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Cargo space: The bad news is that the battery pack used in the CR-V Hybrid reduces cargo volume slightly when compared to the non-hybrid model. The good news is that there’s still plenty of room for lots of stuff. Behind the second row, there's about 33 cu-ft of storage that's roomy and easy to access.
Relaxed driving manners: A nicely controlled suspension and light steering make the CR-V Hybrid adept at taking the edge off bumpy roads and when navigating heavy traffic. The reasonable proportions and good outward visibility of the CR-V Hybrid also help make it a calming driving companion.
Standard all-wheel drive: Many SUV shoppers automatically mark the option box to add all-wheel drive. Honda makes that unnecessary with the CR-V Hybrid because it’s fitted as standard on every trim.
Awkward touchscreen controls: The seven-inch touchscreen in the CR-V Hybrid lags behind the more user-friendly systems in a number of competitors. It’s not terrible, and smartphone connectivity is standard. Still, too many commands are buried in layers of menus and response times are slow.
The Honda CR-V Hybrid is a small SUV and is the hybrid version of the regular CR-V. In this video, Yomary Cruz from Edmunds reviews the CR-V Hybrid SUV and talks about what makes it one of the top compact SUVs around today. How does the CR-V Hybrid compare to its rivals like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, the Mazda CX-5, and its gas-powered cousin, the CR-V? Would the Hybrid CR-V be a good option if you're in the market for a used small SUV? We answer these questions and more in our review of the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid.
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The Honda CR-V has long been a popular choice for a small SUV thanks to its impressive cabin space, smooth ride, and comfortable interior. Recently, Honda introduced a new version with potentially even more appeal: the CR-V Hybrid.
The Hybrid, as its name suggests, comes with a hybrid powertrain that offers higher EPA-estimated fuel economy than the regular CR-V. It otherwise has many of the same qualities as the regular CR-V that debuted for the 2020 model year.
Every CR-V Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a hybrid system. Combined output is 212 horsepower. Every CR-V Hybrid has all-wheel drive too, which can enhance traction when accelerating on snowy or icy roads.
The EPA estimates that the 2020-2021 CR-V Hybrid will return 38 mpg combined, with 40 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway. For comparison, a standard 2021 CR-V with all-wheel drive gets an EPA estimate of 29 mpg combined.
The CR-V Hybrid typically accelerates away from a stoplight using electricity from its hybrid battery pack. As the vehicle's speed rises, the system will automatically engage the gas engine to assist or supplant the battery's power. The speed at which the gas engine kicks on is variable and influenced by the battery's state of charge, your driving style, and other factors.
In some hybrid vehicles, the transition from battery to engine power can be jarring, but in the CR-V it's extremely smooth. Similarly, when braking a hybrid vehicle, there can be a jerky sensation. This is a result of the car switching from power regeneration to the use of the physical brakes. With the CR-V Hybrid, this is a very smooth transition—it's much better than in rivals.
Acceleration can feel lively at low speeds or around town. But the CR-V is less impressive when accelerating quickly to highway speeds. Also, the CR-V's engine gets noisy during sustained acceleration or when climbing long mountain grades.
On the upside, the CR-V Hybrid is composed and steady when going around turns. It's fairly entertaining to drive for an economy-minded small SUV.
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