Like some other Japanese carmakers, Honda is on a roll these days. The car giant is busy sprucing up its car portfolio for 2019. As a result, the popular compact crossover CR-V is also getting a makeover for 2019. Launched way back in 1995, the CR-V is based on Honda Civic platform. It is positioned between Honda Pilot and HR-V. The new 2019 Honda CR-V packs enough punch to trounce the segment rivals. It offers a nice mix of style, performance, and utility. The comfort factor is high and the vehicle scores high on fuel economy front too. A hybrid version may also be unveiled soon enough.
Exterior and Interior Design
The exterior styling of new Honda CR-V for 2019 is definitely quirky but it may not appeal to every buyer- as it is. It does pale a bit when placed aside rivals from stables of Kia and Mazda. There are 4 trim levels- Touring, LX, Ex-L, and EX. The exterior colors are Sandstorm Metallic, Molten Lava Pearl, Basque Red Pearl II, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Dark Olive Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Gunmetal Metallic and White Diamond Pearl. EX and higher trims get bigger alloy wheels and otherwise, all trims look more or less same from outside. The body has sharp creases and the front looks menacing with sleek wrap-around headlamps. The rear side looks sleek with stylish taillights and metal strip. Honda says the new car has a more aerodynamic design which helps improve fuel economy.
The cabin of 2019 Honda CR-V is better designed than its exterior and Honda has made it very functional too. Regardless of the trim, quality of the material is upscale and this is where the vehicle races ahead of most segment rivals. EX and later trims get laden with matte wood trim. The cargo area is especially well designed and you get plenty of Cubbyholes and a large center console. The modernized dashboard is inspired by Civic and same can be said about the enhanced three-zone instrument cluster. Maximum cargo space is generous at 75.8 cubic feet. The cabin has room for 4 large sized adults and with effort 5 passengers can be accommodated too.
2019 Honda CR-V Engine Options
The majority of trims are powered by a capable 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine which churns out 190 HP. It is mated with a CVT setup. While it may not be the fastest in class- the engine will not choke even with a fully loaded car. It is enough to tackle urban roads and occasional long highway trips. The other engine is a 2.4-liter inline-4 making 184 HP. In selected markets, a turbo diesel powertrain may also be on offer. The hybrid powertrain may be offered as per the industry news but Honda has not said much on the topic.
The ride quality is pretty good though you will miss the athletic feel offered by Mazda CX-5. An AWD setup is offered as an option. It does make driving on slippery roads easier though you cannot equate it with the proper off-roading setup. The good thing is its cabin remains mostly quiet. Honda has used several noise-deadening materials in the cabin and the result is decent. The overhauled suspension helps in reducing body roll and bouncing. Fuel economy is also pretty good and only the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid can beat it.
Spec and Features
The 2019 Honda CR-V is well laden both in safety technology and amenities. The base LX trim gets electronic parking brake, automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, LED running lights, cruise control. It lacks advanced safety technologies.
The 2019 Honda CR-V EX trim offers better value for money-surely. It adds turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 18-inch wheels, remote start, body-colored door handles, heated mirrors, fog lights, upgraded driver information center, keyless entry, sunroof, rear privacy glass, heated front seats, 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio and advanced safety features. It gets safety features like lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.
The 2019 Honda CR-V Ex-L Trim brings programmable-height power liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, and auto-dimming rearview mirror and HD radio. Top notch Touring trim adds LED headlights, roof rails, dual chrome exhaust, ambient interior lighting, navigation and rain-sensing automatic wipers. There are not many customization choices available for the car.
The base trim gets airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control. Three other trims get Honda Sensing suite. This driver assists and collision avoidance technology suite works well but sometimes features can be a little more sensitive than desired. It would have been better if the advanced features were made optional for the base trim.
The infotainment setup used in the new CR-V for 2019 is kind of a mixed bag. Honda has used a rotary knob for volume control- which is practical. However, the HondaLink setup UI is not very fast and if you use a top Smartphone- its response time will make you irate. The UI is not very sleek either.
Price and availability
The expected base trim price for 2019 Honda CR-V is $25000. The top trim price is going to be above $30000. It may get released sometimes in 2018.
Summing it up
The 2019 Honda CR-V is an exciting crossover which gets most things right. The styling may not be an award-winning type but you cannot say it is dull either. The cabin is well designed and no cheap material is there. Cargo space and functionality is good and so is a comfort. There are 2 engines to pick from and they are also decent. Ride quality has improved though it lacks the sportiness.
The advanced safety features are impressive but they are not available for the base trim- which is a bit of a downer. Amenity wise, the new CR-V sits middle of the road. You do not get much scope for customization, the new infotainment setup is average despite some improvements. The new CR-V will appeal to the target buyers provided Honda prices it reasonably. The new Mazda CX-5 will give it a tough fight. If Honda reveals the model with a hybrid powertrain, its prospects will improve.
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