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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
7.6
Out of 10

Based on 241 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Everyone can use one of these

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "low cost of operation, reliability"

Cons: "can't see tailgaters"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"It doesn't draw a second glance anywhere. It isn't particularly fast, nimble, or otherwise fun to drive. But I can haul pretty much anything I need to move somewhere, it gets great gas mileage, uses regular gas, maintenance is minimal, and has demonstrated no bad habits, unreliable personality traits, or embarrassing tendencies of any kind. If you have a toy in the garage, you need one of these in the driveway."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

LOVE THIS CAR

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "EASY TO DRIVE AND COMFORTABLE"

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

"PULLED 1500# TRAILER TO FL FROM OHIO. COULD HARDLY TELL IT WAS THERE. EQUIPED WITH DEALER INSTALLED HITCH. GET 32-33 MPG ON HIGHWAY. NOT WITH TRAILER. 59,000 MILES IN 23 MONTHS. GREAT CAR"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Reasonably fun to drive"

Cons: "Short on storage. Very uncomfortable driver seat."

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

"CRV is a good car. Plenty of engine and ride is fair. The one thing that I find very poor is the drivers seat. It is very uncomfortable. I wanted lumbar suppor and this car came with it but it is much too low to give any support to the lumbar. In fact it is so low that it presses on my butt plate not my lumbar. It also allows too much road noise into the cabin. I traded in a 2010 Chrysler Town Coutry- big mistake."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great SUV for the money

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "excellent value"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My husband and I bought the LX AWD 3 months ago and so far we are loving it. I was hesitant because I read reviews about the vibration issue but we have had absolutely no problems with it. I'm not even sure what those reviews are all about. We looked at all the other small SUVs on the market and really thought that Honda gives you the most for your money with the CRV. The longer I drive it the more I like it. My only complaints so far are cosmetic. Wish the dash and interior plastic was not black because it gets hot and looks dirty all the time. Really hate that the center console is covered in black fabric as this is where you rest your arm and it looks gross quickly. The touchscreen gets very fingerprinty. I guess I'm just a clean freak :-). I can deal with those small cosmetic issues, though, because everything else about the car has been totally worth the investment."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Very good and reliable

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable and comfortable."

Cons: "Road noise and poor radio quality."

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

"I have done 60,000 miles on a 2012 EX with no problems at all. I replaced the tires at 54000 miles and the battery shortly afterwards. Nothing else. Unsure if I needed a battery on not because shortly afterwards there was a recall involving the charge rate. This recall did reduce the the gas milage from 26/27 to 25/26 mpg. I guess the energy for charging the battery had to come from the only energy source which is the gas tank. It has been the best car I have ever owned. Only complaints I have are a lousy radio and a lot of road noise."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

NOt bad

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Good mileage, semi affordable and lasts long"

Cons: "Air conditioner problems, light brightness at nigh"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I like Hondas and the car is a decent value. I have a 2010 and the problem is that the interior leather (or fake leather) by driver door wore off quickly and looks bad. The air conditioner went which is brutal in the heat but too expensive to fix. They had problems and avoided a recall by doing a warranty extension but does not cover the really expensive problems. They don't stand behind the car. Its ok but not much power and the seats not very comfortable which is par for the course with Honda. Lights not very good either. Repairs are outrageously expensive at the dealership as well."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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