2018 Honda CRV is a compact crossover SUV and it is on USA roads since 1995. The CR-V is a mid-range utility vehicle of Honda’s, trying to fit between the smaller HR-V and the larger Pilot.
The next generation of the CRV model will have a new platform featuring a redesigned Honda Civic, that means designs and styling, mechanical components and engines options that are redesigned particularly for the CRV. The new CRV is expected to grow a bit, but will retain its style points, with the addition of optional third-row seat aiming to bridge gap between it and the larger Honda Pilot. The new model is 50 to 150 pounds lighter, depending on the model.
2018 Honda CRV reviews of design
What exterior dimensions will be?
The new Honda CRV 2018 exterior is changing in a good way adopting a sportier and better upscale look. It has aggressive, larger front grille in association with a longer hood featuring a less minivan-like stance. It will be available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. The front grille of the Honda CRV shows a slight increase in the front grille with the new generation, and the bumper is changed. The vertical taillights feature a slight redesign.
The wheelbase will grow possibly matching the 2016 Civic sedan and the basic architecture will undergo some changes to accommodate mechanical for all-wheel-drive system for the upcoming CR-V. The CRV’s wheelbase right now is 103.1 inch and it is expected to grow to match the wheelbase of the Civic sedan that has 106.3 inch wheelbase. The architecture mechanicals also may receive a slight change with upcoming CRV and the all wheel drive system may be optional.
New Honda CRV 2018 7-seater interior
The 2018 Honda CRV design undergoes dramatic change and the materials inside are nicer to touch. There is a highly usable dashboard, but is simple. The center stack features a seven inch screen as standard. There is also a volume control knob addressing the customers need. The steering wheel is actually smaller. The HVAC grilles and controls are beautiful to look at and also to use, while the gear-shifter is mounted on the center console, identical as the minivans that it is a lot more comfortable. The CRV retains its five seats model with extra size and offers the best rear seats than any other crossover.
As any other car from Honda, engineers will pay more attention on safety features on the new CR-V. That means that this Honda`s crossover should receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from NHTSA. For that it has to be equipped with plenty of driver-assist, active and passive safety features. The most important features will be improved body structure, rearview camera and auto high-beam system. Higher trim levels are available with Blind Spot Information, Driver Attention Monitor and Honda Sensing features. Honda Sensing system includes Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise control with Low Speed Follow.
2018 Honda CRV mpg specs
The new Honda CRV 2018 will be available with two engines under the hood. The base LX model is going to be powered by the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated inline 4. This engine offers power at 184 horsepower and torque of 180 lb-ft. Higher trims will be available with smaller 1.5-liter engine but powered with turbocharger. This engine will be able to deliver 190 horses and 179 lb-ft of torque.
Power from engines will be transferred to front wheels as standard while there will be optional AWD with Intelligent Control System. All CRV models will be equipped with the same CVT automatic transmission, but there will be new software this time. The fuel economy ratings will be around 28 mpg with 2.4-liter engine while turbocharged CRV will have fuel economy rated around 30 mpg. AWD drivetrain drops these figures for one point down. This makes it the most efficient car in its class of non-hybrid cars.
2018 Honda CRV release date and price
The 2018 Honda CRV base model is expected to start below 25,000 dollars and it will be around 35,000 dollars for the top end models. The release date is yet unknown as there is no official announcement, but may be around the year end of 2017. The new Honda CRV 2018 will give tough competition to few others in the same line including Hyundai Tucson, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Equinox, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue.