2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V
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2018 Honda CR-V
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What’s new

  • Comprehensively redesigned last year, the 2018 Honda CR-V carries over unchanged.

Pros

  • Turbocharged engine delivers a rare combination of thrift and zest
  • Roomy interior with cavernous cargo capacity for this class
  • Rides comfortably yet handles corners athletically
  • Plentiful and thoughtful storage areas

Cons

  • Optional navigation system isn't as reliable as expected
  • Base LX's engine is weaker and thirstier than the turbo
  • Touchscreen can be finicky to use and lacks a separate tuning knob


Which CR-V does Edmunds recommend?

We're torn between the EX and the EX-L. The latter has desirable luxury features such as leather upholstery, a programmable power liftgate and a premium audio system. We liked it enough to buy one for our long-term test fleet. But do you really need those amenities in your compact crossover? If you just need a practical utility vehicle, the cheaper EX offers generous features of its own, including a sunroof, and it comes standard with the same turbocharged engine and a 7-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4 / 5

The Honda CR-V was redesigned last year and, frankly, we were surprised by how deep the changes went. Rather than phone in some superficial tweaks to a top-selling model, Honda gave it a ground-up overhaul that decisively parted ways with its predecessor. The 2018 Honda CR-V sets a new pace for its rivals to follow.

Among the tricks up this fifth-generation CR-V's sleeve is a turbocharged engine that comes on all trims except for the base LX. With ample low-end torque and a fuel-sipping design — fuel economy climbs as high as 34 mpg highway, according to EPA estimates — the turbo engine is a natural fit in the CR-V.

The 2018 Honda CR-V also benefits from an overhauled suspension that reduces body roll in corners without compromising its historically compliant ride. The wheelbase is longer, the front and rear tracks are wider, and there's even an extra 1.5 inches of ground clearance for those who found that the previous CR-V scraped its stomach too often in light-duty off-roading. All-wheel drive remains an option for those mild excursions into the dirt, as well as for increased stability in wet weather.

Inside, the CR-V follows the latest Civic's lead with a modernized dashboard, a digitally enhanced instrument cluster, and an updated touchscreen that thankfully includes a physical volume knob. There's also more rear legroom than in earlier models and an exceptional 75.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space that makes the supposedly compact CR-V a legitimate alternative to midsize SUVs.

Add it all up and the CR-V is a strong contender for best-in-class honors, despite tough competition from crossover rivals such as the more rugged Subaru Forester and the more athletic Nissan Rogue.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Honda CR-V as one of Edmunds' Best Family SUVs and Best Small SUVs for this year.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Honda CR-V is offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. The LX isn't exactly bare-bones, but it does have a less powerful engine along with a 5-inch display screen and no sunroof. Step up to the EX and you get a standard sunroof plus a 7-inch touchscreen, a power driver seat and a more powerful, turbocharged engine. The EX-L tacks on items such as leather, premium audio and a power liftgate, while the Touring goes all in with LED headlights, a subwoofer and more.

Opt for the base LX and you'll get a decent roster of equipment, including a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (184 horsepower, 180 pound-feet of torque) paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, an electronic parking brake, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, automatic climate control, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 5-inch color LCD dashboard display, and a four-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Honda's various advanced safety technologies are not offered on the LX, although all-wheel drive is optional as on all trims.

The EX ups the ante with a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine (190 hp, 179 lb-ft), remote start, 18-inch wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, body-colored door handles and spoiler, rear privacy glass, a retractable cargo cover, keyless entry and start, an upgraded driver information center, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver's seat, and heated front seats.

Infotainment features include a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Audio phone integration, satellite radio, an upgraded rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, numerous advanced safety features (automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking) and second-row USB charging ports.

The EX-L's upgrades include a programmable-height power liftgate, driver-seat memory settings, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat (though it lacks a height adjustment), a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an eight-speaker audio system with HD radio. A navigation system is optional on the EX-L but not on the lesser trims.

The top-of-the-line Touring boasts LED headlights, dual chrome exhaust tips, roof rails, automatic wipers, hands-free functionality for the power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, a navigation system and a subwoofer for the audio system.

Aside from the EX-L's optional navigation system, there are no factory options for the 2018 CR-V, so the only question is which trim level is right for you.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our First Drive of the 2017 Honda CR-V EX-L (turbo 1.5L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).

Driving

4
With capable if not thrilling acceleration, composed handling and confident highway manners, the turbocharged CR-V is a multidisciplined competitor. If you're looking for a small SUV that doesn't makes compromises for its size, this Honda fits the bill.

Acceleration

4
Small-displacement turbocharged engines often struggle in SUVs, but not the 1.5-liter engine in the CR-V. It's quicker than most rivals, providing good low-end oomph for scooting through city streets. You won't be nervous on a freeway onramp, and you won't need to slam on the gas to pass slowpokes.

Braking

4
Owners will find linear and progressive responses from the brake pedal during both light and hard stops. In our emergency braking testing, the CR-V's best stop from 60 mph took 116 feet, which falls in line with what we expect from compact SUVs.

Steering

5
Steering resistance builds naturally as you turn the wheel, giving the CR-V a sense of precision and confidence. The wheel also returns to center smoothly, ensuring stability on the freeway. A standout in the class.

Handling

4
The CR-V strikes an admirable balance between handling and ride quality. Midcorner bumps and other road irregularities don't upset it, and body roll is minimal. You can confidently snake up a curvy road without sickening your passengers or unnecessarily triggering the stability control.

Drivability

4
Continuously variable automatic transmissions often feel strange, but the CR-V's is among the best. Accelerating from a stop feels natural, but full-throttle acceleration feels a bit odd as the engine speed remains constant. Cruise control doesn't manage speed going downhill, a potential annoyance.

Off-road

3
Though it isn't designed for challenging off-road driving, the 7.8 inches (front-wheel drive) to 8.2 inches (all-wheel drive) of ground clearance means you won't have problems with the occasional unpaved road. Hill descent control is not available.

Comfort

4
The CR-V's ride is quieter and more supple than ever, and accommodations for front and rear occupants are spacious and inviting. You may hear some engine noise while accelerating up a freeway onramp, but the sound falls on the pleasing side of the spectrum.

Seat comfort

4.5
The power driver's seat (EX models and up) provides eight-way adjustment, plus four-way lumbar, ensuring a fit for drivers of all sizes. You won't hear complaints during long trips from the backseat unless you have someone in the center. Alas, only the driver gets to adjust seat height.

Ride comfort

4.5
The CR-V is composed and settled over almost any kind of surface. Impacts happen once and that's it, thanks in part to fluid-filled suspension bushings and Honda's decision to stay with reasonably sized 18-inch wheels. There's plenty of tire sidewall to absorb the bumps, resulting in a smooth ride.

Noise & vibration

3.5
You'll notice some wind and tire noise, but the engine is only noticeable when you step hard on the gas — and it doesn't sound bad either. None of it is loud enough to drown out conversations or force occupants to raise their voices.

Climate control

4
Drivers sensitive to temperature changes might need to fiddle with the controls more than they prefer since the system doesn't work as well at low settings. Heated front seats are standard on all trims except LX. Rear passengers will appreciate vents on the back of the front armrest.

Interior

4.5
The interior design improves practicality and offers a welcome dose of style compared to the last-generation model. Owners will appreciate little tricks such as adjusting the opening height for the rear hatch for tight garages and venting all four windows on hot days by holding the unlock button.

Ease of use

3.5
The physical controls are very intuitive, but the touch-sensitive buttons can be annoying. Some on-screen buttons are small, and it's too easy to graze the touch-sensitive volume control on the steering wheel. The digital temperature and fuel gauges flanking the speedometer wash out in sunlight.

Getting in/getting out

4.5
The wide front and rear door openings provide plenty of head and leg clearance on the way in. The CR-V is a little taller than before, but it remains just as easy to step inside — overlapping doors with narrow sills help. Occupants of all sizes will have little difficulty entering or exiting.

Driving position

4
It's simple to put the seat and steering wheel right where you want, and the gauge cluster is easy to see in its entirety. The armrests sit at equal heights, but what looks like a pad for your right knee is actually hard plastic, which might be uncomfortable for the longer-legged.

Roominess

5
Never mind the compact part of this SUV's class. Interior dimensions are generally larger than those of rivals, with exception of front head- and legroom, which are by no means tight. Rear seating space is the biggest you'll find in a small SUV. Four full-size adults will fit with zero problems.

Visibility

4.5
The windshield pillars don't obstruct your front view, and it's easy to sense the front bumper's location. Blind spots are minimal, and monitoring is standard on all but the LX. Rear headrests encroach slightly on the rear window but don't obstruct. The backup camera covers a wide viewing angle.

Quality

4
Flowing interior panels and trim inserts show generally convincing quality, as does the leather adorning the seats and steering wheel (EX-L and Touring trim levels). A well-built vehicle in every respect.

Utility

5
The CR-V is a master of practicality. From its enormous and multiconfigurable storage capacity to its many clever compartments, this Honda makes you question if a larger SUV is necessary.

Small-item storage

5
The reconfigurable center console has a deep storage well and a sliding tray that's rubberized and textured. It also doubles as a cover for hiding small valuables. From large cupholders to a phone shelf and deep door pockets, there's a place for your and your passengers' items.

Cargo space

5
At 39.2 cubic feet, the CR-V's rear storage space is at the top of the class, rivaling room in larger SUVs. The rear seats flip down easily and softly, expanding space to a massive 75.8 cubic feet. A clever height-adjustable cargo floor lets you choose between a flat loading surface or more space.

Child safety seat accommodation

4
All rear seats have easily accessible LATCH anchors. The large rear passenger area means car seats fit without moving the front seats. Outboard rear seats each have a tether anchor on the rear seatback. The center seat's tether anchor is in the roof, which can slightly obstruct rear visibility.

Towing

3
The CR-V offers a 1,500-pound towing capacity, which is about the norm for the class. It cannot be towed behind a motorhome.

Technology

4
With smartphone integration and advanced safety features standard on the majority of trims (all but LX), the CR-V makes a strong case on paper. Alas, the entertainment system and voice controls can be annoying. But that doesn't matter much if you plug in your smartphone, which is fully supported.

Audio & navigation

3.5
Honda replaced the volume slider with a physical knob, but other aspects of the touchscreen's menus still feel clunky and stilted. Smartphone owners with good reception can get navigation for free via Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, so they can think twice about buying the optional navigation system.

Smartphone integration

4.5
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are standard on all but the base LX trim. Front and rear occupants get two USB ports each.

Driver aids

4
Lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise, forward collision, and blind-spot monitoring are standard on all but LX trims. Collision monitoring throws the occasional false positive during congested city driving, but most systems are otherwise unobtrusive or easily disabled.

Voice control

3
Standard voice controls are somewhat cumbersome, such that it's often faster to rely on the physical or on-screen controls. Fortunately, a long press on the voice control button lets you engage the advanced Siri or Google Voice voice recognition system when your smartphone is plugged in.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Honda CR-V.

We surprised ourselves!
William Price,02/14/2018
We have had a Subaru Outback for 20 years, and have loved it. It has been the most useful and reliable car we have ever owned (and both my wife and I are north of age 65, so we have owned a goodly number of cars). We researched a new car purchase for over a year, and pretty much assumed we would get another Subaru (most likely a Forester, for its compact size and off-road agility). We have also owned a 2000 Jeep Wrangler since it was almost new, and have done a lot of 4-wheeling. We live in the lower part of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and get a modest amount of snow along with the rain. So, we value good traction in a rural area. But, when we finally test-drove a Forester, we found the ride was a bit stiffer than we liked, the seats were too firm, and entry/exit was a little difficult for my 5'3" wife. Then, we drove the Honda CR-V. We felt it was noticeably more comfortable. Also, it has a plusher interior, and slightly larger cargo volume. We thought it was generally classier looking. (We recognized that the Forester has a half-inch more ground clearance, and possibly slightly better safety technology, notably the rear braking feature.) We really like the Honda's little engine, which has absolutely no turbo lag, and is much more responsive than the old Outback ever was. The technology is excellent, the safety features are most comforting, the Molten Lava Pearl Red paint is very good fun; Folsom Lake Honda is excellent to work with for both purchase and service. We are gratified to learn that Kelley Blue Book and Motor Trend magazine have given the CR-V "best of class" recognition. We have kept the Subaru, but we have a new love.
So far this is a great car
Cliff,04/07/2018
I haven't had any problems with this car. I think it's great. I don't have the fuel in oil problem that some are having. Apparently it's been a problem with some CRVs from 2016 to 2018 models. I don't know how common the problem is. I am hopeful Honda will fix the problem soon. I decided to base my review on my experiences and not what I read about others. The ride is comfortable. The turbo has plenty of power for me. I enjoy the blind spot warning, brake warning, automatic rear view mirror(never had this before), and other features. The entertainment system took me a while to figure out, but it works fine with quality sound. Based upon my experiences, I recommend this vehicle.
Great car overall, except for gas in oil
Bill in Delaware,06/11/2018
A lot of good things to say about the 2018 CR-V. I have the EX-L model, a great set of safety features, a good amount of room, pretty good stereo. But... Infotainment center is poorly designed, Honda focused too much on getting rid of physical knobs, so nearly everything requires several clicks on the touchscreen, including controlling where you cabin air goes. REALLY? Hopefully, in the 2019, they will greatly simplify the operation, so it is less of a safety hazard operating the climate control or sound system. But the really big problem is OIL IN THE GAS. There are several symptoms that go with this: heater very slow to warm up in winter; rising engine oil levels; smell of gasoline on the dipstick, and sometimes in the passenger cabin. Honda has recalled over 100,000 CR-Vs in China for this problem, but is downplaying it in US and Canada. Getting a turbo that runs on regular fuel seemed like a real bonus. Except it doesn't run WELL on regular fuel. In fact, this may be a major contributor to fuel in the oil. I've found running premium fuel provides much better engine performance, and possibly a decrease in the oil contamination problem. If you plan to buy, REQUIRE the dealer to throw in a 100,000 mile, 8 year warranty to cover engine and electronics. Let them know you are aware of the engine problem, and if THEY have faith in the car they build, they will stand behind it with a longer warranty.
We like our CR-V
Stan,02/11/2018
A quality vehicle. We like the steering (precise), road-ability (stable - goes were you point it and stays there), the engine (peppy and quiet), the large storage area and the "fold flat" second row. I could actually sleep in it, and I'm 5' 10". It is tight and solid, without squeaks and rattles. Nice fit and finish. Our gas mileage has been great: 25 around town and on a pokey 200 mile "break in trip" at 50 - 65 mph we actually got 34. The negatives: the front driver's seat is pretty hard, and the seat bottom is short, so the "under thigh" support is lacking, a comfort negative on a long trip. The center console is so wide it makes buckling front seat belts very tight, especially with thick winter clothing. All in all, we're quite happy with our purchase. With only 550 miles on it, the reliability remains to be seen. We also like the CVT transmission, but the reliability of the design also remains to be seen. UPDATE August, 2018: We now have 4200 miles on it. After owning it a few months we began to notice a slight, rapid vibration at 65 mph. It sort of "phased in and out" at about a 5-7 second interval. Rebalancing tires and tire rotation changed nothing. The dealership, because the vibration was so slight, pronounced it "normal" and refuses to pursue it further. My wife scarcely notices it, but it's in there and it irritates me. No factory service bulletins reflect this problem, and no similar complaints are found online. Service manager's "it's all yours attitude" has caused me to take my routine service elsewhere.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$28,450
MPG
27 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$30,950
MPG
27 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$27,050
MPG
28 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$29,550
MPG
28 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite CR-V safety features:

Mitigation Braking System
Brakes the vehicle automatically if an imminent collision is detected and you haven't responded quickly enough.
Lane Keeping Assist
Monitors the vehicle's position in its lane with a camera and automatically corrects your course to prevent inadvertent lane departure.
Auto High-Beam Headlights
Activates and deactivates high beams depending on traffic. Honda includes this typically luxury-class feature starting at the EX level.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.3%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Honda CR-V vs. the competition

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4

The CR-V isn't particularly exciting to drive, but the Toyota RAV4 isn't either, although the RAV4 SE trim ratchets up the sport quotient a bit. Both are equally comfortable for driver and passengers. And they're equally roomy. The CR-V offers slightly better fuel economy, while the RAV4 offers more user-friendly tech. In our evaluation, we give the more modern CR-V the edge with a four-star rating. The RAV4's dated interior and underwhelming quality of its materials drag it down to three stars.

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Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5

Compact crossover SUVs are built around utility, and the CR-V does offer 15 more cubic feet of maximum cargo space than the Mazda CX-5. For its part, though, the CX-5 shifts the crossover's terms of engagement: It's built around you actually enjoying the drive, not just having a vehicle to swallow a big-box binge. If you like your cars quick in the curves and don't mind the loss of some cargo space, the CX-5 is an excellent choice. We also prefer its infotainment system.

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Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback

The CR-V has stiff competition in the Subaru Outback, which is appealing for drivers who value rugged utility in a compact SUV. The CR-V gets better fuel economy and offers more cargo space, but not by much. What the Outback sacrifices to the CR-V's street civility, it makes up for with standard all-wheel drive, a sleek wagon shape, and a deft ability to traverse broken road. The CR-V can get you to the trailhead; the Outback can get you past it.

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2018 Honda CR-V for Sale

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Dark Olive Metallic 2018 Honda CR-V 1.5T Touring AWD CVT 1.5L I4 DOHC 16V ABS brakes, Active Cruise Control, Alloy wheels, Compass, Electronic Stability Control, Front dual zone A/C, Heated door mirrors, Heated Front Bucket Seats, Heated front seats, Illuminated entry, Leather Seat Trim, Low tire pressure warning, Navigation System, Power moonroof, Remote keyless entry, Traction control. Recent Arrival! 33/27 Highway/City MPG** All prices exclude taxes, title, license, and dealer processing fee of $699.00. Published price subject to change without notice to correct errors or omissions or in the event of inventory fluctuations. All features not on all vehicles. Vehicles shown are for illustration purposes only. MPG is based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.

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FAQs

Is the Honda CR-V a good car?

Even in base LX trim, the Honda CR-V fulfills its mission of comfortable, capable utility. Moving up through the trim levels brings additional convenience, tech and luxury touches (such as a power liftgate, a larger touchscreen display and leather upholstery). But the CR-V is remarkably well sorted from the start. Last year's changes made the CR-V even more refined.

The best reason to step up above the base trim is the turbocharged engine that's standard in the EX, EX-L and Touring trims. It's smooth and zippy, offers good low-end punch for those often-necessary short sprints in the city, and gets better fuel economy than the base four-cylinder. We're not sold on the CR-V's continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), but it's a moot point since there's no other option. We've also found the CR-V's touchscreen a bit finicky and not quite as seamless to use as rival entertainment systems.

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Does the Honda CR-V have good MPG?

At its best, the Honda CR-V returns an EPA-estimated 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in combined driving (28 mpg in the city). That's for a front-wheel-drive model with the 1.5-liter turbo engine. Adding all-wheel drive drops those numbers 1 mpg across the board, although any small SUV that maximizes fuel like a compact sedan is doing something right. The CR-V's base engine is only slightly less impressive at 28 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway) or 27 mpg combined (25 city/31 highway) with all-wheel drive.

The CR-V stands as a class leader in fuel economy. The Nissan Rogue comes a close second, although the Chevrolet Equinox offers an optional diesel engine that achieves 32 mpg combined and 39 mpg highway.

Does the Honda CR-V have good resale value?

If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Honda CR-V's resale value. How much will a 2018 Honda CR-V be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.

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More about the 2018 Honda CR-V

Continuing a tradition of quality, utility, roominess and value dating to its introduction more than two decades ago, the 2018 Honda CR-V remains a class leader in the compact SUV segment. Redesigned last year, today's CR-V offers a host of new features that shoppers looking for comfort, convenience and the latest technology will appreciate.

Still built on the same platform as the Honda Civic, the new CR-V has a longer wheelbase for improved ride quality, while updated exterior style is marked by more muscular fenders, aggressive front-end styling and Honda's first automatic foot-activated tailgate.

The model's reputation for spaciousness is maintained inside, with plenty of room for all your items in the cargo area and more legroom than ever for rear-seat passengers.

One of the newest additions is the CR-V's first turbocharged engine, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant rated at 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard on EX and higher trim levels. A criticism of past CR-Vs was that peak power didn't arrive until high up in the rev range, an issue that is capably addressed by the turbo, which reaches maximum torque at a low 2,000 rpm.

The base LX model is still powered by a non-turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, and buyers have the choice of front- or all-wheel drive on all trim levels.

Never known for particularly sporty handling, this current-generation improves on that score with beefed-up suspension tuning, which reduces body roll in the corners, and variable-ratio electric power steering for quicker turn-in and more positive feel. And though the CR-V isn't suited for rigorous off-roading, the updated model offers increased ground clearance compared to previous models.

With its lighter weight and new powerplant, today's CR-V also earns top scores for its fuel efficiency. The LX, with its non-turbocharged four-cylinder engine, achieves 28 mpg combined (32 mpg highway), while models powered by the optional turbocharged engine achieve 30 mpg combined (34 mpg highway). Opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers by 1 mpg across the board.

The base LX model CR-V is already well-equipped with enhanced interior materials and a variety of comfort and convenience features. EX and higher trim levels add more premium interior touches, an upgraded infotainment system and the standard Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety systems.

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2018 Honda CR-V Overview

The 2018 Honda CR-V is offered in the following submodels: CR-V SUV. Available styles include EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT), Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT).

What do people think of the 2018 Honda CR-V?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Honda CR-V and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 CR-V 4.5 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 2018 CR-V.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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2018 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2018 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,145. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $4,735 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,735 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,410.

The average savings for the 2018 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is13.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 222 2018 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,945. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $4,260 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,260 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,685.

The average savings for the 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is13.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 345 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,445. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,872 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,872 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,573.

The average savings for the 2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is9.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 314 2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,645. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,940 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,940 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,705.

The average savings for the 2018 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT) is11% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 297 2018 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Honda CR-V EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,945. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,484 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,484 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,461.

The average savings for the 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is7.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 77 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,045. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $4,000 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,000 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,045.

The average savings for the 2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is14.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 21 2018 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2018 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,745. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,018 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,018 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,727.

The average savings for the 2018 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 16 2018 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,545. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,244 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,244 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,301.

The average savings for the 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is7.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 16 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,245. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,070 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,070 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,175.

The average savings for the 2018 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT) is8.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 16 2018 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

Which 2018 Honda CR-VS are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Honda CR-V?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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