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2019 Honda CR-V review

Used car review: a comprehensive look from new to now
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Honda CR-V highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Plenty of passenger and luggage space in the roomy interior
  • Good power and handling make it enjoyable to drive

Cons

  • Entry-level model uses an underpowered engine and lacks driver aids
  • Touchscreen interface lacks ease of use of rival systems

Mileage (EPA estimate)

25 city, 31 highway, 27 combined

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2019 Honda CR-V Touring
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Is the 2019 Honda CR-V right for you?

The CR-V just makes sense. If you're looking for a small SUV with a lot of room for cargo along with plenty of space for passengers, the used 2019 Honda CR-V could be for you. Some other SUVs are more fun to drive or better equipped to handle light off-roading, but the CR-V is a very sensible choice. Its combination of good fuel economy, ample storage, and a well-built interior makes the CR-V a very appealing choice.

What the 2019 Honda CR-V does best

  • Cargo and storage: Lots of space behind the rear seats
  • Fuel economy: Above-average MPG for a small SUV
  • Driving: Composed handling and quick enough for daily use

When to consider other vehicles

  • If cargo flexibility is more important than overall space, consider the Nissan Rogue.
  • If sporty driving is more important than fuel economy, consider the Mazda CX-5.
  • If off-road capability is more important than highway composure, consider the Subaru Forester.

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2019 Honda CR-V review

2019 Honda CR-V review

The 2019 Honda CR-V was one of the best-selling small SUVs available, and for good reason. It offers impressive storage, a comfortable ride, good fuel economy and standard smartphone integration on all but the base LX trim. The 2019 Honda CR-V didn't receive any major changes, but it is the last year that the base LX trim was available with the sluggish 2.4-liter engine.

Some SUVs are sportier (Mazda CX-5) and others are better for those who need off-road capable all-wheel drive (Subaru Forester), but the CR-V is a true do-it-all SUV. The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine you get on the EX trim and higher is spritely enough for accelerating to freeway speeds and there's plenty of storage space for the family's gear whether you're running errands or taking a road trip. 

Check out the full review below for more details on why you might want to consider the 2019 Honda CR-V.

What tech does the 2019 Honda CR-V have?

Tech highlights

+ Lots of standard advanced driver aids

+ Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard on all but base LX trim

- Touchscreen interface can be clunky to use

Connectivity

All but the base LX trim of the Honda CR-V (2017-22) come with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Every CR-V of this generation comes with Bluetooth compatibility, so you can stream your tunes or talk on the phone with no strings attached. All CR-Vs except the LX trim also come with a pair of USB-A ports for passengers in the second row.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto work well enough on the seven-inch touchscreen, but it’s sometimes sluggish. Bluetooth connectivity is easy enough to set up and the audio quality is adequate. The sound system won't impress audiophiles, but it gets the job done. 

Infotainment

The base-trim LX comes with a five-inch display (not a touchscreen) that is quite basic. All other CR-Vs come equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen that’s clunky and not very responsive. The layout is also confusing, particularly if you're trying to toggle through audio sources. It can take two or three taps of the screen to get to the menu you want, and the on-screen buttons are a bit small, making it difficult to select what you want. 

Other controls, like for cooling and heating the vehicle, use physical buttons that are easy to find and use. You can also easily control the volume by using a large knob. 

Driver-Assist Tech

All CR-Vs come with a generous helping of advanced driver aids. The forward collision warning gives false alarms at times, but otherwise the systems work as intended. Adaptive cruise control performs well, keeping you at a set distance from the car ahead without being too sensitive or reactive. The rearview camera is helpful in some situations, but the image quality is low, so it's best suited for helping you out in sun-lit parking lots, not dim garages. 

How comfortable is the 2019 Honda CR-V?

Comfort highlights:

+ Smooth ride on uneven roads

+ Both front and rear seats are comfy

- Automatic climate control doesn't work very well

Front seating

All CR-Vs above the base-trim LX model get an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat that makes it easy to find a comfortable seating position and is accommodating for various body types and sizes. Those seats also come with four-way adjustable lumbar support, which is an unexpected and nice feature in a mainstream vehicle. On EX trims and higher, you'll also get heated seats. 

Rear seating

You won't hear any complaints about rear-seat comfort unless the passenger is in the middle position—the seat shape makes it uncomfortable for all but the shortest journeys. The angle of the rear seat can be adjusted, which can make things more comfortable on long trips. Headroom and legroom are excellent owing to the roomy, spacious nature of the CR-V cabin. 

Ride quality and interior noise

You'll likely pick up some road and wind noise at highway speeds, and engine noise will be detected if you're driving up a sharp incline. But otherwise, the CR-V does a nice job of keeping outside noise out. Ride comfort is very good, even when you're driving on rough or bumpy roads.

Does the 2019 Honda CR-V have good storage?

Storage highlights:

+ Tons of storage space with the rear seats folded

+ Lots of places to store small items

- Lack of dedicated storage under cargo floor

Cargo 

The CR-V can swallow a lot of cargo. With the rear seats up, it can fit nearly 40 cubic feet (a carry-on suitcase is about 2.5 cubic feet). If you fold the rear seats down, that expands to 75.8 cubic feet. The rear cargo floor is height-adjustable, which allows you to choose a flat loading surface for easier loading or to lower it for extra cargo space. Unlike some competitors, the CR-V doesn’t have a dedicated space under the floor for storage, although you can wedge some items around the spare tire to keep them out of sight. 

Storage

The center console is quite large and can fit a medium-size purse or a handful of small items like cellphones, wallets, etc. A sliding tray is perched in the center of the console, which can be useful for storing your cellphone or to cover valuables hiding deeper in the storage bin; it can also be removed altogether. The front cupholders and door pockets are modestly sized—larger metallic water bottles are unlikely to fit. 

Towing

The Honda CR-V's maximum towing capacity is 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. That's enough for a very small trailer, but if you plan on regularly using your small SUV for towing, you might want to consider other options. Some versions of the Toyota RAV4 can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

How easy is the 2019 Honda CR-V to use?

Ease of use highlights:

+ Wide door openings make entry/exit easy

+ Physical buttons are easy to learn and use

- Poor backup camera image quality in low light

Entry, exit, and car seats

The doors of the CR-V open widely, making it easy to get in and out. The back row is roomy enough that even taller passengers can slide in without much problem. All rear seats have LATCH attachments, but you may find that using the center seat negatively affects rear visibility. The CR-V is high enough off the ground to provide good visibility, but not so high that it makes it tough to get in and out. 

Interior layout and visibility

Visibility is good out of the front window and blind spots are minimal. The physical controls, which you use to change the volume and temperature, are easy to find and use. The touch-sensitive ones, on the other hand, aren't as responsive as they should be. The backup camera has a grainy and blurry image in low-light situations, but it works well enough with more light. Even with those technological hiccups, adapting to this car from an older model is straightforward.

What’s the 2019 Honda CR-V like to drive?

Driving highlights:

+ Reasonably quick to get to freeway speeds

+ Comfortable ride even on rough roads

- Cruise control doesn't manage speed going downhill

Driving

The CR-V isn't necessarily fun to drive, but it is quite pleasant behind the wheel. It doesn't take too long to get up to speed on freeway on-ramps in CR-Vs equipped with the 1.5-liter engine, but the 2.4-liter engine included can be sluggish. The brakes give drivers confidence, and the steering ranks up there with the best among compact SUVs. Sometimes, continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) can lead to strange power surges; however, the CR-V manages to avoid that pitfall, contributing to the pleasant driving experience.

It also handles curvy roads well, and you won't feel the car leaning away from you as you might in a larger SUV. Around town its suspension soaks up small bumps without making the car unbalanced. The cruise control, while fine at maintaining speed on flat ground, won't slow you down while going downhill, which can be irritating for some drivers. 

Fuel economy

The EPA estimates the front-wheel-drive CR-V gets 30 mpg

in combined driving with the upgrade 1.5-liter engine equipped. That ranks it near the top among compact SUVs. If you get an all-wheel-drive CR-V, that drops to 29 mpg
combined. But in Edmunds' testing, the CR-V was very sensitive to driving style. If you drive the CR-V slow and steady, you'll likely be impressed by the results, but if you tend to drive more aggressively, you might end up disappointed by how frequently you're filling the tank.

EPA fuel economy estimates

Powertrain

Fuel economy estimate

2.4-liter four-cylinder, FWD

26 city / 32 highway

2.4-liter four-cylinder, AWD

25 city / 31 highway

1.5-liter four-cylinder, FWD

28 city / 34 highway

1.5-liter four-cylinder, AWD

27 city / 32 highway

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2019 Honda CR-V is a compact SUV that has a comfortable cabin for all passengers, as well as decent trunk space. The car has heated seats and gets good gas mileage. The car is also versatile and can be used for day to day driving or long trips. Based on customer reviews, the car looks great and drives even better. Customers love how it handles in rain or shine and say it's very responsive when switching lanes. They also like the driver assistance features such as lane keeping assist and collision warning with brake support.
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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 6th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Honda CR-V features and specs

LX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

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

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.4L

Horsepower

184

Torque (ft-lbs)

180

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

14

Wheelbase

104.7"

Overall length

180.6"

Width

73"

Height

66.1"

Leg room

F 41.3"/R 40.4"

Head room

F 40.1"/R 39.2"

Front tires

P235/65HR17

Rear tires

P235/65HR17

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

2019 Honda CR-V FAQ

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What is new for the 2019 Honda CR-V?

  • CD Audio features are now available as options on select trims.

2019 Honda CR-V trims

Curious how Honda CR-V trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

LX:

EX:

  • Adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, Honda Sensing technology, push-button start, and more.

  • View all Honda CR-V EXs in stock

EX-L:

Touring:

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