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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 224 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Great Improvements

By on Sunday, June 21, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gas mileage ,backup and side mirror camera,"

Cons: "Radio tuning, center console arm rest too low."

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

"This is my second CR-V, They have made some great improvements over the 2010.I have not experience any vibrations. The cabin noise has improved,and the ride is better. I am averaging 28 MPG,I have taken it on a 500 mile trip, the rest of the miles were country and city driving. Couple of things I don't like the radio is hard to tune,small storage area in the center console,I miss my captain chairs. HVT transmission takes getting used too,"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Very good SUV, no vibrations going on here

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Neat features at an affordable price, great MPG's"

Cons: "Driver seat could support legs better"

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

"I had a Venza that I really liked, but was looking for something new. I had looked at the CRV a few years ago, but the vehicle lacked features and the acceleration was slow. 2015 came and it ushered in a newer CRV with a Touring trim. Kudos to Honda to make an affordable luxury vehicle that is also good on gas mileage. I also enjoy the CVT, I think its neat that there is no shifts. It makes acceleration smooth and quick. I drove the vehicle on the expressway and it accelerated up to 70 mph very quickly. When I hit the gas about halfway down at 70 it jumped up to 75 mph with ease. I was very pleased with this as I have only owned and driven V6's or V8's in the past. This was a concern when I was looking at the CRV, no problems here. I test drove several CRV's because of the vibration issue that I read about on-line. I have not experienced anything like the issue some have described. I have tried to create the vibration in my current CRV and I have found that at a stopped light, the RPM's will drop to 500-600 range and there is a slight (very slight) vibration. Nothing I would consider being an issue. I don't like rattles, squeaks, humming or other annoying noises. I have not had any of those issues and I drive a lot. We purchased a used 2011 CRV for our children to learn to drive last fall. It's a basic vehicle, nothing on it. It has a few vibrations, but at 71k miles and the low cost of ownership and great gas milage, we can over look those issues. 4 cylinders are going to vibrate more than a V6 or V8. It's either gas milage or performance, however the 2015 CRV is a vast improvement in engine technology over the 2011 CRV. Also, I read about the air conditioner not being all that good. I wear a suite and tie all summer long and through the winter for work. I have had no problems with this vehicle cooling. In fact its been rather comfortable. There have been some very warm and humid days since I purchased it last week and again no problems. I gave the comfort & convenience an 8 because the driver seat is a little short for my legs. I now understand what reviewers mean when the say a seat could use more leg support. I haven't had any problems with it, but the seat could have a little more support for my legs. I don't see this as a big problem, but again look into it for yourself. I have gotten 29 mpg on this vehicle so far, as compared to my 22.5 on my V6 AWD Venza I consider this to be a wonderful upgrade. Great job Honda, keep making great cars!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Good in snow,ride a bit rough, a bit noisy

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,900

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "I think it is easily a 150K to 200K mile car"

Cons: "Noise and rough ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The tailgate once opened is extremely difficult to lower due to very stiff gas springs. Honda has changed them out twice but it hasn't helped. The CRV is much noisier than I had hoped."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Excellent Downgrade

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price for a great suv"

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

"Downgraded from a 2014 Pilot because wife felt Pilot was too big, hard to park. I thought I would miss the Big Pilot but to my amazement I don't. The 2015 CRV is an awesome SUV. Handles like a charm,has many safety features like backup mirror and lane watch. CVT transmission is smooth and AWD works week when needed. I have 5000 miles on it and have been averaging 31.5 mpg. A big step up from the Pilot. New engine has lots of power in reg. mode and a little less power in environmental mode. I drive mostly in E Mode. Heated seat are great for lower back on long trips, Blutooth lets me stream Pandora from my IPHONE without any cost. All in All a great Buy."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great SUV

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 550

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, fun to drive, excellent gas miliage."

Cons: "None"

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

"Love this CRV. There is no noticeable vibration at all with the one I have, and all the other ones I test drove. Nothing at all. Great drive, smooth and easy. Great gas mileage. Lots of great basic features added to the 2015's."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Second CRVi in 3 years

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great gas mileage"

Cons: "No heated sideview mirrors"

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

"We had a 2012 CRV LX and just traded up to 2015 CRV EX. I like the touch screen in the 2015 as well as the automatic headlights, the intermittent wipers, the chrome. I thought the blue tooth was easier to use in the 2012. Over all very happy with this vehicle."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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