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2014 HONDA CR-V AWD EX-L

Honda CRVENGINE:
•    2.4-liter I-4, 185 hp, 163 lb-ft torque

TRANSMISSION:
•    5-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive

EPA RATINGS:
•    22-mpg city/30-mpg highway

BASE PRICE:
•    $30,445

AS TESTED:
•    $31,275

PERFORMANCE:
•    Solid, reliable engine
•    Decent acceleration, but not a performance car
•    Only minor economy difference for AWD vs. FWD
•    Pleasant, car-like highway ride
•    Capable in snow and not-too-tough off-road conditions
•    Nimble, easy to park
COMFORT:
•    Very roomy interior
•    Excellent front legroom
•    Great second row legroom even with front seats all back
•    Two-temp heated front seats
•    Driver’s power lumbar support
•    Flat rear floor for middle passenger

UTILITY:
•    Very slick fold-down rear seats, easy to use
•    Big rear hatch
•    Flat cargo floor
•    Split second row seats fold almost flat
•    Excellent cargo capacity for compact SUV
•    Oversize center console storage bin
•    Ample small item storage areas

WOW FACTORS:
•    Handsome styling
•    Solid Honda engineering
•    Strong value, good resale
•    Very spacious, comfortable interior

WHINES:
•    Tiny sunroof
•    Electric power steering feel could be improved

BOTTOM LINE:
The 2014 Honda CR-V is a well-built segment leader with great resale value. It’s comfortable and spacious inside, but compact outside. The CR-V should be on any compact SUV shopper’s short list.
— Bruce Caldwell

 
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