2013 Honda CR-V

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Honda CR-V highlights

Customer rating


  • EPA-estimate fuel economy is near the top among rivals
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space in the interior


  • Only one engine choice, and it's lacking in low-rev power
  • Automatic transmission lacks a manual mode

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 30 highway, 25 combined

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2013 Honda CR-V's well-rounded abilities make it a strong pick for families

The Honda CR-V carries over to 2013 with no changes after its overhaul for the 2012 model year. That's not a complaint. While the CR-V isn't exceptional in any one area, its combination of qualities creates a very appealing whole. Whether you're looking for solid EPA-estimated fuel economy, plentiful space, decent levels of standard equipment, or affordable pricing, you'll get them all with the CR-V. Indeed, the CR-V's only deficit against some rivals is its single engine and transmission choice. Under its hood is a 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which feels a little overwhelmed at low rpm if you need a speedy response, but does the job for those who are happy to take it easy. The CR-V comes with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option.

Trim choices start with the LX, which includes automatic headlights, keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, a useful rearview camera, and more. Unless you really want alloy wheels, the LX is a fine choice. The EX above it adds those alloy wheels, as well as a sunroof and rear privacy glass, and the EX-L supplies some luxury with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and power adjustment for the driver's seat. With the EX-L, you can also add either an optional navigation or rear-seat DVD player. The CR-V has a large trunk and its passenger space is good, but some rivals offer the option to increase seating to seven. Nice to drive, with a smooth suspension and agile handling, the CR-V is a solid all-rounder when compared to rivals like the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-5, and a host of other compact crossover SUVs.

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5 reasons to buy the 2013 Honda CR-V

1. Fuel-sipping performance

The 2013 Honda CR-V is a must-see if you're searching for a compact SUV with good gas mileage. All models come standard with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with 185 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque pairing to a five-speed automatic transmission with the choice of front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive. With FWD, the 2013 CR-V's 2.4L achieves an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined, while AWD is slightly less with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined. Whether commuting to the office or enjoying road trips with the family, the 2013 CR-V delivers fuel-sipping performance to help you travel further on less.

2. Refined ride

A hallmark of the 2013 Honda CR-V is its carlike handling with its precise steering and smooth ride. Great around town or blazing down the highway, you'll appreciate how refined the CR-V feels. All 2013 models also include Vehicle Stability Assist, which can automatically brake individual wheels and reduce engine power if oversteer or understeer is detected. Standard traction control also helps to prevent wheel spin during acceleration for more stability on varying road surfaces.

3. Comfortable cabin

The 2013 Honda CR-V seats five passengers, making it an excellent choice if you have a family or enjoy adventuring with friends. With 38.6in of rear seat headroom and 38.3in of rear seat legroom, adults and tall teens will have space to stretch out. All 2013 models also include standard power windows and door locks for your convenience and a power tailgate lock. The tilt and telescopic steering column ensures easy adjustments, and EX-L trims have a standard 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support for additional customization.

4. Generous cargo capacity

If you're looking for a compact SUV that can rise to any occasion – like camping trips or hauling oversized items – the 2013 CR-V is the vehicle for the job. This model comes standard with a 60/40 split rear seat that folds down easily with a single pull to expand the cargo area from 37.2 cu-ft of volume to an impressive 70.9 cu-ft. A low cargo floor makes loading and unloading a snap. There are even four tie-down anchors in the trunk area to keep your belongings secure while you drive. Finally, a retractable cargo cover (EX and higher trims) helps to conceal your shopping bags and possessions from prying eyes.

5. High-tech touches

The Honda CR-V has a lot to offer when it comes to technology. All 2013 trim levels include Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free call and music streaming, and a multi-angle rearview camera is standard to simplify reverse maneuvers. The standard USB interface lets you easily connect external devices to the car's audio system, such as USB flash drives, smartphones, or portable music players. Finally, the 2013 CR-V EX-L does offer an available navigation system with voice recognition and an optional DVD rear entertainment system if you're looking for a few extra bells and whistles.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2013 Honda CR-V is a reliable, economical, and fun to drive car. Customers like the car's interior space, gas mileage, and easy parking maneuvering.

RepairPal gave the Honda CR-V an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Honda CR-V 6th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Honda CR-V features and specs

EX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.3"/R 38.3"

Head room

F 38"/R 38.6"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

225/1500 lbs.



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