The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular cars in the United States. The model is consistently ranked in the top-sellers list. Many rating agencies consider the CR-V to be the best compact crossover in the US market, but …it’s not so simple.
The market success of the Honda CR-V in the USA is beyond doubt. The crossover is well sold and has long been among the TOP 10.
Buyers are offered three trim levels, but Edmunds.com (a reputable American online resource for automotive information) recommends to ignore a base LX model, although its price is very attractive: $24,350.
Why is the EX better?
Edmunds experts think that a mid-range EX version is more promising. Here, the engine is more powerful and economical, there are many additional options, including the leather interior. The Honda CR-V EX’s price is from $27,250, that is, not critically more.
The base LX version uses a relatively aged aspirated 2.4-liter 184-hp motor. For higher-level trims they offer a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 190 hp of output. The power differs insignificantly, but the average fuel consumption of the first unit is 28 mpg, and of the second – 30 mpg. In the medium and long term, this difference will be well felt.
What is good in any CR-V?
However, any version of the Honda CR-V has undeniable advantages, among which, according to U.S. News & World Report, for example, there is a great space for passengers and cargo, a comfortable ride and the fuel efficiency mentioned above.
An owner of the CR-V once commented his car was fun and easy to drive, its fuel consumption was excellent, and there was no complaint about the CVT.
The model is great, but some customers complain its computer system on the dashboard always asks for a software update, that is not a problem for many, but not for everyone.
This is not to say that electronics is the weak point of the CR-V. Nevertheless, the infotainment system issues exist.
Sometimes it turns off by itself, and CarPlay does not start. The problem is solved by restarting the vehicle, but who will give a guarantee of the flawless operation of the automatic braking systems or holding the lane?..