Thanks to the CR-V’s roomy cabin and large trunk, it’s easy to understand why this is one of the best-selling Hondas. Despite its conservative style and approaching replacement, this generation of the CR-V was made to appeal to a wide variety of customers. The CR-V is a flexible and comfortable vehicle that can handle a wide range of driving situations. It has a stellar reputation for dependability, consistently ranks at the top of its class when it comes to safety and has great resale value.
The 2022 Honda CR-V has a turbocharged engine that takes 8.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standstill. While the CR-V is not quick, it has enough acceleration for the average commuter. The turbocharged engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). CVTs are often criticized for their lack of responsiveness and disconnected driving experience. However, the CR-V’s CVT surprises us by delivering a more natural and refined driving feel. Honda has done a commendable job tuning the CVT to provide smooth and seamless power delivery, minimizing the characteristic “rubber band” effect that some CVTs exhibit.
In terms of handling, the CR-V does a great job. It offers precise and responsive steering, allowing drivers to steer confidently around curves and corners. Whether you’re driving in the city or taking on winding roads, the CR-V makes the driving experience enjoyable.
The control layout of the 2022 Honda CR-V is designed with user-friendliness in mind. The overall design of the controls is visually appealing, contributing to an attractive and modern interior. The physical controls are well-positioned and straightforward to use, allowing drivers to quickly access essential functions without distraction. The CR-V still has knobs and buttons for audio and climate settings. However, it’s worth noting that the CR-V also uses on-screen controls for certain features. The speedometer in the CR-V is designed to be easily readable, providing clear information to the driver. Its placement in the instrument cluster ensures that all essential data is easily available at a glance.
Additionally, the speedometer offers a decent amount of customization, allowing drivers to personalize the information displayed according to their preferences. Finally, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard across the lineup.
The 2022 Honda CR-V has a comfortable and spacious cabin, making it a popular choice among SUV buyers. Compared to some of its competitors, the CR-V offers class-leading legroom in the rear. The rear seats can also recline somewhat, allowing for more comfort on long trips. The driver’s seat and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel in the CR-V provide plenty of adjustability, allowing drivers to find their ideal seating position. Thanks to wide opening front and rear doors, it’s easy for passengers to enter and exit. Similar to other Honda models, the climate control system in the CR-V works exceptionally well at maintaining a comfortable cabin temperature.
In terms of ride quality, the CR-V delivers a quiet and smooth experience on the road. The suspension system does a great job at providing a comfortable ride. It effectively absorbs bumps and imperfections, minimizing the impact felt by passengers and creating a smooth and refined driving experience. There is some road and wind noise at highway speeds but that’s to be expected from this segment.
The Honda CR-V has impressive cargo capacity, making it a practical choice for individuals or families. The CR-V offers ample space to accommodate belongings, whether it’s for everyday errands, road trips, or hauling larger items. The CR-V provides a generous 1110 L of storage space behind the rear seats. With the rear seats folded flat, the storage capacity expands to an impressive 2146 L.
In addition to the spacious cargo area, the CR-V also excels in providing practical storage options within the cabin. There are various compartments, pockets, and cup holders strategically placed throughout the interior to offer convenient storage solutions for smaller items like phones, wallets, and keys. Additionally, installing car seats is easy thanks to the generous space in the rear. This also means that you don’t have to move the front seats forward and compromise the comfort of the front-seat passengers.
Our tester was rated at 8.7/7.4 L/100 km. In our test, we got similar numbers. The CR-V is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.