Honda CR-V (2018 – 2023) Review
Honda CR-V (2018 – 2023) At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 23–24
On average it achieves 102% of the official MPG figure
The Honda CR-V is a hybrid SUV that arrived when there were only a handful of petrol-electric alternatives available. Now almost everyone will sell you a hybrid SUV, and many have more advanced technology and a flashier design. Despite that the big Honda still holds plenty of rational appeal, as our Honda CR-V review details.
The Honda CR-V has always been one of our favourite no-nonsense SUVs - and an easy car to recommend to people. While the current model may not look massively different from before, there were actually some significant improvements that make this a big step up from its predecessor.
For starters, there's no diesel engine. Instead there's one petrol or a hybrid version (with the petrol being dropped entirely part-way through its life). Honda is of course no stranger to hybrid power, but this is the first time it has featured in the CR-V. And the results are hugely impressive. So much so that the CR-V Hybrid is one of the best family SUVs around, regardless of the engine type.
Honda has succeeded in making a practical and spacious SUV that has genuine performance yet is comfortable and decent to drive. And all that in a package that includes a hybrid system. Sounds too good to be true? Well it's not - the Honda CR-V Hybrid is an extremely competent SUV.
The downside is the cost. List prices for the CR-V now it's hybrid-only start at more than £32,000 and rise to over £40k - pricing it above a number of key competitors. There's also no seven-seat option with the Hybrid as there was with the short-lived petrol. But if you compare it with the also hybrid-only Toyota RAV4, it's competitively priced.
If you can't stretch to the Hybrid, then on the used market the 1.5 VTEC petrol is still a good choice with decent performance and the choice of manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. Claimed economy is reasonable in the two-wheel drive model but drops below 40mpg if you go for the 4WD.
Regardless of engine, the CR-V drives well with nicely weighted steering, little in the way of road noise and decent stability in corners, but it lacks the body control of a Mazda CX-5. Its forte is the ride quality which copes with rough and poor quality roads with ease.
It makes for a very comfortable and relaxing car, and with Honda's reputation for reliability, plus a practical and solidly put together interior, it's one we wouldn't hesitate recommending despite glitzier rivals on the scene.
Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Honda CR-V review.