The current generation of Honda’s compact crossover has been around for about four years and there is no doubt it will remain in production for some more time. Even though we are talking about the most competitive segment of the automotive industry, the CR-V is still considered as one of the best models in the class. Many rivals are fresher but none of them can come close when it comes to the overall practicality and versatility. Therefore, the lack of novelties for the 2021 Honda CR-V makes perfect sense.
For the next year, we won’t see any particular change. This means you may count on a crossover that offers plenty of passenger space and even more impressive cargo volume. Furthermore, the interior quality is pretty impressive too, while the ride is really smooth. Finally, you may count on pretty amazing mpg ratings. We expect to see 2021 Honda CR-V sometime late in the year.
2021 Honda CR-V Redesign
The next year won’t bring any particular change, so you may count on a familiar design and overall layout. This model has been around for about four years and we’ve already seen an update. The last-year facelift has brought a couple of interesting novelties. Those were subtle but pretty nice, so the new model features slightly revised front end, particularly grille, fascia and bumper. You can also notice new wheels, side skirts and chrome inserts. All these small details make this crossover look more attractive.
Still, the overall design remains the same, so you may count on the same overall shape and same mechanics. This includes the suspension setup as well, which has a pretty big impact on the crossover’s ride quality, which is at a really impressive level. This crossover is easy to drive but ensures a comfortable and smooth ride at the same level.
Changes on the inside aren’t expected either. The 2021 Honda CR-V will carry on with a familiar cabin layout, which has a lot of fantastic things to offer. First of all, this is one of the most spacious models in the class. Both rows are very generous in terms of leg and headroom, so we can say adults can accommodate in both rows with ease. The cargo area is even more impressive. You may count on about 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats while folding down the rear seats opens up an impressive 75.8 cubic feet behind the front seats. These are really impressive numbers for a compact crossover, comparable with many mid-size SUVs.
Besides plenty of space, this cabin also offers pretty high overall quality. Some rivals may look fancier, but materials in this crossover are really good and there is really nothing to complain about. On the other side, lower trim levels would definitely use more standard equipment.
As we’ve just mentioned, one of the main drawbacks of this model is the lack of standard features in base versions. You may count on a 5-inch infotainment display, a USB port, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, and automatic climate control. Most rivals offer more than that. Fortunately, things are much better in higher trim levels. There, you can get goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, wireless device charging, HD Radio, satellite radio, more USB ports, dual-zone climate control, moonroof, premium audio system and more.
Things are far better in terms of safety features, as all models come standard with things like a rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights, a collision mitigation braking system, road departure warning, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Additionally, you can get goodies like front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
2021 Honda CR-V Engines
Changes under the hood certainly won’t happen. After the recent facelift, the naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter unit has been dropped. Therefore, the only gasoline option in the offer is a 1.5-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 190 horsepower. The engine offers decent driving dynamics, while fuel economy is at high level as well. You may count on 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are some of the highest ratings in the class.
Besides an excellent gasoline engine, you may also count on a hybrid version, which uses the same powertrain as the Accord, which means you may count on about 212 horsepower. When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Those are quite decent ratings for the class.
2021 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes for the next year to come, the 2021 Honda CR-V will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Base models should go around 26.500 dollars. Some of the key rivals are models like Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape etc. If you’re looking for something more luxurious, check the excellent Acura RDX.