-3

2.4L Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD/FWD

FWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

2-speed CVT

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

6-speed shiftable Automatic

Power 

190 hp @ 5,600 rpm

203 hp @ 6,600 rpm

181 hp @ 6,000 rpm

185 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque 

179 lb.ft @ 3,900 rpm

184 lb.ft @ 5,000 rpm

190 lb.ft @ 3,000 rpm

178 lb.ft @ 4,000 rpm

Honda CR-V lies behind in the race for power from its powerful competitors such the Toyota RAV4 and the Ford Escape. The RAV4 has the best power figures on paper with 203hp of horsepower and 184lb-ft of torque. Even the Ford Escape offers better Torque figures standing at 190 lb-ft.

2021 Honda CR-V Acceleration And Braking Performance

This 1.5 liter turbocharged engine powered CR-V is capable of touching 0-60 mph in 9.3 seconds. The CVT unit isn’t the most happening one to drive as it lays more on efficiency now. However the engine responds well at low rpm and is also high-performing at higher rpm. The front-wheel drive and all wheel drive setup both offer a similar performance on track with the latter offering better rides off road.

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover covers 0-60 in 9.3 sec

Models

2020 Honda CR-V LX

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE

2020 Ford Escape SE

2020 Kia Sorento L

0-60 MPH 

9.3 sec

9.1 sec

8.4 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile 

16 sec

16.6 sec

16.1 sec

17.0 sec

Top Speed 

127 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

123 MPH

60-0 MPH 

128 ft

131 ft

128 ft

125 ft

The 9.3 seconds is a no miracle for an SUV but it lies in similar proportions with its competitors. Even the more Powerful and provoking Toyota RAV4 is just ahead by 2 milliseconds on paper in the 0-60 record. While the Ford Escape escapes from 0-60 in just 8.4 seconds. Braking from 60-0 is comparatively the same in all the rivals, but the Kia Sorento has the least braking distance of 125 ft. Overall, the CR-V does well under heavy braking conditions and showcases a subtle level of nose dive under panic braking situations.

2021 Honda CR-V Fuel Economy

The 2021 CR-V will also get an economical ride configuration just like its past year model. The CVT setup makes it a more humble compact SUV. The best thing about CR-V’s performance is its frugal engine that perfectly balances power and efficiency. The Honda CR-V gets best-in-class, EPA estimated mileage of 32 MPG in mixed driving conditions. 

Models

2020 Honda CR-V LX (AWD)

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE

2020 Ford Escape SE

2020 Kia Sorento L

MPG (City)

27

27

26

22

MPG (Highway)

32

35

31

29

MPG (Combined)

29

30

28

25

Fuel Capacity 

14.0 Gallons

14.5 Gallons

N/A

18.8 Gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

378/448/406 miles

392/493/435 miles

N/A

414/545/470 miles 

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

5.9

5.9

7.8

8.0

With its 14 gallon fuel tank and superb fuel management, you can very easily cover a minimum of 370 miles on a full tank of gas. Looking at the rivals, the Toyota RAV 4 is astonishingly the most superior one with an EPA estimated mileage of 35 MPG in combined driving conditions. 

2021 Honda CR-V Interior

The 2021 Honda CR-V will also come with the same interior as the last year model. In terms of features the CR-V does not allow any other rivals to even bid close to it. Interior is covered with soft touch materials and the EX-L trim onwards you get a high quality interior feel for the leather seats and steering wheel with heated functionality.

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover Cockpit Area

It's easy to find a good seating position thanks to the generous range of the steering wheel and driver's seat adjustments. There’s plenty of space and room for 5 people onboard, and the ambience inside the cabin is quiet because of the Turbo engine now in operation which makes the CVT operate silently.

Models

2020 Honda CR-V LX

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE

2020 Ford Escape SE

2020 Kia Sorento L

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/57.9/41.3

37.7/57.8/41.0

40.0/57.6/42.4

39.5/59.1/44.1

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.5/56.4/37.8

39.3/56/40.7

39.3/58.0/39.4

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

-

-

-

36.3/52.8/31.7

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

39.2

37.6

33.5

35.4

The CR-V with this regular dimension and five seats fitted in place, offers a rear trunk space of Trunk space of 39.2 cubic feet, on a par with several compact SUVs. Removing the second row seats adds to the cargo carrying space with 75.8 cubic feet behind the front row seats. Apart from that Honda CR-V boasts many well-organized storage spaces in the first and second row and rear cargo carrying capacity that has an average lift-over height for better convenience.

How’s the 2021 Honda CR-V’s infotainment system?

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover Infotainment Display

Unlike predecessors, the 2021 Honda CR-V's touchscreen interface gets more intuitive performance thanks to the futuristic instrument cluster on the dashboard. The entry-spec LX is fitted with a five-inch touchscreen and a four-speaker sound system, while Every other model gets a seven-inch touchscreen display 8 speaker setup. The top model features wireless charging, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Upfront, there are two 12 volt power outputs and a Qi compatible wireless charging pad while the rear also gets a single USB charging setup.

2021 Honda CR-V Exterior

There is now newness in the Exterior styling of the 2021 Honda CR-V crossover. It manages to copy the last year 2020 Honda CR-V lineup that originally comes with pre included updates from the 2019 model. The front and rear bumpers were redesigned last year model along with the redesigned 18 and 19 inch rims. 

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover Three Quarter View

Unique styling within the CR-V lineup includes black roof rails , black grille, fog lights with gloss black trim and chrome linings on the rear bumper. The Crossover also gets premium exterior features including Active shutter grille, remote entry system, fin- type roof mounted antenna and dual chrome exhaust finishers.

Models

2020 Honda CR-V LX

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE

2020 Ford Escape SE

2020 Kia Sorento L

Curb Weight 

3455 lbs

3370 lbs

3298 lbs

3810 lbs

Length (in)

180.6

180.9

180.5

189.0

Width (in)

73.0

73.0

74.1

74.4

Height (in)

66.5

67.0

68.6

66.3

Ground Clearance (in)

8.2

8.4

8.6

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

104.7

105.9

106.7

109.4

Compared to the segment, the CR-V crossover has a lesser wheelbase area. However, all share the similar length, width and height except the Kia Sorento which has also space for a third row as optional. Though, in comparison to its rivals, it weighs little less than the compact segment average curb weight.

2021 Honda CR-V Safety

The 2021 Honda CR-V will surely follow its predecessors in overall crash and safety ratings. Scoring the highest possible rating of “GOOD” in all IIHS crashworthiness tests and five out of five-star NHTSA rating, the Honda CR-V has proven its merit in the safety department. In addition, all CR-V models feature Honda safety Sensing driver-assist feature and other numerous safety technology as standard equipment, earning “SUPERIOR” ratings for vehicle-to-vehicle frontal crash prevention.

2021 Honda CR-V Competition

2021 Honda CR-V Vs Ford Escape

Once on sale the Honda CR-V will have its confrontation with the Ford Escape, the Escape is a costly option though. However, it does lack a lot of good things for its price when compared to the CR-V and also lacks behind in interior comfort and space. Honda is a more reliable car maker but then Ford is backed by its powerful presence in the US market with a long repute of making performance cars and better after sales service in the market.

Ford Escape

2021 Honda CR-V Vs Toyota RAV4

Interestingly the Powerful RAV 4 is also the most popular in the lot. The RAV4 boasts good performance, better fuel economy, and a more relaxed handling. It offers rugged looks and fulfills them with its off roading capability. The RAV4 is similarly priced and offers the same interior and exterior outlook. However when you compare the features and benefits of the vehicles the RAV4 winning spirit comes to a halt and the CR-V emerges as one of the winners.

Toyota RAV4

2021 Honda CR-V Final Verdict

Over the years the Honda CR-V has joined the repute for its generous performance, compact and spacious interior, outstanding resale value and extraordinary reliability ratings along with a flexible choice of trim options. The vehicles offer both off and on road driving suitability with its 1.5L turbocharged engine and AWD and FWD setup with excellent handling. While all the competitors create a wealth of competition for the CR-V, yet Honda manages to survive with its right pricing strategy and features.

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2021 Honda CR-V Overall Reviews


JB

John T. Bryan

2020 Honda CR-V

EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Should have bought Toyota

Pros - Nothing

Cons - Everything

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

It lacks all the ingredients a family SUV should have. It is not fun to drive and nor is it spacious. The features are few and gas mileage is not extraordinary either

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

RM

Roger D. Morris

2020 Honda CR-V

EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Highly recommend this new 2020 Honda crv

Pros - Mpg, apple carplay, ride height

Cons - Cargo space and misses led led head lights

Overall Review

5 /10 Overall Rating

Drive good. I like the ride height of CRV for that extra bit of visibility and feeling while driving. It also results in smoother drive line. Maybe not good for efficiency but I can't seem to see any difference because it already returns with very good fuel economy.

5/10
Features
5/10
Interior
5/10
Design
5/10
Safety
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Deal Value
4/10
Dealer Review

BC

Becky J. Carpenter

2020 Honda CR-V

EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Efficient

Pros - Apple Carplay. Honda link. Eco mode.

Cons - Idle stop system, lane departure assist, brake bite

Overall Review

8 /10 Overall Rating

Eco mode is able to help with the efficiency but what is the point of this saving when it doesn't drive safe. This idle stop system creates this pause when trying to drive which is not safe at all. Is there an option to turn it off permanently.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

10

User Overall Rating

Should have bought Toyota

It lacks all the ingredients a family SUV should have. It is not fun to drive and nor is it spacious. The features are few and gas mileage is not extraordinary either

by John T. Bryan

5

User Overall Rating

Highly recommend this new 2020 Honda crv

Drive good. I like the ride height of CRV for that extra bit of visibility and feeling while driving. It also results in smoother drive line. Maybe not good for efficiency but I can't seem to see any difference because it already returns with very good fuel economy.

by Roger D. Morris

8

User Overall Rating

Efficient

Eco mode is able to help with the efficiency but what is the point of this saving when it doesn't drive safe. This idle stop system creates this pause when trying to drive which is not safe at all. Is there an option to turn it off permanently.

by Becky J. Carpenter

6

User Overall Rating

All bark no bite

Yes, you heard me right. All bark and no bite is what Honda CR-V is. The worst engine in nay car and getting worse day by day. The noise is just unbearable, every time you punch the throttle, it just starts to rattle and make a noise like it’s about to burst. The acceleration is another pain when you are trying to cross someone especially just after red light you better forget about that. It is ...

by David L. Aldana

10

User Overall Rating

Honda CR-V EX AWD is a value for money

The first time I drove it, I misintrepeted the amount of power turbocharger supplies to the engine. CR-V is a well designed SUV from Honda which has everything an owner wants balanced. From good handling to decent throttle response, Honda deserves appreciation.

by Brent G. Prevatte

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