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Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a popular alternative to a midsized SUV or a crossover for people who need a bit more room than a compact car provides or who want to sit higher off the road. The fun, sporty CR-V has cargo space, plenty of extras, and a fuel-efficient engine. Plus it has excellent reliability ratings and high resale value. If you want to save money on gas without going with a hybrid, the 2014 CR-V gets 23 city / 31 hwy mpg. With extensive research on the model and free vehicle history reports for every car listing on this website, CARFAX can help you feel more confident during the car research process.

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Used Honda CR-V Owner Reviews

2012 Honda CR-V
I bought the car mostly because of all the technology gadgets like Bluetooth and hands-free texting. The Econ boost makes this is a great for commuting as well as long distance driving. Batteries could stay charged longer, but otherwise a great car.

Model Overview

Model Overview

The CR-V is a crossover utility vehicle (CUV) loosely based on the popular Honda Civic. It made its debut in 1995 and has maintained a strong following native to the Honda brand ever since. Advertised as a car that can take you anywhere for anything, the CR-V is popular with both families and singles for its compact size, large storage capacity, and excellent fuel economy.

The CR-V's last big update was for the 2012 model. The exterior design, with its spare tire mounted on the rear up until 2013, evokes a fun and sporty feel. It is available in 9 different colors to ensure that drivers looking for fun color options won’t be disappointed. Additional accessories to the newer model include roof rack to moutn skis, snowboards, surfboards, or kayaks; front and rear skid plates boost the sportiness of the new models to a new levels.

The CR-V comes in 6 different models: the 2WD LX, AWD LX, 2WD EX, AWD EX, 2WD EX-L, and AWD EX-L. The CR-V’s latest models offer an MSRP starting $22,945, a 2.4-liter, 16-Valve, DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with Eco Assist and Hill Start Assist. Interior additions include a DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES), rear cargo area, moon roof, heated front seats, and a 60/40 rear split seat. These features keep the Rav4 a competitor in both styling and price. All models come standard with Bluetooth, Pandora streaming capability, USB Audio interface, MP3/auxiliary input jack, and MP3/WMA capability. Critics like the infotainment system, the Intelligent Multi-Information Display, options like current mpg display and a wallpaper setting that lets you display a picture of your choice. However they note that the navigation system graphics are a bit lackluster. 

Honda has always shined in fuel economy, and the CR-V continues the trend with an EPA mpg rating of 23 city / 31 hwy. Additional features like the Eco Assist button allow you to improve your CR-V’s fuel efficiency by automatically monitoring and adjusting the engine and other energy-consuming systems at the touch of a button. Eco Assist also displays bars on either side of the speedometer to help you monitor your fuel consumption—the more the lines stay green the more miles you’re getting out of each gallon of gas.

Honda CR-V Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway safety gave the Honda CR-V a Good rating for moderate front overlap, side impact, and head restraint for 2007-2014. The 2014 CR-V also received 5 out of 5 stars for Overall, Frontal and Side crash by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The 2014 CR-V includes several, upgraded safety features including 3-point seat belts at all seating positions, front-seat automatic tensioning systems, dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS), front-side airbags with passenger-side occupant position detection system (OPDS), side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, and vehicle stability assist to help keep you on track in the event that you over- or under-steer. Honda reports that they want their vehicles to be safe not just for their passengers but for passengers in other cars and pedestrians, as well. 

Other safety features include brake assist, ignition disable, traction control, ABS brakes, and a panic alarm Delay-off headlights, rear-window defroster, and low tire pressure warnings also help keep you safe when you’re on the road. 

Noteworthy About the Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has received high praise. It got ans “among the best” rating by J.D. Power for “Overall Quality,” “Powertrain Quality,” “Body & Interior Quality,” “Overall Quality-Design,” and “Overall Quality-Mechanic.”  It was one of the top “2014 Best Resale Value” vehicles and 2013 “Best Family Cars” by KBB.com, and Honda has been named the country’s “Greenest Automaker” for the 5th time in a row by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Vehicle Overview


Number of Owners for the CR-V


Carfax Facts

Among CR-Vs currently for sale nationwide, 45.9 percent are designated 1-owner and 32 percent are reported as having 2 owners. This means 3 out of 4 of these popular compact SUVs have had 1-2 owners.

Average Odometer Reading


Carfax Chart

If you are looking for a Honda CR-V with no more than 60,000 miles, start your search with the 2009 model year.

2014 Honda CR-V Specifications

  • From $22,945
  • 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder 

  • 23 city / 31 hwy mpg

  • Front wheel drive; all wheel drive
  • 5-speed automatic

  • 185 hp

  • 103.1 inches

My sister asked me to help her find a late model Honda CR-V for her husband. I ordered a Carfax report. The CR-V turned out to have a salvage title! Thank you for offering this invaluable service. It made us feel confident about the purchase.

—Bob Schuler