- Lots of standard features, including a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and USB/iPod port
- 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; all-wheel drive optional
- Excellent crash test ratings
The 2014 Honda CR-V continues to offer the same formidable combination of utility, comfort, and affordability that has made it a contender in the compact SUV segment for over a decade alongside vehicles like the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.
This segment of vehicles is one of the ones that we get asked about the most frequently due to its combination of SUV utility with generally good fuel economy and low starting prices. And invariably, the CR-V is one of the first to come up thanks to its great value, reliability, and ease of operation.
Honda gave the CR-V a complete redesign in 2012 and its styling is still fresh. Its most prominent styling feature is a rear window that angles up when it reaches the back of the car, which helps to hide its rear girth. Up front, the large three-bar grille blends nicely into wraparound headlights. This latest CR-V is more evolution than revolution, remaining recognizable in profile but with enough changes that you won’t mistake it for older models. Folding power side mirrors come standard, while a power moonroof and roof rails are optional.
Under the hood, the 2014 CR-V has one engine/transmission combination: a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with an all-wheel drive system optional for those who live in areas with harsher weather. Fuel economy checks in at 23/31 mpg city/highway with FWD, and 22/30 mpg city/highway with AWD. These numbers place the CR-V near the top of its class, slightly behind the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape.
Inside, the CR-V’s interior ranks high on the comfort and usability scale. The folding second-row is especially easy to use, folding all the way forward with a simple tug of a pull lever next to the seats, or via convenient handles located in the rear cargo space so you don’t have to move around the CR-V to put the seats down. There is a spacious 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row which expands to 70.9 cubic feet with the second-row folded down. The 2014 CR-V also ups the ante when it comes to standard features. All models offer air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, cruise control, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. There is also an extensive list of options that includes a power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a backseat entertainment system.
The 2014 CR-V also performed very well on crash tests, getting both a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Standard safety features include side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, electronic stability system, and a rearview camera for safe reversing.