2021 Honda CR-V

MSRP range: $25,350 - $35,150
Edmunds suggests you pay$25,963

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2021 Honda CR-V Review

  • Quick acceleration plus thrifty fuel economy
  • Roomy interior with cavernous cargo capacity
  • Rides comfortably yet handles corners athletically
  • Plentiful and thoughtful storage areas
  • Touchscreen can be finicky to use and lacks a separate tuning knob
  • Below-average towing capability
  • No significant changes for the 2021 CR-V
  • Part of the fifth CR-V generation introduced for 2017

In a broad sense, the 2021 Honda CR-V is the quintessential small SUV. It's spacious without being overly bulky, comfortable without feeling soft or bouncy, and endlessly usable thanks to lots of cargo space. It's also easy to drive and offers available all-wheel drive. Yet the key to the CR-V's appeal is that it typically manages to do these things just a little bit better than the competition.

The CR-V competes in one of the most fiercely contested classes around, with just about every mainstream automaker building a crossover SUV that's roughly the same size and price as the Honda. Other top alternatives include the upscale Mazda CX-5, the well-equipped Nissan Rogue and the outdoorsy Subaru Forester. So is it for you? Check out the categories of our CR-V Expert Review for our in-depth evaluation.

What's it like to live with?

When the current Honda CR-V debuted in 2017, we were so impressed that we went out and bought one for our long-term test fleet. Read our coverage to learn more about the CR-V's comfort, reliability and performance over the long haul. Note that while we tested a 2017 CR-V, the 2021 model is of the same generation and the majority of our coverage still applies.

EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team
The Honda CR-V is a brilliant small SUV due to its high competency across the board. It has exceptional storage space and functionality, plenty of features, a comfortable ride and enjoyable performance. And all of that comes at a competitive price for the class.
The CR-V's turbocharged engine provides quick acceleration compared to other small SUVs with base engines. In our testing, our all-wheel-drive CR-V sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. Thrilling? No, but it's more than adequate for the day-to-day commute. We're generally not fans of continuously variable automatic transmissions because of their awkward power delivery, but the CR-V's is an exception, delivering a fairly natural response in most situations.

The CR-V's steering and handling are also standouts. You'll have confidence piloting this SUV around turns. Steering is precise and connected while body motions are nicely controlled, which is something your passengers will appreciate.
The CR-V's ride is quiet and smooth. You may notice some wind and tire noise, even the occasional engine revs when accelerating, but nothing out of the ordinary. The CR-V is comfortable on rougher road surfaces too. That's the case even in the Touring trim, which has the larger 19-inch wheels and shorter (less cushy) tire sidewalls.

The front seats provide good support and comfort for long drives. The rear seats are also decently comfortable and have a small amount of available recline to the seatback. As for the automatic climate control system, we've found it doesn't always maintain the precise temperature you've set, which can be annoying. However, the rear center vents will help ensure backseat passengers get a share of the airflow.
The CR-V has wide front and rear door openings that provide ample clearance on the way in. Occupants will have little difficulty entering or exiting. Once inside, the driver's seat and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel offer plenty of adjustability. The CR-V's interior dimensions are generally larger than those of rivals, and rear-seating space is among the biggest you'll find in a small SUV. Four full-size adults will fit with little problem.

The main downside is the CR-V's control setup. Using the physical controls is intuitive, but some on-screen buttons are small and difficult to locate and press while driving. The digital temperature and fuel gauges flanking the speedometer can wash out in sunlight too.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard on all but the LX trim, and Bluetooth connectivity and streaming audio are equipped on every Honda CR-V. Higher trims come with more USB ports, including two in the rear. The navigation screen is clear, but some touchscreen menus are clunky. The voice controls aren't that great to use either.

You do get plenty of safety equipment. Every CR-V comes with lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. Collision monitoring sometimes sends unnecessary alerts in dense traffic, but otherwise the systems are helpful.
One of the CR-V's defining traits is its massive storage space. There's 39.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats. You can also easily fold them down and increase capacity to 75.8 cubic feet. Small-item storage is also exceptional. The deep center console is configurable with a sliding tray that doubles as a cover for valuables.

For child transportation duty, all of the CR-V's rear seats have relatively accessible car seat anchors. The large rear passenger area means car seats fit without the need to move the front seats. Each of the outboard rear seats has a tether anchor on the rear seatback. The center seat's tether anchor is in the roof, which can slightly obstruct rear visibility.

The only shortfall in this category is the CR-V's 1,500-pound maximum towing capacity. That's enough for a really small trailer, but other small SUVs can tow upwards of 3,500 pounds.
The EPA estimates the all-wheel-drive CR-V will get 29 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Front-wheel-drive models get 30 mpg combined. While those figures make it one of the most efficient vehicles in its class, we've found that the CR-V is fairly sensitive to driving style. For reference, a previous test vehicle averaged an impressive 35.4 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route, while another CR-V averaged about 28 mpg over longer testing.
The CR-V does not disappoint when it comes to build quality. Flowing interior panels and trim inserts fit together nicely. The same holds true for the leather on the seats and steering wheel in higher trims. Considering all trims now come with the turbocharged engine, the CR-V earns high marks for overall value in our book.

Honda delivers a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty that are typical for the segment. Roadside assistance is available for the duration of the limited warranty.
The CR-V offers little in the way of outright excitement, but it overdelivers when it comes to competency across the board. We make that trade happily with a compact SUV.

Which CR-V does Edmunds recommend?

There's really no wrong trim level to pick, so a lot of your decision will come down to your budget and which features you want. Can't decide? Go with the midtier EX model. You get a few more desirable features than the LX (blind-spot monitoring, for example) while keeping the price reasonable.

Honda CR-V models

The 2021 Honda CR-V seats five and is available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available across the board. Note that there is also a CR-V Hybrid, which is reviewed separately on Edmunds.

The base LX comes reasonably well equipped, especially after last year's update. Features include:

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine (190 horsepower)
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Automatic climate control
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Four-speaker audio system

Driver aids include:

  • Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Collision mitigation braking (applies the brakes automatically to stop the vehicle to avoid or minimize a collision)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the CR-V back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Honda and the car in front)
  • Automatic high beams

Stepping up to the EX trim adds a number of features on top of those on the LX. Additions include:

  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Sunroof
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Cargo cover
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Additional USB ports

This trim mostly mirrors the EX, but you do get:

  • Power liftgate
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Eight-speaker audio system

The top-of-the-line Touring trim includes all of the EX-L's equipment plus:

  • LED headlights
  • Roof rails
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Wireless phone charger

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Honda CR-V.

Average user rating: 4.1 stars
34 total reviews
5 star reviews: 62%
4 star reviews: 14%
3 star reviews: 9%
2 star reviews: 3%
1 star reviews: 12%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Good car with good milage
EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Awesome space. Brought the car for the spacious cargo and got it around for 28325 for EX trim. Guys, nowadays dealers are giving a good price. Please check with another dealer to get the price. Initially, I was hesitant to get this car. Now I am happy with the price they offered. Drove 3000 miles and super cool
3/5 stars, Great car, but exterior not so much
EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Ive had this car for 3 mths. bought brand new. Drives great, but the paint is terrible. Thin and soft. So far Ive had like 5 rock chips and there are some scratches from the unknown. I did not get paint protection on this car because other cars Ive had in thr past never needed such thing. Cars made today should be painted better.
4/5 stars, mostly good
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EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Chose this car over similar ones in this class as drove the nicest. Is quiet, adequate power, The bad, headlights not so bright, seat feels like a park bench.
5/5 stars, Fun to drive with plenty of room...
Roy B. ,
EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I have had my CRV for a little over two weeks and love the gas mileage and ample room. It is fun to drive and the love the extra safety features.

2021 Honda CR-V videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Whether you call it an SUV, a crossover, a lifted a hatchback, or whatever, the modern SUV has to fill an extraordinary wide range of jobs from an inexpensive and fuel-efficient city commuter to a lumbering rig that can haul the family and a boat. There's a ton of diversity among SUVs which can make finding the right one for you a challenge. So in this video, we've broken down the major size and price categories for SUVs and we'll give you the recommendation for the best in each class for most buyers. Now, we're basing these recommendations on everything we've evaluated up to the point of the production of this video. Every vehicle listed here has gone through our extensive rating process where we perform a standardized road loop evaluation and performance testing, our rating process is one of the most thorough and regimented in the business. You can find more by clicking the links below to visit Edmunds.com. And you can also get a cash offer on your car by visiting Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Again, that's Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Extra small or subcompact SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers-- as they're often called-- that you can buy. You get the benefits of an elevated driving position with the small exterior size for the feel of added maneuverability. Now, cost cutting is sometimes apparent. But top trim levels can feel surprisingly upscale. Our team's favorite is the Mazda CX-30. It looks sharp and has an abundance of standard technology and safety features that help offset its slightly higher starting price. On the downside, its fuel economy is a little behind the curve, but by such a small margin that it doesn't really matter. Also, total storage space trails others in this group. So why is it our pick? Well, for starters, our team really liked how it drives, from the feel of the steering to the comfortable ride. Then there's those features, from useful and standard advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control to good phone integration all around. Lastly, the experience inside and out feels richer than the price would suggest, making it seem like you're getting a lot more for your money. Another option worth looking at is the Hyundai Kona. I point this out because on Edmunds it's nearly tied with the Mazda for first place. The Kona costs a bit less and that difference is attributable to the interior that doesn't look and feel as nice as the Mazda and a slightly more clunky drive train, in particular the shift from the optional turbo engine and transmission combo are particularly unrefined. Otherwise, it's similarly sized inside and the tech and features are also strong so it's worth a look. Extra small luxury SUV get you a prestigious badge at an affordable price. You always get luxury-grade comfort and performance-- remember that price thing-- but a few gems really stand out. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLB. We think the boxy shape looks kind of cool. And it makes for a spacious interior for people and cargo. Better yet, it comes with our team's favorite entertainment system among luxury cars, if not all cars out there for sale right now. The NBUX entertainment system is really powerful so it can feel a little overwhelming at first. But its broad capabilities and voice recognition are unmatched outside of anything you'd find other than your phone. But hey, you can use that too. As far as other features go, well, it's a Mercedes, so there are a ton of options to choose from. I mean, you can even get massaging seats. But that also means the price can jump considerably as you tack those options on. So keep that in mind. Topping off the Benz is an above average fuel economy for the class, making the GLP a worthy pick for a subcompact luxury SUV. Small or compact SUV these are among the most popular out there because they balance an exterior and interior size really well. You get a lot of space without taking up much yourself. Now, these are essentially the new compact family sedans and it's easy to see why. The Honda CRV has long been our favorite in this group. We even bought one for our own long-term test and had about 50,000 miles on it before we sold it. The CRVs best attribute is not just its interior size but the cleverness of that space. It's massive. But it also has a number of useful configurations like an adjustable load floor in the rear and a really trick center armrest. It's the kind of stuff that a family can really find usable. All that being said, there are a few annoyances like the entertainment system and particularly aggressive warning alerts from some of the safety features. But the overall driving experience price and fuel economy make the CRV a really easy recommendation. We should also point out the Mazda CX5 because it's actually tied for first place in our rankings. It's not as usable as the CRV in terms of interior space. But it's a bit nicer to drive and it feels far more premium inside. So if you don't need the space and don't mind paying a touch more for a bit more luxury, the CX5 is definitely worth considering. Now let's talk about three-row SUV cars in this size category. They may seem like a good idea at first. But we have to warn you that the existence of a third row in a compact SUV can make for a really cramped experience. It takes up cargo volume itself, that third row. And the seat is usually pretty small. If it's all you can afford, well, here's what you should consider. We like the Kia Sorento because it straddles the exterior size and price between compact and midsize SUV. And it finds a sweet spot in the process. Our evaluators gave the Sorento high marks for ride quality, interior comfort, and an intuitive, though far from fancy, entertainment system. You also get decent storage, a third row row, obviously, and a lengthy warranty. It all makes a great pick for a three-row compact SUV. Here's where luxury SUVs come into their stride. There are a lot of options here with wide ranges and capability. Most anything you find here will have a comfortable ride, nice interior materials, and good performance too. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLC, which delivers a luxury experience you'd expect regardless of the style you choose it in and what styles there are. There are four cylinder and hybrid versions if you care about fuel economy. And there are 500 horsepower turbo V8s if you simply want to go fast. And there's a bunch of stuff in between too. The available MBUX entertainment system is, again, among our team's favorites for its capability voice recognition and phone integration. And the right is comfortable and the interior is, of course, luxurious. Now, cargo capacity isn't as strong as some others so if you need more space, you can look elsewhere. But as for everything else, it's hard to beat what the GLC delivers. Now, you can make an argument that the Tesla Model Y falls into this category. We're making broad recommendations here, so for the Tesla, I'll say this. If your local infrastructure supports your charging needs and you are interested in EVs, the Model Y is worth strong consideration. For more info, read our ownership report on the one we bought to see if it's right for you. As SUVs get larger, you get more interior m more capability, more m and also more options, we decided to split midsize SUVs into two categories, one for SUVs that have a third row standard and the other for SUVs that don't, or SUVs that have an optional third row. We do this because there are shoppers out there who don't want a third row even though they want an SUV of around this size. Now, for three-row SUVs, the gold standard of this group is the KIA Telluride. It really is the stand out. I mean, no buts about it. It has all the features space and capability but it also has a design and approach to materials that make it seem like a luxury vehicle. There are also some really thoughtful touches inside like the location of the USB ports on the seat-back sides for the rear passengers to access. And there are some really helpful technology items in there, too, like an extensive exterior camera system. As for the downsides, well, it can't tow as much as others like the Ford Explorer, for example. And as in the time of this recording, they're actually really hard to find on dealer lots. But on balance and for the money, there are few more appealing ways to move seven or eight people than the Kia Telluride. Now, if you only want two rows in your midsize SUV consider the Honda Passport. Our testing team found it to be highly versatile and with some athleticism, too, from its V6, but also a comfortable driving SUV with tons of passenger and cargo space, not to mention a welcome assortment of standard features too. We also ran one in our long term fleet for a year so check the links below to see more about what it was like to actually own one of these vehicles. If you want something more specialized like for towing or off-road, there are better options, of course. But the Passport is a solid all-a-rounder that like the smaller Honda CRV, makes for an easy recommendation to most shoppers. Midsize luxury SUVs generally take the qualities of a standard midsize SUV like towing space and room for cargo and passengers, but add to it the latest in technology, power, and, of course, high-end premium furnishings inside and out. You'll also see some of these SUVs available as coupes. Now, these generally are the same as the standard versions or the non-coupe versions. But they have more stylized roof lines that sacrifice some practicality for style. Of the two row SUVs, well, are you tired of Mercedes dominating the recommendations? Too bad. Our top pick in this category is the Mercedes GLE which was redesigned for 2020. Like this smaller GLC, the GLE comes in a wide variety of styles, and trim levels, and engines, frankly, too many to list here. But our highlights across all the versions are an extremely powerful entertainment system and an interior that's comfortable, spacious, functional, and quiet. Now, the GLS price can jump considerably when you start playing around the options. But, hey, these are luxury SUVs. And in the case of the Benz, our team truly believes that you get what you pay for. Now, if you want the standard, third-row, no options required, check out the Audi Q7. Obviously, it's going to come up a little bit short in terms of cargo space because of the existence of that third row. But the overall package is strong. Our team said the Audi's mix of performance, comfort, and technology, and value is hard to beat. And we also gave it high marks to the interior and the way the Q7 drives. Here we get the classic utility vehicle, the family trucksters, the Canyonero. These rigs have super-size capability and space. They can haul a big family, that family stuff, you know, the family's boat or the horse too. I don't know. If you need maximum versatility, this is what these big rigs deliver. Our current top pick is the Ford Expedition, which marries excellent design with a capable truck-based platform. It can seat up to eight and tow more than 9,000 pounds depending on the configuration, and inside, the Expedition can be outfitted with all the features and toys you'd expect from a luxury vehicle. If you need more space, the Expedition Max takes the standard expeditions strengths and adds to it nine inches of length. If you absolutely need the most space possible, here's your answer. Before finishing this recommendation, though, I have to point out that Chevy's just put out a new Suburban and Tahoe. We haven't performed a full evaluation on those vehicles yet. But keep up to date with our recommendations at Edmunds.com to see if the results here change. Now here's where things start to get a little silly when it comes to opulence. These SUVs have tremendous road presence due to a combination of size, design, and power. These behemoths are as functional as they are impressive. Not many vehicles out there offer quilted leather upholstery and massaging seats along with 7,000 pound tow ratings, and upwards of 600 horsepower, and seating for seven. But the Mercedes Benz GLS does. What can we say? This is a fancy people and gear hauler that takes all the luxury elements our team likes from Mercedes and adds to them a cushy ride, and remarkable performance, and a cavernous interior. It looks great too. You're paying a lot for this kind of SUV so your expectations should be mighty high. A good thing, our team says the GLS might just be one of the most well-rounded vehicles on sale today. That wraps up our SUV recommendations for 2020 and 2021. Be sure to click on the links below for more information and be sure to like, comment, and subscribe, and, of course, thank you for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

The Best SUVs for 2020 & 2021 — The Top-Rated Small, Midsize, Large, Luxury SUVs and Crossovers

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Honda CR-V, but since the 2021 Honda CR-V is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
28 City / 34 Hwy / 30 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.0 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 190 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 179 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 182.1 in. / Height: 66.1 in. / Width: 73.0 in.
Curb Weight: 3337 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 39.2 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite CR-V safety features:

Collision Mitigation Braking System
Detects and warns of potential front impacts and automatically engages the brakes to mitigate or prevent a collision.
Lane Keeping Assist
Monitors the vehicle's position in its lane with a camera and automatically corrects your course to prevent accidentally leaving the lane.
Blind Spot Information System
Monitors your blind spots for cars lurking back there. Flashes lights and emits an audible warning if necessary.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover16.4%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

Honda CR-V vs. the competition

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5

The Honda CR-V might be our top-ranked small SUV, but the Mazda CX-5 is a close second. We like the Mazda's handsome styling and upscale interior, which give the CX-5 a premium feel you won't find elsewhere in this class. It's fun to drive too, with surprisingly athletic handling and an optional turbocharged engine. The interior isn't quite as practical and doesn't offer as much storage as the CR-V's, but it's still one of the best crossovers on sale today. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Mazda CX-5.

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Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue

The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue is a major step up in just about every area from its predecessor. The new model packs in loads of features at a respectable price point, and the supportive seats and smooth ride make it one of the most comfortable SUVs in its class. We were also impressed by the Rogue's driver aids. The CR-V, though, still holds an advantage on cargo space.

Compare Honda CR-V & Nissan Rogue features 

Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4

For the past few years, the Toyota RAV4 has been the most sold vehicle in America that wasn't a full-size pickup truck. It's attracted SUV shoppers with its quiet and comfortable interior and generous cargo area, though it doesn't offer quite as much space as the CR-V. In our testing, however, we've found the engine to be a little anemic, and overall the RAV4 isn't as enjoyable to drive as the Honda.

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2021 Honda CR-V First Impressions

What is the CR-V?

The compact SUV class is one of the most competitive and crowded segments in the automotive world, and it takes a lot for one crossover to rise above the rest. But that is exactly the case with the Honda CR-V.

At a bare minimum, compact crossovers must offer a sizable cargo area and a comfortable interior. The CR-V nails these requirements, with more storage than almost any vehicle in its class and a ride so smooth you'd swear you were driving a luxury SUV. The seats are similarly plush, and there's enough passenger room that four 6-foot-tall adults will have no problem on a long road trip. It has very few faults, though we found that its peppy engine is a little thirstier than expected in real-world driving.

The CR-V does not want for competition, but only a few rivals pose a serious threat. The Mazda CX-5 is ranked just as highly. And while its rear seats and cargo area are less commodious than the CR-V's, the Mazda impresses with a stylish exterior, thrilling driving dynamics and a seriously powerful turbocharged engine. In terms of space, the Hyundai Tucson splits the difference, with a tight cargo area but a spacious rear bench. The recently redesigned Subaru Forester is another practical, solid bet.

EdmundsEdmunds says

There's a reason you see Honda CR-Vs absolutely everywhere. This compact crossover offers a punchy engine, a tremendous cargo area, and plenty of room all around. There's very little it can't do. 


Is the Honda CR-V a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 CR-V both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about Honda CR-V fuel economy, so it's important to know that the CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg to 30 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the CR-V ranges from 37.6 to 39.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda CR-V. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Honda CR-V?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Honda CR-V:

  • No significant changes for the 2021 CR-V
  • Part of the fifth CR-V generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Honda CR-V reliable?

To determine whether the Honda CR-V is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the CR-V. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the CR-V's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Honda CR-V a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Honda CR-V is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 CR-V and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 CR-V is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Honda CR-V?

The least-expensive 2021 Honda CR-V is the 2021 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,350.

Other versions include:

  • LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $25,350
  • EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $29,360
  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $35,150
  • EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $30,450
  • LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $26,850
  • EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $31,950
  • Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $33,650
  • EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $27,860
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What are the different models of Honda CR-V?

If you're interested in the Honda CR-V, the next question is, which CR-V model is right for you? CR-V variants include LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). For a full list of CR-V models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Honda CR-V Overview

The 2021 Honda CR-V is offered in the following submodels: CR-V SUV. Available styles include LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Honda CR-V models are available with a 1.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 190 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Honda CR-V comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2021 Honda CR-V comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Honda CR-V?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Honda CR-V and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 CR-V 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 CR-V.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Honda CR-V and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 CR-V featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Honda CR-V?

2021 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,525. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $562 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $562 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,963.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 2.1% below the MSRP.

2021 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,035. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $578 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $578 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,457.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 2% below the MSRP.

2021 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,625. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $690 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $690 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $30,935.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 2.2% below the MSRP.

2021 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,825. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $1,019 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,019 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,806.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 2.9% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Honda CR-VS are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Honda CR-V?

2021 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
30 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/34 highway MPG

2021 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
29 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/32 highway MPG

2021 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
29 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/32 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG30
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.5 L
Passenger Volume145.1 cu.ft.
Wheelbase104.8 in.
Length182.1 in.
Width73.0 in.
Height66.1 in.
Curb Weight3337 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Honda CR-V?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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