This compact SUV blends style and versatility.

2019 Honda CR-V Review | CarMax

A crossover SUV is a sensible option if you need more utility than a sedan but aren't quite ready to step up to a full-size SUV. The 2019 Honda CR-V is part of this crossover model's fifth generation and boasts features like available all-wheel drive on all trims and up to 75.8 cubic feet of cargo storage space. Considering a 2019 CR-V for your next vehicle? Check out our review, which covers:

Key Specs & Features

  • A 2.4L four-cylinder engine at 184 hp comes standard on the 2019 CR-V base LX trim. All other trim levels are outfitted with a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine at 190 hp.
  • Front-wheel drive is standard, though all-wheel drive is available on every 2019 CR-V trim.
  • The 2019 CR-V boasts 39.2 cubic feet of cargo storage space behind its rear row of seats.
  • Rear seats can be easily folded down to extend space up to a maximum 75.8 cubic feet.
  • The 2019 CR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring trims all come standard with driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and forward collision warning with emergency braking.


5 Reasons to Buy

1. Generous Standard Equipment

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Even on its base LX trim, the 2019 CR-V offers plenty of standard equipment. This includes 17-inch wheels, LED running lights, and cruise control. Inside the cabin, additional features include automatic climate control for added comfort, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a five-inch color information display. Every 2019 CR-V is also equipped with a rearview camera.

2. Abundant Cabin and Cargo Space

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Where the 2019 CR-V really shines is inside its cabin, where you'll find plenty of room for up to five passengers to sit comfortably. Even with rear seats intact, there is an ample 39.2 cubic feet of cargo storage space in the rear. When needed, these seats can be folded flat to optimize storage space at a full 75.8 cubic feet.

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Meanwhile, the 2019 CR-V offers plenty of clever storage compartments for smaller items; this includes large door pockets, a spacious center console, and a large glovebox.

3. Impressive Fuel Economy

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Its compact size, continuously variable transmission (CVT), and sensible engine options allow the 2019 CR-V to offer up to an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined (EX trim with turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive). Even the 2019 CR-V base LX trim with 2.4L four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined.1

4. Useful Tech Features

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While the base LX trim does offer some decent tech features (including a rearview camera and a large color information display), the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims really stand out when it comes to technology. All of these trims, for instance, come standard with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® for seamless smartphone integration. Other standard tech equipment on these trim levels? A seven-inch touchscreen display and an upgraded rearview camera with guidelines and rear-cross traffic alert.

5. Available All-Wheel Drive

Every 2019 Honda CR-V is offered with an optional all-wheel drive system. This technology is known as Honda Real-Time AWD and features "intelligent control," which is designed to seamlessly engage and disengage the vehicle's rear wheels as needed for a smooth transition.

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What You Need to Know

2019 Honda CR-V Trim Levels

The 2019 CR-V is offered in four trim configurations: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.

The base LX trim comes with a standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine at 184 hp, along with the following features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Four-speaker sound system

The 2019 CR-V's EX trim comes with a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine at 190 hp, plus:

  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Sunroof

Meanwhile, standard features on the EX-L trim include:

  • Driver seat memory settings
  • Power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Upgraded eight-speaker sound system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather upholstery

The top-of-the-line Touring trim includes all the features of the EX-L trim, plus:

  • Roof rails
  • Automatic windshield wipers
  • Built-in navigation system
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Ambient cabin lighting

2019 Honda CR-V Color Choices

The 2019 Honda CR-V is offered in 10 exterior color options:

  • Sandstorm Metallic
  • Molten Lava Pearl
  • Basque Red Pearl II
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl
  • Dark Olive Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Gunmetal Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Platinum White Pearl

Similar Vehicles

For those in the market for a crossover SUV, the 2019 CR-V has a lot to offer and may be a practical option. As you shop, check out some of these similar vehicles as well.

Toyota RAV4

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover SUV that comes standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine at 203 hp on all of its five trim configurations. Front-wheel drive is also standard, through two different all-wheel drive systems are available: a traditional AWD platform on the LE and XLE trims, and an upgraded AWD system on the upper-tier Adventure and Limited trims.

Standard equipment on the 2019 RAV4 includes 17-inch steel wheels, roof rails, a rearview camera, and a seven-inch touchscreen interface with smartphone integration. Every 2019 RAV4 is also outfitted with Toyota's suite of driver-assistance features that includes forward collision warning with emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Honda HR-V

The 2019 Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover, meaning it falls into a smaller vehicle class than the CR-V. Still, it offers a lot of space for a vehicle in its class: 23.2 cubic feet behind the rear row, and up to 55.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. All five trim levels are also powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine at 141 hp and front-wheel drive. While all-wheel drive is optional on the first four trims, it comes standard on the Touring.

Speaking of standard features, the base LX trim on the 2019 HR-V comes with such equipment as a five-inch display, rearview camera, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Every HR-V also comes with Honda's innovative Magic Seat, which has the ability to flip up for easier storage of tall items.

Mazda CX-5

For the 2019 model year, the CX-5 sees some updates, including two new trim levels (the Grand Touring and Reserve). The 2019 CX-5 is offered with three engines: a standard 2.5L four-cylinder at 187 hp in its Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims—and a turbocharged version of the same 2.5L engine at 227 hp in its Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims (these trims also come standard with all-wheel drive). Finally, a turbocharged 2.2L diesel engine at 168 hp is optional on the Signature trim.

The base Sport trim on the 2019 CX-5 is equipped with keyless ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system. Forward collision warning with emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring are also standard features on every 2019 CX-5.

Subaru Outback

The 2019 Outback is a five-passenger wagon-style vehicle that comes standard with all-wheel drive on each of its six trims. Two engines are also offered: a standard 2.5L four-cylinder a 175 hp and a brawny 3.6L V6 engine at 256 hp.

For a wagon, the 2019 Outback offers an incredible amount of space. This includes 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats intact and up to 73.3 cubic feet with rear seats folded down. Standard equipment on the 2019 Outback is also generous and includes roof rails with crossbars, hill-descent control and hold assist, a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface, and smartphone integration.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 CR-V has a lot to offer when it comes to both standard and available features. Combine this with its generous cabin/cargo space and smooth ride, and it's easy to envision yourself behind the wheel of this fun crossover SUV.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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