Consumer Reports loves the Honda CR-V so much it’s their recommended compact SUV. Considering the vehicle’s popularity, it’s not hard to see why. But if you’re only vaguely familiar with it, here are the top three reasons Consumer Reports would recommend your next SUV be the 2022 CR-V.
A roomy interior for a compact SUV
Most compact SUVs have a space problem. Either there’s not enough headroom, not enough legroom, or else the driver seat and rear seat are too tight for tall passengers. If that’s not enough, the cargo area is inadequate for typical vacation luggage, even if one packs lightly. People pay less for smaller SUVs but often experience buyer’s remorse after a few leg cramping drives.
However, as per Consumer Reports, the CR-V has plenty of space. Headroom and legroom are quite generous, and reviewers note that even toe space under the front seats is ample. There’s plenty of internal storage, with several hidden compartments that can help the driver and passengers house smaller items.
Moreover, the CR-V boasts segment-topping cargo space. Compare the space behind the second row (75.8 cubic feet) and first row (39.2 cubic feet) to that of its closest competitor, the Toyota RAV4, which only gets 69.8/37.6 cubic feet of space. Most other compact SUVs don’t come close. In fact, the CR-V even boasts more space than some midsize SUVs. And with more passenger and storage space, the CR-V earns bonus points for comfort and utility.
An affordable price, considering its amenities
Many compact SUVs come with just a few standard features and upsell the rest. For example, your new SUV might come with automatic emergency braking but invoices for all other advanced safety features. Or you might get a small touchscreen that displays basic driver instrumentation. But to get one with amenities like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and navigation, you’ll need to purchase optional packages.
While you will need to pay extra for navigation, the CR-V comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and other amenities. With a CR-V, you get Pandora radio compatibility, automatic climate control, Siri Eyes Free voice commands, lane-keeping assistance, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. These features come with the base model, with even more standard with higher-level trims.
The Honda CR-V is a steal with a starting MSRP of $26,400. While its main competitors, the RAV4, Subaru Forester, and Nissan Rogue, are all within a few hundred dollars of the CR-V’s MSRP, arguably none match its quality, features, or comfort. It’s an excellent price for a compact SUV, and even fully loaded, you won’t break the bank.
Great fuel economy in the Honda CR-V standard and hybrid models
The CR-V is also a great pick, given its fuel economy. With a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT automatic, this Honda returns a combined 28 mpg. It also produces 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque and can hit 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. But despite these solid performance numbers and impressive handling to boot, Consumer Reports has noted the fuel economy as a highlight.
Honda also offers the CR-V as a hybrid that offers decent fuel economy numbers. It’ll get you a combined 35 mpg. And while that’s not segment-topping, it is quite respectable and just two mpg less than the RAV4. CR notes that the hybrid accelerates a bit more slowly than other variants. However, both models offer excellent fuel efficiency and help keep total ownership costs low.
The CR-V is an excellent vehicle with a roomy interior, affordable price, attractive standard amenities, and great fuel economy. And if you’re looking for a great compact SUV, this Honda model is one of the best choices on the market.
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