2019 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Honda CR-V
2019 Honda CR-V 2018 Honda CR-V


2.4L I-4 2.4L I-4


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  MPG (City/Highway)

26/32 * 26/32 *

2019 Honda CR-V vs 2018 Honda CR-V

Serving Chattanooga, TN

The 2018 Honda CR-V and 2019 Honda CR-V are both entries of the best-selling compact crossover’s fifth production cycle. Already noted for its numerous attributes—such as excellent fuel economy, lots of interior space, a high level of predicted reliability, and polished ride quality—the CR-V is barely touched from 2018 to 2019. So, both model years are mostly the same. Four trim levels are available; they are the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.


If you go with the base-level LX trim, you will get a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that produces 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque and is tied to a continuously variable transmission. Otherwise, the CR-V is powered by a leaner but mightier 1.5-liter turbo I4 with 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. The turbo engine is also more fuel-efficient, with 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. However, you must stick with front-wheel drive to maximize fuel economy; there’s the option of all-wheel drive to improve all-weather driving ability.


As part of the fifth-generational cycle, the 2018 and 2019 Honda CR-V entries look muscular with their aggressive looking front fascias, and sculpted rear ends. You can expect standard exterior features such as power side mirrors, an active shutter grille to automatically control airflow, multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto-off ability, a shark fin-style antenna, a rear window wiper, a roofline spoiler, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Upper-level trims are more likely to have additions or enhancements like fog lights, one-touch power moonroof, dual chrome exhaust finishers, a power tailgate, roof rails, auto-on ability on the headlights (in addition to auto-off ability), LEDs instead of halogen lightbulbs, and 18-inch alloy wheels.


At the base level, the 2018 and 2019 Honda CR-V models have comfort and convenience features such as cruise control, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a four-speaker stereo system with AM/FM radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack for wired connectivity, and a 5-inch color LCD screen. There’s also Active Noise Cancellation technology to keep things calm and quiet—even at highway speeds. The EX-L is enhanced with features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, a driver information interface, smart key technology with push-button ignition and remote engine start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, hands-free text messaging ability, three additional USB ports, and much more. Upgrades with the EX-L trim include a garage-door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and the increase of the number of speakers to eight. The Touring trim stands alone HD Radio technology, a navigation system, and a 9-speaker 330-watt stereo system.

If you are ready to test-drive either the 2018 or 2019 Honda CR-V, contact us today at our dealership in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to speak to one of our sales specialists.

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* 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.