Why buy the 2021 Honda CR-V?

May 6th, 2021 by

The SUV market is chock-full of a dizzying range of choices. When any motor vehicle market becomes crowded with so many choices, it’s often wise to take a look that vehicles that have consistently been selling for decades. First released to American customers in the 1997 model year, the Honda CR-V remains a hugely popular choice with people searching for a reliable and stylish crossover SUV. This article helps you understand why the 2021 Honda CR-V is worth buying. You’ll find out about the different trim levels, power, and other features that make this SUV stand out.

Just Enough Trim Levels

2021 Honda CR-V

Many modern vehicles come in such a dizzying variety of trim levels and configurations that they only serve to further confuse customers already overwhelmed with a multitude of choices. Honda gets its trim level offering just right with the 2021 CR-V. You can choose from four different trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring. These four trim levels differ in terms of interior luxury, exterior design, and the range of different technology features.

Focusing on the exterior design, the base LX trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a black roofline spoiler, black door handles, and halogen headlamps. The EX trim adds a body-colored spoiler, body-color door handles, LED fog lights, and rear privacy glass as exterior improvements on the base trim. The EX-L has a power tailgate with programmable height as the main exterior improvement on the EX. Both the EX and EX-L trims have larger 18-inch alloy wheels. The Touring trim gives you LED headlights that automatically switch on and off, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 19-inch wheels, and roof rails.

Enjoyable Driving Experience

The Honda CR-V fits into the compact crossover category of SUVs, which means it’s based on the platform of a compact car. The allure of a compact crossover is its elevated driving stance paired with a nimbleness that larger SUVs can’t match. Thanks to its pleasing combination of engine choice and transmission, the 2021 Honda CR-V might be one of the most enjoyable crossover SUVs to drive today. It’s worth noting you can choose either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The CR-V’s engine is the same across all four trim levels. You get a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that produces 190 horsepower. A turbocharger enables the engine to output more power than it normally could for its size. What really boosts the drivability of the CR-V is that the engine comes paired with a superb continuously variable automatic transmission with Sport Mode driving. Using Sport Mode boosts the responsiveness of the engine and enhances the throttle so that you get better handling, sharper steering, and a thoroughly enjoyable driving experience.

Whether you have a short daily commute or you regularly undertake long journeys, the 2021 Honda CR-V proves itself to be a worthy companion that makes driving any distance a fine experience.

Impressive Fuel Efficiency

The impressive fuel efficiency in the 2021 Honda CR-V adds a practical touch to its elegant design and enjoyable driving experience. The turbocharged engine provides a nice boost to fuel economy, but Honda’s engineering does the rest of the work. The compact size of this SUV also helps fuel efficiency compared to full-size SUVs. As for the figures, you can expect 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on highway roads.

Quality Interior

Quality is the distinguishing characteristic of the 2021 CR-V’s modern interior. It’s worth honing in again on trims to really understand what you get inside the CR-V at the different trim levels. Starting with the base LX, the interior has a driver’s seat with six-way manual adjustment, seating capacity for five, automatic climate control, and an extremely impressive 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space. You also get front and rear beverage holders.

The amount of cargo space is among the best you’ll find in any compact SUV and is a huge selling point if you need to regularly carry groceries, sports gear, or other items. Fold the second row down and the cargo space expands to 75.8 cubic feet.

As you move up the trim levels, the interior quality starts to shine through even more. The EX trim gives you a driver’s seat with 12-way power adjustment and power lumbar support, heated front seats, a retractable cargo area cover, and dual-zone climate control. The EX-L trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, and leather-trimmed seats. Lastly, the Touring trim level adds a heated steering wheel and ambient lighting.

All models come with Bluetooth and a 12-volt power outlet. The EX trim and above come with a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system that has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality.

Safety In Spades

The overall safety profile of SUVs is more robust than that of smaller vehicles like sedans or hatchbacks. However, with so many companies competing in the SUV market, merely being safer than cars isn’t enough. The 2021 Honda CR-V stands out from the crowd with a very impressive range of advanced safety features.

Honda splits the CR-V’s safety features into three buckets: active safety, passive safety, and driver assistance. In the active safety category, you get vehicle stability assistance, an anti-lock braking system, a tire pressure monitoring system, and LED daytime running lights. Lane departure warnings, a multi-angle rearview camera, and a collision mitigation braking system are also in this category. All of these safety technologies are included at all trim levels.

For passive safety, you get an advanced airbag system and a slew of other typical safety perks, including Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), seatbelt reminders, and child-proof rear door locks. The driver assistance technologies included at all trims are a lane-keeping assistance system and adaptive cruise control. From the EX trim onward, you get a blind-spot information system with a cross-traffic monitor, which uses radar to detect vehicles to the side and behind your vehicle.

There are many reasons to buy the 2021 Honda CR-V. With lots of space, an enjoyable drive, tons of safety features at all trim levels, and an interior that is full of quality, this compact crossover SUV is a compelling choice. Check out our range of new Honda vehicles for sale today

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