2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid

MSRP range: $30,560 - $36,350
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2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid Review

  • Roomy seating
  • Comfortable ride and secure handling
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Disappointing real-world fuel economy
  • Infotainment system is behind the times
  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Last year's base LX trim is no longer available
  • Part of the fifth CR-V generation introduced for 2017

Just like the regular CR-V, the CR-V Hybrid benefits from a spacious interior, plenty of storage space and a smooth ride. On top of that it has a special hybrid powertrain that provides higher fuel efficiency than the regular CR-V. The EPA estimates it will get 38 mpg in combined city/highway driving. That's among the highest estimates you'll find for a small SUV and 9 mpg better than a comparable all-wheel-drive gas-only CR-V. Unfortunately, the CR-V Hybrid underperformed in our real-world fuel economy testing; read our Expert Rating to learn more about our testing experience.

After its redesign last year, the CR-V Hybrid returns in 2021 without the base LX trim, but it's otherwise the same. As a result, it maintains a favorable position among small hybrid SUVs that include the Ford Escape Hybrid, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the revived Toyota Venza.

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It was merely a matter of time until Honda hybridized its wildly popular CR-V. Everything we've come to expect and admire about the standard CR-V has been carried over. But, as smoothly as the CR-V Hybrid drives, its lackluster acceleration leaves us wishing for just a bit more grunt. Also it doesn't seem to have markedly better real-world fuel economy than the non-hybrid version.
The CR-V Hybrid sets the standard for this class thanks in large part to the unparalleled smoothness from its hybrid powertrain. The transition from the electric motor to the gas engine is seamless and rivals that of systems typically found on luxury cars costing twice as much.

The brakes are equally as smooth and deliver confident stops up to a traffic light or in a panic-braking situation. At our test track, the CR-V Hybrid showed excellent consistency, stopping from 60 mph in 125 feet. That's 6 feet shorter than the RAV4 Hybrid we tested.

But the CR-V Hybrid is let down by its lackluster acceleration. Even though it's more powerful than a standard CR-V on the spec sheet, our testing showed otherwise. The 0-60 mph sprint took 8.5 seconds, which is a full second slower than the non-hybrid model. Climbing longer grades takes a heavy foot, and you can hear the underpowered gasoline engine struggling to hold a steady speed.
It's difficult to find fault here. From its accommodating seats to its extremely well-sorted ride, the CR-V Hybrid is comfortable for a wide variety of people. The climate control system has no trouble maintaining a comfortable temperature and can adequately cool rear passengers too.

Oddly enough, because the engine and transmission are so smooth, the Hybrid exposes a real lack of sound insulation in the CR-V. Road noise from other vehicles on the road is prevalent, and wind noise is pervasive at highway speeds.
With the exception of the push-button gear selector, there's not much to separate the CR-V Hybrid from the non-hybrid model, and that's fine by us. Thanks to its generous door openings and agreeable ride height, getting into the CR-V Hybrid is a breeze for all passengers. And once inside, the interior is spacious for all occupants. Even taller rear passengers will find more than enough legroom.

Visibility is generally good, especially looking forward thanks to slim windshield pillars and a relatively low hoodline. But a high beltline, no matter how tall the windows are, can make it difficult to see a car directly alongside you. And while rear visibility is fair, the high-contrast, low-resolution backup camera is not very clear in even the best conditions.
Tech is a bit of hit-and-miss. The CR-V's infotainment system looked sleek and attractive when it first came out for 2017, but by the latest standards it's showing its age. That's not to say it's poor, but offerings from Mazda and Hyundai are easier to use and nicer to look at.

Even though we weren't won over by our test vehicle's top-of-the-line audio system — its sound quality was unremarkable — we were impressed with the number of charging options. With two USB ports for front passengers and two for rear passengers as well as an available wireless charging pad, every passenger's device should have power.

The CR-V's adaptive cruise control works well, as does the lane-keeping function. Overall, the advanced driver aids are well calibrated to many different conditions.
The CR-V Hybrid offers 33.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which is good for the class. But it doesn't quite match the space on offer in the RAV4 Hybrid (37.5 cubic feet) or non-hybrid CR-V (39.2 cubes). Of course, 60/40-split folding rear seats increase the capacity and flexibility of the CR-V Hybrid. Lowering the seats is easy, and the seats fold relatively flat, but they're a bit heavy to lift back up into position.

Honda continues to impress with interior storage options. From rubber-lined hidden cubbies to various trays and pockets, both front and rear passengers should have ample room to store their personal items. Generous rear-seat space and easy-to-access anchors make installing car seats, even large ones, a breeze.
The EPA's 38 mpg combined estimate is competitive, but real-world fuel economy in our experience is disappointing. On our standardized 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route, the CR-V Hybrid struggled to clear 32 mpg, even with a light foot. We suspect the underpowered gasoline engine has to work too hard to keep up with traffic, and the boost from the electric motor simply isn't enough at speeds more than 45 mph.

In contrast, we had a much easier time getting close to the EPA estimates with the RAV4 Hybrid (an EPA 40 mpg combined). We even got better fuel economy on our test route with the regular non-hybrid CR-V.
The CR-V Hybrid doesn't command much of a premium over the non-hybrid version, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. As is typical for Honda, the CR-V's build quality is unassailable, and the interior works and fits together in ways other manufacturers can't quite seem to match, especially at this price point.

The CR-V Hybrid's three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranties are standard for the class. The hybrid components are warrantied for a strong eight years/100,000 miles, just like the RAV4 Hybrid. It's nice to see Honda offering roadside assistance to match the duration of the bumper-to-bumper warranty.
If you value practicality and refinement with a touch of efficiency, the CR-V Hybrid will likely make for a good companion. The Hybrid goes about its daily duties with near exceptional smoothness and composure, so much so that it almost starts feeling like more of a luxury car than a small Honda SUV. It provides little thrill or driving enjoyment, but the CR-V's competence can take the edge off in its own way.

Which CR-V Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?

Value and efficiency are the name of the game here. That's why we recommend the base EX trim. You get a long list of standard equipment and advanced safety features for the money. The extras on the EX-L and Touring are nice but nothing that you can't live without.

Honda CR-V Hybrid models

The 2021 CR-V Hybrid is offered in three trim levels: EX, EX-L and Touring. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a hybrid system combines to produce 212 horsepower. All three trims come standard with all-wheel drive. Feature highlights include:

EX
The entry-level EX trim comes well appointed with:

  • LED headlights
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Remote engine start
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings
  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Four USB ports
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-speaker audio system

Every CR-V Hybrid also comes with a collection of advanced driver safety aids that includes:

    • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the CR-V Hybrid and the car in front)
    • Forward collision warning with automatic braking (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
    • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the CR-V Hybrid centered in its lane)
    • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)

EX-L
Besides the EX features, the EX-L adds a few niceties that include:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Power liftgate

Touring
The range-topping Touring model completes the lineup with added convenience features such as:

  • Unique LED headlights
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Nine-speaker premium audio system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Hands-free liftgate

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid.

Average user rating: 4.8 stars
11 total reviews
5 star reviews: 82%
4 star reviews: 18%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • fuel efficiency
  • technology
  • driving experience
  • handling & steering
  • interior
  • engine
  • comfort
  • sound system
  • road noise
  • climate control
  • wheels & tires

Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Love it.
Lala ,
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I purchased the Honda CR-V Hybrid EXL model. Only gripe is the loud noise that comes from engine sometimes if I am sitting in park. One thing that I noticed and like is that the front console area is an improvement from previous years. I have a deeper space to put my belongings and purse between driver seat and passenger side. There isn’t a stick shift in this model, I love it! It’s convenient and keeps front cabin feeling less cramped. The infotainment system is alright, I would take 1/2 of a star off for that because Mixcloud has Not been connecting. The dark leather grey seating is nice, along with heated seats. I am averaging 38+ mpg. I do hit the EV button if I am sitting in thick traffic, seems to work. Other than that not sure if I needed the hybrid? You can only go one full mile on full electric, wishing it was a bit more. I do think I purchased a great car.
5/5 stars, A four wheel drive car made for the North Country
Sooze,
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The new Honda CRV's are big, about as big as a Subaru Outback. I just transitioned from a Honda Civic Hybrid after owning and driving this Civic for 16 years - it still got 49 - 50 mpg. However, we need an all wheel drive car with a high undercarriage which will dependably always get us up our NH gravel road, a 10% grade in places, during the winter. Neighbors up here who have Honda CRV's always get up the mountain! That is our expectation. The Hybrid offers somewhat better mpg than the regular CRV.
4/5 stars, Picked up a lease for a great ride.
David,
EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Very nice car to drive, easy and controlled driving experience, real world mpg is about 35 for me, mostly city. And I drive slow, so no way 40 is realistic. But, auto headlights, drive assist, backup camera, heated seats, sound system is nice. Only complaint is misleading mpg estimate.
5/5 stars, Hybrid Love!
Paul Bloom,
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The Honda CRV -Hybrid is awesome ! The range & mileage are excellent.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$30,560
MPG & Fuel
40 City / 35 Hwy / 38 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.0 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 212 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 232 lb-ft @ 0 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 182.1 in. / Height: 66.5 in. / Width: 73.0 in.
Curb Weight: 3649 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 33.2 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite CR-V Hybrid safety features:

Collision Mitigation Braking System
Detects and warns of potential front impacts and automatically engages the brakes to mitigate or prevent a collision.
Lane Keeping Assist
Monitors the vehicle's position in its lane with a camera and automatically corrects your course to prevent an inadvertent lane departure.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
Adjusts the speed to maintain a set distance from traffic ahead and can bring the vehicle down to a stop.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover16.4%


Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. the competition

2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2021 Ford Escape

2021 Ford Escape

Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. Ford Escape

The Honda CR-V Hybrid and the Ford Escape Hybrid are pretty evenly matched. Both deserve praise for their spacious cabins and overall comfort, but the Escape Hybrid gains an advantage with its easier-to-use infotainment system. Also, the Escape's EPA-estimated and real-world fuel economy beats the CR-V's. In the CR-V Hybrid's favor are its smoother acceleration and more confident handling.

Compare Honda CR-V Hybrid & Ford Escape features 

Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. Toyota Venza

The Toyota Venza name has been revived, and it's now more of a typical SUV than the previous, more wagon-like version. It's slightly bigger than the CR-V Hybrid, but not in terms of price. It trails the Honda in our rankings by the slightest of margins, but shoppers seeking a bit more luxury will likely find the Venza more to their liking. In many ways, it's as comfortable and luxurious as a Lexus.

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Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

We actually prefer the hybrid version of the RAV4 to the traditional gasoline-only RAV4. You get an increase in fuel economy, and it doesn't cost that much to upgrade to the RAV4 Hybrid. Compared to the CR-V Hybrid, the Toyota loses points with its odd brake pedal feel and outdated infotainment system graphics, but it does get better real-world fuel economy.

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FAQ

Is the Honda CR-V Hybrid a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 CR-V Hybrid both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Honda CR-V Hybrid fuel economy, so it's important to know that the CR-V Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 38 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the CR-V Hybrid has 33.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda CR-V Hybrid. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid:

  • Last year's base LX trim is no longer available
  • Part of the fifth CR-V generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Honda CR-V Hybrid reliable?

To determine whether the Honda CR-V Hybrid is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the CR-V Hybrid. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the CR-V Hybrid's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 CR-V Hybrid and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 CR-V Hybrid is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid?

The least-expensive 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid is the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $30,560.

Other versions include:

  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $36,350
  • EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $33,150
  • EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $30,560
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What are the different models of Honda CR-V Hybrid?

If you're interested in the Honda CR-V Hybrid, the next question is, which CR-V Hybrid model is right for you? CR-V Hybrid variants include Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of CR-V Hybrid models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid Overview

The 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: CR-V Hybrid SUV. Available styles include Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 CR-V Hybrid 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 CR-V Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 CR-V Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,735. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,009 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,009 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,726.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 6.3% below the MSRP.

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2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,325. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,038 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,038 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,287.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 5.9% below the MSRP.

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2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,525. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,234 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,234 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,291.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 6% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 67 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid?

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