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Honda CR-V Australia

The Honda CR-V was the Japanese company's first ever SUV, and it launched worldwide in 1996.

It's an important car for Honda sales wise, and it has served the company well over its first three generations. Locally, the fortunes of the brand have been on a downward trend, with the parent company still playing catch-up with model ranges after it reined in spending in the wake of the global financial crisis of the late-2000s. However, it has big plans for the fourth-generation CR-V, which ranges from range from $31,300 for the CR-V VI (2WD) 5 Seats to $48,500 for the CR-V VTI LX (awd) 5 Seats. Its main rivals include the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson.

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Honda CR-V Seats

If you choose any model in the 2021 Honda CR-V range that has a '7' as part of its name, you'll be getting a seven seater. If you don't need three rows, the other five versions of the CR-V will suit you, as they're all five seaters.

The seven seat model has a penalty to pay in terms of boot space: Five-seaters run with 522L (VDA) cargo capacity, while the third row eats into the boot space to a decent degree, allowing just 472L (VDA). There is some storage behind the rearmost seats when they're in use, with 150L (VDA) available. All models come with a full size spare alloy wheel under the boot floor, though - well done on the packaging, Honda!

Honda CR-V Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Honda CR-V varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $21,700 and going to $49,610 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $21,700 $49,610
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $31,300 $48,500
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $21,700 $49,610
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $20,400 $44,110
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $19,500 $40,260
2017 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $15,500 $35,970
See All Honda CR-V Pricing and Specs

Honda CR-V Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Honda CR-V here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Why is the plastic around the gear shift on my 2019 Honda CR-V deforming?

    Plastic interior components in Japanese and European cars were once very susceptible to early failures in terms of cracking, peeling, discolouring and warping. The problem was that the manufacturers from these markets had an utter lack of understanding of Australian levels of UV radiation and heat cycles and, as a result, their plastic interiors soon disintegrated. Things soon changed for the better, however, and modern cars have very resilient interior fittings.

    However, that makes it even stranger that your car should be exhibiting this problem. I’s not something that we’ve seen across a wide cross-section of CR-V vehicles, so maybe it’s a one-off manufacturing fault. Perhaps the plastic trim piece you refer to was damaged when it was fitted at the factory and has gradually become worse with age. Either way, it should be a simple warranty repair for your local dealership. Replacing the trim piece with a new one is the answer as the damaged part probably can’t be repaired economically.

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  • Honda CR-V 2020: Should I buy AWD?

    It’s a fact that the top-rung version of a particular make and model will not only get all the luxury and convenience items, it’ll also usually be the first to score new safety tech, too. That’s why CarsGuide gives car-makers a pat on the back when they make new safety gear standard across the whole range. However, that’s the exception rather than the rule here, and most car-makers, including the ones you’ve mentioned have the same policy of loading up the more expensive variants in their line-up.

    But before you dismiss all-wheel-drive as something you have to pay for to get better safety gear, understand that AWD itself is a safety boost. The extra grip given by driving all four wheels makes a car safer in all conditions, but especially in low-friction conditions. So, if safety is a concern (and it obviously is for you, Mark) then I reckon AWD is for you anyway.

    Besides which, even though you’ve said you only driver to the snow every now and then, when those times arrive, you’ll be very pleased you paid for AWD.

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  • Should I buy a Toyota RAV4 or a Honda CR-V?

    You really need to go out and test drive both vehicles, because they both have their plusses and minuses and those will be graded according to your personal preferences. Overall, the RAV4 is a bigger vehicle (almost as big as the original Kluger, in fact) so that might come into the reckoning based purely on the size of your parking space at home.

    The RAV4 rides a bit more softly but your choice of the range-topping VTi-LX in the Honda is a good one because that’s the only model in the line-up that includes autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping and adaptive cruise-control. That said, the RAV4 has all those features, too, but extends them to the bulk of the models offered, not just the top-spec version.

    On warranty and fuel economy, both compare pretty closely, so it will come down to the little things that you personally find important; things like the Honda’s doors that open almost to 90-degrees and the Toyota’s vast rear seat legroom and cavernous luggage space. Over to you.

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  • Honda CR-V 2015: How do I change the clock?

    With the ignition on press Home button, then in turn Settings, Clock info, and Clock adjustment. You can then adjust the time. It is also shown in your owner’s manual.

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Honda CR-V Towing Capacity

The Honda CR-V has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 1000kg 1500kg
2020 SUV 1000kg 1500kg
2019 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2018 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2017 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
See All Towing Capacity for Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V Colours

Exterior paint is Ignite Red (metallic) and that’s pretty fetching. Other colour options are Cosmic Blue Metallic, Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearlescent, and Platinum White Pearlescent.

  • Ignite Red
  • Platinum White
  • Lunar Silver
  • Modern Steel
  • Cosmic Blue
  • Crystal Black
  • Brilliant Sporty Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Honda CR-V Dimensions

The dimensions of the Honda CR-V SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1679x1855x4635 mm 198 mm
2020 SUV 1679x1855x4596 mm 198 mm
2019 SUV 1679x1855x4596 mm 198 mm
2018 SUV 1679x1855x4596 mm 198 mm
2017 SUV 1685x1820x4545 mm 170 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda CR-V Dimensions

Honda CR-V Accessories

The accessories range for the CR-V is pretty decent - you can go beyond the usual stuff like floor mats and bonnet protectors, and even get stuff like roof racks, roof rails, storage luggage pods, side steps and body protection (bonnet protector and headlight protectors). There are weather shields, and different wheels available, too.

Honda CR-V Interior

The interior of the Honda CR-V is one of its biggest selling points - but you don't buy this SUV for its style, you buy it for its pragmatism.

There are both five and seven seat models available, and both make very good use of the space on offer. The rear doors open almost 90 degrees to allow really easy second and third-row access, and the openings for all the doors - including the tailgate at the boot - are big, allowing for easy loading in and out.

Shame the 7.0-inch media screen is falling well behind in terms of size, but at least all models have smartphone mirroring tech now.

Honda CR-V Boot Space

Boot space is a claimed 522 litres with the second-row seats in use; that increases to 1658 litres if you load to the roof with those seats down. There is a power socket and tie-down points in the cargo area.

The CR-V has a full-sized spare stored under the cargo area floor.

Honda CR-V Boot space

Honda CR-V Fuel Consumption

The Honda CR-V is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.6L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2018 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2017 SUV 7.8L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Honda CR-V Pricing and Specs for 2021

Honda CR-V Wheel Size

The Honda CR-V has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x65 R17 1 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 235x65 R17 1 235x65 R17 1
2020 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x65 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 SUV 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda CR-V Wheel Sizes

Honda CR-V Speed

There is no 0-100km/h claimed time for any version of the Honda CR-V. It's no performance SUV, so don't expect to be blisteringly quick from the traffic lights. But the turbo 1.5-litre is certainly the pick of the two engines if you value a bit of poke.