2019 Honda CR-V
For almost 20 years, Honda has produced one of the best-selling crossovers SUV’s in the market - the most popular CR-V. This is a compact SUV from a brand that knows a thing or two about practicality, refinement, and reliability. The CR-V leaps right to the front of the segment thanks to its reliable four-cylinder engine, a refined CVT transmission, and practical usability.
With proportions par for the segment, the CR-V relies on Honda’s design DNA to set it apart from its rivals. 18-inch alloy wheels come as standard and fill the arches substantially without being overly flashy. Back body surrounds complement the chrome trimming while our tester dressed in Touring trim came equipped with roof rails and dual tailpipes which gives the CR-V a beefy design for broad-spectrum appeal. LED daytime running lights are standard on all, though only the top-trim like the Touring gets LED headlights. Overall, Honda has made sure that the new update is on par with 2019 demands.
The CR-V is more than just a practical family crossover with a strong engine ??? as it also offers some of the best driving dynamics around. Braking performance is impressive too, stopping consistently and with good feel and feedback through the pedal. But it’s the handling that leads the class by some margin, with a natural steering feel, precise response and suspension that provides a nice balance between comfort and handling. All but the largest of road abnormalities are easily absorbed and even then, those are dealt with zero harsh joltings through the cabin. Surprising even around turns and bends, the body roll is kept to a fair minimum and steering inputs makes changing of direction thrilling.
The interior is a major plus point for the Honda CR-V, offering refinement and quality. To enter the premium territory, Honda has equipped the CR-V with a touchscreen infotainment system, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. Seating for five is the most generous in class, with split folding rear seats allowing for versatile cargo storage, while the second row of seats is littered with LATCH anchors for child seats. For us, the commanding driving position and solid ergonomics seal the deal. It’s not short of features since you get dual-zone climate control, push-button start, power windows with auto-up/down and an auto-dimming
rear-view mirror. Cruise control is standard on all CR-V models, as is tilt and telescoping steering wheel adjustment. Driver assist features such as lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, blind spot monitoring, and auto high-beam assist also come as standard.
If you’re worried that this compact SUV might not be big enough for your family, but can’t afford something in a larger segment, rest assured that the Honda CR-V will give you the best of both worlds. It carries an affordable price tag while boasting the most spacious interior for front and rear occupants of any vehicle this size. Build quality is solid, while the range of available creature comforts represents true value for money. There’s a good reason the CR-V has dominated the compact crossover realm and by the looks of it, it doesn’t seem to be relinquishing its title as a class-leader anytime soon. Unlike its Korean rivals who just can’t seem to match the solid build quality and performance. Let’s not forget the strong re-sale a brand such as Honda holds in our region.