2013 Honda CR-V

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Honda CR‑V. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Sleek looks
  • Cargo room
  • Gas mileage
  • Backseat folding ease
  • Standard backup camera

The Bad

  • Interior materials could be better

Notable Features of the 2013 Honda CR-V

  • Seats five
  • Standard Bluetooth phone connectivity with streaming audio and Pandora integration
  • FWD or AWD

2013 Honda CR-V Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Honda's CR-V was redesigned for 2012. At that time the five-seat compact crossover got new styling inside and out. Offered with either front- or all-wheel drive, all CR-Vs are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The CR-V is offered in LX, EX and EX-L trim levels. Competitors include the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.
New for 2013
The CR-V sees no significant changes for 2013.
Exterior
The 2012 CR-V's styling revisions eliminated one of its more controversial design features — the prior generation's underbite front end was ditched in favor of a more conventional grille that's bounded at its upper edges by new headlights.

The CR-V's profile looks different thanks to changes in the crossover's greenhouse. Whereas the prior generation's side glass arced gracefully lower at the rear, there's now a kink in the window line that draws attention to the rear roof pillars and the restyled taillights that climb them. There's a new liftgate, too, which has a modern look. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels; optional 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard folding power side mirrors
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional roof rails
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional body-colored door handles
  • Optional rear privacy glass

Interior
Like the exterior, the CR-V's cabin is an evolution of the former design. The door panels, steering wheel and dashboard have a new look, but materials quality doesn't see...

Vehicle Overview

Honda's CR-V was redesigned for 2012. At that time the five-seat compact crossover got new styling inside and out. Offered with either front- or all-wheel drive, all CR-Vs are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The CR-V is offered in LX, EX and EX-L trim levels. Competitors include the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.
New for 2013
The CR-V sees no significant changes for 2013.
Exterior
The 2012 CR-V's styling revisions eliminated one of its more controversial design features — the prior generation's underbite front end was ditched in favor of a more conventional grille that's bounded at its upper edges by new headlights.

The CR-V's profile looks different thanks to changes in the crossover's greenhouse. Whereas the prior generation's side glass arced gracefully lower at the rear, there's now a kink in the window line that draws attention to the rear roof pillars and the restyled taillights that climb them. There's a new liftgate, too, which has a modern look. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels; optional 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard folding power side mirrors
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional roof rails
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional body-colored door handles
  • Optional rear privacy glass

Interior
Like the exterior, the CR-V's cabin is an evolution of the former design. The door panels, steering wheel and dashboard have a new look, but materials quality doesn't seem nice enough in places for an all-new model. Honda did, however, significantly simplify the folding procedure for the backseat. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning; optional dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Standard Bluetooth phone connectivity including streaming audio
  • Standard CD stereo with USB port, MP3 jack and Pandora integration
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard center console
  • Standard 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Optional power driver's seat
  • Optional leather seats with front seat heaters
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional backseat entertainment system

Under the Hood
All CR-V trim levels are powered by a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Hill start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • 1,500-pound towing capacity

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Backup camera

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

I'm looking forward to driving this car a longTime

by Jiggles New Car from Plano TX on October 15, 2018

The CRV fits all my needs. I wish it were better on gas mileage. So far it has been very dependable and fun to drive. Read full review

(5.0)

Best car ever

by SRothbart30 from Poughkeepsie,NY on October 7, 2018

I love my Honda. Even with 97k on it it still drives well and definitely is worth the money I paid for it. The repairs and maintenance are not costly and it?s just a great SUV. I would recommend Honda ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Honda CR-V currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Honda CR-V LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
marginal
Overall evaluation
marginal
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Honda
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CR-V received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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