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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V highlights

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • 1.5-liter turbo engine provides plenty of power and good EPA estimates
  • Nice ride comfort mixed with real agility

Cons

  • Base trim does without the turbo engine and driver aids
  • 7-inch touchscreen on the EX and above is a bit difficult to use

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2018 Honda CR-V is roomy, enjoyable to drive, and much more

After a redesign for 2017, Honda made no changes to the 2018 CR-V, and it didn't need to. The CR-V has long been a big-selling compact crossover SUV, and it sustained its position as a top pick by being good across the board rather than exceptional in any one area. That changed with the 2017 model. EPA-estimated fuel economy is right near the top among rivals, and the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine used across most of the lineup produces lively performance too. Add in the agile chassis, and the CR-V is surprisingly enjoyable to drive, while providing all the utility needed to appeal to level-headed family buyers. Space is good for five people, and the trunk is roomy, too. Dramatic looks help make this generation of CR-V stand out from the crowd.

The CR-V remains a good value, offering enough standard equipment that you don't need to add extra-cost options—and indeed, Honda offers none. The LX is the base trim and its ample features make it appealing if you're on a budget. But it uses an underwhelming 2.4-liter engine and lacks driver aids, making it difficult to recommend. We suggest the EX as the starting point. It gains not just that punchier engine but also a standard suite of clever driver aids, including blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Above that are the EX-L and the Touring, and across the lineup, you can option all-wheel drive over the standard front-wheel drive. Appealing to more than just your head, the CR-V should be considered by every family seeking a compact crossover SUV, and arguably very near the top of the list.

All Honda CR-V years

New this year

  • CR-V trims have been upgraded with Power Hatch/Deck Lid as standard equipment this year.
  • Parking Sensors and Tow Hitch features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The EX trim now comes with 4WD/AWD as standard equipment.
  • The EX-L trim now comes with Navigation System as standard equipment.

Explore Honda CR-V details

LX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

5 reasons to buy the 2018 Honda CR-V

1. Cavernous cargo space

2018 Honda CR-V Review: Cargo | CarMax

The 2018 CR-V is a compact vehicle with XL interior space. Many SUVs have fold-flat seating, but the 2018 Honda CR-V features a fold-flat floor with two height selections. Use the lower option and get more room for huge cargo, like moving boxes or dog crates. Fold the front passenger seat forward, and you can haul long cargo like eight-foot surfboards or fence posts. This flexibility gives you a total of 75.8 cu-ft of space with the second row folded.

2. Base model hero

2018 Honda CR-V Review: Interior Trim | CarMax

The base model of the Honda CR-V is well equipped, making it a great choice if you want some well-rounded basic features. You'll appreciate the power-folding mirrors, electric parking brake, capless fuel tank, Bluetooth® connectivity, and other features commonly found only on higher trim levels. Rear passengers will love the active noise cancellation and rear-seat heater ducts.

3. Four terrific trims

2018 Honda CR-V Review: Front Seats | CarMax

Honda offers four distinct trim levels to give you just what you want in a compact SUV. After the base LX, check out the EX with a turbo engine, push-button start, and larger touchscreen display. Next up is the EX-L, an excellent family hauler with leather, power seats, and upgraded sound. Finally, the 2018 Honda CR-V Touring loads up with a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, and exclusive wheels.

4. Driver aids galore

2018 Honda CR-V Review: Dashboard | CarMax

Honda Sensing® is an advanced suite of driver-assistance features that can act as your co-pilot. The 2018 Honda CR-V will do some tasks for you, with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. There's also blind-spot information with rear cross-traffic monitor, and collision mitigation braking. The entire Honda Sensing package is available on EX and higher trim levels.

5. Intelligent drivetrain

2018 Honda CR-V Review: Rims | CarMax

The CR-V is a modern crossover with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as the sole drivetrain option. Honda's CVT adds a simulated gear shift effect for improved driving engagement. Driving a CR-V feels like a traditional automatic—comfortable on any road, but with all the benefits of a CVT.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2018 Honda CR-V, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

All-new for the 2017 model year, the 2017–2019 Kia Sportage offers a cargo capacity of 30.7 cu ft with the rear seats upright, expanding to 60.1 cu ft with seats down—that's plenty of space for fishing gear, winter sports equipment, or even a load of groceries. The 2017–2019 Kia Sportage offers standard front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive and is powered by one of two engine choices: a base model 2.4L four-cylinder engine producing 181 hp and a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine producing 240 hp. Standard equipment on all 2017–2019 EX models includes:

  • Rearview camera

  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

  • Seven-inch touchscreen

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2018 Honda CR-V is reliable and roomy. It has a smooth ride, good gas mileage, and is comfortable. It has a great look to it and is easy to load up with gear.
5 Stars20
4 Stars5
3 Stars2
2 Stars1
1 Star0

RepairPal reliability rating

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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 4th out of 26 among Compact SUVs.

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2018 Honda CR-V trims

LX

  • Includes active noise cancellation, Eco Assist™ fuel-saving system, multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, LED daytime running lights, tilt and telescopic steering column, and more.

  • View all Honda CR-V LXs in stock

EX

  • Adds dual-zone automatic climate control, 12-way power driver's seat including power lumbar support, power moonroof with tilt, two rear USB ports, rear privacy glass, and more.

  • View all Honda CR-V EXs in stock

EX-L

  • Adds automatic dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather seating, 18-watt audio system with eight speakers, HomeLink® remote system, and more.

  • View all Honda CR-V EX-Ls in stock

Touring

  • Adds exclusive polished 18-inch wheels, chrome dual exhaust tips, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, hands-free access power tailgate with programmable height, roof rails, and more.

  • View all Honda CR-V Tourings in stock

2018 Honda CR-V FAQ

More about 2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V Review: Top Colors | CarMax

Exterior:

  • Basque Red Pearl

  • Crystal Black Pearl

  • Dark Olive Metallic (EX and higher)

  • Gunmetal Metallic (EX and higher)

  • Lunar Silver Metallic

  • Modern Steel Metallic

  • Molten Lava Pearl (EX and higher)

  • Obsidian Blue Pearl

  • Sandstorm Metallic (EX and higher)

  • White Diamond Pearl

Interior:

  • Black

  • Gray

  • Ivory

Interior details

The 2018 Honda CR-V has a bright and airy interior, thanks to its excellent outward visibility, ample passenger and cargo space, and contemporary design. The sleek center infotainment screen is surrounded by multiple materials, from silver accent trim and wood finishes to soft-touch surfaces, mimicked in the stylish steering wheel with its monochromatic controls.

The CR-V has plenty of cup holders, power outlets, and USB ports, and rear passengers will love the headroom. The flexible rear bench seat has a center armrest with cup holders, or it can be configured for extra-large or long cargo. This SUV is built for your everyday adventures, with an interior to accommodate all your plans.

Child seat details

The 2018 Honda CR-V has seating for five and can fit up to two car seats in the second row. This includes LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. The lower LATCH anchors are easy to reach, and the upper anchors are visible with the seats up. Rear head restraints are removable in the 2018 Honda CR-V, which can make it easier to buckle small children in forward-facing seats.

Safety ratings

The 2018 Honda CR-V received overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

Performance

The 2018 Honda CR-V LX is powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It sends power to the front wheels—and optionally all four wheels—via a continuously variable transmission. The optional engine on EX and higher trims is a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder making 190 hp and 179 lb-ft at a lower engine RPM. The turbo engine, with the same CVT and FWD/AWD options, delivers a zero-to-60-mph time of 7.5 seconds, while the 2.4L needs only 0.2 seconds more to reach that speed (both according to the manufacturer, when new).

2018 CR-V models vary slightly in gas mileage due to drivetrain configurations, with the 2.4L and AWD starting at an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined. A thriftier option is the 1.5L matched with FWD, earning an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined.1 Both drivetrains can tow an estimated 1,500 lbs when properly equipped.

Emissions

According to EPA estimates, the FWD 2018 Honda CR-V's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 312 grams per mile for the 2.4L engine and 292 grams per mile for the 1.5L engine. The AWD model's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are an EPA-estimated 327 grams per mile for the 2.4L engine and 303 grams per mile for the 1.5L engine.

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