2022 Honda CR-V, What We Don’t Like About This Popular SUV

Is the popularity of the Honda CR-V starting to get on your nerves? Do you wonder why everyone likes this compact crossover? Is there something about this SUV that doesn’t quite work for you? The 2022 Honda CR-V is one of the most popular vehicles in the market. It offers a sizable cabin for a family of five, an efficient four-cylinder engine, and a reasonable price. While these are reasons to admire the Honda, there might be a few items that send you toward a different SUV.

The 2022 Honda CR-V compact SUV has a finicky touchscreen

Honda CR-V at auto show
Honda CR-V | Getty Images

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Although you can find many reasons to drive the CR-V, the infotainment system isn’t one of them. This system is touchy and much slower than that of other brands. While Honda is trying to figure out the problems, you could have a Uconnect5 system in a Jeep SUV of similar size. There’s also no tuning knob for the CR-V, making this system even more difficult to deal with when you drive.

The Honda can’t pull its weight

If you want your compact SUV to handle some towing duties, you’ll be better off looking at the Toyota RAV4, which has a 3,500-pound tow rating, or the Jeep Cherokee with its 4,500-pound tow rating. The maximum towing of the CR-V is 1,500 pounds. That’s hardly enough to take a trailer of camping gear with you. Remember, you have to add the trailer’s weight to the mix, which might mean you’re pulling an empty trailer with the Honda.

The fuel mileage could be better in the Honda

Red 2022 Honda CR-V Posed
2022 Honda CR-V | Honda

Other SUVs in the class give you a little better fuel mileage. TrueCar tells us one is the Toyota RAV4. The top fuel mileage SUV in the class is the Kia Niro, but that SUV might be a little too small compared to the Honda CR-V. On the other hand, the Toyota RAV4 is not too small and is a direct competitor with the Honda.

It must be the electronics in the Honda CR-V

For some reason, the automatic climate control system struggles to maintain the set temperature. Maybe Honda needs to perform a complete electronics upgrade to give us what we expect in 2022. Either way, the CR-V could be uncomfortable for some people who happen to be sensitive to the slightest changes in temperature. Thankfully, the rear air ducts help to keep air flowing throughout the cabin, making it easier for everyone to have a pleasant drive in the Honda.

The CR-V isn’t the best compact crossover SUV

A blue 2022 Honda CR-V is driving on the road.
The 2022 Honda CR-V | Honda

You might think the most popular compact SUV would be rated the highest, but it’s not. U.S. News and World Report has the CR-V in the third position, behind the Hyundai Tucson and Mazda CX-5. A few pros and cons of the Honda are:

Pro

  • Good gas mileage
  • Upscale interior
  • Excellent cargo capacity
  • Roomy, comfortable seats

Con

  • Short standard features list in the base trim
  • Irritating infotainment controls

Should you buy the 2022 Honda CR-V?

If you only need five seats and don’t mind a touchy infotainment system, the CR-V could be the right SUV for you to drive. If you’re looking for more towing capacity and better fuel mileage, look at the Toyota RAV4, which checks both boxes for you.

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This article was updated on 7/19/2022.

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