Honda's 2019 CR-V hits all the right notes for buyers. Good value, excellent EPA-estimated fuel economy, and generous levels of standard equipment mix with enjoyable driving characteristics, ample interior space, and good looks to elevate the CR-V to one of our top picks for a compact crossover SUV. We would avoid the base LX model, though. While it offers a generous standard specification, there are some things missing, including driver aids and the desirable turbocharged 190-hp 1.5-liter engine. Instead it makes do with a non-turbocharged 185-hp 2.4-liter that feels lackluster in comparison. Take the EX as the CR-V starting point—it gains some standard active driver aids as well as the punchier 1.5-liter engine.
With any CR-V there's the option of all-wheel drive over the standard front-wheel drive, while all come equipped with an automatic transmission. In this most practical of vehicles, the CR-V's spacious cabin is appealing. It seats five in real comfort and is able to accommodate plenty of luggage in its huge trunk, too. It's sensible but the CR-V's agile handling and smooth-riding suspension, paired with the powerful 1.5-liter engine, make it engaging to drive, too. All that, combined with low running costs, good retained value, and solid build quality, makes the CR-V a deserving top pick among stiff competition.