2022 Honda CR-V

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The Car Connection Expert Review

Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor
September 3, 2021

Buying tip

If you’re leaning toward all-wheel drive, get the better equipped Hybrid.

features & specs

EX 2WD
EX AWD
EX-L 2WD
MPG
28 city / 34 hwy
MPG
Coming Soon
MPG
28 city / 34 hwy
MSRP
$28,260
MSRP
$29,760
MSRP
$30,850

A perennial bestseller, the 2022 Honda CR-V charms with its roominess, comfort, efficiency, and safety ratings.

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Honda CR-V? What does it compare to?

The 2022 Honda CR-V compact crossover seats five passengers in comfort, and is roomier than rivals such as the Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4. Like the RAV4, Ford Escape, and Hyundai Tucson, it can be had as a hybrid. 

Is the 2022 Honda CR-V a good SUV?

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A spacious cabin, excellent safety ratings, and above average efficiency reward the 2022 Honda CR-V with a TCC Rating of 6.5 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) 

What's new for the 2022 Honda CR-V?

Honda didn’t invest too much in the fifth-generation CR-V before its expected redesign for 2023. The top Touring trim comes standard with all-wheel drive, but it remains optional on LX, SE, EX, and EX-L trims.

Neither flashy nor dull, the 2022 CR-V soldiers on as a pleasantly plain crossover that prefers to blend in more than stand out. Tasteful chrome and black cladding frame the compact that rolls on available 19-inch alloy wheels. The interior is equally understated, with function over form befitting a vehicle in this class.  

The 1.5-liter turbo-4 carries over, as does its output of 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque. A CVT sends power to the 17-inch front wheels, and the CR-V puts efficiency over power with an EPA-rated 28 mpg city, 34 highway, 30 combined. Available on EX, EX-L, and Touring trims, the Hybrid with standard all-wheel drive uses a pair of electric motors and a 2.0-liter inline-4 to make 212 hp; the Hybrid rides smoother with a bit more punch than the gas model. Its biggest virtue is an EPA-rated 40/35/38 combined mpg.

The biggest virtue of the CR-V is its ability to sit five passengers in comfort, thanks in part to more than 40 inches of rear leg room and a cargo hold that can carry nearly 40 cubic feet of gear. The front seats are all-day comfy, and space is optimized throughout; like other Hondas, the CR-V feels bigger and roomier than its footprint. 

Even though Honda skimps on features on the base LX model, all CR-Vs come with excellent driver-assist features and top crash ratings from the NHTSA and the IIHS. 

How much does the 2022 Honda CR-V cost?

The base LX might get shoppers into the showroom for $26,975, including destination but its dinky 5.0-inch display screen should steer them to better-equipped trims such as our recommended pick, the SE. 

The Hybrid costs about $1,200 more on similarly-equipped AWD models, with the Touring Hybrid topping the price chart at $37,975. It’s loaded with leather seats, wireless smartphone charging, and a 9-speaker sound system.  

Where is the 2022 Honda CR-V made?

In Greensburg, Indiana. 

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Styling

The inconspicuous CR-V doesn’t call attention to itself.

Is the 2022 Honda CR-V a good-looking car?

The plain design of the CR-V might suggest the -V is for vanilla, but vanilla can be satisfyingly refreshing among ice cream makers trying too hard to make their scoop stand out. For being so inoffensive as to be forgettable, it’s a 5.  

The style of the CR-V exists on a plane between the sexy and sculpted Mazda CX-5 and the garish or rugged Toyota RAV4. Modest black cladding runs over round wheel arches housing available 19-inch wheels and connects the bumpers with some brief flourishes of chrome. The upright rear end could be mistaken for a minivan, and the front end avoids the temptation of going all-grille, all-day, which is a trend other automakers have embraced to mixed effect. 

Inside, practicality reigns from the top down, with high-mounted controls that are easy to reach and use. A mechanical shifter takes up valuable real estate below the center stack, but the Hybrid uses a more compact and modern button shifter. A stylish V-shape keeps the controls neat and orderly in higher-grade materials, though the cramped touchscreen on all but the LX model is busy with too many menus. The lower parts house storage compartments, natch. Overall, the cabin of the CR-V also feels somewhere between the CX-5’s premium vibe and the RAV4’s outdated interface. 

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Performance

With Hybrid or gas power, the CR-V is built for comfort, not speed.

The 2022 Honda CR-V gets the job done, unless the job demands excitement or thrills. Most drivers would prefer not to, like Bartleby, and that’s why the CR-V’s overall competence earns it a perfectly average 5.  

Is the CR-V 4WD?

All-wheel drive is an optional upgrade for $1,500 over front-wheel drive, except on Hybrid models where it is standard. 

How fast is the CR-V?

The CR-V is more the turtle than the hare but it’s one composed shell. The standard 1.5-liter turbo-4 makes 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque through a continuously variable transmission. Power comes on early and stays relatively strong, so even though it’s not quick there’s enough grunt for merging or passing moves. 

Unlike recent iterations of other CVTs, Honda doesn’t add artificial gearing to approximate the shift points of an automatic. This CVT optimizes gear range so you’re not left wanting more available power and not dreading the droning quality of lesser CVTs. 

The available AWD system increases traction during inclement weather, but its capability ends with the pavement. Taking it on a dirt path is fine, but anything more adventurous should be reconsidered, especially with just 7.8 inches of ground clearance.

Good steering feel matches handling that’s well-tuned for the vehicle; the CR-V leans in turns but never feels bigger than its size. Front struts and a double wishbone rear suspension help soak up road chatter for a calm, composed ride.

Hybrid performance

The Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter inline-4 with two electric motors powered by a lithium-ion battery for a net output of 212 hp. AWD comes standard, and despite the more complex drive system, it operates more smoothly than the gas version in part because of the stop/start system. Don’t look for much more grunt off the line or at cruising speeds because the extra weight offsets the increased output. 

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Comfort & Quality

The 2022 CR-V optimizes space better than cargo shorts.

The CR-V seats five in more comfort than other compact crossovers. Comfy seats front and rear, as well as ample passenger and cargo room earn it a 9. 

For a 12-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, jump to the EX trim or any of the Hybrid models, but even the manual cloth seats on LX and SE provide enough support to be comfy. Leather graces the EX-L and Touring trims, which give the passenger power adjustments as well. The tall seating position with a low dash and broad windshield affords a commanding view of the road and some interior tranquility. Deep door pockets and a deep center console allow plenty of storage space. 

In back, three passengers fit, with doors that open wide and nearly as much leg room and head room as front riders. Rear seat roominess tops the class, and cargo volume also impresses with nearly 40 cubic feet of space (Hybrids have 33.2 cubic feet), or 75.8 cubic feet with the 60/40-split rear seats folded flat. The low load floor is good for dogs and backs.

Despite the understated style, Honda finishes the CR-V with soft-touch materials that get better with each trim, capped with wood-like trim in top Touring models. 

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Safety

Standard safety features complement top crash ratings in the CR-V.

How safe is the Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V avoids a crash as well as it withstands one, according to a five-star crash rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. That adds two points to our score, and standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic high beams earn another point. Good outward vision through the broad windshield and over the shoulder past thin rear pillars earn it another point to a 9 total. 

One note about that Top Safety Pick rating: It applies only to Touring and Hybrid models with LED reflector headlights.

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Features

Skip the skimpy LX for at least the SE trim.

The good standard safety features outshine the convenience features on the base LX. Skip the 5.0-inch display and its lack of smartphone compatibility for the SE. The SE is still a value, which earns a point on our scale to a 6. 

Which CR-V should I buy?

For only $1,200 more, the Hybrid strikes us as the best value when you consider cost of ownership factors such as fuel. But if AWD is unimportant, the $28,175 SE model packages the most features for the best value, with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, keyless entry and start, and heated front seats.

How much is a fully loaded 2022 Honda CR-V?

The Touring trim tops the lineup, and comes with AWD, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and fog lights, roof rails, a 9-speaker sound system, and wireless smartphone charging for $36,775; the Touring Hybrid is $37,975.

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Fuel Economy

The CR-V stretches a gallon of gas, but the Hybrid goes further.

Is the 2022 Honda CR-V good on gas?

The 2022 CR-V gets an EPA-rated 28 mpg city, 34 highway, 30 combined with front-wheel drive. AWD lowers it 1 mpg across the board, which is above average for a compact crossover. It rates at a 5 on our scale. 

If rated separately, the all-wheel-drive CR-V Hybrid’s 40/35/38 mpg would rate at a 7. The 40 mpg city is ideal for drivers who log most of their miles around town. That’s better than the Hyundai Tucson and Ford Escape, but the Toyota RAV4 hybrid does it a bit better, and all three rivals could be had as more efficient plug-in hybrids. 

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