2019 CR-V New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Honda CR-V sets a few benchmarks for affordable compact crossover SUVs. It's popular, it's versatile, it's useful, and it's good on gas.
With seats for five to go with a great ride and strong cargo space, the CR-V doesn't need to change to keep its sales streak intact-and it doesn't change much at all for the new model year.
The base engine is a 2.0-liter 184-horsepower inline-4, paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CR-V EX and higher trims get a 1.5-liter turbo-4 making 190 hp with significantly better acceleration and more refinement.
CR-V EX crossovers and more expensive models also get standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and active lane control, as well a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available. The CR-V steers better and feels more natural with all-wheel drive, especially with the turbo engine.
Base models earn EPA ratings of 26/32/28 mpg with front-wheel drive and 25/31/27 mpg with all-wheel drive. The turbo-4 CR-V gets 28 mpg city, 34 highway, 30 combined with front-wheel drive, and 27/33/29 mpg with all-wheel drive.
The NHTSA rates the CR-V at five stars overall for safety, while the insurance industry-funded IIHS says it's a Top Safety Pick when fitted with advanced safety gear..
The 2019 CR-V comes as an LX, EX, EX-L and fully loaded Touring model. Each is available with front- or all-wheel drive.
The LX may be the least expensive, but it comes with standard power features, Bluetooth and alloy wheels. Its touchscreen is 5.0 inches and doesn't offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This model does not come with automatic emergency braking.
The EX adds the turbo engine, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple and Android interfaces, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, a power moonroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as automatic emergency braking. The EX-L adds leather upholstery, a power tailgate, and an optional navigation system.
The CR-V Touring features an upgraded sound system and LED headlights. .