The excellent compact crossover has received a big update last year, which clearly indicates that the current generation will remain in production for a couple of more years. This also means that the 2021 Honda CR-V is about to carry on in the same way, with familiar design characteristics and features. The next year shouldn’t bring any particular change, although there is always room for updates in terms of new standard features.
On the other side, the overall layout is about to remain the same. This means you may count on a well-designed crossover, which offers very good ride quality, as well as a spacious cabin and generous cargo area. Furthermore, you may count on two engine options, both characterized by excellent fuel economy and great driving dynamics. Due to the lack of changes, the 2021 Honda CR-V should hit the market sometime late in the year, probably in the last quarter.
2021 Honda CR-V Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the next year shouldn’t bring any particular change, so we count on the same design we’ve been seeing so far, including all those changes that were introduced with the last-year update. For that occasion, we’ve seen some subtle but notable styling revisions, starting from a new front fascia, which includes a new grille design, as well as a completely new bumper. Of course, the rear bumper is also new, as well as side skirts. Typically for mid-cycle updates, we’ve also seen new wheels, color options, and similar things.
On the other side, the mechanical aspect of the crossover has remained pretty much the same and it will for the next year as well. This generation has been introduced in late 2016, so there is no doubt it can remain competitive for a couple of more years. After all, most experts see this model as the best in class.
This aspect of the crossover shouldn’t come with changes either. So, we count on the same cabin layout, which isn’t just practical but also looks very nice. The overall quality of the cabin is very good. Hi-quality materials are all around the cabin, while the dashboard looks very attractive, though not as fancy as the one in Mazda CX-5, for example. Still, we can’t find any bigger complaint about it.
Just like Accord, Civic or HR-V, which are all among segment-leaders in terms of interior space, this one also offers one of the biggest cabins in the class of compact crossovers. Both rows of seats are generous in terms of leg, head and shoulder room, so it’s no wonder that the CR-V accommodates five adults with ease. The cargo area is as impressive. You may count on more than 39 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall volume goes all-away up to 75.8 cubic feet, which is on par with many mid-size crossovers.
The only complaint about this excellent crossover goes to the list of standard equipment, which could be a little bit longer. This particularly refers to tech goodies, but we don’t expect to see changes for the next year. The list of standard tech goodies will include things like a 5-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker stereo. That’s quite modest for a crossover with a reputation like this. Fortunately, there is much more in higher trims. There, you can get goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, wireless device charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, additional USB ports, a moonroof, and a stereo with six, eight, or nine speakers.
On the other side, this model really shines in terms of safety, as all models come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights, and Honda Sensing, which bundles together a collision mitigation braking system, road departure warning, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and more.
2021 Honda CR-V Engines
The powertrain lineup will include two options. Base models will carry on with a 1.5-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque, which seems enough for daily commuting. The engine comes in pair with a CVT gearbox, which is one of the smoothest transmissions of this type on the market. Moreover, this transmission also helps CR-V to mark impressive mpg ratings, which go around 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
You can also get a hybrid version of this crossover, which comes equipped with the same system as Accord. This means a max output of 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, which ensures pretty decent driving dynamics. More importantly, fuel economy is really impressive and you may count on about 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
2021 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Honda CR-V sometime late in the year, with the starting price around 25.000 dollars.