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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 15

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $36,350
Price as Tested: $37,920

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 14
EPA City mpg40
EPA Highway mpg35
EPA Combined mpg38
with specific headlights

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

In their rush to embrace crossovers, many consumers learn too late that the reduced gas mileage typical of most car-based SUVs can be disappointing. Not so with the compact Honda CR-V Hybrid, which combines the practical goodness of the well-regarded standard CR-V with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that’s exceptionally fuel-efficient (38 mpg in combined driving). The seamless hybrid system (212 hp total) delivers acceptable, if somewhat unexciting, performance. The spacious passenger cabin offers easy entry and exit, although the interior’s styling could use a little updating. In addition, the infotainment system and smallish rearview-camera display feel outdated, and the transmission and shifter layout are unintuitive. The upside, of course, is why you bought a crossover in the first place - plenty of room for 4 adults or an impressive amount of stuff. In fact, fold down the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seatbacks and you have a cargo hold on par with midsize crossovers. LED headlights and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features are standard, confirming the CR-V Hybrid’s solid value.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Excellent fuel-economyratings
  • Smooth, seamless hybriddrivetrain
  • Plenty of room forpassengers and cargo
  • Good value

Weak Points

  • Slow acceleration
  • Outdated, hard-to-useinfotainment system
  • Rearview camera hassmall, poor-quality image
  • Outdated interior styling

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3760.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 182.1 / 73.0 / 66.5
Wheelbase (in): 104.7
Number of air bags: 7
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Continental CrossContact LX Sport
Front and rear tire size: 235/55 R19
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L 4-Cyl. i-VTEC
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 143 @ 6200
Electric motor horsepower: 181
Combined system horsepower: 212

Test Data

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