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Honda CR-V

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First introduced as a 1997 model, the Honda CR-V has long been one of the most popular and best choices in the compact SUV class. Its combination of interior space, clever packaging, easy access, car-like handling and maneuverability, decent fuel economy, and excellent reliability have made it a favorite with a broad range of buyers, from small families to empty-nesters. Those virtues also contribute to strong resale value. Honda has stayed close to the original formula for 20 years and five generations, adding safety and comfort features over the years without increasing exterior dimensions much. Competitors include the Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4.

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Commuters

Commuter vehicles have a minimum EPA-estimated mileage of 30 mpg combined. May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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Small Families

Small Family vehicles include mid-size and larger sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs and minivans with four doors and five seats.

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5 Generations

CR-V - 5 Generations

2017–2018 CR-V

Redesigned in 2017

Big changes inside and out arrived with the CR-V's 2017 redesign. Base LX trim levels stuck with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, while EX models and higher got a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that made 190 horsepower. Both engines worked with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The CR-V’s well-finished interior was notably quiet for its class, and available features included dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate and a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity. An available Honda Sensing suite of active safety features included forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and road departure mitigation.

  • MSRP Range $24,250–$34,150
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 648 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-30
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2018
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Two four-cylinder engines
  • All-wheel drive available on all models
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available
  • MSRP Range $19,696–$34,799
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 677 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-30
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2017
  • Fully redesigned for 2017
  • Two four-cylinder engines
  • All-wheel drive available on all models
  • Available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Larger than the previous version
  • New exterior styling

2012–2016 CR-V

Redesigned in 2012

The CRV's upscale evolution continued with its 2012 redesign, though its dimensions didn’t change much. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine's output increased slightly, to 185 hp, and it was still matched with a five-speed automatic transmission. New standard features included Bluetooth connectivity and a 5-inch multifunction center screen with steering-wheel controls. Options included a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and dual-zone automatic climate control. A backup camera became standard on all trims for the first time.

Notable Features in 2016
  • New Special Edition trim level
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Backup camera standard
  • Seats five
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking available
  • Current List Price $2,378–$36,370
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 323 reviews
  • Combined MPG 28-29
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2015
  • Updated for 2015
  • New engine, transmission
  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Seats five
  • New range-topping Touring trim
  • More available safety tech
  • Current List Price $12,842–$22,086
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 262 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2014
  • Seats five
  • Four-cylinder only
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard Bluetooth phone and audio
  • One-step folding seats
  • Current List Price $10,317–$22,045
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 241 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2013
  • Seats five
  • Standard Bluetooth phone connectivity with streaming audio and Pandora integration
  • FWD or AWD
  • Current List Price $10,468–$19,008
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 178 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-27
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2012
  • Redesigned for 2012
  • Improved gas mileage
  • Standard Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Standard Pandora compatibility
  • FWD or AWD

2007–2011 CR-V

Redesigned in 2007

The third-generation CR-V's styling -- particularly the front end -- was controversial when it debuted for 2007. The vehicle had a greater emphasis on style, with smoother lines and a decision to move the spare tire from the side-opening rear door to under the floor. A lower step-in height further contributed to a more car-like feel for the CR-V. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine got a power boost, to 166 hp, while the five-speed manual was dropped, leaving just a five-speed automatic transmission for all models. A new EX-L trim level added more features, like leather seats. A voice-activated navigation system was optional, and all models got standard side curtain airbags.

  • Current List Price $7,972–$16,468
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 138 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2011
  • New SE trim
  • FWD or AWD
  • Four-cylinder engine
  • Seats five
Notable Features in 2010
  • 14 more horsepower
  • Mileage ratings up by 1 mpg
  • Standard stability system
  • FWD or AWD
  • Current List Price $6,158–$14,226
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 69 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2009
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional navigation system with backup camera
  • Improved handling
  • FWD or AWD
  • Current List Price $5,164–$13,284
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 127 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2008
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional navigation system with backup camera
  • Improved handling
  • FWD or AWD
  • Current List Price $4,716–$12,480
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 128 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2007
  • All-new design
  • 166-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Standard five-speed automatic
  • Improved handling
  • Numerous safety features

2002–2006 CR-V

Redesigned in 2002

A 2002 redesign retained the same qualities as the first-generation CR-V, but with added power and features, plus a more sophisticated look. A 160-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder powered all versions, and a manual or automatic transmission was available. The interior grew more spacious, and new features included reclining rear seats and a folding center tray between the front seats. Two trim levels, LX and EX, were initially offered, and the EX had a sunroof and standard side-impact airbags. This was the last generation of CR-V to offer a manual transmission and folding picnic table.

  • Current List Price $3,339–$10,371
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 75 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2006
  • 156-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Carlike qualities
  • Side-impact and side-curtain airbags
  • FWD or AWD
  • Current List Price $2,863–$9,719
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 59 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2005
  • 160-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Carlike qualities
  • Side-impact and side-curtain airbags
  • FWD or AWD
  • Current List Price $2,537–$8,917
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 66 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-25
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2004
  • 160-hp i-VTEC engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Carlike qualities
  • Familiar appearance
  • Real Time 4WD offered
  • Current List Price $2,601–$8,305
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 42 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-25
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Read About the 2003 Model 2003 CR-V Articles
  • Current List Price $1,766–$7,446
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 44 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-25
  • Body Styles:

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Read About the 2002 Model 2002 CR-V Articles

1997–2001 CR-V

Redesigned in 1997

The original CR-V set the bar for the then-new class of compact crossover SUVs, with a long list of equipment, including standard all-wheel drive. Rear-seat room was good, and bonus features included a storage bin under the front passenger seat and a fold-out picnic table. The spare tire was attached to the side-hinged rear door. A 126-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine provided only adequate power, but solid reliability. More power arrived for the 1999 model year, and a front-drive version debuted for 1998.

  • Current List Price $1,309–$7,045
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 33 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Read About the 2001 Model 2001 CR-V Articles
  • Current List Price $371–$7,719
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 33 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-24
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Read About the 2000 Model 2000 CR-V Articles
  • Current List Price $1,186–$5,974
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 22 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

  • Current List Price $1,413–$6,293
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 16 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Read About the 1998 Model 1998 CR-V Articles
  • Current List Price $972–$6,396
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 15 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Read About the 1997 Model 1997 CR-V Articles

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