After full redesigned last year, it’s surprising how deep Honda CR-V has changed is. Instead of adding a few tweaks to this best-selling model, Honda made a major overhaul that separates from its predecessor. And now the 2018 Honda CR-V sets a new step for its rivals to follow.
One of the fifth-generation CR-V tricks is a turbocharged engine that is present on all trim except for the LX. With low-end torque and fuel-efficient design (EPA 34 mpg highway), this turbo engine fits in the CR-V.
The 2018 Honda CR-V also benefits from an overhauled suspension that reduces body roll in corners without sacrificing driving quality. Longer wheelbase, wider front and rear tracks, and an additional 1.5-inch ground clearance for those requiring light off-road duty.
Inside, the CR-V follows the Civic’s footsteps with modern dashboards, enhanced instrument clusters and updates touch screen and physical volume buttons. There is also more rear legroom and maximum cargo space of up to 75.8 cubic feet, which makes the compact CR-V an alternative for midsize SUV. With all these combinations, the 2018 Honda CR-V is a strong competitor to be the best in its class.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring.
The base LX standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, LED running lights, cruise control, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 5-inch display screen on the dashboard, a four-speaker audio system with USB connectivity and Bluetooth. Honda advanced safety technologies are not offered on this trim.
The 2018 Honda CR-V EX adds body-colored spoiler and door handles, keyless entry and start, 18-inch wheels, remote start, foglights, rear privacy glass, a sunroof, a retractable cargo cover, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded driver information center, heated front seats, a power driver seat, rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Audio and Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, second-row USB charging ports, advanced safety features such as automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention.
The EX-L adds a programmable-height power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, a power passenger seat, and an eight-speaker audio system with HD radio. A navigation system is optional on the EX-L.
The 2018 Honda CR-V Touring adds dual chrome exhaust tips, LED headlights, automatic wipers, roof rails, hands-free power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, a navigation system and a subwoofer for the audio system.
Aside from the EX-L’s optional navigation system, there are no factory options for the 2018 CR-V, so the only question is which trim level is right for you.
The 2018 Honda CR-V LX model is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy at 26 mpg city/32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 25/31 with all-wheel drive.
The rest CR-V trims come standard with more powerful 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 190-hp and 179 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy stands at 28/34 for front-wheel drive and 27/33 with all-wheel drive.
Both engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that sends the power either to the front wheels or to an available all-wheel-drive system. In performance testing, the 2018 Honda CR-V AWD Touring accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 7.5 seconds and stopped in an impressive 115 feet from 60 mph.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Honda CR-V is on sale now at US dealers. Official pricing starts at $25,090 (include destination fee), an increase of $105 from the previous year. All-wheel drive adds $1,400 for an MSRP of $26,490.
At the top of the range, the Touring priced from $33,590 for 2WD and $34,990 for AWD. In this price range, the CR-V will compete with the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sportage.