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15th of August 2018


2018 Honda CR-V LX FWD Long-Term Arrival - Motor Trend

Being crowned Motor Trend's 2018 SUV of the Year means that the fifth-generation Honda CR-V will be spending a year in our fleet. And we don't mean the 2017 CR-V Touring AWD that visual assets manager Brian Vance has been chaperoning for the past 11 months. "My" CR-V is different. Since we are already familiar with the tech package and the 1.5-liter turbo engine that come with the Touring model, we decided to go to the less expensive end of the spectrum with the basic LX model.

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We went cheap because most folks don't go full-boat on a compact SUV, and we wanted to test the CR-V being pitched to a family on a modest budget. So, what do you get with the LX? It's the only trim powered by the 2.4-liter inline-four engine, which produces 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a CVT. It's front-drive, rather than all-wheel drive—but that's what most people in the Sun Belt choose anyway. And it comes with a much shorter list of standard equipment.

What kind of standard equipment? The LX has a 5.0-inch color LCD screen that displays the basic info you need. It's equipped with Bluetooth for calls and streaming audio, FM/AM radio and a four-speaker audio system. We only get one 1.0-amp USB port in the whole cabin, though there are two 12-volt power outlets—one in the front and the other in the center console. There's no push-start button. However, backseat passengers can enjoy the AC coming out of the air vents located behind the center console.

From outside, it's easy to identify this model as an LX. The most apparent features are the black door handles, mirror caps, and roof spoiler (rather than body color). There are no chrome details on the doors, and it lacks foglights. It has one exhaust outlet.

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Honda did step up with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights. These standard features give the CR-V a polished look, even on the base trim. I also dig the capless fuel filler, electronic parking brake, soft plastics found throughout the cabin, and the entire information display, including the digital speedometer.

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