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2021 Honda CR-V pricing and specs

Honda's critical mid-sized SUV has been treated to an update, with revised equipment levels, a fresh look, and minor interior tweaks.

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Honda’s critical rival to the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 has been given a facelift for 2021.

The CR-V has a tweaked exterior and revised model line-up, with more standard equipment at the bottom end of the range and the Honda Sensing suite of driver assists on all 1.5-litre turbocharged models.


UPDATE, 13/10/20 11:30am: Full specifications for the 2021 Honda CR-V are now available on Honda Australia’s website. We’ve updated our story.


Entry-level Vi models still miss out on Honda Sensing, however, which means base buyers don’t get autonomous emergency braking.

Along with revised equipment levels, the CR-V debuts a new naming structure for Honda. Vi models are powered by the entry-level, non-turbocharged petrol engine, VTi models run with a turbocharged 1.5-litre unit.

All seven-seat models now have a 7 in their name, and all-wheel drive has been added to the model designation on relevant cars.

Outside, the 2021 CR-V has new bumpers, a new grille design and accents, and a range of new wheel designs. The colour palette has also expanded.

Honda has redesigned the centre console for 2021, with more easily accessible storage and a wireless phone charging pad for VTi L and VTi LX AWD models.

The base Vi gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The VTi L7 has also gained LED headlights, LED fog lights, and privacy glass.

The CR-V is already a critical cog in the Honda Australia line-up, but its role will grow over the next 12 months as Honda moves from its current sales setup to a smaller, head-office-run dealer network and shrunken model range.

The new CR-V will start touching down in VTi X, VTi L AWD, VTi L7, and VTi LX AWD guises, followed by the Vi, VTi, and VTi 7.

Pricing

  • CR-V Vi: $30,490
  • CR-V VTi: $33,290
  • CR-V VTi 7: $35,490
  • CR-V VTi X: $35,990
  • CR-V VTi L AWD: $40,490
  • CR-V VTi L7: $43,490
  • CR-V VTi LX AWD: $47,490

All prices exclude on-road costs.

Engines

Two engines are available in the CR-V. The base engine, only offered on the cheapest model, is a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder offering 113kW and 189Nm, mated with a CVT transmission.

The other engine is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. Although it’s smaller than the base engine, the turbocharged motor offers 140kW and 240Nm.

It’s also paired with a CVT as standard, and  front– or allwheel drive options are available.

Fuel Economy

The bigger, non-turbocharged 2021 Honda CR-V engine is the thirstier option.

It returns 7.6L/100km on the combined cycle, while the smaller 1.5-litre engine offers claimed economy of 7.0L/100km.

Safety

The CR-V has a five-star safety rating from ANCAP, on the back of testing conducted in 2017.

Base Vi models miss out on autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, although it is available on the rest of the range as part of the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance functions.

Dimensions

The 2021 Honda CR-V measures up at 4635mm long, 1855mm wide and 1679mm tall, with a 2660mm wheelbase.

Boot space is listed at 522L with the rear seats in place, and 1084L with them folded – or 936L in seven-seat models.

Standard Equipment

A full equipment list for each model isn’t yet available. We’ll update this article once this information becomes available.

Standard equipment on the base CR-V Vi includes:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Two USB ports
  • Halogen headlights
  • Non-adaptive cruise control
  • Reversing camera
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Full-sized alloy spare wheel

Moving to the VTi or VTi 7 adds:

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Centre console 12V power
  • Auto walk-away door locking
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Boot luggage cover
  • Four USB ports

The VTi X gains:

  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Hands-free powered tailgate
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Satellite navigation with traffic updates
  • High-beam support
  • Camera-based blind-spot monitoring
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

The VTi L AWD features:

  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way powered driver’s seat

Moving to the VTi L7 brings:

  • Wireless phone charging
  • LED headlights and fog lights
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Privacy glass

The range-topping VTi LX AWD packs:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto up/down for all windows
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Leather-wrapped gearshift knob

Servicing

Servicing takes place every 12 months or 10,000km – whichever comes first.

Each of the first 10 services is priced at $312, which means the first five years of maintenance costs a total of $1560 regardless of which model you select.

The CR-V is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.


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