2021 Honda CR-V Trims

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Honda CR-V Trims Explained

The CR-V is not just one of Honda’s most popular vehicles, but a best-seller among all vehicles of any make. Not only is this two-row crossover practical and packed with desirable features, it’s stylish and just the right size for so many drivers, from active singles to families. The 2021 version is offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring, all of which have a 190 hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). While front-wheel drive is standard, most New Englanders opt for the available all-wheel drive. To find out what you can expect in terms of equipment with each trim level, we’ve outlined the essential details below.

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This base trim gets a nice array of standard features, such as automatic headlights and keyless entry. Inside, it has automatic climate control (one zone), a conversation mirror with a built-in holder for sunglasses, a USB audio port in the front console, a center-console 12-volt power outlet, a rear-seat center armrest, and an easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seatback. The LX also gets a center-mounted 5-inch color touchscreen with Bluetooth (hands-free phone and audio streaming) and has a 160-watt sound system with four speakers. The LX is also outfitted with the Honda Sensing suite of active safety technologies (forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow). And while a backup camera is required in every new vehicle sold in the U.S., the base backup camera in the CR-V is enhanced with multiple views and guidelines, features you won’t find in most entry-level crossovers.


The EX gains some noteworthy features, like heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, LED fog lights, heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a sunroof, push-button start, automatic climate control with two zones, and two USB charging ports in the second row. Rear privacy glass and a retractable cargo-area cover provide more security for valuables left in the back of the vehicle. This trim level also gets Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, a keyless entry system that doesn’t require the key fob to lock, unlock, or start the vehicle and will automatically lock the doors as you head away after you park it. The infotainment setup is upgraded with a 7-inch touchscreen, a 180-watt sound system, another pair of speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, high-definition radio, and SMS text messaging. For additional safety, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is added and the backup camera is enhanced with dynamic guidelines.

The EX-L ups the luxury factor with a power tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a HomeLink universal transceiver, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a driver’s seat with two-position memory, leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat. For music lovers, this high-end trim also gets an additional pair of speakers for the sound system.




At the top of the range, the Touring has it all: automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a hands-free liftgate, roof rails, dual chrome exhaust finishers, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, integrated navigation with voice recognition, a 330-watt audio system with nine speakers and a subwoofer, and a wireless smartphone charger.