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2021 Honda CR-V

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2021 Honda CR-V

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RepairPal reliability rating**

4.5 out of 5


  • 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)

28 city, 34 highway, 30 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.

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Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal reliability rating**

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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**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

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LX 2WD 4D Sport Utility