Why Buy the Honda CR-V?
At first blush, the 2018 Honda CR-V certainly seems like the sensible choice - that is, it's got everything you need for a smooth, comfortable ride - but it's much more than that. Inside, you'll find a modern cabin design, with two roomy rows and generous elbow room for up to five passengers. Besides comfort, though, the CR-V delivers the high-tech goods, in the form of total smartphone integration and timesaving conveniences like a hands-free liftgate. After a complete redesign last year, the CR-V is smoother and more composed than ever before, whether you're headed up the highway or sailing through downtown traffic.
Which CR-V Should I Buy?
With four trim models to choose from, there's a 2018 Honda CR-V for every kind of budget. If you want to keep costs to a minimum, start with the base LX model. It's got everything you need for a smooth, comfortable trip - including automatic climate control. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are standard equipment; you can use this technology to make hands-free calls or stream endless podcasts. The EX, however, offers greater options for people who live and die with their phones in their hands. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, you can access smartphone apps directly on your central touchscreen. The EX also amps up your comfort levels with heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.
To the EX, the EX-L adds a few extra conveniences. You can program the height on the power liftgate, the perfect feature for anyone with a low-hanging ceiling in the garage. At night, the auto-dimming rearview mirror maximizes visibility by reducing headlight glare. The 2018 Honda CR-V Touring is as luxurious as it gets. Outside, its dual chrome exhaust tips and LED headlights stand out in a crowd. The Touring also includes a hands-free liftgate, cutting down on drama when you need to drop an armload of stuff into the cargo hold. Inside, ambient interior lighting gives the cabin a cool, modern glow.
Are Honda CR-Vs 4WD or AWD?
The 2018 Honda CR-V offers all-wheel drive, but not four-wheel drive. When you add all-wheel drive to your ride, you'll enjoy extra security on wet or icy pavement. The AWD model will even take you down light off-road paths, such as those found on campgrounds, with the traction you need to avoid getting stuck. AWD offers advanced traction for slippery conditions, but it's not the right choice if you're looking to go off-roading.
Is the Honda CR-V Safe?
In government crash tests, both the front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the new CR-V earned perfect five-star ratings for overall protection. This crossover is also one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 2018 Top Safety Picks.
As if that weren't enough to put your mind at ease, you're going to love this crossover's safety technology. All but the base LX model come standard with high-tech driver aids that help you make the best of a bad situation. This includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. And, should you drift unintentionally from the right path, the lane departure warning system will gently intervene, guiding you back to safety.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.