2018 Honda CR-V
- 7th October 2018 by SGDriver
The 2019 Honda CR-V is indeed an eye-catching automobile. It’s not only roomy but also very economical on fuel.
The EX and higher trims feature a turbo-4 rated at 190 hp. That may not look like a big difference on paper, but the turbocharged engine is the one to have for its strong power delivery and more refined nature. With front-wheel drive, the CR-V can tug a bit at the steering wheel under acceleration. All-wheel-drive CR-Vs have a more neutral handling feel.
The CR-V comes with supportive seats, with great cargo space. EX and higher trims also swap the base model’s dated 5.0-inch screen for a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Up front, the CR-V’s chrome grille is perched high above the front bumper. From the side, the CR-V has a nice chrome character line that swoops up into the rearmost roof pillar.
The controls at the dashboard are so easily accessible and a comfortable reach for any driver. Honda offers higher-trim versions of it’s interior that have a gold-toned, wood-like trim that adds a pleasantly woodsy feel to an otherwise busy dash and door panels.
The 2019 Honda CR-V comes in four basic flavors, turbo and non-turbo with either front- or all-wheel drive. None inspire, but the turbocharged engine in 2019 CR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels provides decent oomph with good fuel economy.
Base CR-V LXs use a 2.4-liter inline-4 rated at 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). There’s nothing inherently wrong with this setup, which delivers good acceleration—except that the 1.5-liter turbo-4 fitted to EX and higher trims is a world away in terms of refinement and real-world performance. The turbo engine’s 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque belies the fact that its CVT works to keep it in the power band when needed and then delivers a tame experience when not called upon.
The CR-V’s thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel hints at a sporty driving experience but that is not the case. The CR-V is nimble around the corners and around town. Its steering is fairly quick and light, but it is also pretty decent for straight-line highway cruising.
The 2019 Honda CR-V sets a high bar for the way it handles passengers and their cargo. We award it points above average for both front- and rear-seat passenger comfort plus another for its configurable cargo area.
The CR-V EX or EX-L feature a stronger turbo engine, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple and Android playback, a power driver’s seat, a power moonroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Setting the EX-L apart is its leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, memory driver’s seat, power tailgate, and optional navigation system.
The 7.0-inch touchscreen that’s in most CR-Vs has only a single physical button—a volume knob—and instead relies on capacitive switches and its screen.
The new-gen CR-V looks handsome but there is room to make more changes to make it relevant and competitive.