Honda's CR-V is a large and practical SUV for those who seek space, comfort, and reliability. Is it the car for you? Find out what you need to know here.

everything you need to know about the honda cr-v

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What is the Honda CR-V like to drive?

Tech highlights in the Honda CR-V

Similar cars to the Honda CR-V

Is the Honda CR-V a good car? 

The Honda CR-V has been around for many years and is often overlooked. It’s a very good car, but competition is tough in the segment.

Who is the Honda CR-V a good car for?

The CR-V is a good car for anyone who seeks Honda’s user-friendliness and excellent reputation for reliability.

Reliability has always been a mainstay feature of Honda’s products and is part of the reason for this company’s success around the world. It’s also part of the reason why Hondas’ generally premium pricing can be deemed justifiable by most customers, and part of the reason why many of this brand’s cars have comparatively slow depreciation. – Lawrence Minnie, AutoTrader

Is the Honda CR-V a good first car?

Used CR-Vs make great first cars, but can be a bit pricey for new drivers. New drivers should perhaps opt for a BR-V or used Honda Brio instead. Also check out used and new Honda Ballade models – they are perfect for young drivers.

Is the Honda CR-V a good family car?

Being safe and practical, the CR-V is perfect for families.

Is there a hybrid Honda CR-V?

There isn’t a hybrid model in the local line-up.

What’s it like to drive? 

everything you need to know about the honda cr-v

Reviewer’s opinion

For a relatively large SUV with outdoorsy tyres and a practical amount of ground clearance, the CR-V delighted and surprised me with its direct steering, grip and road-hugging disposition.

The 1.5-litre turbo-engine with a hearty 140 kW (in the 1.5-litre turbo Civic Sedan it’s 127 kW)  is much more spirited than I thought it would be, and adeptly moves the voluminous CR-V along without any trouble at all. If there was any turbo lag, I didn’t  pick it up. There’s even a Sport setting and flappy paddles on the steering wheel, and I did test it out just for fun – and the CR-V became even more responsive. But with petrol prices the way they look now, I mostly kept the Eco button depressed.

The often-lambasted Continuous Variable Transmission does a fine job of not sounding like an overworked hair dryer, and even though another journalist felt that it “hunts for gears” , I found the CVT ‘box altogether very agreeable. If you are a complete petrolhead, then no CVT  is ever going to float your boat. But if you take the CR-V’s comfort-cruiser character into consideration and drive it accordingly, the transmission is perfectly suited to its day job. – Ané Albertse, AutoTrader

What does it look like?

Exterior

everything you need to know about the honda cr-v
everything you need to know about the honda cr-v

What is the Honda CR-V like inside? 

everything you need to know about the honda cr-v

As can be expected from Honda, the cabin of the CR-V is an altogether pleasant place to be. High-quality materials and finishes, soft-touch surfaces, matt alloy accents and attractive stitching create an upmarket ambience, which is complemented by a user-friendly layout and ample space for all occupants. – Honda SA

Tech features

everything you need to know about the honda cr-v

  • A key benefit offered by the Exclusive model is the integrated satellite navigation system, incorporated into the Display Audio system and offering full-colour mapping and turn-by-turn instructions. This further enhances the comprehensive infotainment suite offered by the latest CR-V.
  • Another stand-out feature is the electrically operated tailgate, with a programmable opening height. Tyre pressure monitoring is another useful feature that provides an early and immediate warning of a loss of tyre pressure.
  • In line with its range-topping status, the 1.5T Exclusive is offered with Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) – a comprehensive array of active systems aimed at assisting the CR-V driver to safely deal with hazardous driving conditions.
  • Collectively known as Honda Sensing, these comprise Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed following (LSF) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).
  • Additional new driver-assistive technologies include LanewatchTM and Auto High Beam headlights. – Honda SA

Price and specs

Which is the cheapest Honda CR-V?

The least expensive Honda CR-V is the entry trim 2.0 Comfort model – prices usually start from R573 900.

Search the latest New and Used Honda CR-V models on AutoTrader

How much does it cost?

Honda CR-V 2.0 Comfort, R573 900

Honda CR-V 2.0 Elegance, R627 600

Honda CR-V 1.5T Executive, R721 800

Honda CR-V 1.5T Exclusive AWD, R801 000

*Pricing correct at time of publishing and subject to change without notice.

 

Competitors

Similar Cars to the Honda CR-V

Peugeot 3008

Haval H6

Ford Everest

Ané AlbertseAné was bitten by the motoring bug at a very young age. Her mom recalls her sitting in her stroller as a 3-year old, naming every car that came past. She was working as a freelance motoring journalist for publications such as Rapport and City Press, when AutoTrader nabbed her for good. She lives in the Western Cape with her two kids and two cats.View News & Reviews

everything you need to know about the honda cr-v
everything you need to know about the honda cr-v
everything you need to know about the honda cr-v
everything you need to know about the honda cr-v
everything you need to know about the honda cr-v
everything you need to know about the honda cr-v
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