2014 Honda CR-V – The family-friendly compact SUV
September 11 2014, Justin Barker
With an abundance of passenger and cargo space, great fuel economy, and strong crash test scores, the 2014 Honda CR-V is an excellent choice for a compact SUV. The vehicle also offers loads of family-friendly features, good interior versatility and value, and a level of comfort that should satisfy many customers.
Available from $25,990 MSRP, the 2014 Honda CR-V is offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and the top-of-the-line Touring model. Regardless of the trim, the vehicle remains comfortable and spacious, with easy-to-find and simple-to-use buttons. Heated front seats, a multi-angle rearview camera that displays multiple perspectives from behind the vehicle, hands-free calling with Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a text-messaging feature that allows the drive to listen and respond to incoming messages, are standard on all models.
However, if additional comfort, convenience and luxury are what you are after, buyers of the 2014 CR-V can enjoy leather-trimmed seating surfaces and a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat. Honda’s satellite-linked navigation system that provides turn-by-turn directions is standard on the top trim, and in terms of entertainment, a 7-speaker, 328-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with satellite radio is standard as of the EX-L model.
As for interior versatility and space, the 2015 Honda CR-V includes easy-folding 60/40-split rear seats. When folded, owners of this compact SUV will benefit from over 2,000 liters of cargo space. With the rear seatback up, the vehicle will allow for 5-passenger seating capacity.
Under the hood, buyers of the SUV will find a 2.4-litre inline 4-cylinder engine that comes standard on all models. The engine generates a total output of 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly. With the 2014 CR-V, drivers may also find that steering is precise, and handling is steady.
Front wheel-drive is standard in the first two trims, with Honda’s Real Time All-Wheel Drive system available should buyers choose to opt for it, and AWD is standard on the EX-L and Touring. Hill start assist is standard on all models, as is the ECON mode button, which can help with fuel-efficiency.
Those that get the base or EX models with FWD can expect a fuel economy rating of 9.0/6.4 litres per 100 kilometres (city/highway), and a combined rating of only 7.8/100km. With the AWD system, the combined city-highway rating is 8.1.
If safety is a concern, know that the SUV has received top Good scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the moderate overlap front crash test, the side impact, rear crash, and the roof strength test. The 2014 CR-V has also garnered the top 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Safety Administration. The vehicle includes 4-wheel anti-lock braking system with brake assist, vehicle stability assist with traction control, front and front side airbags, and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor.
The 2014 Honda CR-V is a top choice for a compact SUV, due to its comfortable and spacious interior, list of standard and available features, excellent fuel economy ratings, and strong crash test scores.
To personally evaluate the 2014 CR-V, book a test drive today!