2021 Honda CR-V Redesign, Release Date, Hybrid, and Specs. The 2021 Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV with excellent driving capabilities and comfortable interior. A five-passenger model also comes with a roomy cabin and a versatile cargo area. Ground clearance is higher than the regular cars and the all-wheel-drive setup is optional. The exterior looks very modern and eye-catching. CR-V is better than its competitors in so many categories and the price is still affordable. This crossover SUV also offers two engine choices and a hybrid variant is now very likely to happen.
The 2021 Honda CR-V suffered some significant redesign in 2017, and Japanese carmaker is willing to keep the current model as it is. That means there won’t be so many upgrades. On the other hand, some sources are mentioning a third-row, but that is not so realistic at this moment. Whatsoever, this crossover will have to grow in size and that is not going to happen. All of the trim levels are well-equipped, safety rating is great and even the CVT transmission comes as standard.
2021 Honda CR-V powertrain
The forthcoming 2021 Honda CR-V comes with two drivetrain choices. The engines are tied to the trims you choose, which means the 2.4-liter unit is available on LX trims exclusively. This four-cylinder engine delivers 184 horses and 180 lb-ft of torque. This drivetrain delivers 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway and will use a CVT automatic gearbox. The rest of the trim levels will get a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. This smaller unit is capable of producing up to 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of twists. Fuel economy is even better and its rated at 28/34 mpg.
The all-wheel-drive configuration will be optional and the CR-V model can tow 1,500 pounds. Two very similar outputs with similar power and similar fuel economy. If you are looking to save money, the standard engine will do just fine. If you are willing to spend a little more, Honda is introducing a hybrid drivetrain.
2021 Honda CR-V hybrid model
We still don’t know if the hybrid variant will arrive in 2021 or year after that. Whatsoever, Honda will use the same configuration as in the Accord Hybrid model. That means the CR-V Hybrid model will deploy a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. We also expect all-wheel drive system with the hybrid version.
2021 Honda CR-V exterior remains modern and aggressive
Since the last year’s redesign, the things are staying the same for the CR-V. That will happen to the 2021 Honda CR-V. The exterior will remain modern and aggressive at the same time. This compact crossover SUV comes with an athletic and wider stance and even the wheels are looking aggressive. Ground clearance is rated at 7.8 inches which are above segment’s average numbers. It also provides more handsome appeal. The front end looks sporty with the longer grille and LED headlights. To the sides, 17-inch wheels are standard and 18-inch wheels will be optional.
The rear end adds a sportier spoiler and modern pair of taillights. The overall body of 2021 Honda CR-V looks very aerodynamical which should boost the fuel economy a little more. Even the shutter grille should help with the mileage and heavy use of the lightweight materials is also notable. Plenty of exterior equipment will come as standard, but the sunroof will remain an optional feature. If you opt for the Touring trim level, you will get more chrome materials, rain-sensing wipers and 18-inch rollers. Honda is offering up to ten exterior paints.
2021 Honda CR-V interior is very versatile
When it comes to interior design, the 2021 Honda CR-V offers one of the most stylish cabins in the segment. The interior is very comfortable and inviting. The use of the premium materials is great and the seating layout is superb. Even that the CR-V is a compact crossover SUV, the legroom is still ample. There is room for five persons and the interior room is generally great. That even includes the headroom. For an instance, Ford Escape is the current class leader when it comes to front-passenger space.
CR-V leads the segment in the rear passenger space department. We must credit Honda’s designers for creating such a functional but yet practical interior. The interior is also very versatile and it offers the latest driver assistance and safety systems. There won’t be any interior upgrades for the 2021 model. The speculations are suggesting that the third-row could happen. That means the CR-V crossover should grow in size and that is unlikely to happen in the near future.
2021 Honda CR-V price and release date
The price of the upcoming 2021 Honda CR-V starts at $25,500. The prices will stay the same as Honda didn’t introduce any new upgrades. The EX models are priced at $28,500.
Those prices are still affordable. A possible hybrid variant will cost over $30,000 while the range-topping Touring trim starts at $33,500. The main competitors are Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue.