2019 Honda CR-V – EX – AWD

The 2019 Honda CR-V continues to be one of the nation’s best-selling compact-crossover SUVs, but it’s facing stiff competition from such equally good rivals as the new Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. The CR-V’s over all design is not as aggressive or as off-road-capable as a Jeep Cherokee, but the CR-V’s available all-wheel drive can easily handle deep snow and poor road conditions, and unlike it’s competitors the CR-V as most Hondas for decades have a very strong resale value placing it well above competitors like the Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox and VW Tiguan. With room for five passengers, an ample cargo bay and an available turbocharged engine, Honda’s CR-V for 2019 will fit all your daily needs.

The Drive
For 2019 any trim level above the EX comes standard with Honda’s 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. The base LX retains the older 2.4-liter engine offering six less horsepower and about two fewer miles per gallon. The CR-V’s turbo is not a clunky abrupt accelerator but it does offer smooth performance and enough acceleration  with minimal turbo lag or sudden rush of power that sometimes accompanies turbocharged engines.  Equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) which transfers power very smoothly with no abrupt down shift. On the road, the CR-V is an exceptional highway cruiser, our 2 week old test vehicle (a little over 1,400 miles) is averaging 27 miles to the gallon city and highway combined. At highway cruising speeds don’t  be surprised if you average over 30 miles to the gallon. The ride is pretty soft but not mushy or swaying, very in control and with exceptional handling for a small SUV without a stiff rock hard suspension.

Safety and Comfort
Honda has made long trips a joyful experience although they have taken away some of the control in a good way with driver assists which are standard on EX and higher trims. Included in the package are lane-keep assist which well basically drives the CR-V very steadily in between highway lines without all the left right, right left bouncing found on competitors vehicles. Blind-spot monitoring is hard to believe is not standard on all vehicles is as expected. Adding to the suite of driver assist features include adaptive cruise control and collision-mitigation braking with forward-collision warning and pedestrian detection, which basically drive the CR-V for you, but don’t take your hands off the wheel for more than a few seconds or your dash board lights up like Time Square.

INTERIOR SPACE
The 2019 CR-V’s 2-row/5-passenger interior space is is as comfortable as can be expected. With a large windshield and great comfortable seating position that provides the driver with a good view of his surroundings. The rear seating does not have exceptional rear room but enough for people in the 6 foot range, with 40.4 inches of rear-seat legroom bests that of the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5, while the nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo room handily beats just about every other compact SUV.  With one hand a simple pull of a lever in the cargo area the 60/40-split rear seats automatically fold, and the rear cargo area has a 2-tier setup in which the floor can be flat or set lower to keep objects secure. EX and above models have a pair of  rear USB ports to keep wires away from the driver, allowing rear passengers to power their devices.

Exterior
You can not mistaken a CR-V for its competitors with a long, wide stance, aggressive front and rear light design and  sporty wheels. Honda’s best-selling SUV has ground clearance of 7.8 inches for front-wheel-drive (FWD) models and 8.2 inches for all-wheel drive (AWD) making it quite capable of handling snow and other extreme weather. Over all the 2019 CR-V is a sporty version of previous models and also it competitors.

Options and Trims
The 2019 Honda CR-V is a solid dependable practical small-crossover SUV that satisfies the most basic needs without going overboard in the areas of styling, technology or horsepower. Honda bundles its options by trim, making the buying process less complicated. EX and higher trims come standard with Honda Sensing. By no means is this an off road SUV, or is it engineered to tow more than 1,500 pounds or accelerate like a sports car. 
The 2019 Honda CR-V comes in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. 
All-wheel drive is optional on all trims of the 2019 CR-V.
CR-V LX
least expensive, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder used by Honda for years (no turbo), single-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, 6-way manual-adjust driver’s seat, cruise control, and a 4-speaker, 160-watt audio system with 5-inch color screen and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. 
CR-V EX: (All wheel drive test vehicle we own and we recommend)
1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, moonroof, push-button start, heated front seats and 7-inch-display audio/infotainment system that’s Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible, Honda Sensing safety suite (Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)).
CR-V EX-L:  (all of the EX features) 
leather seating, a power tailgate, 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat, HomeLink universal garage-door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 8-speaker audio system.
CR-V Touring: (all of the EX-L features)
hands-free tailgate, navigation (optional in EX-L models), LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, roof rails, dual chrome exhaust outlets, and a 330-watt/9-speaker premium audio system.

Engine Specs
For 2019, the Honda CR-V compact SUV has 2 engine choices depending on the trim. The base LX trim, the standard engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder used by Honda for years. EX and higher trims get a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. Fuel economy is better with the turbo which runs on regular unleaded gasoline. The standard CVT automatic features a Sport mode. All trims are available in front or all-wheel-drive and towing is limited to just 1,500 pounds.

2.4-liter inline-4

184 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
180 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/32 mpg (FWD), 25/31 mpg (AWD)

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4

190 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
179 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/34 mpg (FWD), 27/33 mpg (AWD)


Pricing 
Our long term test vehicle is a 2019 Honda CR-V EX (AWD) Manufacturers Window Sticker(MSRP) $29,645.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) 
Base LX starts $25,345
EX starts just under $28,250 is far more recommendable. 
EX-L model will cost around $30,750, 
Touring edition begins around $33,750. 
Adding AWD is an extra $1,400. 

We will regularly post updates with mileage & maintenance of our 2019 Honda CR-V EX AWD test vehicle. 
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