2022 Honda CR-V Review
This latest-generation Honda CR-V debuted for the 2017 model year, meaning it's one of the oldest small SUVs on the market. And yet Honda has somehow come up with such a compelling overall package that the CR-V is still one of our top recommendations. Whether it's space, comfort, driver enjoyment or value, the Honda pretty much has you covered with the CR-V.
Other than the Touring trim adding standard all-wheel drive, the 2022 Honda CR-V is pretty much unchanged. That's hardly a bad thing, all things considered. The CR-V does face off against some other compelling small SUVs. The redesigned Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Tucson offer great value, for example, and the Mazda CX-5 stands out with its sleek styling and pleasing performance. Which one to get? Check out our CR-V Expert Rating below to help you decide.
What's it like to live with?
The current CR-V was hugely impressive when it made its debut, so Edmunds purchased one for our long-term test fleet. We racked up more than 40,000 miles before it left our hands, and you can read all about what it was like to own. Note that while Honda has made some updates since we tested that 2017 CR-V, most of our impressions still apply for 2022.
The Honda CR-V is a brilliant small SUV due to its high competency across the board. It has exceptional storage space and functionality, plenty of features, a comfortable ride and enjoyable performance. And all of that comes at a competitive price for the class.
How does the CR-V drive?
The CR-V's turbocharged engine provides quick acceleration compared to other small SUVs with base engines. In our testing, our all-wheel-drive CR-V sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. Thrilling? No, but it's more than adequate for the day-to-day commute. We're generally not fans of continuously variable automatic transmissions because of their awkward power delivery, but the CR-V's is an exception, delivering a fairly natural response in most situations.
The CR-V's steering and handling are also standouts. You'll have confidence piloting this SUV around turns. Steering is precise and connected while body motions are nicely controlled, which is something your passengers will appreciate.
How comfortable is the CR-V?
The CR-V's ride is quiet and smooth. You might notice some wind and tire noise, even the occasional engine revs when accelerating, but it's nothing out of the ordinary. The CR-V is comfortable on rougher road surfaces too. That's the case even in the Touring trim, which has the larger 19-inch wheels and shorter (less cushy) tire sidewalls.
The front seats provide good support and comfort for long drives. The rear seats are also decently comfortable and have a small amount of available recline to the seatback. As for the automatic climate control system, we've found it doesn't always maintain the precise temperature you've set, which can be annoying. However, the rear center vents will help ensure backseat passengers get a share of the airflow.
How’s the interior?
The CR-V has wide front and rear door openings that provide ample clearance on the way in. Occupants will have little difficulty entering or exiting. Once inside, the driver's seat and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel offer plenty of adjustability. The CR-V's interior dimensions are generally larger than those of rivals, and rear seating space is among the biggest you'll find in a small SUV. Four full-size adults will fit with little problem.
The main downside is the CR-V's control setup. Using the physical controls is intuitive, but some on-screen buttons are small and difficult to locate and press while driving. The digital temperature and fuel gauges flanking the speedometer can wash out in sunlight too.
How’s the tech?
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard on all but the LX trim, and Bluetooth connectivity and streaming audio are equipped on every Honda CR-V. Higher trims come with more USB ports, including two in the rear. The navigation screen is clear, but some touchscreen menus are clunky. The voice controls aren't that great to use either.
You do get plenty of safety equipment. Every CR-V comes with lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. Collision monitoring sometimes sends unnecessary alerts in dense traffic, but otherwise the systems are helpful.
How’s the storage?
One of the CR-V's defining traits is its massive storage space. There's 39.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats. You can also easily fold them down and increase capacity to 75.8 cubic feet. Small-item storage is also exceptional. The deep center console is configurable with a sliding tray that doubles as a cover for valuables.
For child transportation duty, all of the CR-V's rear seats have relatively accessible car seat anchors. The large rear passenger area means car seats fit without the need to move the front seats. Each of the outboard rear seats has a tether anchor on the rear seatback. The center seat's tether anchor is in the roof, which can slightly obstruct rear visibility.
The only shortfall in this category is the CR-V's 1,500-pound maximum towing capacity. That's enough for a really small trailer, but other small SUVs can tow upwards of 3,500 pounds.
How’s the fuel economy?
The EPA estimates the all-wheel-drive CR-V will get 29 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Front-wheel-drive models get 30 mpg combined. While those figures make it one of the most efficient vehicles in its class, we've found that the CR-V is fairly sensitive to driving style. For reference, a previous test vehicle averaged an impressive 35.4 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route, while another CR-V averaged about 28 mpg over longer testing.
Is the CR-V a good value?
The CR-V does not disappoint when it comes to build quality. Flowing interior panels and trim inserts fit together nicely. The same holds true for the leather on the seats and steering wheel in higher trims. Considering all trims now come with the turbocharged engine, the CR-V earns high marks for overall value in our book.
Honda delivers a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty that are typical for the segment. Roadside assistance is available for the duration of the limited warranty.
The CR-V offers little in the way of outright excitement, but it overdelivers when it comes to competency across the board. We make that trade happily with a compact SUV.
Which CR-V does Edmunds recommend?
The CR-V is pretty compelling even in its base trim, but we suggest stepping up to the midlevel EX trim for the best value. It includes some extra features such as blind-spot monitoring and Apple and Android smartphone integration without sending the price too high.
Honda CR-V models
The 2022 Honda CR-V is a five-passenger two-row crossover SUV that's available in five trim levels: LX, Special Edition, EX, EX-L and Touring. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional for all trims except the Touring, which gets standard AWD. There's also a Honda CR-V Hybrid, which we review separately on Edmunds. Highlight features for the CR-V include: