The forthcoming 2021 Honda CR-V will introduce numerous updates. According to the officials, the new model will include better visual refreshments, efficiency, reliability, and a very affordable price. Dimensional change is very likely and from many gossips, the new model will be larger than its predecessor. We are also hopping on the optional third-row.
As you may know, the CR-V crossover is one of the most selling models from this famous Japanese automaker. Besides that, and primarily thanks to its compact styling, the CR-V will compete with best models in the same segment, like Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue.
2021 Honda CR-V Redesign
The latest 2021 Honda CR-V will introduce some updates outside. Basically, we got the information that the next-gen model will ride on the new platform. The benefit of this platform is that the Honda CR-V will become bigger. This will result in numerous significant changes. First of all, we can expect sportier styling and more similar design language like Pilot and HR-V.
Most likely, the upcoming model will introduce a brand-new face, which includes a wider grille, better-shaped LED headlights, LED fog lights, and bumpers. CR-V Hybrid will get its own uniqueness. It will feature more styling modifications like 5-LED fog lights on EX trims and higher, a blue Honda badge, and a slightly revised rear bumper. The Black Edition model is also available and it will bring more black accents, sporty styling, and a more recognized look.
More High-Quality Materials Inside
The new 2021 Honda CR-V will get radical changes inside. As we mentioned, the upcoming model will be larger than before and that means more space inside. Thanks to that, we could finally see a third-row optionally. We are hinting that this will be the highlight of the CR-V if it happens. Moreover, the current regular model has great storage of 39.2/75.8 cubic feet, while the Hybrid model provides little less 33.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and this can be extended to 68.7 cubic feet with the seats folded,
The rest of the changes will include numerous updates across the cabin. Like before, this model will continue to be offered with the same four trims as before: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The less expensive trim LX is well equipped and it includes Honda Sensing, single-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, 6-way manual-adjust driver’s seat, cruise control, and a 4-speaker/160-watt audio system with a 5-inch color screen and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
The most expensive trim is Touring one. Choosing this level, the buyers will get all the benefits. This trim hosts a 7-inch-display audio/infotainment system that’s Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible, navigation, a heated steering wheel, wireless charge pad, a 9-speaker/330-watt premium audio system. As you can see, more features are present.
2021 Honda CR-V Powertrain
The new 2021 Honda CR-V will undoubtedly get some drivetrain changes. However, we are still waiting for more official information. To this moment, the Honda CR-V has been offered with few engine options. The first powertrain option that can be found under the models (LX, EX, EX-L, Touring) is a 1.5-liter turbo drivetrain that produces 190 horses and 179 lb-ft of torque. This unit provides excellent efficiency of 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
The next powertrain is a relatively new hybrid which consists of a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The total output is 212 horsepower, and the hybrid is equipped with an all-wheel drive as standard. On top of that, the hybrid model uses a new (eCVT) and has the ability to run on electricity alone at lower speeds. Otherwise, in fuel efficiency, models like Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid give better numbers. Still, CR-V hybrid attains up to 40 mpg in the city, which makes this model very efficient. Both models have a limited towing capacity of 1,500-pounds and this is the main disadvantage of the CR-V.
Price and Release Date
The next-gen 2021 Honda CR-V will cost a little more than usual. According to many reports, the redesigned version will start at $26,500. Moreover, this increase is not a big deal, because the new model brings more updates this time.
The release date is expected to be sometime next year. Moreover, in the same category with the CR-V model are Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue, which makes them ideal competitors.
Pros and Cons
The latest crossover 2021 Honda CR-V will continue to offer a revolutionary look. This compact SUV has many advantages and some of them are spacious cabin, Honda Sensing suite of driver assists, and a hybrid system. However, cons are also present and CR-V has the limited off-road ability and not so good towing capacity of 1,500-pounds.