Regarded as one of the best-selling SUVs for several years, the 2014 Honda CR-V offers a unique blend of comfort, fuel economy, utility, low maintenance cost and reliability which is unmatched by others in the segment. It's one of the best SUVs to drive around in town as it's easy to handle, park and comes loaded with a host of features. For 2014, the 2014 Honda CR-V carries over as unchanged which means the essentially good features and superb driving performance continues even for this year. This fourth generation five-seater SUV has a three-bar grille and a crispy exterior appearance and competes with Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Mazda CX-5 in the segment.
Powertrain And Performance
Every 2014 Honda CR-V model is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185hp and 163 lb-ft of torque when mated with a five-speed automatic transmission and optional front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The estimated fuel economy stands at 23mpg city/31mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with the front-wheel and it goes down by 1mpg with all-wheel drive.
Build And Styling
The 2014 Honda CR-V is a high-end crossover model which is offered in LX, EX and EX-L trim levels. Standard features for the LX model include 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, a rearview camera, cruise control, air-conditioning, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, height-adjustable driver seat, blind-spot mirror, full power accessories, four-speaker sound system with a CD player, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split-folding and reclining seat with trunk-mounted fold handles, iPod/USB audio interface, auxiliary audio jack, and Pandora Internet radio control.
The EX adds 17-inch wheels, foglights, rear privacy glass, six-speaker sound system, sunroof, body-colored mirrors and a cargo cover. The EX-L trim has all of that and further adds roof rails, automatic headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, eight-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar, heated front seats, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and a seven-speaker sound system that includes a subwoofer. You can add a rear-seat entertainment or navigation system to the EX-L trim.
The interiors of the CR-V is quite spacious and the large center console is easy to navigate and extremely user-friendly. With the rear seats in place, it offers a decent rear cargo space of 37.2 cubic feet and with the fourth seat folded down it goes up to massive 70.9 cubic feet, one of the best in the segment.
Moving on to safety features, every 2014 Honda CR-V comes equipped with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front and side-seat curtain airbags and a rearview camera.