in Affordable Compact SUVs

MSRP: $23,120 - $30,620
Invoice: $21,718 - $28,738
MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy
Find the best local price: submit
How the Best Price Program works »

Honda CR-V Review

The 2014 Honda CR-V ranks 1 out of 22 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda CR-V, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Honda CR-V is ranked:

With a roomy, comfortable interior, solid performance and plenty of standard tech features, the 2014 Honda CR-V stands out in this highly competitive class, test drivers say. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs in its class, we named the 2014 Honda CR-V the Best Compact SUV for the Money. 

The CR-V is powered by a four-cylinder engine, which auto writers say offers adequate acceleration. However, a few test drivers point out that some of the CR-V’s competitors offer more powerful engine options. The 2014 CR-V comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission that test drivers say is smooth-shifting and responsive. According to the EPA, the CR-V gets up to 23/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for an affordable compact SUV. Automotive journalists write that the Honda CR-V has a comfortable ride and handles well. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Reviewers say that the all-wheel drive system performs well on slippery roads.

Most reviewers agree that the Honda CR-V has a well-designed interior, although a few say the interior materials could be nicer. Reviewers also think the CR-V has roomy and comfortable front and back seats, plenty of easy-to-operate standard features and lots of storage space. The base 2014 CR-V’s standard features include a backup camera, a four-speaker sound system with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port and Pandora compatibility for iPhone users. Higher trims add features like a moonroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and a seven-speaker sound system.

  • "Roomy, fuel-efficient and loaded with family-friendly features, the 2014 Honda CR-V is our top choice among compact crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Honda CR-V sails into the new year with little changed, not that one of the best-selling compact SUVs on the market needed changing." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "CR-V continues to excel for its "just-right" blend of comfort, refinement, passenger room, and cargo versatility. It's competitively priced, too." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Some of its competitors lean on styling and upmarket features to appeal to customers, but Honda is relying on the core strengths of its product. As a package, the CR-V remains pretty unbeatable. That certainly won't come as a surprise to existing CR-V owners." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

Other SUVs to Consider

Like the CR-V, the Subaru Forester has a large cargo hold and reviewers say it also has a roomy back seat. Additionally, the Forester has standard all-wheel drive and a lower starting price than the CR-V.

The Mazda CX-5 gets excellent fuel economy and has a large cargo area for the class. Test drivers say it also has sharp handling, making it a very fun SUV to drive.

Compare the CR-V, Forester and CX-5 »

Details: 2014 Honda CR-V

The 2014 Honda CR-V seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission are standard. The 2014 Honda CR-V comes in three trims: LX, EX and EX-L. The CR-V was last redesigned in 2012 and heads into 2014 mostly unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 model years.

See the full 2014 Honda CR-V specs »

Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

Next Steps: Honda CR-V