After the recent major refresh, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Honda CR-V will come without more important changes. The popular compact crossover is expected to remain untouched for a couple of more years. After that, we can talk about the end of the production cycle. Until then, we will see the same design and features, including the novelties that have been presented recently, with the 2020 model years. For this occasion, we have seen new styling details, as well as some pretty interesting interior novelties, including revisions on the dashboard.
The new CR-V is prettier and more functional but that’s not all. It is also more efficient than before, as the new hybrid version has been presented. This model promises a lot, considering that the company expects class-leading mpg ratings. In any case, 2021 Honda CR-V should be a typical carryover model, with nothing but minor tweaks. Therefore, we expect to see it sometime in the last quarter of the next year.
2021 Honda CR-V Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, nothing has changed since 2016, when this model was released. On the other side, this-year update brings a lot of interesting novelties, including many aesthetical. Still, changes are subtle and you definitely won’t notice anything radical. The changes are rather subtle, which seems logical, considering the model’s popularity. Headlights have been slightly revised, as well as the grille and the bumper. On the other end, you will hardly notice minor tweaks to the rear bumper and new exhaust tips.
The rest of the crossover remains the same, with the exception of new color options and wheels. Considering that the current generation is expected to remain in production for at least two more years, the 2021 Honda CR-V will feature no bigger changes in this aspect.
Honda has often been criticized for CR-V interior design. Not that it looked bad, but rivals looked better and there was also a notable lack of standard tech features in base trims. This has changed with the recent refresh. The dashboard has been revised and now comes with a completely new center stack. It looks more attractive, with infotainment screen and other revised buttons, but it is also more functional, thanks to new storage areas.
The overall impression is now much better, which combined with the model’s famous functionality and practicality puts the new CR-V on the top of the class. As we’ve just mentioned, you may count on more standard tech features in the new model, including a new 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, wireless charging and much more.
In terms of dimensions, things have remained the same. The 2021 Honda CR-V will continue to deliver an impressive amount of interior space. You may count on two spacious and comfortable rows of seats, as well as on impressive cargo volume numbers. There are more than 39 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, while the overall cargo capacity goes over 75 cubic feet. These are some of the highest ratings in the class, definitely impressive numbers.
2021 Honda CR-V Engines
Big changes happened recently under the hood. First of all, there is a new hybrid version, which has finally come to North America, after years of waiting. The new model features a familiar system from the Accord, which combines a four-cylinder gasoline engine with a couple of electric motors for a total output of 212 horsepower.
These are pretty decent numbers for a vehicle of this size but more importantly, we count on an impressive fuel economy. According to Honda’s estimations, the new version will be able to return around 42 mpg, which is even better than the current class and the biggest rival, RAV4, which currently returns around 41 mpg.
When it comes to gasoline units, Honda has decided to drop a good-old 2.4-liter unit. Instead, a newer and more efficient 1.5-liter turbo-four will be standard across the whole lineup. It comes in pair with a CVT gearbox and delivers around 190 horsepower. Also, it returns around 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are some of the highest ratings in the class for non-hybrid models.
2021 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
As we don’t expect bigger changes for the 2021 Honda CR-V, we count on a typical time of launch, which should happen sometime late in the next year. The price should remain the same as well. Base models currently go around 24.500 dollars, while the most expensive models can easily go up to 35.000.
The competition in the segment is extremely tough, as we are talking about one of the most crowded classes of vehicles. Still, the CR-V manages to hold its great position on the market pretty conveniently. It is the second best-selling compact crossover, after RAV4. Among other competitors, you will find popular models like Nissan Rogue, VW Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson etc.