Heading to the Adirondacks for a week of hiking and cuddling up with a loved one in a rented cabin; taking a road trip to Buffalo to spend the weekend with old friends you haven't seen in years; going up for a week at the Montreal Jazz Festival next year—you can do all of these things and more while having the time of your life in the 2024 Honda CR-V. If you've been looking for a compact crossover SUV that's perfectly suited for just about any lifestyle, then the CR-V should be at the top of your list. This sporty and reliable little ride combines a modest design with a surprisingly spacious interior, giving you the performance, space, and technology you need to get the most from life.
When it comes to sporty performance, the Honda CR-V has you covered with two fantastic options to choose from, starting with a 1.5L Turbocharged I-4 that delivers 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque. While this is an amazing start, there's also an available 2.0L I-4 Hybrid engine that gives you 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque, along with even greater fuel efficiency. With the standard engine, you get an EPA-estimated 30 MPG combined, while the hybrid engine provides an amazing EPA-estimated 40 MPG combined. No matter which engine you choose, you get a fantastic driving experience that keeps you on the road longer between stops for gas, with available Real Time All-Wheel Drive (AWD) for superior control behind the wheel.
Inside the Honda CR-V, you'll find an incredible interior that you'll look forward to getting into each day, thanks to spacious seating for up to five passengers and plenty of cargo space for everything you need to bring along. Standard features inside the CR-V include automatic climate control, push-button start, and a pair of 7.0-inch displays for the infotainment interface and Digital Instrument Cluster. Moving up to higher trims gives you available features and options such as dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and leather-trimmed seats, and a larger infotainment screen. Perhaps best of all, every CR-V comes with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance features, including a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, and more.
It can be easy to think that a compact crossover doesn't need much power due to its small size. While that might technically be true, the result of that kind of thinking is a meager compact car that can run fine but isn't particularly fun to drive. Thankfully, Honda does not approach vehicle design or engineering this way, so the 2024 CR-V has two terrific engines on offer designed to provide you with a great time on the road.
The standard engine on the 2024 Honda CR-V is a 1.5L Turbocharged I-4 that provides you with 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, which comes paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to provide you with a smooth and responsive driving experience. If you are interested in getting even more power in your compact crossover, then there is an available 2.0L I-4 Hybrid engine that boosts that power up to 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque between the engine and the battery-powered motor. This option also comes with a CVT, plus both engines are available with Honda's Real Time AWD for fantastic traction and performance in rough weather or on dirt roads—both not uncommon here in Rochester.
These engines are incredibly efficient to keep your gas costs low and help you stay on the road longer between stops. The standard engine gets an EPA-estimated 28 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and 30 MPG of combined fuel economy. As you would expect from a hybrid engine, the available green upgrade gets an astounding EPA-estimated 43 MPG in the city, 36 MPG on the highway, and 40 MPG of combined fuel economy, which is perfect for getting around the city without having to worry too much about gas.
Since most of your time with your vehicle is spent inside of it, we cannot overstate just how important the cabin is to your overall experience. In fact, when we hear from people about the kinds of things they wish they had done differently with a previous vehicle, missing out on interior comfort and tech features is usually at the top of the list. The 2024 Honda CR-V has you covered with a surprisingly spacious interior, including nearly 40 cu.ft. of rear cargo volume and more than 76 cu.ft. of total cargo space inside when the backseat is folded down.
Along with all this space inside to utilize, you also get fantastic comfort and technology features designed to make your drive easier. The trim you choose will impact the kinds of features you get, of course, but even the starting Honda CR-V model comes with automatic climate control, push-button start, cruise control, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. You get adjustable front seats, along with a four-speaker sound system, a 7.0-inch infotainment display, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster screen, and speed-sensitive volume compensation—all standard.
Looking at the EX-L trim—one of the pinnacle options for the CR-V—you'll find a number of upgrades to make your driving experience even nicer, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, and an automatic-dimming rearview mirror. This model also comes with a ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat with two-position memory, heated front seats, a power-adjustable front-passenger seat, and leather-trimmed seating for added sophistication. You also get a 9.0-inch infotainment display in the EX-L, along with a wireless phone charger and more; there is even an available 12-speaker Bose Premium sound system for audiophiles to take their driving experience to untold heights.
As you consider everything a vehicle has to offer, nothing is more important than how well it can help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. This is why we're elated that the 2024 Honda CR-V comes with a fantastic suite of Honda Sensing safety features standard on every trim level! This suite includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System that features a forward collision warning and brake assist to alert you to a potential collision and help you avoid it. You also get a Road Departure Mitigation System that includes a lane-keeping assist system and a lane departure warning to help you stay in your lane and on the road.
Other standard safety features on every CR-V include Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Jam Assist, which can help you with stop-and-go traffic and minimize strain on you during long drives by autonomously regulating your speed per that of the car ahead of you. You get a Traffic Sign Recognition System to help you notice traffic signs that you might not be able to see easily, along with a Driver Attention Monitor that warns you if you seem to be losing focus while driving. Auto High-Beam Headlights that activate in low-light situations and shut off automatically to avoid blinding other drivers are also standard.
You can choose from some available safety options if you want to elevate your drive and further protect everyone on the road. Front and Rear Parking Sensors are available to help you with parking and low-speed maneuvering, along with Low-Speed Braking Control. You can also get a Blind Spot Information System with a Cross Traffic Monitor to alert you when someone is lurking in your blind spot or when a vehicle is approaching behind you while you are backing up. Nothing can replace careful driving, but these features help when the unexpected happens.