2018 Honda CRV

Ranked one of the best in its class, the 2018 Honda CRV offers exceptional value in every regard.

From the high fuel efficiency, a large amount of cargo space, and a full complement of tech systems, this fun to drive SUV is worth a second look. The standard model offers a four-cylinder engine with 184 hp while the upgrade features a 1.5-liter with 190 hp. This compact crossover SUV attains high marks across the board. Some may find the infotainment system less than exceptional but it is also sufficient for CRV's class and price point. There is a hybrid said to be in production in hopefully the next model year, but for the moment the CRV remains largely unchanged.

Among the trims offered include the popular EX model that adds some features that make the driving and riding experience more comfortable with added safety features such as the Honda Sensing system.

The main add-ons over the standard LX include heated front seats, remote start, as well as keyless entry and a push-button start. All-wheel is offered for an additional $1,300 while many find the front-wheel-drive adequate except in extreme snow conditions. The HondaLink infotainment system is fully compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The EX, EX-L, and Touring trims offer a turbocharged engine that has been well-received.

This 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine outputs 190 hp with 179 lb-ft of torque. The CRV continues to be lauded for its tight responsiveness even at low speeds. If you are looking to tow behind your CRV you will need to consider that the capacity is only 1,500 pounds. While you may not be able to tow your boat behind the CRV, its cargo space leads its class with an impressive amount of space in the rear. If you need to haul a lot of gear, the CRV is a great choice.

With updates carried over from the 2017 improvements, the interior of the 2018 CRV feels modern and comfortable.

The rear seats hold two adults very comfortably, and the front seats are standard for this class. The infotainment system is intuitive and well-designed and the interior of the CRV feels like everything is right where it should be. The Touring offers more up-market touches that enhance the ambiance, but even the standard model feels sufficiently luxurious for its class. When compared with its competitive set, the CRV interior is at the top of the list for comfort, design, and accessibility of the controls.

The 2018 Honda CRV is the perfect vehicle for zipping around town or heading out on a road trip.

While there are minimal changes in this year's model, the improvements to the 2017 class have aged well and still feel fresh and new. This well-priced peppy crossover SUV is perfect for anyone looking for a reliable vehicle that gets great gas mileage. While we wait for the hybrid model, hopefully in 2019 or 2020, the fuel efficiency of the SUV is still impressive. The 2018 Honda CRV continues to offer a top-of-its-class driving experience - all at a great price!