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2014 Honda CR-V: Used Car Review

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With the exception of Pandora and automatic headlights for the EX trim, the 2014 Honda CR-V basically carries over unchanged from the 2013 model. Although you won't find a blind spot monitoring system that's included on the Ford Escape or the collision-avoidance system that's offered on the Mazda CX-5, the Honda CR-V is nevertheless a thoroughly modern compact crossover with an excellent safety, reliability and resale record. One of the most comfortable riding crossovers in the segment, the CR-V holds wide appeal to those who value a softer ride and quieter cabin over aggressive handling and a stiff suspension. The CR-V's fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine delivers both decent power and economy. The CR-V provides more than enough room for four adults and their gear with a spacious back seat and a wide cargo hold.

If there's one downside to the CR-V, it can be found in the way Honda parcels out options. Navigation, for example, is only available on top-of-the-line models, and the CR-V's audio and infotainment systems are not as advanced as those from Ford or Mazda. The CR-V also lacks the option of a more powerful turbocharged engine, something offered in both the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Kia Sportage.

What We Like

Excellent reliability record; good fuel economy; comfortable ride; big back seat; strong resale

What We Don't

No V6 or turbocharged engine option; best features only available on the top-line EX-L; 2-piece folding rear seat takes up storage space behind front seats; no sliding rear seat

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Honda CR-V offers only one engine choice: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard. Front-wheel-drive models earn an estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Add optional all-wheel drive (AWD) to the mix, and those numbers drop slightly to 22 mpg city/30 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

The Honda CR-V compact crossover comes in three trims: LX, EX and EX-L. All three trims can be equipped with Honda's Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System.

The CR-V LX comes nicely equipped and includes 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers, USB and auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth phone and music streaming with an SMS text-messaging interface, Pandora Internet Radio, a multi-information display, remote keyless entry, a rear backup camera and a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls.

The CR-V EX adds 17-in alloy wheels, a power sunroof, a security system, automatic headlights, front fog lights, rear privacy glass and two additional speakers for the audio system.

The CR-V EX-L brings leather seating, a 328-watt 7-speaker audio system, a power driver's seat with power lumbar support, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio.

Options for the CR-V are limited to the EX-L trim, which can be equipped with either a DVD navigation radio or a back-seat DVD entertainment system, but not both together.

Pricing

As you might expect, the Honda CR-V holds top ratings in the area of resale, which makes driving a hard bargain a bit more difficult. To get a good idea of the CR-V's price range, we suggest checking out the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

As of this time, there are no recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the 2014 Honda CR-V.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if any needed repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The Honda CR-V's safety record appears to be quite good. NHTSA gave the CR-V five stars for its frontal crash test, as well as for side-impact and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Honda CR-V crossover its highest rating of Good in its offset and side-impact crash tests but only a Marginal rating in its small-overlap front crash test.

The Honda CR-V left the factory with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; both are fully transferable. If you buy a certified pre-owned CR-V, you'll get a 150-point inspection, plus an extension of the 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty to 4 years and 48,000 miles, or if the vehicle's new-car warranty has expired, a 1-year/12,000-mile basic warranty from the date of purchase. The powertrain warranty is also extended by 7 years and 100,000 miles from the date that the vehicle entered service.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Ford Escape -- The Escape offers more power, better handling and more features, but its repair and resale record is somewhat spotty.

2014 Toyota RAV4 -- The RAV4 can match the CR-V for resale, reliability and features, plus its styling is more aggressive. There's also an available electric-vehicle model.

2014 Mazda CX-5 -- The CX-5 is the driver's crossover utility vehicle, with better handling than the CR-V. The CX-5 also gets better gas mileage, but it's not as roomy, quiet or smooth to drive.

2014 Kia Sportage -- The Sportage offers more power, a better standard warranty and more features for less, but the CR-V has a more comfortable ride and better resale figures.

Autotrader's Advice

We think that the best model is the EX. It provides a nice combination of features, such as alloy wheels and a sunroof, and it shouldn't cost that much more than a used LX. If you can't live without leather, navigation, heated seats and side mirrors, you're going to have to pony up more cash and get the EX-L.

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