The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market, thanks to its excellent reliability and affordability. Compared to other Crossovers, the CR-V offers a more spacious interior, better engine options and higher safety standards, making it the perfect family SUV.
The Japanese manufacturer introduced the CR-V to the world in 1996. A year later, the CR-V entered the North American market. The Honda CR-V is now in its sixth generation. While the new 2023 model brings a lot of great qualities to the table, including two capable inline-four engines, many may prefer to jeopardize the latest upgrades for a better price tag by going for used models.
Like any other car, the Honda CR-V has had its fair share of problems and headaches over the years. Fifth generation editions of the SUV (2016-2021) are still relatively fresh on the road and offer great value for money. Without further ado, let’s run through some of the most notable finishes and options to look for in the pre-owned market.
Best performance: the 2021 CR-V Touring Hybrid spoils you with luxury and comfort
If you want the ultimate premium experience in a fifth-generation Honda CR-V, go for the 2021 Touring Hybrid Edition. Honda offers a 2.0L inline four engine paired with electric motors to motivate the SUV. Together they produce up to 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. The CR-V has a CVT in front of the transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
Thanks to the hybrid layout, the CR-V 2021 is an extremely economical vehicle. According to official government assessments, you get: 40 miles to the gallon in the city and 35 on the highway (38 combined) with a CR-V Touring Hybrid. With a full tank you can expect up to 560 miles of service.
The 2021 Honda CR-V Touring Hybrid can tow up to 1,500 pounds, enough for a couple of fishing boats or a jet ski.
With the Touring Edition, Honda offers a plethora of technical and safety features on the CR-V. Some of these options include a satellite navigation system, a 330-watt premium audio system with nine speakers, 19-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch infotainment screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and wireless phone chargers.
Most cost-effective: The 2016 CR-V LX provides the basis for a reliable family truck
2016 marked the beginning of the fifth generation of Honda CR-V. The base trim of the 2016 CR-V, called the LX, comes with a 2.4L turbo four engine that produces 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. As with the previous model discussed, the powertrain of the 2016 CR-V LX features a CVT system. The base model comes standard with FWD. However, AWD is available as an upgrade.
Not being a hybrid, the CR-V LX offers nothing impressive in terms of fuel economy. According to EPA estimates, the LX model delivers 26 MPG in the city and 33 on the highway.
In general, the CR-V is priced more expensive than the competition in the used market. According to the Kelley Blue Book awards you will find: a base model 2016 Honda CR-V around the $18,000 mark.
On the other hand, the Honda CR-V has significantly lower maintenance costs than other vehicles in its class. The Repair Pal website estimated the cost of ownership for a 2016 CR-V at $325 per year.
Best Value: The 2019 Honda CR-V EX-L is a hassle-free SUV that will stretch your dollar the furthest
Last but not least, the 2019 Honda CR-V EX-L is one of the best value compact SUVs you can buy on the used market. It comes with a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. In terms of fuel efficiency, you get 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the highway.
The CVT in the 2019 CR-V EX-L sends power to the front wheels as standard. However, if you want a more responsive driving experience, we recommend going for the AWD option.
According to the Car Complaints website, 2019 model has significantly fewer problems than previous models. So your chances of getting a lemon are minimized with the 2019 Honda CR-V.
Honda CR-Vs are incredibly durable. According to several reputable automotive sources, you can expect reliable service from a CR-V anywhere from 250,000 to 300,000 miles. That translates to 17 to 21 years of use with the original engine and transmission.
The EX-L edition offers quite a few technical and luxurious details, including a leather-trimmed interior and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. In addition, the EX-L models are equipped with automatically dimming rear-view mirrors.