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2013 Honda CR-V Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Fresh from its complete makeover last year, the 2013 Honda CR-V compact SUV carries on largely unchanged. The 5-passenger CR-V remains modestly-sized on the outside, but is extremely roomy inside, with a rear seat that accommodates adults and a proper-sized cargo area. Available in LX, EX and the leather-appointed EX-L, the CR-X for 2013 offers varying levels of features and equipment packed into each trim level. However, new rivals, such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape, offer better audio and infotainment systems, more features and, in some cases, more horsepower and better fuel economy. Still, it's hard to argue with the CR-V's excellent repair history and it continues to lead the pack in terms of long-term resale values.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for simple, dependable transportation in a vehicle that can handle snow and mud as efficiently as it does a day of cruising yard sales, the 2013 Honda CR-V is an excellent choice. Need more reasons? There's good fuel economy, a reasonable price and lots of standard equipment.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those needing the power of a V6 (for towing) or the convenience of a third-row seat won't be interested in the 2013 Honda CR-V. The Ford Escape and Hyundai Santa Fe offer more powerful engines with the same or better fuel economy as the CR-V.

What's New for 2013

No major changes for 2013.

Driving the CR-V

Driving Impressions Building on the Honda CR-V's already-stellar reputation for being easy to drive and easy to live with, the latest iteration has raised those benchmarks in modest but genuinely meaningful ways....

Extensive noise reduction efforts yield a quiet, well-isolated passenger compartment, and the rigid unit-body structure, coupled with taut suspension tuning, gives the 2013 Honda CR-V impressively capable handling characteristics. Honda equips the CR-V with its Motion-Adaptive electric power steering system that interfaces with the standard stability control to automatically encourage proper corrective inputs when it senses slippery or uneven road conditions during cornering or braking. For ultimate 4-season security, the 2013 CR-V is available with Honda's Real Time AWD (all-wheel drive) with Intelligent Control System. Smaller, lighter and quicker to respond than the previous Real Time setup, it smoothes out initial acceleration and can transfer up to 100 percent of torque to the rear wheels if necessary.

INTELLIGENT MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY (I-MID)
All 2013 Honda CR-V models come with a new, 5.0-inch LCD color screen in the center of the dash that allows the driver to access and control a range of functions using buttons on the steering wheel.

EASY FOLD REAR SEATS
The backs on the 2013 Honda CR-V's new 60/40-split rear bench seat now flop forward with the pulls of levers conveniently located on either side of the cargo bay to create a near-flat load floor that's over five inches longer than the one in the current CR-V.

2013 Honda CR-V Details
Interior

We like the sophisticated overall look and feel inside the Honda CR-V, highlighted by a smartly-sculpted dash, large and bright gauges and elegant switchgear. Special attention is paid to driver comfort, with supportive front seats that flank an accommodating center console punctuated by two big cup holders. A large covered center stow bin houses USB and auxiliary inputs as well as a 12-volt power point. Although the 2013 CR-V's overall interior dimensions are largely unchanged from the previous two generations, its cargo area now offers a bit more space than before with the rear seat up, but marginally less when it's folded down.

Exterior
2013 Honda CR-V photo

While the 2013 CR-V retains roughly the same dimensions as the last-generation CR-V, it looks substantially larger. With a bold, more aerodynamic look, the CR-V appears a bit more rugged, with swept-up rear quarter windows and edgy front and rear fascia treatments. A steeply-raked windshield and slightly lower roofline effectively complement the CR-V's high-profile grille and lamp treatments, while a large single-piece liftgate, coupled with a significantly lower lift-over height, eases loading and unloading chores. All LX models are fitted with 16-inch steel wheels and 215/70 all-season tires, while EX/EX-L versions have 225/65 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Honda's CR-V LX for 2013 boasts a full range of power assists, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with USB/AUX inputs, Bluetooth HandsFree Link, Pandora Internet Radio interface, read-aloud SMS text messaging capability, air conditioning, an intelligent Multi-Information Display, multifunction steering wheel, multi-angle rearview camera, keyless entry, cruise control and a tilt/telescoping steering column. The EX adds various interior and exterior enhancements, a power moonroof, privacy glass, alloy wheels and a security system, while the EX-L gains leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, XM Radio and more.

Optional Equipment

In keeping with its longstanding practice of offering vehicles largely in "mono-spec" trim levels, options for the 2013 Honda CR-V are extremely limited. The LX, EX and EX-L can be fitted with the new Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System, while CR-V EX-L buyers can opt to add either the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with a 6.5-inch dash-mounted touch-screen or a DVD-based Rear Seat Entertainment system that features a single 7.0-inch hi-resolution LCD screen that flips down from the headliner.

Under the Hood

The sole powertrain combination in all 2013 Honda CR-V models is the familiar 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine matched with the equally-familiar 5-speed automatic transmission. Rated at 185 horsepower, the CR-V has fuel economy ratings of 23/31 for front drive models and 22/30 with 4WD. To help in the mileage-maxing cause, all 2013 CR-Vs feature an energy-efficient multistage alternator and come with Honda's Eco Assist system that includes the green "ECON" button on the dash that can modify throttle mapping as well as operation of the air conditioning and cruise control. The maximum tow rating also remains unchanged, at 1,500 pounds.

2.4-liter inline-4
185 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
163 lb-ft of torque @4,300 rpm
EPA City/highway fuel economy: 23/31 mpg (front-wheel drive), 22/30 mpg (AWD)

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2013 Honda CR-V Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 205 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    7.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    7.4/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.7/10

Over rated vehicle

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: quality, blind spots in rear

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Great for hauling and mileage"

Cons: "Vibration, build quality, blind spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I should have did my homework... First, its noisy when driving, and windows have an air pressure kinda feel with one window open.. You have to have the all open... Blind spots in rear (little windows)Radio is much like that of cheap vehicle. Put two cans together and you thats the audio quality. Come on no Sirius radio on base model vehicle? Whats the deal with the arm rest? You only get one unless you opt for the expensive model? Issues with acceleration from low speed. Terrible if your needing to merge...Driving it was like that of a bus (school bus comes to mind) like handling. Funky vibrating... PROS: Plenty of room for large adults, and hauling. Gas mileage was ok, but not as good as other in the market.. I was so unhappy with it i traded it at 1500 miles... Guess I am not a Honda kinda guy...I don't get what everybody raves about... Better vehicles in its class..If you buy one opt for the more expensive version..."

My 2nd CRV, a great vehicle

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "GREAT MILEAGE with power when needed"

Cons: "Base model has only 16" tires and steel rims"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 1st CRV lasted over 10 years and 200,000 miles. The 2015 CRV is much improved and I have read the other reviews about the vibration problem. I have over 6,000 miles on my car with no such problems."

First Honda - Very Pleased!

By on Friday, May 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Tons of features for a base model, great MPG!"

Cons: "Periodic Bluetooth Audio Connection Issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am leasing a 2015 Honda CR-V LX AWD. I have noticed other reviews that mentioned a vibration. This is VERY subtle and can be felt in the brake, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a 4 cylinder engine. The CVT is awesome. It's my understanding that this is the same transmission/engine that the 2014 and 2015 Accord has. I averaged 31 MPG on my first tank and am averaging 27 on my second (primarily driven on surface streets). The ride is solid and quiet. The only issue I have had is with the Bluetooth Audio Feature. I like to stream music from my phone, and it sometimes will not connect when I start the vehicle. Definitely would recommend this vehicle!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

My 3rd. Honda and so far the best

By on Sunday, May 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great value for the money"

Cons: "needs cooling for cup holders like the FIT"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"As stated this is my third Honda and very happy with ride, appearance and performance. I average about 24 mpg, hoped for better but not to bad. My driving is high speed on interstate or stop and go in city. Neither are good for high mileage, so overall, not to bad. I love the look, why even my 25 year old nephew likes to take it to the car wash and enjoys the attention he gets from the ladies. I was one of first to buy the new CRV and did not have an opportunity to see the new TOURING model or would have got that one for the extra safety equipment. However except for a problem with lost wheel locks, I have been very happy with my new Honda."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Buyer Be Ware

By on Saturday, April 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Comfortable vehicle"

Cons: "Vibration is frustrating, annoying and scary."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"2015 Honda CRV has a serious vibration issue. Honda has for a long time dismissed the complaints, now they are trying to convince owners this vibration is normal. If you read the complaints written on various sites, the vibration varies from somewhat minor to severe. Anyone who owns this vehicle with the same issue and has not reported it to Honda, please do so. Read your Owners Info. booklet for further action. At this point, Honda has not been willing to correct an issue that thousands of owners have complained about."

41 people out of 47 found this review helpful

Dream turned into a nightmare.

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Purchased the 2015 CRV-EX in December. While searching for something I dropped, I noticed the cloth upholstery on the driver's side (beside the console) was completely unattached from the seat. Raw edge, with points cut out in it as if to match it to another piece of fabric. (Those that sew would know what I'm talking about.) At the very least you would think the edge would be turned under and stitched. I contacted the dealership and told to bring the car in; which I did. After inspection from two people working in the Service Dept., a new seat cover was ordered. The replacement is exactly the same...only worse! They are saying it is apparently a "design flaw" when the car was engineered; as they have found others on the lot with the same issue. I loved the car up to this point, but it doesn't speak highly of the quality of either the design or inspections. If they would let this go and not claim the problem and offer at least a compensation for my time and trouble in trying to have a new car seat repaired, what else might be going on inside that "passed inspection?" This issue is just with the driver's seat. We have contacted a local custom shop to recover all the seats in leather. (The cloth looks nice, but shows mystery stains.) INSPECT BEFORE YOU BUY!!!!!!! PS: There is some vibration when car is idling, but I don't find it bothersome."

21 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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