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2018 Honda CR-V Overview

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The 2018 Honda CR-V is a family-friendly compact crossover and the best-selling vehicle in Honda’s lineup. And it’s no surprise: with class-leading interior space, good fuel economy and generous standard amenities, including a full suite of active safety tech, the CR-V is a no-brainer purchase for shoppers of all kinds.

The 2018 Honda CR-V is available at four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.


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2018 Honda CR-V exterior

What’s New for the 2018 Honda CR-V?

After getting an all-new model last year, the Honda CR-V comes to 2018 without any significant changes.

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2018 Honda CR-V exterior

2018 Honda CR-V Exterior

The 2018 Honda CR-V is billed as a sporty SUV, which means it looks like a regular SUV that has been working out a little and wants to show you. Its stance is wide and long, its wheel arches are muscular, and the wheels are fiercely styled. The creases and bulges are nonetheless limited; this is, after all, a family hauler, and it wouldn’t do to have it look too aggressive. Overall, the CR-V is handsome enough that you would take a second look at it on the street were it not for the high probability that the car behind it was a CR-V as well.

The 2018 Honda CR-V is available in the following exterior colors: Sandstorm Metallic, Molten Lava Pearl, Basque Red Pearl II, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Dark Olive Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Gunmetal Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, and White Diamond Pearl.

2018 Honda CR-V Exterior Photos:

Exterior available on LX:

  • Power side mirrors, Two-speed/intermittent windshield wipers, Black active shutter grille, Multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto-on/off, Remote entry system, Body-color roofline spoiler with integrated brake light, Fin-type roof-mounted antenna with auto-on/off, Body-color door handles, One-touch turn indicators, Reverse-linked intermittent rear window wiper/washer with heated wiper zone

Exterior available on EX:
-Adds to or replaces features on LX-

  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers with rain-sensing, Rear privacy glass, Fog lights, Security system, Heated body-color power side mirrors including integrated turn indicators, One-touch power moonroof, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®

Exterior available on EX-L:
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  • Power tailgate with programmable height

Exterior available on Touring:
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  • Dual chrome exhaust finishers, Roof rails, LED headlights with auto-on/off

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2018 Honda CR-V engine

2018 Honda CR-V Performance

Two engines are offered with the 2018 Honda CR-V: a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder rated at 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, and a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder rated at 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that comes with a Sport mode for extra responsiveness. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Both are also rated to tow 1,500 pounds. In other words, when it comes to performance, both engines are almost indistinguishable.

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2018 Honda CR-V Efficiency

On the other hand, the 2018 Honda CR-V’s engines are not indistinguishable when it comes to fuel efficiency. While the base 2.4-liter gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined, the turbo 1.5-liter bumps those numbers up to 28 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. That’s with FWD—with AWD, all figures are reduced by a single mpg.

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2018 Honda CR-V interior

2018 Honda CR-V Interior

The 2017 model was already one of the most spacious vehicles in its class, yet still the 2018 Honda CR-V offers even more room to its five passengers than ever before. Rear legroom stands at an impressive 40.4 inches while cargo space is a whopping 40 cubic feet, putting the CR-V ahead of major competitors like the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, and Ford Escape. And that’s not all: that room is now easier to exploit as well, thanks to 60/40-split rear seats that fold at the simple operation of a lever, and to a two-tier rear cargo area. When it comes to equipment, the CR-V is also very well equipped across all trim levels. Just take a look at the list of features below.

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Interior available on LX:

  • Features: Six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, Easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seat, Multi-functional center console storage with sliding armrest, Cruise control, Cargo area lights, Remote fuel filler door release, Tilt and telescopic steering column, Rear-seat heater ducts, Rear-window defroster, Rear-seat center armrest, Cargo area tie-down anchors, Automatic climate control system, Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, Lockable glove compartment
  • Radio and Technology: 12-volt power outlets, 160-watt audio system with four speakers, Radio data system (RDS), USB audio interface, Bluetooth®, Handsfreelink®, Pandora® compatibility, Speed-sensitive volume control (SVC), 5-inch color LCD screen

Interior available on EX:
-Adds to or replaces features on LX-

  • Features: 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat with four-way lumbar support, Heated front seats, Dual-zone automatic climate control system, Push button start, Retractable cargo area cover, Power windows with auto-up/down driver’s and front passenger’s windows
  • Radio and Technology: Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Auto High-Beam Headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, 180-watt audio system with six speakers, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, USB charging ports, 7-inch display audio with high-resolution WVGA (800×480) electrostatic touchscreen and customizable features, SiriusXM® radio, HondaLink®, SMS text message function, Trip computer, AWD torque distribution monitor (available only on AWD models)

Interior available on EX-L:
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  • Features: Four-way power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, Leather-trimmed seats, Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Automatic-dimming rearview mirror
  • Radio and Technology: 180-watt audio system with eight speakers, Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition, Available Honda HD Digital Traffic and HD Radio™, HomeLink® remote system, Available compass and turn-by-turn directions

Interior available on Touring:
-Adds to or replaces features on EX-L-

  • Features: Same as EX-L
  • Radio and Technology: 180-watt audio system with six speakers, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition, Honda HD Digital Traffic and HD Radio™, 330-watt premium audio system with nine speakers and subwoofer, Compass and turn-by-turn directions

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2018 Honda CR-V Safety

Crash test sheets don’t get much better than that of the 2018 Honda CR-V. It aced its government crash tests with a five-star overall safety rating and received top marks in seven of the eight categories tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The only blemish is the “acceptable” rating for headlight visibility, one short of the top score, which earned it a 2018 Top Safety Pick without the coveted “plus.” Notably, the CR-V comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, and lane keeping assist.

Standard Safety Features

  • Brake Assist
  • LATCH children’s seat anchoring system
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ with traction control
  • SmartVent® front side airbags
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Advanced front airbags (i-SRS)
  • Three-point seat belts at all seating positions

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