Not all crossover SUVs are built the same, and the 2021 Honda CR-V consistently holds its own against the bastion of other crossovers in the same segment. Few small SUVs can claim as many accolades and awards for being a segment-best that receives such high praise from critics. As a brand, Honda consistently delivers quality vehicles loved by millions because they run with reliable longevity and offer comfort and fuel efficiency with effortless style. This year, the 2021 CR-V continues to be a top-selling crossover with a wide range of options across four trim levels. Every trim features a roomy interior for cargo and passengers, technology to keep you connected wherever you drive, and impressive safety features as standard equipment.
For those who like the extra power, all-wheel drive is available for all trims, and all but the base trim are available with hybrid powertrains for even better fuel efficiency. Gas-powered engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission that works seamlessly with acceleration at any speed, and its performance is given high marks in professional reviews. Honda thoughtfully adds features like an electronic parking brake and active noise cancellation as standard when many manufacturers save these features for upper trims. Buyers continue to favor the Honda brand for its quality and consideration because Honda delivers reliably year after year.
There are many reasons why the Honda CR-V is a popular choice in the small SUV segment, and one reason is the comfort and space of the interior. For buyers who plan to drive long distances or need to spend a lot of time on the road for daily activities, the CR-V offers best-in-class cargo space and plentiful room for passengers. The 2021 CR-V seats five and thoughtfully incorporates handy storage located throughout the cabin for small items, plugs for smartphones, and cupholders. A pleasing, modern design in the dashboard and center stack layout greets the front seat passengers, and the rear seats are comfortable and supportive.
Space inside the 2021 CR-V will accommodate taller drivers and passengers in both front and back, with ample head and legroom. Headroom in the CR-V measures at a generous 40.1 inches in the front and 39.2 inches in the rear seats, which exceeds the 38 inches of minimum height recommended for tall individuals to be comfortable. In addition, 41.3 inches of legroom in front and 40.4 inches in the rear easily outstretches recommended space requirements, though people on the smaller side can expect the seats to adjust for height to allow for your comfort, too. Cargo space is 39.2 cubic feet with seats up, a vast trunk area that can accommodate large items when shopping at bulk stores, luggage for family vacations, and sports gear. This space nearly doubles with the seats folded down.
Conveniences like automatic climate control, powered accessories, a capless fuel filler, and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel are all found on every trim level. A conversation mirror attached to the visor allows front-seat passengers to watch kids or easily converse with back seat passengers. Cargo area tie-down anchors allow for securing items in the trunk area, so they won’t roll during driving, and lights in the trunk make it easy to see even at night. In upper trims, conveniences like a retractable cargo area cover, a push-button start, and ambient lighting make the CR-V even more tuned to passenger comforts and interior atmosphere. Standard cloth seats give way to leather in upper trims, which also add heat to the front seats along with driver’s seat memory.
Every 2021 Honda CR-V keeps you connected through smartphone integration with the systems onboard. Even the entry-level trim utilizes your smartphone through a Bluetooth hands-free link which also streams audio through the 160-watt audio system. Music lovers and podcast listeners can enjoy Pandora through the infotainment apps, and speed-sensitive volume in the audio system will automatically raise or lower the stereo volume, so you hear every note of your favorite songs.
In mid-level trims, the audio system gains extra speakers for a fuller sound and integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can access some of the apps from your phone through the infotainment screen. The addition of Sirius XM and HD radio gives you more listening options with higher sound quality. HondaLink connects your smartphone to the CR-V’s vehicle information systems so you can use the app on your phone to check fuel levels, find your vehicle, add a new driving route to the navigation, and automatically call emergency personnel in case of accidents. HondaLink offers several free services, or subscribers can choose a level for additional options like Amazon Alexa connectivity and in-vehicle deliveries, remote starting, and even concierge services to book travel arrangements for you.
Uppermost trims enjoy a premium audio system, with the Touring trim fully equipped with nine speakers and a subwoofer for superior sound quality. Satellite-linked navigation with voice recognition means you can find your route no matter where you go by simply speaking to the system for directions. Avoid traffic jams or routes with blockages through the HD digital traffic feature that finds you the fastest alternate route. Wireless charging means no more worry about forgetting phone chargers, so your device stays powered while it sits on the convenient pad. With so much technology available in the 2021 CR-V, everyone in the family stays connected.
Honda is a brand synonymous with safety. For decades, Honda has excelled at incorporating the most advanced technology into vehicles, often ahead of government guidelines. While most brands are now focusing heavily on driver-assisted technology, Honda continues to innovate in the body structure of its vehicles, airbag advancement to improve their effectiveness, and strives for a future with zero collisions through its continued development of active safety features. Every 2021 Honda CR-V comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assisted technology, as well as a long list of additional active and passive features to protect you on the road.
Honda Sensing includes several specific advanced safety features that use technology to assist the driver to avoid impacts with preventative measures. The Road Departure Mitigation and the Collision Mitigation Braking system actively assist in steering and braking to avoid leaving the road unintentionally or to avoid hitting an object in your path. The Lane Keeping Assist System helps the driver with steering and staying centered in the lane to make long drives on the highway less strenuous. And the Adaptive Cruise Control can maintain speeds on the highway without having to turn off the cruise due to fluctuating traffic speeds. All these safety features are standard on every 2021 Honda CR-V, but there are many more features that actively keep your CR-V safer on the road.
Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning sound an alert for the driver to pay closer attention to conditions ahead, and both Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist help add more power and control to the brakes if they are suddenly applied. The Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control ensures the vehicle both avoids rolling and sends power to the wheels with traction in order to keep control in slippery conditions. The anti-lock braking prevents further slipping by electronically controlling the brake pattern.
Passive safety can make just as big a difference in avoiding accidents as active safety. Having a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera means you get several views from behind the SUV, where sightlines are typically poor. Seeing more than just straight behind you means you’re more likely to see small children, animals, or objects low to the ground. Auto High-Beam Headlights dim in oncoming traffic or when more light is sensed in well-lit areas at night, so you never have to remember to turn your high beams down to avoid blinding other drivers. LED daytime running lights make your CR-V easier to see at all times of day, and visibility means you’re safer from accidents.
With all these standard features on your 2021 Honda CR-V, buyers trust they can drive with the comfort of better safety than ever before in automotive history. Only one remaining technological feature joins the long list of ways Honda keeps more drivers safer every day, and it is the only feature added above the standard features in an upper trim: the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Monitor. Surprisingly, this system is available for all but the entry-level trim, and it will have your back when you want to change lanes on the highway safely. Honda provides an unprecedented number of safety features and doesn’t limit the safety to the most expensive trims. All passengers deserve safety no matter what vehicle they buy, and Honda delivers that safety on every 2021 CR-V.