There is no vehicle out on the market today that has built a reputation for reliability quite like the Honda CR-V. 

Some people might refer to it as a “triple threat”, thanks to its out-of-this-world fuel economy, spacious interior, and high-tech design. For people who are looking for a compact utility vehicle that will last them a lifetime, the Honda CR-V is one of the best choices. 

A Brief History of the Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V was first manufactured back in 1995, though didn’t hit the North American market until 1997. It was made to be the mid-range utility vehicle just between the Honda Pilot and the Honda HR-V.

Versatile Technology and Performance – The Honda CR-V

The 2019 Honda CR-V has one of the first turbocharged engines in a CR-V model, which is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. There is a base four-cylinder engine as well, which is very smooth, yet not as responsive. The CR-V also has a towing capacity of 1500 pounds. When it comes to fuel economy, however, the CR-V excels. This compact crossover runs at an average of 32 mpg on the highway.

The interior is a mixture of chromed plastic, faux-wood accents, and brushed-satin finishes, giving drivers a more upscale feel than they might have expected. Of course, it comes with a modern infotainment system as well, which has come with the reintroduced rotary knob. Some of the driver-assistance features include available lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and automated emergency braking.

A Generational Timeline of the Honda CR-V

  • First Generation Honda CR-V (1995-2001)

The first-generation Honda CR-V hit the market as a compact crossover SUV with a 2.0L inline-four engine that put out 126 horsepower. It was designed with an all-plastic outer body and a chromed grille.

  • Second Generation Honda CR-V (2001-2006)

The second-generation used a brand new K24A1 engine that put out 160 horsepower with the i-VTEC system. Honda updated the chassis, as well as the suspension with the introduction of a reactive-link double wishbone and MacPherson struts. 

  • Third Generation Honda CR-V (2006-2011)

The third-generation Honda CR-V utilized a 2.4L K-Series engine. Honda got rid of the spare wheel to put in a rear liftgate. It also came complete with a voice-controlled navigation system. By 2011, the CR-V saw another facelift with a brand new 180-horsepower 2.4L engine.

  • Fourth Generation Honda CR-V (2012-2016)

By 2012, the interior on the CR-V had been completely revamped. Once again, the car used a 2.4L i-VTEC four-cylinder engine, though this time, it was brought up to 185 horsepower. They released an all-wheel-drive variant as well. By 2014, the car received modern touches to the grille, as well as new halogen headlights. 

  • Fifth Generation Honda CR-V (2016-Present)

The fifth-generation CR-V featured crisper styling with more aggressive headlights. Honda included a new soft-touch instrument panel as well.

Celebrity Endorsements of the Honda CR-V

Though we haven’t been able to find any Honda CR-V celebrity owners, there were tons of celebrities featured in the new CR-V commercial, including Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, and Magic Johnson.

The Honda CR-V In the News

In recent news, 134 of the new 2019 Honda CR-V models are being recalled thanks to faulty welding between the fuel tank and vapor return line.

Best Honda CR-V Groups

The CR-V Owners Club is one of the best groups on the Internet for CR-V owners and enthusiasts to talk all things CR-V.

The Honda CR-V – Total Functionality

The Honda CR-V has always been a functional vehicle, though now, it’s just as exciting to drive as any other crossover on the market. With a new sporty style and tons of innovative technology onboard, it is a crossover for everyone.