Car buyers are realizing that when shopping for an SUV, more isn’t always better. Full-size SUVs cost more upfront and use more gas than compact options, so small families are choosing to save by foregoing the full-size SUVs altogether.
So which compact SUV is best for small families?
There are several factors to consider anytime you buy a vehicle, and there are no shortage of options in the compact SUV category. Several of these vehicles hit the important checkpoints, but one pulls away from the pack with its impressive safety, style, and comfort: the 2021 Honda CR-V.
The Honda CR-V drove onto the scene in 1997, and it immediately won the praise of both critics and buyers. Since then, it’s remained a top pick for buyers who want more than the Honda HR-V, but don’t need the larger Honda Pilot.
Aside from the ideal size, the 5-door, 2-row CR-V offers many other features that make it the smart choice for small families.
2021 Honda CR-V Trim Levels
This year’s CR-V is available in four trim levels. All are well-equipped, but if you’re willing to splurge, the top-end Touring model has features that are helpful for families, such as a hands-free liftgate, wireless charging, and satellite navigation.
The starting prices for each trim level are:
- LX CR-V: $25,350
- EX CR-V: $27,860
- EX-L CR-V: $30,450
- Touring CR-V: $33,650
As of 2020, a hybrid version of the CR-V is also available. This gas-saving option starts at $30,560.
Safety Features on the 2021 Honda CR-V
Safety is a top consideration when buying a family car, and the 2021 Honda CR-V delivers impressively in this category. It earned a five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Safety Administration and it’s an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick.
Of course, avoiding a crash is better than being safe during a crash, so Honda included innovative, accident-preventing features on all models, such as:
- Forward Collision Warning
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Lane-Keeping Assist
- Lane-Departure Warning
- Adaptive Cruise Control
Comfort Features on the 2021 Honda CR-V
The CR-V is a compact SUV, but it doesn’t feel compact on the interior. There is plenty of room for five adults, and the cabin feels spacious enough that you’ll forget you’re in an SUV with such a small footprint. Comfortable seats with soft-touch material and an impressive 40 inches of legroom in the second seat make it easy to see why drivers and passengers find the 2021 CR-V to be great for commuting or family road trips.
Since we’re talking about the cabin, let’s talk cargo space. You will not be disappointed. Somehow, Honda managed to find room for 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space that expands to 75.8 cubic feet with the seat folded down. Note that in the hybrid version, there is a still-impressive 33.2 cubic feet.
2021 Honda CR-V Performance
The CR-V comes with a 1.5-liter turbo-4 with front- or all-wheel drive, or a hybrid with an electric motor on a non-turbo-4. The turbo-4 pushes out 190 HP and 179 pound-feet of torque and gets you 28 MPG in the city and 34 on the highway. Not bad. The hybrid delivers the expected excellent gas mileage with 40 in the city and 35 on the highway.
This isn’t an off-road vehicle nor is it going to win any races—but that’s not what it was designed to do. It’s a solid, well-performing compact SUV that delivers in all the ways you’d expect.
Since the 2021 Honda CR-V hit the lots in Fall of 2020, Honda of Victoria has heard positive feedback from our customers. Stop by to take a test drive and drive away with a great deal on this excellent SUV for small families.