Introduced a year ago, the current generation of this compact crossover is definitely one of the class leaders. Characterized by amazing practicality, it offers lots of good. Latest reports suggest we are about to see even more thing in the next year. One of the biggest novelties for the 2019 Honda CR-V will be a new hybrid powertrain, according to the latest reports. With the new powertrain, this model will become even more economical than current gasoline engines, which are also at a very high level. Besides the new powertrain, we expect to see no bigger changes. The 2019 Honda CR-V will continue with a familiar design, interior layout etc.
2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid
The biggest novelty for the next year will definitely be a new powertrain. The 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid is about to bring fuel economy to the completely next level. Still, we can talk about exact specs at this point. A hybrid version of this crossover is already available in some parts of the world. It comes with a system that combines a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with two electric motors for a max output of 184 horses. Still, some reports suggest a completely different powertrain for the U.S. models. The reason is simple. This version might seem okay for some markets but North American drivers would rather choose the RAV4 Hybrid, which offers more power, better acceleration and two-times higher towing capacity.
Therefore, there is a big chance to see the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid with the same system that powers Honda Accord. This one comes with the same 2.0-liter engine but features a pair of more powerful electric motors. Another important aspect of this powertrain is spectacular fuel economy. In the Accord, it goes close to 50 miles per gallon. We expect similar numbers in this crossover too.
2019 Honda CR-V Engines
Rest of the lineup should continue in the same way. Base models will come with a familiar 2.4-liter engine, which delivers 184 horsepower.
An optional 1.5-liter turbo inline-four delivers around 190 horses. These two engines might looks very similar on paper, but a turbocharge definitely makes a difference when it comes to acceleration and overall driving experience. Both engines are coupled with a CVT gearbox.
In terms of fuel economy, both engines are among class leaders. The base naturally-aspirated unit returns around 26 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. An optional turbo inline-four is even better. You can count on 28 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway.
2019 Honda CR-V Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, we don’t expect to see bigger changes on the 2019 Honda CR-V. This crossover is still very fresh for some more important changes. Like previous generations, this one also shares the platform with the Civic, with its newer versions, to be more precise. When it comes to the styling, you will find a lot of similarities with the famous compact car once again. This crossover completely follows the company’s newest design language. Compared to the previous generation, it looks bolder and more aggressive. It doesn’t just look more massive, it is actually bigger. It gets almost two more inches in a wheelbase, as well as in the overall length.
2019 Honda CR-V Interior
The interior design is definitely the strongest point of this crossover and we have no doubt that the 2019 Honda CR-V will continue in the same way. This small SUV features seating capacity for five passengers and both rows feature enough legroom to accommodate even tallest passengers. We should also mention that rear doors open to almost 90 degrees, which provides even easier access. You can count on class-leading 39.2 cubic feet behind rear seats, while overall capacity goes all away up to almost 76 cubic feet. The overall cabin quality is amazing. Even the most basic trims feature plenty of soft-touch and premium-grade materials.
2019 Honda CR-V Trim Levels
The 2019 Honda CR-V will continue with four familiar trim levels in the offer. The base LX will come with things like automatic climate control, LED running lights, 5-inch display, cruise control, Bluetooth USB etc.
Next in the line is the EX, which adds several interesting things. Some of the highlights are bigger 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration etc. Also, this trim adds lots of safety systems. Some of them are automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The EX-L seems like a nice upgrade. With this one, you get leather upholstery, 8-speaker audio system, driver memory settings etc.
Finally, there is the Touring trim, with visual upgrades like LED headlights, dual chrome exhaust tips, roof rails etc. Also, you can count on automatic wipers, upgraded audio system, hands-free power tailgate etc.
2019 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
The arrival of 2019 Honda CR-V is a matter of days. We don’t expect bigger changes in price, so the new model should go in a range between 24.000 and 34.000 dollars, roughly.