Honda CR-V review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Honda CR-V 2021 interior infotainment
  • Honda CR-V 2021 front cornering
  • Honda CR-V 2021 rear cornering
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior dashboard
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior rear seats
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior front seats
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior infotainment
  • Honda CR-V 2021 right tracking
  • Honda CR-V 2021 front left tracking
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior front seats
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior detail
  • Honda CR-V 2021 boot open
  • Honda CR-V 2021 front cornering
  • Honda CR-V 2021 rear cornering
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior dashboard
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior rear seats
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior front seats
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior infotainment
  • Honda CR-V 2021 right tracking
  • Honda CR-V 2021 front left tracking
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior front seats
  • Honda CR-V 2021 interior detail
  • Honda CR-V 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

If you simply look at its list price, the Honda CR-V seems rather expensive compared with the Citroën C5 Aircross and Mazda CX-5. They will be better bets if you want the lowest cash buy, but compared with other models, including the Kia Sorento, the CR-V is very competitively priced. It has strong resale values too, although not as strong as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's.

The 2.0 i-MMD Hybrid has always impressed us when it comes to fuel economy, and in our real-world test it managed more than 45mpg, which makes it a genuine alternative for a diesel. On the same day, the Kia Sorento Hybrid averaged 38mpg and the Land Rover Discovery Sport P200 mild hybrid did 25mpg.

Going for the pricier SR adds leather seats, heated front seats, ambient lighting and keyless entry, while the top-of-the-range EX features 19in alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, a heated steering wheel and a head-up display. These upgrades really push you up the price list, though, which is why we say stick with SE.

Honda CR-V 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Overview

Now with a five-seat, hybrid engine-only line-up, the Honda CR-V remains a very recommendable car. It's really economical, very roomy for passengers and luggage, comfortable and decent to drive. Reliability is also a strong point, but make sure you get a good discount to bring the price down.

  • Vast passenger and boot space
  • Economical hybrid system
  • Comfortable ride
  • CVT gearbox sends the engine racing
  • Poor infotainment system
  • Seven-seat versions hard to justify over rivals