Class-leading passenger and cargo space; efficient engines; refined driving experience; clever storage; widely available safety tech
No hybrid or higher-performance engine option available; tech interface can frustrate
The CR-V is unchanged for 2019. It received a full redesign two years ago.
The base CR-V really doesn't make much sense unless you simply want the car with the lowest price tag. For about $3,000 extra, the EX trim delivers a massive increase in desirable feature content along with better fuel economy. As the volume-selling trim level, you should also be able to easily find one in the right color and at the right price.
The 2019 CR-V comes in a single, 5-passenger configuration and is offered with four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. All can be equipped with FWD or AWD.
The LX ($24,350) comes standard with 17-in alloy wheels, LED running/accent lights, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding and reclining back seat (with remote "easy fold" pulls in the cargo area), a backup camera, Bluetooth, one USB port and a 4-speaker sound system.
The EX ($27,250) is the trim most people end up with, which isn't surprising given its dramatic uptick in equipment. It adds the turbocharged engine described above plus 18-in wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, proximity entry and push-button start, remote ignition, rear privacy glass, a sunroof, a cargo cover, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver seat, heated front seats, three extra USB ports (one front, two rear), a 7-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 6-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Also included is a package of accident avoidance tech consisting of blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning systems, plus automatic emergency braking, lane-departure prevention, a driver inattention monitor, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control with traffic-friendly slow-speed follow capability.
The EX-L ($29,750) adds a power liftgate, leather upholstery, driver memory settings, a 4-way power passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, HD radio and an 8-speaker sound system. A navigation system can be added to the existing touchscreen and is the CR-V's only factory option.
The Touring ($32,750) steps things up with roof rails, LED headlights, automatic wipers, a hands-free power liftgate, a sound system subwoofer and the navigation system.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Mazda CX-5 -- The CX-5 is a more engaging vehicle to drive than the CR-V and arguably more visually appealing, but can't match Honda's utility. Unlike the CR-V and the other competitors below, the CX-5 offers a more powerful engine upgrade this year.
2019 Toyota RAV4 -- The CR-V's longtime nemesis is completely redesigned for 2019. It cedes ground to the CR-V in terms of practicality, but counters with more character and capability. It also offers a hybrid model.
2019 Subaru Forester -- If the RAV4 ceded practicality ground, the also-new Forester dug in for battle with a larger cabin (it tops the CR-V's previously class-leading cargo space), greenhouse like outward visibility, uber-easy infotainment and an abundance of accident avoidance tech.
Used Honda Pilot -- If the CR-V still doesn't have the family-friendly utility you need, a bigger SUV is probably in order. Now that the latest-generation Pilot (the rounded one, not the boxy one) should be finding its way onto used lots, it's a smart alternative to consider.