2021 Honda CR-V Review

2021 Honda CR-V

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The 2021 Honda CR-V hits all the marks for a solid and dependable SUV. It has a well-equipped cabin that includes plenty of space in its seating area and cargo area, which makes even the longest road trips pleasant and enjoyable. A comfortable ride combined with athletic handling are other notable qualities of the 2021 CR-V. All four trim levels of the CR-V carry over from 2020, and they all have a seating capacity for five.

Specs 2021 Honda CR-V 2WD LX
Starting MSRP* $25,350*
Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)** 28 city / 34 hwy mpg**
Standard Engine 1.5L Turbo 4-Cyl
Horsepower 190-hp
Honda SensingĀ® Standard
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera Standard

Exterior and Performance

The 2021 CR-V has the same engine across the trim lineup, but you have two choices for powertrain. The base engine is a turbo four-cylinder that generates 190 HP. The base engine is paired with front-wheel drive, but you can choose to get all-wheel drive as an alternative drivetrain. With the 2021 CR-V comes a top towing power of 1,500 pounds.

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Interior and Technology

The cabin of the 2021 Honda CR-V is thoughtfully planned to hold people and all their belongings. There is quite a bit of legroom and headroom for occupants in the 2021 CR-V with spacious seats in the front and back rows. The Honda has just over 39 cubic feet of storage behind the back row seats, and there’s about 76 cubic feet of storage capacity with the seats folded flat. Large and small items are equally accommodated with the Honda’s innovative cargo area that also has storage space for smaller personal belongings. The center console in the front row also has multiple storage options.

Features for the Honda vary based on trim level. The LX, which is the entry-level CR-V trim in 2021, gets dual zone climate control to begin. Its seats are manually adjustable in the front, and it has a four speaker audio system. Even more amenities are added on the second trim. Upgrading to the EX brings tinted windows for a distinctive look and privacy. You’ll also get some helpful features for starting and entering the car, including a push-button start and keyless entry. The EX has a seven-inch touchscreen display with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are a few more USB ports with this trim level. The EX-L, which is the next trim in the lineup, has a power liftgate and a premium sound system with eight speakers. The front passenger’s seat is power-adjustable beginning with this trim level. You will get leather seats for your CR-V from the EX-L trim and up. The top trim, called the Touring, adds wireless phone charging and a sound system with nine speakers. Its infotainment system is more advanced with the inclusion of navigation. The Touring also has a distinguished exterior with roof rails and LED headlights.

2021 Honda CR-V Interior


A number of advanced safety aids are standard at the base CR-V level in 2021, and the higher-end trims add even more. To start with, the Honda provides a safety package with lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning. The base trim also has automatic high beams to enhance its safety and visibility on the outside. The EX adds a few more safety aids, including a rear cross-traffic alert system that warns if cars are in your Honda’s path as you’re reversing. Blind-spot monitoring is also included as part of the EX trim’s list of safety aids. An auto-dimming rearview mirror comes with the EX-L trim and the Touring trim.

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*MSRP includes any selected accessories. MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, $1,175 destination charge and any accessory installation costs. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge applies to 2021 and newer models.

**28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.