If you are looking to buy a small SUV, Honda sold nearly 400,000 2019 Honda CR-V compact SUVs last year and it's one of the top-rated small SUVs according to many automotive websites. What makes the CR-V so popular? If you are looking to buy a small SUV, we’ve found four reasons why it should be on your shopping list.
The 2019 CR-V competes in the highly competitive, and fastest-growing SUV vehicle segments with the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, and Jeep Cherokee. Toyota reports more RAV4 sales than CR-V, but the Japanese automaker inflates the numbers using fleet sales where Honda only reports dealer deliveries.
2019 Honda CR-V cargo
It starts inside where the CR-V offers up a large cargo area, abundant back seat room, easily accessed LATCH anchors for car seats and more clever storage solutions for families. IIHS crash ratings give CR-V a Top Safety Pick award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights. Driver-assist safety technologies are standard on all but the base trim.
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When we drove the 2019 CR-V, it responded to driver inputs and offers up a comfortable ride and a quiet cabin for a small SUV. We chucked it around tight mountain corners and the CR-V felt secure and has little body lean.
Superior driving dynamics
We would recommend the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a perfect combination of fuel-economy (28/34 mpg with FWD) and power for all driving situations over the base 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. The CR-V also offers all-wheel-drive, all-weather capability for those who live in cold weather climates.
The 2019 Honda CR-V is not without its flaws. Honda's touchscreen can be frustrating to use and hopefully, Honda has resolved the oil dilution issue with the 1.5-liter turbo engine. Overall, we think the Honda CR-V makes a ton of sense for growing families looking for cargo room, safety features, fuel-efficiency, and all-wheel-drive capability.
The competition may offer more attractive styling and personality, such as the Mazda CX-5 but you won’t find a more well-rounded small SUV than the 2019 Honda CR-V. Wrapping everything up is Honda's excellent reputation for resale value and reliability.
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