2021 Honda CR-V review with specs, trims, and prices

2021 Honda CR-V review with specs, trims, and prices

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2021 Honda CR-V


Starting MSRP*

28/ 34

City / Hwy MPG rating*

Overview of 2021 Honda CR-V

The 2021 Honda CR-V is a standout in a crowded field of small crossover SUVs. According to car rating expert Edmunds , there is no wrong trim level to pick in the new Honda CR-V 2021 lineup with each model offering exceptional features and value. In terms of ride quality, the 2021 Honda CR-V features just the right balance of spaciousness without added bulk and a ride that’s comfortable, without being too soft or bouncy.

Honda CR-V key specs and features


The Honda CR-V features a dynamic driving experience with hill start assist and strong acceleration and excellent fuel efficiency coming standard across all trim levels. Check out the highly refined steering and suspension systems which work in tandem to provide engaging precision while cornering with luxurious ride quality while the 190-horsepower engine is designed to provide the get-up-and-go you need.


The 2021 Honda CR-V features 7 luxurious paint colors that complement its sleek lines and smooth contours. This design lends an air of sophistication while engineered to minimize wind resistance and turbulence, enhancing fuel efficiency and quietness. The Honda CR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring trim options all feature an included moonroof for additional sunlight and an even more spacious feel.


The Honda CR-V 2021 model features wide front and rear doors to provide ample clearance and make it easy for occupants to enter and exit the vehicle. The interior dimensions of this vehicle are generally larger than similar-sized competitors and the rear-seating space is among the largest in the small SUV class. Interior finish options include black, gray, and ivory fabric for the Honda CR-V LX, Honda CR-V Special Edition, and Honda CR-V EX trims. Black, gray, and ivory leather is available as the interior selection on the Honda CR-V EX-L and Honda CR-V Touring trim options.


Every 2021 Honda CR-V model comes with a USB Audio Interface, Pandora® compatibility, and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility come standard on all but the LX trim. The higher Honda CR-V trims come with additional USB ports, including two in the rear of the vehicle. In terms of driving tech, every CR-V comes with lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and more.

Safety & Alerts

All 2021 Honda CR-V models come standard with Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies. The overall framework of the Honda CR-V offers strong protection in case of a rollover assisted by the latest generation ACE™ body structure and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control. Additionally, all trims offer a multi-angle rearview camera and front, front side, and side curtain airbags. The standard included safety features also include the highly advanced technology of Forward Collision Warning (FCW), the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and the Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM).

What’s the difference between Honda CR-V EX and Honda CR-V EX-L?

While generally similar, the 2021 Honda CR-V EX-L offers additional features and upgrades that the 2021 Honda CR-V EX does not. The engine, wheels, and estimated fuel economy are the same between the Honda CR-V EX and EX-L models. The Honda CR-V EX-L includes a leather-trimmed interior, power tailgate, and front passenger’s seat with 4-way power adjustment. Another difference is that the EX trim has a 180-watt audio system with 6 speakers whereas the EX-L comes stander with a 180-watt audio system with 8 speakers.

Interior Options for 2021 Honda CR-V

After choosing your Honda CR-V trim level and exterior color, you are able to choose the interior color of your vehicle. If custom ordering your Honda CR-V 2021 model directly from the factory, you have full flexibility to choose the interior and exterior options that best suit your style making your new Honda stand out on the streets of Everett. Available 2021 Honda CR-V interiors include:

  • Black fabric
  • Gray fabric
  • Ivory fabric
  • Black leather
  • Gray leather
  • Ivory leather

When shopping for a new 2021 Honda CR-V, it is wise to keep in mind that certain upholstery options or color combinations are only available via a custom order. If you’re interested in a leather interior, be sure to check out the 2021 Honda CR-V EX-L and 2021 Honda CR-V Touring trim levels. These options include leather seats and leather details throughout the cabin including a leather-covered steering wheel.

Configurations of 2021 Honda CR-V

The hugely popular Honda CR-V adds a Special Edition trim in the 2021 model year lineup. This impressive small SUV has already been named the 2021 Best Compact SUV for the Money by U.S. News & World Report as well as the 2020 Best Buy: Compact SUV by Kelley Blue Book.


Starting at $25,350 MSRP *

Engine In-Line 4-Cylinder with turbocharger
MPG (2WD) 28 city/ 34 hwy
MPG (AWD) 27 city/ 32 hwy

Special edition

Starting at $26,550 MSRP *

Engine In-Line 4-Cylinder with turbocharger
MPG (2WD) 28 city/34 hwy
MPG (AWD) 27 city/ 32 hwy


Starting at $27,860 MSRP *

Engine 19-inch machine-finished Alloys with gray inserts
MPG 28 city/34 hwy
MPG (AWD) 27 city/ 32 hwy


Starting at $30,450 MSRP *

Engine In-Line 4-Cylinder with turbocharger
MPG 28 city / 34 hwy
MPG (AWD) 27 city/ 32 hwy


Starting at $33,650 MSRP *

Engine In-Line 4-Cylinder with Turbocharger 16-Valve DOHC
MPG 28 city / 34 hwy
MPG (AWD) 27 city/ 32 hwy

Honda CR-V Safety Ratings & Safety Features

Honda CR-V Safety Ratings: NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2021 Honda Civic sedan a 5-out-of-5 star overall front and side rating after conducting independent crash tests. The rollover rating for the 2021 Honda CR-V was 4-out-of-5 with a 16.4% rollover risk. These are the individual NHTSA ratings for the 2021 Honda CR-V:

  • Overall Front Star Rating: 5/5 stars
  • Front Driver Side Star Rating: 5/5 stars
  • Front Passenger Side Star Rating: 4/5 stars
  • Overall Side Star Rating: 5/5 stars
  • Rollover Star Rating: 4/5 stars

Honda CR-V Safety Ratings: IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2021 Honda CR-V Touring as a 2021 Top Safety Pick. The front crash prevention systems on the 2021 CR-V models received superior marks, and the CR-V received “good” marks, the highest rating available on the IIHS scale, on all crashworthiness tests.

  • Small Overlap Front – Driver Side: Good
  • Small Overlap Front – Passenger Side: Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front: Good
  • Side: Good
  • Roof Strength: Good
  • Head Restraints & Seats: Good

Honda CR-V safety features & technology

Along with earning outstanding crash safety ratings, every trim level of the 2021 Honda CR-V comes with the cutting-edge Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assist technology. This delivers more control and an improved driving experience wherever the road takes you.

Standard Honda Civic safety features

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Advanced front airbags (i-SRS)
  • SmartVent® front side airbags & side curtain airbags
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
  • Multi-angle rearview camera

Honda Sensing®

  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

What is the Warranty on a 2021 Honda CR-V?

Klein Honda in Everett, Washington is proud to offer not one, but two outstanding warranties when you buy a brand new 2021 Honda CR-V. You’ll get all the benefits and coverages of both the Honda manufacturer warranty and our Klein Honda lifetime warranty included at no additional cost.

Klein Honda Limited Lifetime Warranty

No additional cost

Every new 2021 Honda CR-V and qualifying pre-owned vehicles come with the Klein Honda Limited Lifetime Warranty at no additional charge. We stand behind the vehicles we sell and it’s all part of treating people right to create customers for life.

The most expensive parts are covered

The Klein Honda warranty covers your engine, turbocharger, transmission and drive axle assemblies, all internally lubricated parts for 2, 4, and all-wheel drive, plus all seals and gaskets.

Towing is included

The Klein Honda Limited Lifetime Warranty includes up to $80 worth of complimentary towing coverage if you experience a vehicle breakdown that is the result of a covered part.

Lifetime coverage

There are no time or mileage limits when it comes to your Klein Honda warranty coverage. The Klein Honda Limited Lifetime Warranty is valid for the entire time you own the car."

No additional service requirements

You’ll keep your Klein Honda Limited Lifetime Warranty in effect by simply following the recommended maintenance schedule outlined in your owner’s manual. We make it easy with onlinevehicle service scheduling and service coupons.

Honda manufacturer warranty

3-Year/ 36,000-Mile Limited Vehicle Warranty

All new Honda vehicles are covered by a 3-Year/36,000-Mile Limited Warranty. This includes the 12-volt battery. Full details of what this warranty covers can be found by consulting the Honda Owners website.

5-Year/60,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty

All new Honda vehicles are covered by a 5-Year/60,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. Consult the Honda Owners website for more information about what is covered by this warranty.

Seat Belt Limited Warranty

All seatbelts that fail to function properly are covered for 15 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Rust Perforation Limited Warranty

Honda will repair or replace any body panel on your vehicle that rust from the inside out. This coverage extends for 5 years with no mileage limit.

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*28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2021 Honda CR-V CVT 2WD. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for 2021 Honda CR-V CVT AWD. 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating for 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid AWD (available only in trim levels EX and higher). Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, and other applicable fees. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include additional charge for premium colors.