2013 Honda CR-V vs. Its Competition

2013 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX-L w/Navi Angular Rear Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Honda CR-V stands as one of the best configured, most refined, and safest vehicles in its class, although with its most recent redesign it's faded to the back of the pack in driving enjoyment.

The Toyota RAV4 hasn't been redesigned or refreshed in many, many years, and it still offers four-cylinder or V-6 engines, plus an available third-row seat; especially with the V-6 (but even with the four), it feels sprightly compared to the CR-V, though its styling is now very dated.

The Ford Escape is all-new this year, with a rakish profile and smooth, arched roofline, plus a lineup of four-cylinder engines, including turbo fours, and more of an emphasis on style, performance, and handling.

On the other hand, the Escape isn't as boxy and practical in that way as the previous version was.

The Chevrolet Equinox comes with a fuel-efficient direct-injection engine and six-speed automatic transmission; it's also quiet and refined inside, but it's not quite as space-efficient or versatile as the Honda.

Both the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage are a bit smaller than the CR-V but not all that much more fuel-efficient; they're not nearly as spacious inside, either, but they drive with more small-car verve.

2013 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX-L w/Navi Angular Rear Exterior View2013 Honda CR-V
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2013 Chevrolet Equinox2013 Chevrolet Equinox
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2013 Ford Escape FWD 4-door S Angular Front Exterior View2013 Ford Escape
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2013 Hyundai Tucson2013 Hyundai Tucson
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2013 Kia Sorento2013 Kia Sorento
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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2013 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
8.0
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good, affordable choice for cost-conscious families, but it doesn't skimp on comfort, safety, or the latest connectivity features.
8.0
After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
7.8
Rich in value and interesting styling cues, the 2013 Hyundai Tucson's a pint-sized crossover that completely avoids SUV cliches of size and looks.
8.0
It's an easy call among crossovers: the 2013 Kia Sorento has the right features, the right fuel economy, and the right size.
7.2
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 excels at mass-market talents like gas mileage and interior room--but for turbocharged fun in a crossover, you'll have to look elsewhere.
MSRP From     
$22,795$24,225$22,470$19,595$23,150$23,300
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door Manual GL2WD 4-Door I4 LXFWD 4-Door LE (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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