Ever since the fifth-generation Honda CR-V hybrid hit the US market in 2017, it’s been considered one of the best offerings in the segment. Impressive fuel consumption figures, a reliable powertrain and superb driving dynamics have made it a favorite among family SUV buyers. It also comes with all the bells and whistles, across its three trim ranges.
Offered at a base selling price of $31,610, the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid comes unchanged from the outgoing model, as Honda will launch the newest generation in the coming months. The 2-liter engine with the dual electric motor is pretty decent in terms of performance, and the model is also one of the roomiest in the segment. Many optional extras are also offered. Competing with Hyundai Tucson Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid, here are 10 things you need to know before buying the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid.
ten Not the fastest in the segment
The Honda CR-V has never been synonymous with performance, and that’s the case with this 2022 iteration as well. 2022 produces a combined 212 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a CVT automatic and come standard with the AWD transmission.
The hybrid engine in this compact crossover SUV has impressive city handling and mid-range torque is better than some of its rivals. However, that’s not going to excite anyone and quick overtaking would require some planning. The 0-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds and quarter-mile timing of 16.1 seconds aren’t the best either. The same goes with the 1,500 lb towing capacity.
9 The interior comes with all the bells and whistles
Being a compact family SUV, the feature list is not something Honda usually skimps on. Even though the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid doesn’t get any major changes from the outgoing 2021 model, mostly due to the all-new iteration to be launched later this year, it’s still packed with all the bells and whistles you might think of such a low base price.
Comes with three hybrid trims, the base EX trim comes with heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, an 8-speaker audio system, power sunroof and the impressive 7-inch touchscreen audio system . If you want all the features then we recommend the Touring trim which comes with wireless charging, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel etc. in standard.
8 Fuel efficient powertrain
One of the main reasons people opt for the hybrid variant is because of the superb gas mileage on offer. With gas prices soaring, the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid makes a lot of sense because it offers the versatility of a family SUV without being a gas guzzler. This model managed to do 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which equates to 38 mpg combined.
With its 14-gallon fuel tank capacity, the car also got a decent 490 miles on the highway on a full tank of fuel. However, the Ford Escape Hybrid and the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid both offer a slightly better combined gas mileage of 40 mpg. They might also have better range on highways.
7 One of the most spacious
The 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid is a 5-passenger compact SUV, and we’ve found it to be one of the roomiest and most comfortable offerings in the segment. Settle into the wide, accommodating front seat, and you’ll be pleased with the superb head, leg and shoulder room. The seats are well bolstered and support under the thighs and lower back is also excellent.
The top trims also come with leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel, which up the comfort factor even further. Heated front seats are standard across the range. As for the rear seat, the wide cabin paired with above-average headroom and legroom means even the tallest people would be comfortable. A wide armrest is also available. However, the 33.2 cu. ft. cargo capacity is the lowest in the segment.
6 Refinement level is better than petrol variants
One of the biggest gripes we had with the gas-powered Honda CR-V was the lackluster levels of refinement it had. Drive at highway speeds and the paltry soundproofing coupled with the loud note of the inline-4 engine makes for a subpar travel experience. Wind noise and road noise were also the highest in the segment.
However, when it comes to the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid, we were pleasantly surprised by the superior level of refinement. Improved soundproofing combined with active noise cancellation provided by the audio system means that most road, tire and engine noise is suppressed.
5 Smooth ride quality
Featuring an independent front and rear suspension system with coil springs and anti-roll bars, the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid sees no change in its comfortable cruiser characteristics. Like older model years, take the car at any speed and the car feels extremely comfortable throughout the journey.
When driving through city streets, the suspension tuned to the softer side takes care of all the bumps and potholes. Only the deepest potholes penetrate the cabin. Even when driving on the highways, the car manages to retain the calm and poised ride quality, making it one of the best offerings in the segment for doing road trips.
The 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid has proven to be a surprisingly capable corner carver, something you don’t expect from a family SUV. Compared to the Ford Escape Hybrid and Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, this SUV managed to corner fairly flat with minimal understeer and oversteer. Grip from the AWD drivetrain was also excellent.
The 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid’s electric power steering is quite precise and precise in response. We were also quite happy with the excellent feel and feedback on offer, which isn’t something you get from most rivals. Sharp braking performance is another USP of this SUV.
3 Infotainment system isn’t the smoothest
All three versions of the Honda CR-V Hybrid come with the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and SiriusXM radio. There are many optional features such as navigation, a 9-speaker audio system and many other entertainment and connectivity features are also on board.
However, we found this infotainment a bit lackluster compared to similarly priced rivals, especially when it comes to the interface. There was quite a bit of lag and stutter, and the interface also seemed a bit dated. Some of the features are hidden deep in the settings and it takes a bit of getting used to. There is also no auxiliary input offered.
2 Precise braking performance
Braking hardware sees no change from the outgoing model year. All brake functions such as ABS, EBD, automated emergency braking, brake assist, etc. are standard on all three trim configurations. All of these help the car brake to 70-0 mph in just 170 feet, which is slightly better than its rivals.
We were also very pleased with the fairly aggressive regenerative braking on offer, which helps the car lose speed without issue. The brakes were pretty sharp overall, with superb initial bite and more than adequate progression. Front dive is minimal, as is brake fade with prolonged brake use.
1 Top notch security
Like the outgoing 2021 model year, the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid managed to receive the highest rating of 5 stars in the overall crash safety section of the NHTSA crash test. The regular 2022 Honda CR-V received the IIHS 2022 Top Safety Pick title, scoring well in most subsections as well.
The exceptional build quality on offer allows the car to feature stiff exterior panels. This helps the car receive excellent crash safety ratings. Along with these, it also comes with all driver assistance features such as forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, etc.
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