Motor Trend Names 2021 Honda CR-V Best Compact SUV


Motor Trend has recently announced their top compact SUVs for 2021 and the 2021 CR-V ranked #1 on their list. The 2021 Honda CR-V impressed Motor Trend so much that they went as far to call it “the best non-hybrid compact SUV you can buy, full stop.” What about the CR-V elevated it above the competition in one of the most competitive vehicle segments?




Category 2021 CR-V
Horsepower 190 Horsepower
Torque 179 LB-FT of Torque
Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/Combined) (L/100 KM’s) 8.7/7.4/8.1
Starting Price (LX 2WD) $32,225
Fully Loaded Price (Black Edition) $45,855
Cargo Space Behind Rear Seat 39.2 Cubic Feet
Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded Down 75.8 Cubic Feet
Legroom - Front Seats 41.3 Inches
Legroom - Rear Seats 40.4 Inches


The CR-V excels at being a jack of all trades that can fit any needs an SUV owner has. “What sets the Honda apart from a sea of competitors is not its exceptional execution of any one task but rather how this well-rounded compact crossover performs across the board.” A perfect example of this is the segment leading cargo space that is great for groceries and hockey bags alike. The CR-V’s design also gives incredible legroom for both front and rear passengers, offering town car-like luxury for all 5 seats. 

Beyond its spaciousness, the CR-V gives huge amounts of customization, offering 5 unique trim levels to find the best price point and feature list to fit your lifestyle. A 1.5L turbo engine produces 190 HP/179 Torque and the engine features a peak torque range of 2000-5000 RPM, meaning it’s always ready to accelerate at a moments notice. This is accented by a stiffer drivetrain for more responsive turning and handling, all while offering some of the best fuel efficiency in its segment. 



The CR-V has consistently been one of the safest options on the road, and 2021 is no different. The Honda CR-V earned the highest possible safety rating in all six crashworthiness evaluations and two front crash prevention tests. All trim levels of the CR-V have standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and EX and higher trims come with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen. Touring and Black Editions adds integrated navigation, an upgraded 9 speaker sound system, and a wireless charging pad for your phones and devices. 



If you want to see in more detail why Motor Trend chose the 2021 Honda as their top compact SUV, read the full article here. Ready to experience the best compact SUV for yourself? Check out our incredible selection of 2021 CR-V’s or contact our sales department today!