2021 Honda CR-V
A quintessential small SUV, the Honda CR-V may look small in appearance, but its spacious interior and cargo area makes it feel larger. Its easy handling and available all-wheel drive make the CR-V easy to maneuver. One of the keys to the SUV’s appeal is that it offers all of these features a little better than others in its class, making it the best compact SUV on the market according to U.S. News and World Report. Take a look at some of the CR-V’s most impressive elements, including its hybrid option, that might inspire you to get behind its wheel. View our new vehicle offers and Honda CR-V specials, then hop in the driver’s seat.
When considering the 2021 CR-V, which is Honda’s best-selling vehicle, keep in mind that you have four trims to choose from: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The CR-V also includes a hybrid option, which hit the market in 2020. This option has three trims: EX, EX-L, and Touring.
On the outgoing CR-V, Honda gave the SUV a slight exterior refreshing. It has an updated front end, including a blackout grille and a new bumper. The EX trims now ride on 18-inch wheels while the top-of-the-line Touring gets impressive 19-inch ones. When driving in the ever-changing Illinois weather, you want a vehicle that can navigate through inches of snow and torrential rains. The CR-V can help you avoid getting stranded in bad weather thanks to its excellent ground clearance. Front-wheel-drive vehicles have 7.8 inches, and all-wheel-drive ones have 8.2 inches of ground clearance.
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Although the outgoing CR-V had one of the most spacious interiors in its class, Honda sought to add even more space to the 2021 models and succeeded. Its two-row, five-passenger interior remains one of its best attributes, especially for rear-seat travelers who have more than 40 inches of legroom.
Its cargo area boasts above-average space, whether you keep the rear seats upright or folded. The 60/40-split rear seats fold easily with just the pull of a lever, and the rear cargo area includes a two-tier setup that allows you to set the floor flat or lower to keep items secure while traveling.
Whether you’re traveling just a few miles or heading across the country, the Honda CR-V interior remains comfortable. Higher-level trims include premium amenities such as power-adjustable seats, a heated steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Power and Performance
Every gas-powered CR-V vehicle comes equipped with the same engine, and it gives you plenty of power. This 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. Rest assured that this engine works perfectly well with regular unleaded gasoline.
The SUV also comes standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which earns praise for its refined and smooth operation. Also, when transitioning from a stopped position to a moving one, the vehicle moves quickly as you continue to accelerate. When properly equipped along with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the SUV can tow up to 1,500 pounds.
Every hybrid CR-V model has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine along with two electric motors. Combined, they make 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. It also offers a CVT and comes with three drive modes (Sport, Econ, and EV) to help the vehicle transition smoothly. In most driving situations, power goes directly to the front seats alone, but if the vehicle senses a need for additional traction while you’re traveling at any speed, it can send power to the rear wheels.
Despite only having one engine option, the gas-powered CR-V impresses with its gas mileage numbers. Expect to get an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway on vehicles with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel-drive models get 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. These numbers are some of the best in the compact SUV class.
With the hybrid CR-V, fuel economy numbers are more impressive, which you would expect. The SUV attains an estimated 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
When choosing a newer vehicle, you most likely want one that has the latest in technology features. The LX trim comes standard with a 5-inch display along with Bluetooth and a USB port. All other trims offer an abundance of technology, including an intuitive 7-inch touch display, additional USB ports, wireless device charging, navigation, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
All CR-V models come standard with the Honda Sensing Safety suite of driver-assistance features. Some of the highlighted features include lane-departure warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. It includes a handful of upgraded features, such as rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2021 Honda CR-V is as close to the perfect package as you’re going to get in its class. When you’re ready to take this SUV on a test drive, reach out to us at Ike Honda. Our auto finance center offers an online car payment calculator and pre-qualification for financing. We can help you get behind the wheel of this impressive vehicle and drive home in one today.