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New Honda CR-V 2021 pricing and specs detailed: Facelift makes Toyota RAV4 rival more expensive

Honda has given the CR-V given a sharp new look.

Honda Australia has detailed the facelifted version of the current-generation CR-V mid-size SUV, which will be more expensive but better equipped than its predecessor when it goes on sale from September.

Three of the CR-V’s seven variants have been renamed and repositioned as part of its line-up overhaul. That said, the Vi is still the entry-level offering, but it’s now priced from $30,490 plus on-road costs, which is $2200 higher than before.

It’s a similar story for the next-rung-up VTi, which has jumped $2800 to $33,490, while the mid-range VTi 7 ($35,490), VTi X ($35,990) and VTi L AWD ($40,490) are the three ‘new’ additions to the CR-V line-up.

The VTi L7 and VTi LX AWD are still the headliners, but their pricing has increased the most, moving to $43,490 (+$4500) and $47,490 (+$3200) respectively, with Honda Australia indicating exchange-rate pressures were a factor across the board.

As before, the Vi is motivated by a 113kW/189Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, while its VTi siblings are powered by a 140kW/240Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged unit.

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All versions are mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while five are front-wheel drive and the other two are all-wheel drive, as denoted by their names.

Similarly, five variants come with a five-seat configuration, while the other two have seven seats across three rows, which – you guessed it – is indicated by their nomenclature.

Previously reserved for AWD versions, Honda’ suite of advanced driver-assist systems (autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control) is now standard on all VTi variants. That does, however, mean the Vi continues to miss out on the active safety technology.

That said, the Vi has added a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and dual-zone climate control to its standard equipment as part of the facelift.

Conversely, the VTi 7 misses out on the 18-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and leather-accented upholstery of its $34,490 VTi E7 forebear.

Meanwhile, the VTi X also gains a hands-free power-operated tailgate over its $33,290 VTi S predecessor. This feature has also been added to three versions that sit above it.

Speaking of which, the $36,490 VTi S AWD-replacing VTi L AWD further gains heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and leather-accented upholstery.

The VTi-L7 also gains LED headlights and foglights, rear privacy glass and a wireless smartphone charger. The latter has also been added to the VTi LX AWD, which further gains 19-inch alloy wheels with a Y-spoke design and a light-grey finish.

Two new paintwork options are available (Ignite Red metallic and Cosmic Blue metallic), which join the carryover Platinum White pearlescent, Lunar Silver metallic, Brilliant Sporty Blue metallic, Modern Steel metallic and Crystal Black pearlescent. All of them are free.

As reported, the facelifted Toyota RAV4 rival has redesigned bumpers with silver or grey accents, a black grille insert, darkened tail-lights and dark-chrome tailgate trim. Inside, the mid-size SUV’s centre console has been rejigged to improve storage and access.

2021 Honda CR-V pricing before on-road costs

VariantTransmissionCost
Viautomatic$30,490 (+$2200)
VTiautomatic$33,490 (+$2800)
VTi 7automatic$35,490 (NEW)
VTi Xautomatic$35,990 (NEW)
VTi L AWDautomatic$40,490 (NEW)
VTi L7automatic$43,490 (+$4500)
VTi LX AWDautomatic$47,490 (+$3200)