Honda’s new generation CR-V crossover will definitely achieve a big success in the coming years. However, it’s very important to know what trim is the best option to buy because the topping model is not always the best option. In this case, however, we would definitely recommend the 2018 Honda CR-V Touring. Yes, we know the crossover cost almost $8,500 more than the base LX, but it’s incomparably better as well.
2018 Honda CR-V Touring: Engine and Fuel Economy
The redesigned CR-V SUV features the same platform as the new generation Civic. The high-riding vehicle is mated to a 1.5-liter turbo engine, which produces 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Even though the carmaker offers a standard front-wheel drive, the 2018 Honda CR-V Touring comes exclusively mated to all-wheel drive. The AWD system is updated and features a special variable system capable of distributing torque fore or aft depending on so many factors like wheelspin, throttle position, acceleration, and even steering position. However, the engine still works together with a CVT, and we are not too big fans of the gearbox at all. Moreover, that’s the weakest point of the 2018 CR-V Touring. Still, the overall system seems to be pretty good, because the crossover achieves class leading efficiency achieving 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
Features and Convenience
The 2018 Honda CR-V Touring sports a special treatment inside and outside. The vehicle is bigger than its predecessor, which makes it roomier inside. The topping trim sports leather covers and high-quality materials. The SUV gets a rotary volume knob at the center stack, as well a 7.0-inch infotainment, which works essentially better than earlier. The carmaker managed to reduce a level of noise inside, which was a big issue of the predecessor. Of course, the Touring model features a standard navigation system which isn’t the case with other trims.
From the outside, the producer added some special details to the topper. It features a special exhaust design, as well as some chrome details all around. Plus, it comes mated to the biggest 18-inch alloy wheels.
The biggest difference between the 2018 Honda CR-V Touring and the rest of the trims is safety. The Touring features standard Honda Sensing suite, which isn’t the case with other models. The suite includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and road departure mitigation.
The 2018 Honda CR-V Touring is already available in dealerships worldwide. The range-topping compact crossover is priced at $32,495.