2018 Honda CR-V: Pretty Darn Great At Just About Everything

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2018 Honda CR-V is one of America’s favorite compact SUVs. The 2018 CR-V was all new for 2017. This is the fifth-generation of the CR-V, which has been America's best-selling SUV for the past 20 years. It boasts new styling, an upgraded, a more spacious interior, and the CR-V's first-ever turbocharged engine. American buyers have purchased nearly 4 million CR-Vs since its 1997 launch. The CR-V excels in all the areas that today’s buyers value.

2018 CR-V Trim Levels And Pricing

The 2018 Honda CR-V is available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Pricing on the 2018 CR-V starts at $24,150 for the LX with front-wheel drive and tops out at $34,050 for the Touring with all-wheel drive.

Engine Lineup Includes A Turbo

The standard engine on the 2018 CR-V LX is a 2.4L four-cylinder with 184 horsepower. Moving up to the EX, EX-L, or Touring gets you Honda’s new 1.5L four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 190 horsepower.

Both engines are mated to a CVT transmission with sport mode. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models, with all-wheel drive available as a $1,400 option.

Chassis Details

The 2018 Honda has a front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension, using specially tuned low-friction dampers, with tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars for quick turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable ratio electric power steering provides the CR-V with a direct steering feel.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
The 2018 CR-V offers Honda Sensing as standard equipment on EX and higher trims. Honda Sensing includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System

  • Road Departure Mitigation System

  • Forward Collision Warning

  • Lane Departure Warning

  • Adaptive Cruise Control

  • Lane Keeping Assist

  • Blind Spot Information System

  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

  • Auto High Beam headlights

2018 Honda CR-V Connectivity Options

The CR-V offers a 7” touchscreen Display Audio interface that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless integration of key smartphone features and functions. Also notable is the return of the physical volume knob! The top-of-the-line CR-V Touring comes with a nine-speaker, 330-watt audio system with a subwoofer, voice recognition, and satellite navigation.

Comfort & Convenience

Some comfort and convenience features available on the 2018 Honda CR-V include remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, rear USB charging ports, tilt/telescoping steering column with steering wheel-mounted controls, 12-way powered driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats, LED headlights, power tailgate with programmable height, and a one-touch power moonroof.

2018 CR-V Is Made In North America

The 2018 Honda CR-V is produced at three plants in North America – in East Liberty, Ohio; Alliston, Ontario, Canada; and, for the first time, in Greensburg, Indiana using domestic and globally sourced parts. Engines are manufactured in Anna, Ohio and in Alliston, Ontario. The CVT is being produced in Russells Point, Ohio.

The 2018 Honda CR-V Is A Top-Tier Compact SUV

After more than twenty years of refining and improving the CR-V, Honda has produced a well-designed, well-built, well-equipped, spacious, and fun-to-drive entry for the in the compact SUV segment. Take it for a test drive and see what you think!

About The Author

Stephen Fogel

Stephen follows the global automotive industry on a daily basis, including new model announcements, new technologies, sales trends, and the latest in "green" cars.