Although the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2013 Honda CR-V is adequate for most consumers, there are many that feel only offering one engine may be the vehicle’s biggest downfall. That being said, this engine mates with a five-speed automatic transmission to produce 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. This may not win any races, but CR-V does manage to be surprisingly composed on the road. One of the biggest selling points of this vehicle is the fuel economy, as it is capable of returning 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Even with the optional all-wheel drive, combined fuel economy remains at 25 mpg. These are numbers anyone can appreciate. Although the vehicle does produce a bit of body roll, it is a lot less than some others with a higher price tag. CR’V’s transmission shifts flawlessly and ride quality is smooth. Also, unlike previous years, the 2013 model brings you a quiet cabin, even on the highway.
• I-Mid - The Intelligent Multi-Info Display is the heart and soul of the CR-V. It displays SMS text messages, the song playing on the radio or CD, current mpg and even turn-by-turn directions on vehicles equipped with the navigation system.
• Audio - There are three audio systems available. The first is a 160-watt four speaker system with Pandora interface, Bluetooth, MP3 capability, auxiliary input Jack and USB audio interface. The second system adds on two speakers while the third gives you seven speakers, 328 watts of power and everything listed above, plus XM radio.
• Navigation - The available system features voice recognition that can recognize street names, numbers and cities, in addition to over 750 standard commands. It provides colored maps and turn-by-turn directions.
• Rear Seat Entertainment - An available DVD rear seat entertainment system features a 7-inch display and wireless headphones to keep passengers entertained.
• Bluetooth - All models are equipped with Bluetooth, which allows you to send, end and receive calls without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.
Honda is well known to excel in crash tests and the 2013 CR-V is no exception. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the vehicle a “Good” rating in front, roof and side-impact protection. It also impresses when braking is put to the test; taking just 120 feet to stop from 60 mph. Safety features include:
• Back-up camera
• Active front head restraints
• Traction control
• Anti-theft alarm system
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Dusk sensing headlamps
• Stability control
• Electronic brakeforce distribution
• Emergency braking assist
• Rear door safety locks
• Child seat anchors
• Engine immobilizer
The exterior is modern and sporty. It looks like a vehicle that would be fun to drive. An aerodynamic roof ends in a backend that is rounded to the point of exaggeration. Chiseled lines and jeweled headlights add points of interest. The standard wheels on the lower trims are cheap-looking, but the 17-inch alloy wheels on EX models and up are a nice touch.
For the price, this five-passenger cabin is surprisingly pleasing. The layout is simple with controls placed thoughtfully for easy access and the fluid lines throughout offer an organic and calming feel. There is plenty of legroom in both rows and although some will be disappointed that the sliding rear seat is no longer available, others will appreciate the new spring-loaded auto-fold feature that has taken its place. Also, changing for 2013 is the open space that used to be between the front seats; a storage compartment with beverage holders has been added there now. Although the cabin won’t necessarily blow you away, it won’t disappoint either.
With the rear seat in place, you get 37.2 cubic feet of space, which is more than generous. When you fold the seat down, 70.9 cubes are opened up.