The 2022 Honda CR-V is proof that you can have it all in a vehicle, from spaciousness and efficiency to maneuverability, agility, versatility, style, and sophistication. This mantra of “you can have your cake and eat it too” isn’t a new concept for the Honda CR-V. It’s actually how the crossover got its start in the Honda lineup over two decades ago.
The CR-V made its debut in 1997 and set the benchmark for the compact crossover segment. Although it was only available in one trim, the quirky CR-V had plenty to offer with its standard all-wheel-drive, anti-lock brakes, impressive efficiency, functional storage solutions, and side-hinged rear gate. Its rear-folding seats and hide-away picnic table added to its versatility and personality, making it ideal for a wide range of drivers from outdoor enthusiasts looking for an adventure to small families looking for a practical and functional vehicle to meet their lifestyle and driving needs.
Practical yet versatile, capable yet efficient, the CR-V pioneered the crossover segment over the next two decades. It’s this spirit that we see in the 2022 CR-V and everything the iconic crossover has to offer. So, what sets the newest CR-V apart from its competitors to make it one of the highest-rated crossovers in the segment? From performance and efficiency to connectivity, safety, and driver-assist technology, here’s a better look at what you can expect to find on Honda’s 2022 CR-V.
While it isn't necessarily going to be winning any major races, the CR-V still offers the performance that you need to get your family where they need to go. The CR-V comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that’s mated to Honda’s continuously variable transmission. Continuously variable transmissions don’t often get high praise because of their finicky nature and inability to balance performance with efficiency as promised, but Honda’s CVT is the exception to the rule with smooth shifting between gears. So, what does this mean for the CR-V?
The CR-V’s 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and CVT transmission deliver 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque that make the CR-V quick to accelerate and respond in busy areas where stop-and-go traffic is common. It’s also more than capable of holding its own at highway speeds, which makes it ideal for excursions out of town. What’s even better is that this responsiveness doesn’t come at the cost of efficiency, with the FWD CR-V averaging 28 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway, while the AWD model averages 27 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway.**
We can’t talk about the CR-V’s powertrain without mentioning the elephant in the room - the CR-V Hybrid. The hybrid puts the CR-V in an entirely different category of efficiency thanks to its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and dual electric motors. This generates 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. As you can expect from a hybrid, the CR-V’s efficiency soars with an average of 40 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. This translates to even more savings, making the CR-V Hybrid a truly remarkable value.
The first-generation CR-V was exceptional for the era because it came with anti-lock brakes and a long list of other standard equipment and features that were otherwise only available as upgrades on competing models in the segment. This early CR-V, however, is a stark contrast to the 2022 CR-V that offers some of the most advanced safety and driver-assist technology available. It’s safe to say that features like adaptive cruise control and rain-sensing windshield wipers were unfathomable in the late 1990s when the CR-V first pioneered the crossover segment.
Honda prioritizes your safety behind the wheel with features like rain-sensing windshield wipers that automatically sense rain and adjust the frequency of the wipers to match the condition, allowing you to better see the road ahead. The CR-V also comes equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist tools that enhance your visibility and awareness when you’re behind the wheel. The suite of tools alerts you to potential collisions or other driving hazards. For example, the Collision Mitigation System monitors the road and traffic ahead of the CR-V and can bring the crossover to an emergency stop if it detects that a frontal collision is imminent or unavoidable.
The CR-V’s Road Departure Mitigation System monitors the vehicle’s position in its lane and alerts you when you drift from the lane or roadway without signaling. This can be especially helpful on long highway drives where it’s easy to lose focus due to driver fatigue. The Lane Keeping Assist System also helps you stay focused by subtly adjusting the steering wheel to keep the CR-V safe and centered in its designated lane. Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow replaces traditional cruise control and actively monitors the flow of traffic ahead to adjust the CR-V’s cruising speed as needed.
Apart from the Honda Sensing suite, you can add a variety of enhanced tools that extend your visibility and awareness. Honda’s Blind Spot Information System makes changing lanes easier by using sensors in the rear bumper to notify you of traffic in the neighboring lanes. The Cross Traffic Monitor minimizes the risk of backing into another vehicle by alerting you to vehicles approaching from either side of the vehicle when you’re in reverse. You can also upgrade the standard rearview camera to the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera that gives you three angles (normal, top-down, and wide) for a broader and less obstructed view behind the crossover.
Every advancement in technology ushers in a new list of risks and rewards. Smartphones keep us connected in so many ways, but they’re also a significant distraction when we’re behind the wheel. Honda recognizes this and equips the CR-V with the latest connectivity features that allow you to stay connected and focused on the road ahead.
As one of the most capable and connected SUVs in Honda’s lineup, the CR-V delivers an enjoyable driving experience courtesy of state-of-the-art technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. These tools allow you to seamlessly sync your smartphone to the CR-V and gain access to your favorite apps, send and receive text messages, stream your favorite music, and much more. You can even connect your smartphone to the CR-V using one of the USB ports, which gives you the same capabilities to make calls and send and receive messages.
The CR-V’s connectivity and tech features extend even further with tools like the HondaLink app and Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock. Available on your smartphone, the HondaLink app gives you more control and access to your CR-V at the touch of a button. You can use the app to learn more about your CR-V and its diagnostics, as well as schedule service appointments, which makes routine oil changes and tire rotations even more convenient. The CR-V’s Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock is another convenient tech feature that eliminates the need to have your keys or key fob in hand to lock or unlock the CR-V. Instead of wishing you had more hands to juggle groceries, kids, your keys, and a laundry list of other items, you can lock and unlock the CR-V’s doors without missing a beat since the technology automatically senses the proximity of the key fob and, almost immediately, opens the doors.