2021 Honda CR-V
- $26,500-$35,000 (estimated)
- Fall 2020
What to expect
- No expected changes for the 2021 model year
- Part of the fifth CR-V generation introduced for 2017
What is the CR-V?
The compact SUV class is one of the most competitive and crowded segments in the automotive world, and it takes a lot for one crossover to rise above the rest. But that is exactly the case with the Honda CR-V.
At a bare minimum, compact crossovers must offer a sizable cargo area and a comfortable interior. The CR-V nails these requirements, with more storage than almost any vehicle in its class and a ride so smooth you'd swear you were driving a luxury SUV. The seats are similarly plush, and there's enough passenger room that four 6-foot-tall adults will have no problem on a long road trip. It has very few faults, though we found that its peppy engine is a little thirstier than expected in real-world driving.
The CR-V does not want for competition, but only a few rivals pose a serious threat. The Mazda CX-5 is ranked just as highly. And while its rear seats and cargo area are less commodious than the CR-V's, the Mazda impresses with a stylish exterior, thrilling driving dynamics and a seriously powerful turbocharged engine. In terms of space, the Hyundai Tucson splits the difference, with a tight cargo area but a spacious rear bench. The recently redesigned Subaru Forester is another practical, solid bet.
There's a reason you see Honda CR-Vs absolutely everywhere. This compact crossover offers a punchy engine, a tremendous cargo area, and plenty of room all around. There's very little it can't do.