Motor Trend Magazine named this year's CR-V its 2018 SUV of the Year, calling it “the quiet achiever,” adding it achieves “outright excellence in the industry’s most competitive segment,” mostly due to its “thoughtful engineering and design, rigorous attention to detail, and a deeply intuitive understanding of the demands and desires of the customer.” Starting at an MSRP of $24,150,1 this year’s CR-V can also call itself the Kelley Blue Book® 2018 Best Buy Award Winner for Small SUV/Crossover.2
The Perfect Ride for…
Drivers who want versatility fit for urban asphalt or rural gravel. Exterior design details, including its wide stance, dual chrome exhaust finishers in the rear, active shutter grille in the front, distinct LED taillights, and exciting wheel options, ensure that the 2018 CR-V looks sharp in any setting, whether on an open country road or beneath bright lights in the big city. The interior design includes top-tier touches that only add to CR-V’s versatile personality. Decorative features, such as the leather-trimmed interior and other premium materials, provide truly high-end comfort, while the latest in innovative technology options, such as the bright digital instrument cluster, provides a high-tech driving experience.
Drive & Handling
The 2018 CR-V offers two engine choices for shoppers, which means this compact SUV is not only versatile but adaptable. The CR-V LX begins with an in-line 4-cylinder producing 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Upgrade to either the EX, EX-L, or Touring packages to receive that same in-line 4-cylinder plus Single-Scroll MHI TD03 Turbo and Internal Wastegate. Plus, the available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ offers excellent handling on challenging roads or in difficult weather conditions. The Continuously Variable Transmission means drivers get all that ability with cost-saving fuel-efficiency, too, with the 2WD CR-V attaining an EPA-estimated 32/26 hwy/city mpg rating.3
Open For Options
Exciting interior tech for the 2018 CR-V includes a push-button electric parking brake, available quick-heating seats and Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control to warm passengers up on cold mornings, and an available 12-way power driver's seat. (Get ready to say hello to 4-way power lumbar support and memory function!) Honda also offers many accessory options to customize your CR-V for any environment, such as all-season floor mats, illuminated door sill trim, rear seat covers, durable cargo tray, and even a heated steering wheel.
The 2018 CR-V also features cutting-edge developments in driver and passenger safety, including the driver attention monitor, which can detect drowsy drivers and emit an audible and visual alert to get attention back on the road ahead. Plus, the revolutionary suite of optical sensor technology called Honda Sensing® can detect the road around the CR-V and help the driver stay on track if they drift from the lane or comes too close to other vehicles while in cruise control. Rain-sensing windshield wipers can even automatically adjust wiper frequency to meet the intensity of the rainfall, keeping the way ahead visible in any torrent.
Truly Wireless Driving
You can easily enjoy content on your smartphone or tablet using the standard Bluetooth® or USB connection, or sync your device to stream more than 30 million songs available on Pandora®, Spotify®, Apple Music®, or any other streaming service. If talk “radio” is more your style, you can stream thousands of podcasts covering a variety of subjects from the latest political discourse to hot celebrity gossip. Plus, you can enjoy a completely tangle-free life by charging your compatible smartphone with the Honda’s available wireless charging station.
Perhaps the 2018 CR-V’s five seats and 105.9 cubic feet of passenger space isn’t enough for your needs; If so, you can still get the same great all-terrain adaptability with the Honda Pilot's eight seats and 152.9 cu ft of passenger space. If more speed is what you need, then look no further than the 2018 Honda Accord—the Touring 2.0T Sedan can do 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds.
1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $975.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
2 For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
3 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX with CVT model. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX with CVT model. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
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