There are many benefits in possessing a compact SUV. These vehicles are traditionally large enough to transport a fair number of people. Additionally, they’re equipped to tow large quantities of items from a weight standpoint. Essentially, compact SUVs have the fuel-efficient nature of a smaller car — yet also come with towing capabilities of a bulkier, more powerful option. When searching for the best compact SUV currently on the market, look no further than the 2018 Honda CR-V.
These current models bring plenty to the table in terms of practicality and functionality. There are four options (LX, EX, EX-L, Touring) within the framework of the ’18 Honda CR-V. The base LX model registers at a respectable $14,150. Creeping up on the opposite end of the spectrum is the Touring model (priced at $32,650). Rarely will a vehicle of this ilk be priced at such a reasonable starting point — particularly considering the overall quality of the 2018 Honda CR-V.
From a gas mileage standpoint, the vehicle gets an estimated 26 miles-per-gallon within city driving, and 32 miles-per-gallon on the highway. Towing capabilities are even more impressive. Each model is capable of towing up to 1,500 pounds. As such, the 2018 Honda CR-V is perfect for cross-country trips, towing a boat on a weekend getaway, or transporting materials of any sort.
The performance for this vehicle is buoyed by a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (184 HP, 180 lb.-ft. of torque). An optional turbocharged engine (1.5-liter four-cylinder) will see increases in city driving (28 MPG), highway driving (34 MPG), HP (190) and lb.-ft. of torque (179). The turbocharged option offers impressive acceleration and overall power when compared to competitors in its class.
The 2018 Honda CR-V worked tirelessly to create an innovative experience for the prospective buyer. The cabin itself is both roomy and regal in appearance. Leather-trimmed features give the car a fresh new look. An adjustable parcel shelf can slide into one of three positions, thus giving the driver a personalized choice. Depending upon the choice of the customer, optional upgrades include heated seats, a heated steering wheel, 4-way lumbar support, memory seating for the driver, and a 12-way power seat. Simply put, offering comfort is a high priority for this vehicle. In terms of cargo, the 2018 Honda CR-V ranks at the top of its class. Behind its back seat, 39.2 cubic-feet of cargo space is offered. With the back seat folded down, it allows for an eye-popping 75.8 cubic-feet of space.
Aesthetically, the body of the vehicle is supremely sleek and modern. Buyers also have 10 colors from which to choose from (including favorites such as Molten Lava Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, and Dark Olive Metallic).
The IIHS gave the 2018 Honda CR-V a ‘GOOD’ rating across all five of its major safety categories. This vehicle also received 5-star ratings from the NHTSA in overall rating, frontal crash, and side crash.
Motor Trend magazine is a foremost authority on everything having to do with automobiles. It recently named the 2018 Honda CR-V as its SUV of the year. For the reasons mentioned above, this car is truly spectacular. It’s a spacious, stylish, affordable, and efficient vehicle rooted in the goal of providing a wonderful transportation experience.
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