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Honda CR-V 2021 review: VTi snapshot

VTi L AWD variant pictured.
EXPERT RATING
8
The Honda CR-V VTi 2021 model is the first of the versions you really ought to consider if you’re thinking about a CR-V. It is priced at $33,490 (MSRP).

The Honda CR-V VTi 2021 model is the first of the versions you really ought to consider if you’re thinking about a CR-V. It is priced at $33,490 (MSRP).

Over the base model Vi, it adds the safety tech you should be getting - the Honda Sensing suite of active safety technologies, which includes forward collision warning and auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, as well as lane keeping assist and lane departure warning. No blind spot or rear cross-traffic, though, nor rear AEB, and you get a reversing camera but not parking sensors. The CR-V range carries over its 2017 five-star ANCAP score, but it wouldn’t get five stars under 2020 criteria, no matter the grade.

As with the Vi below it, the VTi has 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth seat trim, a 7.0-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, 2x USB ports, four speaker sound system, a digital instrument cluster with digital speedometer, dual-zone climate control. It has halogen headlights and LED daytime running lights, as well as LED tail-lights.

Further items over the Vi include keyless entry and push-button start, an additional four speakers (eight total), an additional 2x USB ports (four total), a cargo cover, exhaust pipe finishers, adaptive cruise control. It gets a few additional colour options over the base car, too. 

The VTi model also adds the 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor, which is worth the money. It produces 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque, has a CVT auto transmission and is front-wheel drive in this spec. Fuel use is claimed at 7.0L/100km.

This is a pretty impressive value offering. Well and truly worth the extra three grand over the Vi.

Pricing guides

$42,250
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
Lowest Price
$31,300
Highest Price
$53,200

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
50 Years Edition 1.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $32,090 2021 Honda CR-V 2021 50 Years Edition Pricing and Specs
VI (2WD) 5 Seats 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $31,300 2021 Honda CR-V 2021 VI (2WD) 5 Seats Pricing and Specs
VTI (2WD) 5 Seats 1.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $34,200 2021 Honda CR-V 2021 VTI (2WD) 5 Seats Pricing and Specs
VTI 7 (2WD) 7 Seats 1.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $36,100 2021 Honda CR-V 2021 VTI 7 (2WD) 7 Seats Pricing and Specs
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