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2013 Honda CR-V

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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 333 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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

The worst vehicle that I have bought and driven.

By on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: vibration/shaking

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "WORST CAR!!!"

Cons: "NO QUALITY CONTROL!!!"

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

"The brand new car was already shaking and vibrating while driving and worst when idling. I hated every time I drive the car and the dealer admitted it!!! I lost my trust and confidence in Honda and I will never buy another Honda. The dealer does not have a fix and will have to take the whole engine apart for a brand NEW car. So I traded it with a CX-5 even if I lost money better than get upset all the time."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Issues abound

By on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,124

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Price"

Cons: "A lot of little issues in under 20K miles."

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

"I've owned the Honda CR-V for 4 months now. We've had a myriad of electronics issues. We went over a pothole and the digital screen went blank. We took it into the dealer - 6 days later we got it back. Now it flashes on and off sporadically. I've taken in back in to have them tell me they can't find what is wrong. The radio also is intermittent. The vehicle drives just Ok, a little disappointed with the turning radius for such a small car. I see me trading this in at the end of the lease and trying out the Rav4 or Jeep."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Nice except for mileage

By on Monday, July 11, 2016

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Pretty easy to drive."

Cons: "Terrible mileage."

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

"We were told when we bought this car that it would do 30 mpg. Not hardly. We ignored the salesman but the sticker also said highway would be over 30. We get 23. Around town we get 23, on the highway we get 23, but when we drive a combination we get 23. That is terrible mileage for such a small vehicle. It nearly keeps us from recommending it to others."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Fantastic vehicle; great value

By on Thursday, July 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 350

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
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great ride and handling, comfy, safe"

Cons: "Unintuitive infotainment system"

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

"I traded in my midsize SUV for a 2016 CR-V Touring because I wanted better fuel efficiency and advanced safety features (I do a lot of highway driving). I'm thrilled with the car thus far. I'm getting better mileage than advertised, it's comfortable, has plenty of storage space, ride and handling are excellent and car-like. Styling is a little bland, but the Touring's alloy wheels help a bit in that regard. Power lift gate is very convenient when your hands are full. Honda Sensing is not perfect and has its limitations, but I'm happy knowing it's there and it definitely makes highway driving easier. Everything about the car just works well, exactly the way you'd want it to, and exudes quality -- exactly what you'd expect from a Honda. The rear doors are large and open to a 90-degree angle -- great for loading and unloading kids. Lanewatch is vastly superior to my old method of praying I don't sideswipe a bicyclist when making a right turn in the city. The dashboard isn't anything special during the day but is beautiful lit up at night. My only complaint is the unintuitive infotainment system with its little buttons. I realize that you can control these features with your voice -- but who wants to constantly talk to their car? Would volume and tuning knobs be too much to ask? Otherwise, I highly recommend this car. I also test drove the Rogue (noisy engine, underpowered, lousy CVT, forward collision warning/braking doesn't work) and RAV4 (mediocre interior), and I think the CR-V bests them both in terms of quality and value. Ultimately, other compact SUVs might be flashier, but if you want a car that will last forever, won't give you any problems, and is satisfying to own and drive, buy the Honda CR-V."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I love this car.

By on Thursday, July 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,600

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: "Good price, lots of torque, good handling, comfort"

Cons: "No power lift on tailgate."

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

"I love this car. I traded in a Toyota Rav 4, which I liked a lot, but this car is great! I test drove the 2016 Rav 4, Mazda CX5, and Subaru Outback in addition to this car. The Honda was my favorite, but they are all good cars. We've owned a lot of Hondas over the years and they've always been very reliable. I got the EX-L model. I love the CVT transmission with its constant torque. It is a quiet smooth-riding car. I see no evidence of the road noise nor the vibrations others have mentioned. I am 6'3" tall and I am very comfortable in the car. The stereo on the EX-L is awesome! I really like the keyless start/door opener fob. I had 4 adults in the car the other day and they all remarked about the comfort, the ride, and the power getting on the highway. I can't wait to use my heated seats this coming winter."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best valued SUV

By on Sunday, July 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

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
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Handling, reliability, storage"

Cons: "2014:No arm rest or recline back sea, under power,"

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

"The Cheapest AWD by Honda in 2014. I just drove over 4,000 miles from WA to FL. Pros: Is fun to drive, Handled firmly on the road and curve (bought upgraded tires) like an Accord, No problem in snow, Has lots of storage. 22/28 MPG, Honda reliability. Cons: Slightly under power for 2014, small seats, no power passenger seat, rear seats don't recline, no arm rest (2014), Bad foot brake position, came with awful and dirty seat fabrics (paid $1,200 for leathers). Would like to buy a 2016 except mine is all paid for."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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