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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.
F 41.3"/R 40.4"
F 38"/R 39.1"
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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The 2017-2019 Ford Escape S includes these features:
Six-speaker sound system
4.2-inch touchscreen with USB charge port
Power windows and doors
A visually pleasing SUV inside and out, the 2017-2019 Mazda CX-5 offers excellent refinement and comfort. Power comes from a 187-hp, 2.5L four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and either FWD or AWD. Inside, the impressive interior has room for up to five passengers and 30.9 cubic feet of trunk space for luggage. Not only that, but the 2017-2019 Mazda CX-5 with the 2.5L four-cylinder engine can also do some light hauling, with an estimated towing capacity of 2,000 lbs, when properly equipped.
Standard features on the 2017-2019 Mazda CX-5 include:
Air conditioning with pollen filter
Seven-inch touchscreen with HD Radio™, Bluetooth® capability, and integrated apps
Steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls
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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 27 among Compact SUVs.View RepairPal's full rating of the Honda CR-V
Aegean Blue (EX, EX-L, Touring)
Crystal Black Pearl
Obsidian Blue Pearl
Platinum White Pearl (Premium Color)
Radiant Red (Premium Color)
Sonic Gray Pearl (Premium Color; EX, EX-L, Touring)
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
The 2021 Honda CR-V received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.