The 2014 Honda CR-V carries over the general look of last year’s model. It continues to be the most practical choice for a family vehicle owing to its top-notch safety standards and family-friendly features.
If you’re looking for a fast car, then the 2014 Honda CR-V is most definitely not for you. However, if your goal is to drive a fuel-efficient, spacious and feature-packed compact SUV, then you should at least give it a look.
Design-wise, the biggest improvement – or otherwise – is that the car looks bigger now, despite being roughly the same size as the older models. Benefitting from a much sharper, more aerodynamic appearance, which it owes to its stylish back and front fascia treatments along with arrowhead-like back windows, the 2014 CR-V also boasts a greater sense of ruggedness. Add to that a steeply leaning windshield and a low, sporty roofline, which effortlessly matches the “smiling” grille and “squinting” headlights, and you get one stylish vehicle. All the base LX variants come with 16-inch steel wheels, while the higher EX and EX-L models feature 17-inch alloy wheels.
The cabin of the new Honda CR-V features a visible level of sophistication and style, which is more or less an extension of its similarly on-point exterior design. Some of the stand-out features include an elegantly-styled dash, hefty gauges and sexy switchgear. But, Honda wasn’t just concerned with the way the cabin looks – but also with the way it feels.
The front seats are particularly comfortable, offering plenty of support and adjustability, while being separated by a very convenient centre console with two cup holders. There’s also a big centre stow bin, inside which you’ll find USB and auxiliary inputs along with a 12-volt power point. The rear seats are comfortable too, providing an ample amount of legroom. Speaking of rear seats, you can easily fold them down flat to expand the car’s 37.2-cubic-foot cargo area to 70.9 cubic feet. Not bad for a smaller-sized SUV. Not bad at all.
As for the powertrain, you get only one – a 2.4-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder, which can generate 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. This puppy is combined with a five-speed automatic transmission, an energy-saving multistage alternator for mileage boosts and Honda’s Eco Assist system with the “ECON” button on the dash, which improves throttle mapping along with the air conditioning and cruise control functions. It’s not the fastest engine, but it is definitely efficient, carrying EPA ratings of 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway with front-wheel drive and 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway with all-wheel drive.
So, is the 2014 Honda CR-V worth its $25,990 price mark? Thanks to a plethora of special features, a comfortable cabin and one fuel-efficient engine, it certainly is. So, if you’ve already taken a look at compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, Kia Sorento or even the Nissan Rogue, then you should definitely check this one out.
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|EX 4WD 5AT||$31,350||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|EX 5AT||$29,250||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|EX-L 4WD 5AT||$33,550||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LX 4WD 5AT||$28,350||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LX 5AT||$25,990||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Touring 4WD 5AT||$35,450||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
Choosing the right version of the 2014 Honda CR-V for you is easy, there is only one engine configuration. This family wagon comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine which outputs 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. This is coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission and is available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drives. Steering is precise and handling is stable. It offers average acceleration going from zero to sixty in about 9.4 seconds. Fuel economy is decent with 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg for highway driving and 26 mpg combined.
|Interiors and Special Features:|
The interior of the 2014 Honda CR-V is designed to provide ample space for both passengers and cargo. It even has a large center console bin between the front seats which can function as quick hideaway compartment for purses and wallets. Cargo space is a generous 37.2 cubic feet, this expands to an impressive 70.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. It is also equipped with useful comfort and entertainment features such as full power accessories, , a rearview camera, cruise controls, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and Pandora Internet radio control. Practical ergonomics come with features such as a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding and reclining seat with trunk-mounted fold handles.
Safety equipment found in the 2014 Honda CR-V includes drive and front passenger airbags, side-curtain airbags with roll-over sensor, front-side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System and electronic stability control. Overall, the 2014 Honda CR-V is the most practical choice for a family vehicle given its outstanding safety record and family-friendly features. It also offers good fuel efficiency and a comfortable drive.