2021 Honda CR-V

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Honda CR-V highlights

Customer rating


  • 1.5-liter turbo engine is powerful and efficient
  • Standard equipment levels are comprehensive across the entire range


  • Hybrid is not as fuel-efficient as key rivals in real-world use
  • Touchscreen interface is difficult to use

Mileage (EPA estimate)

27 city, 32 highway, 29 combined

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2021 Honda CR-V holds strong and steady as a compact crossover SUV

If you're looking for a compact crossover SUV, the CR-V shouldn't be ignored. Honda made some big updates to the CR-V last year, so it enters 2021 without any significant changes. Not that it needed any because the CR-V has always offered generous standard equipment. Even the base LX comes with features that rivals might offer only in higher trim levels, including Honda Sensing®, which bundles a number of driver aids into a single package. All CR-Vs, with the exception of the Hybrid, come powered by a 190-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter engine mated to an automatic transmission. All have standard front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is available as an option.

The CR-V has a family-friendly appeal thanks to its huge interior space, which can accommodate five people and luggage. It has some neat cubby storage solutions, too, while the rear seats fold and tip easily should you need to haul bigger loads. A Mazda CX-5 is slightly more engaging to drive, and the Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester are appealing alternatives, but no rival offers quite the well-rounded abilities of the CR-V. Trim choices remain the same. The generously equipped LX is followed by the EX, EX-L, and Touring. The EX is a compelling choice thanks to a number of added convenience features, but if you want leather upholstery you'll need the EX-L. The Touring, meanwhile, benefits from improved audio equipment, LED headlights, and integrated navigation.

All Honda CR-V years

What is new for the 2021 Honda CR-V?

  • The CR-V is available in a new trim called the Special Edition.
  • Parking Sensors features are now available as options on select trims.

2021 Honda CR-V trims

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  • 190-hp, 179-lb-ft of torque 1.5L
  • Rear Defroster
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Rear View Camera


  • Includes all features available on the LX
  • Remote Start
  • Sunroofs
  • Power Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Smart Key
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • View our Honda CR-V EX inventory


Special Edition:


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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Honda CR-V

1. Comfortable cabin

Honda CR-V Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The 2021 CR-V has a roomy cabin that accommodates five passengers quite comfortably, including adults. The front seats provide good support and cushioning for longer trips, while the rear seatbacks recline for added adjustability. With 40.4 inches of rear-seat legroom, taller passengers will appreciate the 2021 CR-V's stretch-out space. The wide front and rear door openings also provide plenty of clearance to easily enter and exit the cabin or buckle children into car seats. Heated front seats (EX and higher), leather upholstery (EX-L and higher), and a moonroof (EX and higher) enhance this SUV's upscale atmosphere.

Honda CR-V Review: Backseats | CarMax

2. Enticing engines

Honda CR-V Review: Engine | CarMax

If you're shopping for a small SUV that's powerful yet frugal, the CR-V's engine options will leave you impressed. A 190-hp 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder comes standard on all 2021 models and returns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with front-wheel drive.

There's also an available hybrid powertrain on the 2021 model (EX and higher trims). With the 2.0L four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 40 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with all-wheel drive – an excellent choice for high-mileage commuting.
Both engines pair to a continuously variable transmission that earns top marks for its smooth delivery.

3. Compliant ride

A hallmark of the 2021 CR-V is the SUV's smooth and quiet ride. Whether driving over rough surfaces or slicing into sharp turns, the CR-V remains connected to the road with its composed handling and precise steering. The available Real Time AWD system also inspires confidence to power through challenging weather conditions. For trips both long and short, the 2021 CR-V delivers a comfortable on-road experience that you and your passengers won't be quick to forget.

4. Plenty of cargo space

Honda CR-V Review: Trunk | CarMax

The 2021 Honda CR-V has a generous cargo area that swallows up camping gear, luggage, and more. With all seats in place, you'll have 39.2 cu-ft of storage, but stowing the second row expands capacity to 75.8 cu ft (gas models). The easy fold-down 60/40-split rear seatbacks offer a variety of configurations to accommodate whoever or whatever you're transporting that day. Throughout the cabin, the 2021 CR-V also boasts many nooks and crannies to store smaller items, including a deep center console with a sliding tray to conceal valuables.

5. Driver-Focused tech

Honda CR-V Review: Dashboard | CarMax

Plentiful driver aids on the 2021 CR-V provide peace of mind when transporting your most precious cargo. EX and higher trims include a blind-spot information system that offers extra assistance when changing lanes, while the cross-traffic monitor uses sensors to detect vehicles approaching from the side while you're in reverse. There's a standard multi-angle rearview camera that enhances visibility with normal, top-down, and wide views. The 2021 Honda CR-V Touring also includes a navigation system with voice recognition, so you can find your way without taking your eyes off the road.

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Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV that seats five people. It's available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive and comes with a 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine. That gives the 2019 RAV4 with front-wheel drive an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined fuel economy.

The 2019 RAV4 comes standard with driver-assist features like emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and more. And as for room, the 2019 RAV4 has an ample 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


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

Special Edition 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Parking Sensors
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.3"/R 40.4"

Head room

F 40.1"/R 39.2"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



2021 Honda CR-V FAQ

More about the 2021 Honda CR-V

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Aegean Blue (EX, EX-L, Touring)

  • Crystal Black Pearl

  • Lunar Silver

  • Modern Steel

  • Obsidian Blue Pearl

  • Platinum White Pearl (Premium Color)

  • Radiant Red (Premium Color)

  • Sonic Gray Pearl (Premium Color; EX, EX-L, Touring)

Interior details

  • Seating for five passengers

  • 75.8 cu-ft of maximum cargo volume (gas models)

  • Heated front seats (EX and higher trims)

  • Easy fold-down 60/40-split rear seatbacks

  • Rear-seat heater ducts

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2021 Honda CR-V received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

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