The Honda CR-V has been a dominating force in Canada’s new-car marketplace since the late 1990s. Over the course of more than 25 years, this compact crossover has grown to near mid-size dimensions while remaining an affordable and fuel-efficient option for Canadian families.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
The CR-V enters its sixth generation this year with an all-new design.
Honda offers the CR-V in LX, Sport, and EX-L trim levels, all powered by a 1.5L turbo four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. AWD is optional in LX and standard in the rest of the range.
A Canadian-first hybrid model is available too, and is covered in a separate buyer’s guide entry.
LX trim comes with a front wiper de-icer, LED headlights, 17-inch steel wheels with covers, digital gauges, dual-zone A/C, LED interior lighting, passive keyless entry, heated seats, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and four-speaker audio.
Every CR-V also includes a driver assistance package comprising forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic jam assist, and traffic sign recognition.
Sport gets 18-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, a sunroof, power tailgate, a power driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, and six-speaker audio.
EX-L gains front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming mirror, a power passenger seat, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, a 9.0-inch touchscreen, an eight-speaker stereo, and wireless phone charging.
Honda’s fuel consumption estimates are 8.4/7.1 L/100 km (city/highway) for the LX FWD configuration, and 9.1/7.6 L/100 km for AWD versions.
The new Honda CR-V, as before, competes with a long list of other compact SUVs: the Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, Chevrolet Equinox, Kia Sportage, Nissan Rogue, GMC Terrain, and Mitsubishi Outlander.