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2019 Honda CR-V Review

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The Honda CR-V is a compact SUV with a high reliability rating, standard Honda Sensing safety features and a basic warranty of 3 years, 36,000 miles. The CR-V sometimes gets overlooked when compared with its smaller sibling, the HR-V (a less expensive subcompact), and big brother SUVs the Pilot and all-new Passport, which offer much more room. But if Goldilocks were looking for an SUV, the CR-V might be the right fit.

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2019 Honda CR-V pricing

The lowest manufacturer recommended price (MSRP) for the 2019 Honda CR-V is $24,350 — this is for the base LX trim level of the vehicle with no added options and with an automatic transmission. The highest MSRP is $32,750, for the Touring trim level and includes all automatically-added options.

Honda CR-V
Trim LX EX EX-L Touring
Base MSRP $24,350 $27,250 $29,750 $32,750

 

You don’t necessarily have to pay MSRP for the vehicle. You may be able to get if for a lower price, depending on where and when you buy. Do shop around online for prices and check out an industry guide — Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds, for example — to find a fair market price for the CR-V, or any other vehicle you’re thinking about.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, you can read about and where to find the best auto loan rates in 2019. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers at once. Potential lenders could include Honda Financing, your bank, credit union or online lender.

Car dealers raise customer APRs an average of 2.47%, so shop around for a car loan like you’d shop around for a car. It doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within 14 days — and some credit scoring methods may even allow you up to 45 days.

2019 Honda CR-V safety

The 2018 Honda CR-V earned a 5 out of 5-star crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); the 2019 is not yet rated by NHTSA. But the 2019 is rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a Top Safety Pick.
Honda Sensing, which comes on the EX, EX-L and Touring trims of the 2019 CR-V, includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System. If the car senses it is about to run into something front-first, it will apply the brakes for you .
  • Road Departure Mitigation System. If the CR-V begins to cross a lane without the turn signal on, it can brake and steer to help keep it in the lane and not leave the road.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow. The CR-V can follow behind another car at a set interval.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System. The car can adjust its steering to help keep itself in a lane.

2019 Honda CR-V competitor comparison

Compared with competitor base models, the CR-V lacks some standard features and technology. Honda does offer them, too, just at higher trim levels.

Honda CR-V Mazda CX-5 Chevrolet Equinox Ford Escape Nissan Rogue
Base MSRP $24,350 $24,350 $23,800 $24,105 $24,920
Expert Scores (out of 5) 4.4 4.4 4.1 3.8 3.7
Standard Technology Bluetooth, 5″ Screen, Rearview Camera, Eco Assist (TM) System Blind Spot Monitoring, 7″ Touch Screen, Keyless Entry/Ignition Teen Driver System, 7″ Touch Screen, Keyless Entry/Ignition, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Automatic Headlights, 4.2″ Screen, Bluetooth, Rearview Camera Safety Shield System,  7″ Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Fuel Economy 28 MPG 28 MPG 28 MPG 24 MPG 29 MPG

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city / highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

2019 Honda CR-V trim comparison

Here are the trims available on the 2019 Honda CR-V, including some of the standard features on each. Each trim level builds upon the trim(s) before it, meaning that the highest Touring trim includes — or improves upon — all features from the three trim levels below it.

Trim LX EX EX-L Touring
MSRP $24,350 $27,250 $29,750 $32,750
Standard Features LED Daytime Running Lights, Eco Assist (TM) System, 5″ Screen, Honda Sensing (R), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 7″ Touch Screen Leather-Trimmed Interior, Power Tailgate Navigation, Premium Audio, Automatic Headlights

 

Honda, unlike some competitors, does not allow buyers to pick and choose features à la carte. For example, if you would like leather seating, you have to get the EX-L or the Touring trim; you won’t be able to get the EX or LX trim and add leather seats. Some people may find this to be a less complicated way to present vehicle options; others may find it to be restrictive.

2019 Honda model comparison

If you are loyal to the brand and want to see how the CR-V stacks up to other vehicles in Honda’s lineup, here is a comparison table of the base trims of several Honda models, including the smaller HR-V.

Honda Fit Honda Civic Honda HR-V Honda CR-V Honda Pilot
Base MSRP $16,190 $19,450 $20,520 $24,350 $31,450
Expert Scores 4.4 4.4 4.1 4.4 4.4
Standard Technology Bluetooth, 5″ Screen, Rearview Camera Honda Sensing, Audio USB Port, Bluetooth Bluetooth, 5″ Screen, Rearview Camera Bluetooth, 5″ Screen, Rearview Camera Honda Sensing, Bluetooth, Keyless Ignition, 5″ Screen
Body Hatchback Hatchback, Sedan, Coupe SUV SUV SUV
Fuel Economy 36 MPG 32 MPG 30 MPG 28 MPG 22 MPG
Base Transmission Manual Manual Automatic Automatic Automatic

2019 Honda CR-V — the bottom line

You might like this car if you’re looking for a compact SUV you can depend on for basic transportation. But you might not like this car if you want a sportier vehicle with off-road capabilities or one with more standard technology, including driver assistance packages.

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