If you’re shopping for a compact crossover, then the 2021 Honda CR-V is a great choice. The CR-V has maintained its popularity through the years with its comprehensive list of attributes including a spacious cabin and superb fuel efficiency. There’s much more to the CR-V, however, so let’s take a look at what you get when you check all of the boxes when you buy one.
2021 Honda CR-V trim levels
For the 2021 model year, there are five different trim levels to choose from: LX, Special Edition, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The Honda CR-V LX comes standard with convenient features like automatic climate control, a four-speaker/160-watt audio system, a five-inch infotainment display, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist features.
Those features include technologies like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, a lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist. Stepping up to the Special Edition model will give you upgrades like a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto, keyless entry with push-button start, heated seats, and an upgraded six-speaker sound system.
If you want more comfort amenities like a power moonroof, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a satellite radio, then you can opt for the CR-V EX trim level. All of these aforementioned trim levels come with cloth seating surfaces, so if you want leather seats, then the CR-V EX-L is for you. Choosing that option will also give you a power tailgate, dual-power front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
What does the CR-V Touring give you?
Those seeking the most opulence from their CR-V should opt for the highest trim level. The Honda CR-V Touring will give you everything that comes on the EX-L trim, plus a little more. Some of the features exclusive to this package include a hands-free power tailgate, a wireless phone charger, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a heated steering wheel.
Other conveniences include LED headlights, navigation, rain-sensing wipers, roof rails, and a 330-watt premium sound system. There’s not too much to differentiate the CR-V Touring from the other trim levels when it comes to outward appearances. However, its 19-inch wheels do look unique and it also has dual chrome exhaust tips. There are also two other 19-inch wheel options to choose from if you don’t like the stock option.
Every CR-V has the same engine choice
While every CR-V trim level has a different menu of features, each one comes with the same engine under the hood. The CR-V is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a CVT that routes the power to the front wheels. However, an all-wheel drive configuration is available.
As we mentioned before, the Honda CR-V is known for its stellar fuel economy ratings and the new model is no exception. According to the EPA, the CR-V can achieve an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway in front-drive form and 27 mph in the city, and 32 mpg on the highway in AWD form.
How much does the Honda CR-V Touring cost?
The 2021 Honda CR-V Touring starts at $33,650 (not including the $1,225 destination charge), which is not bad considering the number of features that come with it. Also, in comparison to the 2021 Toyota RAV4, the CR-V undercuts that car’s top-tier Limited trim by $2,000.
It’s no wonder that the Honda CR-V has maintained its popularity for the past 20 years and continues to win awards. But if you want the most out of one, then we suggest getting your CR-V fully loaded.