2019 Honda CR-V vs The Competition


The CR-V cruises into 2019 with awards such as “2019 Best Buy: Compact SUV” from Kelley Blue Book, “2019 Edmunds Editors’ Choice: Best SUV” from Edmunds, and Honda’s honor of “2019 Best SUV Brand” from U.S. News & World Report. It was also named Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year for 2018. With accolades like these, it is no surprise that the CR-V is consistently one of the best-selling crossovers in America. This all-around great vehicle is once again setting the bar for all compact SUVs, but it does encounter some tough competition. The CR-V‘s competitors include the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, and Hyundai Santa Fe. Now, let’s see how the CR-V compares to its competitors.





Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The CR-V’s base MSRP of $24,350 is about average for this segment. In comparison, the RAV4 is the most expensive, with a $25,500 starting MSRP. Fully loaded models of all vehicles in this class can cost upwards of $40,000. Like most vehicles in this class, Honda’s warranty includes a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. However, Honda also offers a 24-hour emergency road service, Honda Care Maintenance, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The CR-V comes with two available engines: an entry-model 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine (184 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque) and a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine (190 hp and 179 lb.-ft. of torque). Both of these engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive availability. All base-model competitor vehicles also come equipped with a 2.4- or 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. The CR-V’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates excellent torque and more horsepower than the Forester, CX-5, Escape, or Santa Fe; the Civic also gets from 0 to 60 faster than the others. The CR-V is near the top of its class with an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway; the RAV4 is right there with a rating of 26 mpg city/35 highway. In comparison, the class-lowest Hyundai Santa Fe only delivers an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Passenger Comfort and Amenities

The base CR-V is the only vehicle in the class to come standard with automatic climate control and stereo anti-theft technology. The CR-V also features the largest cargo space in its class, with an impressive 75.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume (versus, for example, the RAV4’s 69.8 cu. ft. and the CX-5’s 65 cu. ft.), as well as the most rear passenger space in the class.


The CR-V proves its outstanding safety through its “Top Safety Pick” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the Ford Escape only earned an “acceptable” rating overall, as well as a “poor” rating for the hip and thigh injury testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the CR-V 5 stars for both driver and passenger safety, whereas the Escape only scored 4 for passenger safety. Although all of the crossovers mentioned here come with a backup camera, the CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are the only vehicles in the class to offer a rear electronic parking aid with a camera on their base trim.