The current generation has been around for about three years and the latest reports are suggesting updates for the 2020 model year. This version should come with several updates, both in terms of styling and features. We are about to see a new front face, as well as more standard equipment. All this indicates that the 2021 Honda CR-V won’t feature any particular change. It should continue in the same way, as we expect from the current generation to remain in production for several more years. Simply, the CR-V is hugely popular and also considered as one of the best compact crossovers around, so there is really no need for any early redesign.
Considering Honda’s usual production cycle, the current model should remain in production for about three more years. The 2021 Honda CR-V will adopt all the updates of the 2020 model year and the best we could see in addition are new standard features. Other than that, things are about to remain the same.
2021 Honda CR-V Exterior
In terms of the exterior design, the 2021 Honda CR-V will come with all the updates that the 2020 model is about to bring. This is going to be a typical mid-cycle refresh, though the visual changes will be quite minor. The testing model has been spotted on the road and just a couple of areas have been covered. More precisely, it looks that the only changes at the front will be a new bumper and revised grille, which will keep the same shape but get a new pattern. On the other end, the new CR-V will also receive a new bumper, while a couple of tweaks to the tailgate are also possible. The rest of the vehicle is about to remain the same and the 2021 Honda CR-V definitely won’t bring any particular upgrades. The best we could see are new color options.
The interior is one of the CR-V’s strongest points and we definitely don’t expect to see bigger changes in the near future. We presume that the upcoming update won’t affect this aspect of the vehicle too much and that the 2021 Honda CR-V will continue in the same way. Simply, the interior of this crossover is great. First of all, this cabin looks very good. This is a pretty upscale interior, full of quality materials and with attractive dashboard design. Even base models look great, while higher trims add all those luxury things like leather upholstery, heated seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, more attractive color schemes etc.
We even more like the fact that this is one of the most spacious models in the class. It comes with two very spacious and comfortable rows of seats and can easily accommodate five adult passengers. The seats are comfortable and supportive, so you will definitely enjoy long rides. Finally, there is a huge cargo area that measures up to 76 cubic feet, which is some of the highest ratings for the class.
One of the aspects where we definitely expect to see improvements in the near future is the level of standard equipment. The current model may be great in many aspects but it definitely lacks some essential standard features. This particularly refers to safety systems, as a rearview camera is the only standard safety system in base models. Fortunately, you can get much more in higher trims. There are things like lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, collision mitigation, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation etc. Naturally, some of these systems should become standard in the near future.
2021 Honda CR-V Engines
We probably won’t see bigger changes under the hood in the near future. There are two capable engines in the offer. Base models are equipped with a 2.4-liter that delivers 184 horsepower. You can also get a newer 1.5-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 190 horsepower. It doesn’t seem like a big difference, but the turbo engine also features more torque, so the acceleration is notably quicker.
Also, you can count on a better fuel economy with a turbo engine. While the base unit returns around 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, the turbo-four adds 2 mpg in both cases. In any case, both engines feature an above-average fuel economy.
Both engines come in pair with a CVT. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the AWD layout is also available.
2021 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
It is still early to talk about these things but if we consider that the 2021 Honda CR-V will come just a year after the mid-cycle update, we may presume it will hit the market sometime late in the next year. When it comes to the price, base models currently go around 24.500 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in the near future.