The 2018 Honda CR-V Maintains Excellence in its Class

As one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market, the 2018 Honda CR-V was also one of the first to come on the scene. In the late 90s Honda introduced its "Compact Recreational Vehicle" to rival the station wagons and minivans that populated the roads. They wanted to provide a more stylish option with the same capabilities, but that would also drive like a regular sedan. In this, they wildly succeeded, their Honda CR-V is one of their top models, selling millions of models.


Being in the first wave of affordable compact SUVs, Honda set the pace for its competitors. Everyone slowly started to make a downsized version of their SUVs, but none compared to the Honda CR-V. These vehicles became perfect for families, but also appealed to people who were looking for a vehicle that could take them on any adventure they were looking for; in this, it excelled at the first but doesn't give such a strong performance on the second.

Capability and Power

The 2018 Honda CR-V offers Real Time All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control. This system certainly lives up to the name, providing amazing benefits to the drive ahead. It monitors wheel spin, acceleration, direction, and more, allowing the Variable Torque Distribution system to help it give the power where it needs to be based on the current conditions. With all the benefits, it helps the CR-V tackle harsh conditions on the road, but doesn't do so well taking it off-roading.


While the All-Wheel Drive system does everything it needs to on the road, it isn't recommended to take it too far off the road. If you are looking for something to take on gravel roads, weather-battered streets, or dirt roads, the Honda CR-V is right for you, but if you are looking to go further from the main roads, you should be looking for a different type of vehicle.

Where the Honda CR-V Excels

The interior of the 2018 Honda CR-V offers 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, and when you fold those down, you will get 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space. With all that room, the 2018 Honda CR-V is near the top of its class, only beaten out by one competitor. The real impressive nature of the CR-V isn't in the space though, it is in the use of that space.

The roomy interior comes with spacious seats that provide ample support to your lower back. Even at the base it is equipped with some of the best features at the most affordable price. The mid-range trims bring the most features for the price that you will pay, moving up to the highest levels offers the most, but also starts to run the price a lot higher than you might be comfortable with.

Models and Performance

The base model of the 2018 Honda CR-V LX comes standard with FWD, offering the AWD system as an option. While there is an updated look to the model, the style is clearly Honda. The interior is comfortable, but nothing too special about it, until you start upgrading.


Once upgraded to the EX and EX-L, or even the Touring, you will see all of the technology and comfort starting to come into play. Both these models offer AWD as an option, as well as an EX-L Navi package that includes some of the most impressive technology.

All trims come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower, but also offers an option for a turbocharged 1.5-liter four cylinder that ups your power to 190 horsepower. While six horsepower might not seem too impressive, it is enough to work with for the crowd looking for a sportier feel and performance. One of the most impressive features of the 2018 Honda CR-V performance is the Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT) with Sport mode that is paired to the engine. This adds higher levels of efficiency and more control to drivers. Although this system might seem to take away from the "driving experience," it certainly provides many benefits for Honda vehicles.

The Honda Standard of Safety is Remarkably High

If there is just one area that should be focused on by vehicle manufacturers, it's safety. Honda manages to include an impressive array of safety features, while still being able to produce an all-around impressive vehicle. The 2018 Honda CR-V comes with Honda Sensing as standard on the EX, EX-L, and Touring models, which includes an innovative suite of safety features like Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Auto High-Beam Headlights, Blind-Spot Monitoring System with Cross Traffic Monitor, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Road Departure Mitigation System. These systems continue to pay attention even if you become slightly distracted.

Overall Thoughts on the Honda CR-V

If it hasn't been made apparent yet, we like the 2018 Honda CR-V. It provides all of the features - performance, safety, and otherwise - that customers truly desire in their vehicles. While some die-hard fans of competitors might stay loyal, the 2018 Honda CR-V has been convincing some to make the switch.

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