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MSRP: $22,945 - $30,445
Invoice: $21,554 - $28,575
MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy
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Honda CR-V Performance

Reviewers say that some competitors offer more powerful engines and are more fun to drive. However, the test drivers say 2014 Honda CR-V’s secure handling, capable available all-wheel drive and adequate acceleration make it a smart choice for families.

  • "Really, the best word to describe the CR-V is ‘easy,’ because that's certainly what it makes your life. It's easy to drive, park and see out of." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Honda CR-V is as comfortable mushing through unplowed streets as it is circling the flea market ready to haul home some vintage antiques." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "CR-V is compact-car maneuverable and reasonably fun to drive, punctuated by accurate steering and merely modest body lean in fast turns." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "CR-V drives exactly as you'd expect it to drive - confidently, securely and without surprises. It doesn't have enough snap or pizazz to make it fun to drive exactly - the vehicle kind of disappears in the equation. It just goes, which is just fine for the family and grocery hauler that it is." -- Forbes (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Honda CR-V features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, which is paired with front- or all-wheel drive. The EPA reports that the CR-V gets up to 23/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for an affordable compact SUV. 

Reviewers agree that the Honda CR-V’s four-cylinder engine offers adequate acceleration, but several point out that the CR-V’s competitors have more powerful engine options. Test drivers write that the CR-V’s five-speed automatic transmission is responsive and shifts smoothly.

  • "Although the 2014 Honda CR-V's four-cylinder engine offers competitive performance for this class, there's no denying that it's light on low-end power and feels strained when you're driving in the mountains. This makes the absence of a V6 or turbocharged four-cylinder upgrade all the more apparent." -- Edmunds
  • "It's not quick from a stop, especially compared with other compact rivals that offer V6 engines, but CR-V never feels underpowered. The transmission is smooth and prompt." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "There's also no need for anything larger or more powerful than the CR-V's revvy 4-banger. It goes about its work with a pleasant mechanical zing that reminds us Honda is a classic engine-oriented carmaker." -- Road and Track (2012)

Handling and Braking

Test drivers say the Honda CR-V has a comfortable ride, secure handling and accurate steering. They also agree that the optional all-wheel drive system is effective in inclement weather. Some test drivers also praise the CR-V for its strong brakes.

  • "Add Honda's Real Time AWD system to the mix and you get a crossover SUV that can tackle the worst winter has to offer." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even though we find small crossovers like the CX-5 and Escape more enjoyable to drive overall, the CR-V offers precise steering and commendably steady handling. Ride quality on most surfaces is acceptably smooth, and unlike the previous generation, the 2014 Honda CR-V also boasts a relatively quiet cabin." -- Edmunds
  • "The brakes provide very good stopping control." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "A tight turning circle eases the hustle of parking lots and city traffic, while on more open roads the new electrically-assisted power steering gives pleasantly direct feedback." -- Road and Track (2012)
Review Last Updated: 2/11/14

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