2019 Honda CR-V: FULL REVIEW + DRIVE | The Ultimate Family Vehicle?
Good. Chilly morning, people of YouTube, the, compact, crossover, class has pretty much replaced, mid-sized sedans as the go-to vehicle. Of a married family if you, don't believe me look, no further than the sales figures, where. Rogue rav4. And CRV. Have already, sold well over a million units, combined, so far this year of those. Crossovers, Honda, CRV, was just redesigned, a couple years ago so. It moves into 2019. With minimal changes of course. We want to give a special thanks, to our friends. At gates Honda, and Richmond Kentucky for. Providing us with this fully loaded Obsidian. Blue touring, CRV. So. With an all new rav4 coming. Out later this month let's. See if the CRV, will remain as one of the class leaders. So. Like always we'll start off with the exterior. Nothing. Has changed for 2019. So you continue to find this pretty aggressive, chrome and black mesh grille across all trends. Now. The Turing does give you some upgrades, over the other trips so, on this model you'll find full LED headlights as, opposed, to halogens, on the rest all. But the LX have these fog lights but, only the Touring gets the chrome accent, around them. The. Side is the same way where, only the Touring has the chrome accent, that. Accent, serves to make the CRV, look larger, than it is since. It 180, point 6 inches long it's, actually shorter, than the rope and the new rav4 and. Then. Around back again, the look is unaltered. CRV. Already had one of the more unique looks, in the class with, large LED, taillights, that Bend and then extend, all the way to the roof at. The bottom you will also find, dual exhaust pipes but. They're only exposed. On the Touring. Overall. The CRV, is aging gracefully and, the, small details, you add by selecting, the Touring really help to set it off. But. One thing that doesn't change much between the trims are these, wheels, they. Are 18-inch, alloys, and you'll find them on pretty much every, CRV, except, the base LX. Which. Itself, has smaller, but, similar, looking 17-inch, wheels. And. Coming. Up to the mirrors, they are body colored and heated. On all but the LX where they are matte black. All. But the LX also, applies as far as safety is concerned, every. Single. Active safety technology. Is standard. So long as you choose at least the e X and, that. Includes the likes of Ford emergency, braking Lane. Keeping Assist adaptive, cruise. Control automatic. High-beam headlights blind. Spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, a lot. Of the rivals still reserved those systems, for only the upper trims. These. Silver roof rails are touring, exclusive. But. All models, come with the smallish, 14, gallon fuel tank, that's. Good for ranges of up to 420. Miles. Or 406. Miles as equipped, with all-wheel drive as, you. Would expect regular. Unleaded fuel is recommended. Well. That pretty much wraps up everything on, the outside but. Now let's go ahead and check out the more important, part the cabin. As. You'll see is the case for a lot of different features in the CRV, smart. Entry is standard, on all but the very base LX, trim and. To go along with that you also have a remote start. Now. To get inside the vehicle there, is a sensor behind the door handle so all you have to do is just grab it. So. Looking inside the cabin, of the 2019. CRV. As, you can tell right off the bat there aren't any meaningful, changes, for 2019. So. What you're still looking at is would. Be cloth seating on the LX, and E X leather, on exo and touring and. You've got the same different, color options as well which would be black grey or this ivory. Turning. To your door trim it is well finished, you've got leather covering, pretty much all, the surfaces, that you would touch you've, got some faux wood accenting, as well as padding across the top. The. Front two windows are one touch automatic and. EXL. And touring come with your two person memory seating. Down. Here to the seat you've, got a really nice 12 way power adjusting, seat with four-way lumbar support. And that, comes on all, but the very base LX trim. The. Leather itself is really soft, feels. High-quality, and I like the stitching, as well as the perforation.
It's, Like I already mentioned nothing has really changed on, the inside here so it means you continue to have really nice quality, materials. All. Of your upper - continues, to be made of a soft touch plastic, and then as you go lower you even have a stitching, accent, through it you've. Got more of that faux wood trim here in the middle and, then. Your lower areas are hard touch where everything in here just fits together really well and it has that typical, Honda. Bill quality which is excellent. Now. An all about the LX push the button to start. When. You press that button you will see a 7, inch display fire, up across all models except, that LX which comes with a 5 inch display. And, in a similar way you'll, also see these gauges of. The digital setup of these gauges on all but the LX as well. Now. This is a very nice gauge setup as you can see it is mostly digital here in the center the fine you have two analog gauges on the side kind of like the Civic you. Got a lot of different functionalities, in this setup here so you can just quickly, switch through things like your navigation. You. Can check on your status of your all-wheel-drive system right, here settings. Audio phone. Just. A variety of other things so it's a very nice setup and looks really good. Now. Coming back to the steering wheel it is electric, power assisted, and. You do have a leather wrap steering wheel, when you have leather seating. Like. I already mentioned you've got these buttons here for the display, as well as your phone and voice controls, and then on this side you got your adaptive, cruise control or, regular cruise control, on LX, and the. Wipers are also rain sensing, which is Touring exclusive. The. Wheel itself is manual, tilt and telescoping. Though, it's not heated here on the US touring we've been told that it is heated, on the Canadian, Touring. Now. One of the biggest strong. Suits of the CRV is by far the storage, so let's go ahead and talk about that. What. You're looking at is basically a multi-tiered. Storage system, so. Start out with you've, got this. Really large center console. It. Goes down on very deep and just cup a lining in the bottom but. What's so versatile, about this is. That it actually continues. On through here so you just slide this back you've. Got this one ongoing, piece here, this. Is at least two or three times bigger than what most rivals have. Now. Also within here you've got your two USB ports they're both charging. And, you've, got a 12-volt outlet. This. Armrest. Doesn't sell a chest so if you're shorter like I am you can extend, that out.
Then. Affirm that you got your two cupholders as, well as another nice storage area and, a, 12-volt, outlet. Now. Honda was able, to give you that much storage since. They've gone with a little bit of an unconventional placement. For the shifter since it's up here. But. This is not really a problem is pretty easy to get used to of course you just pull back for Drive you. Also have a sport mode as well as a low mode but there are no paddle shifters on any trim. When. You go into reverse you. Will find a multi view backup camera, with. Active, trajectory, on all but the LX. As. You can see you've got three different views and. I. Believe you do have parking sensors here on the touring as well. Off, to the side of that you will find an electronic, parking brake a brake hold feature as well, as an econ mode, now. Another nice feature that Honda includes, on all but the base LX is, this dual zone automatic climate control setup. So. Of course all you have to do is just twist these knobs to adjust the temperature and. It does appear up here on the screen you have some of your basic controls like your fan speed right, here now. One thing worth noting is that you, don't have all your buttons here so you do have to click, this climate, button to, access some of your other things like your zones for instance. But. When you have the dual zone automatic climate, control setup, you also have three-stage heated, seats though, three-stage ventilation, is not available, on any trim even the story. All. Right now that brings us to the audio system, now, every, single trim of the CRV gets a different speaker count which is kind of odd this, model has the highest count here at 9 so let's go ahead and take a listen. Sound. Quality is pretty decent. And. Now that brings us here to the infotainment system, so let's go ahead and take a quick look now this is your, older style hondalink, system, it, has not been changed for 2019, so you still have the older graphics, however all the functionality, is pretty much still the same they've. Got your shortcut buttons along the size wise your physical, volume knob which is nice, here. On touring you do have standard, navigation this is a Garmin. Based so. It looks like a Garmin, nice. Quality graphics a very responsive, system. Of. Course you do also have your smartphone connection, which is Android, auto and apple carplay so you can use either of those on lower, trim levels without the standard navigation. Now. As far as other functions, you've got your standard regular. Phone functions, as, well as your phone book with all your contacts, which automatically, sync over. Hanging. Back to your home screen we, have our standard Bluetooth audio paired, and you can play in pause it straight from here as, well as change your sources, right here. But. Other than that that's pretty much the main features, of the Honda link system however. We do have a dedicated, tactile, video for those of you who want to learn more a links, of that video is provided, in the description. Now. Up above the screen you will find an auto dimming mirror with, homelink universal. Remotes on the EXL, and touring. You. Will also find, a standard. Moonroof, that, comes on all of the LX that's a really nice feature to include on most models, this. Is just your standard sizing unit there is not a panoramic. One available right now. But. Overall it's hard to find anything to complain about in the cabin, of the CRV this. Continues, to be an excellent, place to spend time it's, so spacious so, accommodating you have plenty of Technology and it is extremely. Comfortable so. A great overall, cabin, from Honda. Anyways. Now I'll go ahead and hand it off to Mason, who will check out all the rear areas. Now, in the back of the CRV you are going to find class-leading numbers, as far as where space is concerned you're. Gonna find forty point four inches of rear legroom and thirty-nine point two inches of rear headroom which, does place it at over three inches larger than the new rav4 and, Nissan rope. Now. Coming over to the door trim it is made of really nice materials, so, you've got a leather armrest, on here as well as leather padding, above that some. More faux wood trim and a, padded material, up here now. Your window is power and down, below that you do have some door storage with a bottle holder and storage, and.
As. Far as the seat itself that is extremely, comfortable and it, is a really, nice looking design. Now, in the center of the touring you will find these nice rear air vents which is really good for a cold day like today and down, below that you do find two charging, USB ports, which is a really nice touch. Now. In the center you do have an armrest. It's. Pretty good sizes leather wrap and has cup holders in the middle. Of. That you have some lighting clothes, a nice headliner, and an, assist ribbon coat hook. Now. As far as legroom is concerned the sea is scooted all the way back and I still have about five inches of legroom and my, feet can easily, slide up under the seat so. Overall. I'm still a huge, fan of the 2019, CRVs, or seat it. Really balances comfort, with a bunch of features technology. And space. Everyone. On your family is going to be happy. Now. To fold the rear seatbacks, I have to do is locate this lever and they do fold 60/40, split. Now, coming around to the tailgate, it is power on the EXL, trim or, if you opt through the fully loaded touring, like this one it is hands-free so, just wave your foot under the bumper to open. And. It opens right up. Now, inside the trunk of the CRV this is another area where it's bigger than its competitors, you're, going to find 39 cubic feet behind the second row seats expanding. 276 cubic feet with them folded now. Like I mentioned it is bigger than the rivals which, is about 10 cubic feet larger than the new rav4. Honda. Also nicely includes a cargo cover and, you, do have some compartments over here for storage. And. Underneath, the cargo floor. You. Do have a spare tire. Passenger. Seat is a nice design and on, the top two trims it will also be four-way power adjusting. In. Front of the passenger of course you do have nice materials, with the padded dashboard, some, more than the faux wood trim and, down. Below that you do have a nicely dampened, glovebox it is actually really big. What. About that we do have a Sun Visor with, some lights and a mirror it. Is also extend. And. Adjust. But. Anyway guys that sums up all I have to talk about in the rear so now let's go ahead and get the powertrain and do a quick test drive. All. Right so let's go ahead and talk a little bit about the power trains, now. There are two it's the same two that have been on this, generation since it came out a couple years ago. The. Vast majority of models still come with the 1.5, liter turbocharged. Four-cylinder. And that, produces 190. Horsepower and, 179. Pound-feet, of torque. Now. If you go for the LX, the very base model, you do get a non turbo engine that's a 2.4. Liter naturally, aspirated, for us of their engine and that makes, less power 184. Horsepower and. 180, pound feet of torque. Both. Those engines are paired to a CVT. And you, can choose either front, or all-wheel drive.
With. A base engine you're looking at 26, city 32, highway, 28, combined, while, the turbo, adds 2 mpg, to each of those numbers bringing. It up to 28, city 34. Highway, 30, combined. And. If you choose all-wheel drive you're gonna go down one from each of those combined numbers. But. Anyways let's that covers the basic so let's go ahead and take a quick drive. So get it up to 30 miles an hour. Power. Is decent. It, definitely. Doesn't feel too powerful. This, is a crossover. A little bit heavier. So that's something I'm gonna overwhelm you but it's, decent and it's, very quiet too so it's not one of those interests that sounds too strained. It, is worth noting though that this is the turbo engine and the. LX might have a little bit more noise since it is a naturally, aspirated version. And. This turbo is about as quiet as it gets. Right, away I do want to commend Honda, for the steering, tuning, here. This, is an excellent feeling for, a crossover, it. Provides, me a lot of the Accord. They've. Got it weighted very naturally. You. Really know where the wheels are. It. Feels, a lot more natural, than most of the rivals. I do, briefly, want to discuss. The right quality, and how, comfortable, this car is. Now. While, it is important. You know the power figures and all that it, is also actually. Probably more important, how comfortable, this Cartwright's, since it is a family crossover. And. Just, riding along here, when you hit up up you don't notice anything it's a very quiet card as he has mentioned earlier, and. It's just very comfortable overall the seats are very comfortable it's, quiet and it's, really anything that you would want in a, family crossover. Yeah, like he said this really covers, all, the. The. Highlights, the things that you look for in this class. You. Know you're not looking for overwhelming, power figures or anything like that I mean this has power and a field, that's very similar to, rivals. In that respect. And. Then you but you do also have a really. Good steering for the class as. Well as very comfortable, ride and. Really. Class leading space as well so, this. Definitely checks, off most. Of the boxes, that anybody, in this class would be looking for. Well. Guys if you enjoyed watching the first in-depth, look at the 2019. Honda. CRV, touring, stay. Watching for a quick look at the pricing, and don't, forget to those like and subscribe buttons below. We'll. Catch you next time as we sample more of the latest automotive delicacies.