Apart from the all-new Honda City which is probably the vehicle that’s getting all the attention right now, the facelifted 2021 Honda CR-V has also been unveiled in the Philippine market. First unveiled in North America late last year, the country’s best-selling compact unibody SUV has received a number of changes to maintain its sales lead in the segment.
From the outside, the refreshed CR-V gets a number of exterior styling changes. This includes a new front and rear bumper that features a silver garnish along with new alloy wheels depending on the variant. The range kicks off with the 1.6 V i-DTEC, which gets projector halogen headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and LED foglights. Next is the 2.0 S i-VTEC and 1.6 S i-DTEC, wherein these variants get automatic LED headlamps and newly-designed 18-inch alloy wheels. Lastly, the range-topping 1.6 SX i-DTEC AWD (as shown) adds sequential LED turn signals.
Moving inside, and you’ll see that the interior of the 2021 CR-V remains largely the same as before, though some of the interior functionality has been improved. The base 1.6 V i-DTEC gets a 5-inch screen, digital gauge cluster, rear aircon vents, leather seats, and silver interior trims. Meanwhile, the 2.0 S i-VTEC adds a 7-inch Honda OEM touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, smart entry with push-button start, leather seats, and rear USB ports. As for the 1.6 S i-DTEC, this model gets faux wood interior paneling and a power liftgate. Lastly, the top-of-the-line SX i-DTEC AWD adds a panoramic sunroof, power adjustment for both driver and front passenger seat (the previous model only had power adjustment for the driver’s seat), wireless charging, and a new foot gesture function for the power liftgate. Just like the previous model, the diesel variants feature seven seats.
Two engines are available for the CR-V depending on the variant. There’s a 2.0-liter inline-4 i-VTEC gasoline engine that produces 154 hp and 189 Nm of torque and a 1.6 i-DTEC turbo diesel engine that produces 120 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The gas engine is mated to a CVT, while the diesel engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic from German transmission manufacturer ZF.
As for safety, all variants feature electronic stability control, hill start assist, reverse camera, emergency stop signal, driver attention monitor, and tire pressure warning. The S variants get Honda’s LaneWatch camera and six airbags. For the first time ever, the Honda Sensing suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist systems is now available in the mid-range 1.6 S i-DTEC variant, and this adds automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, full-speed radar-guided adaptive cruise control, just to name a few. Lastly, the range-topping 1.6 SX i-DTEC AWD adds front and rear parking sensors.
The 2021 Honda CR-V is now on sale across all Honda dealers nationwide with the following prices:
2.0 S i-VTEC: P1,678,000
1.6 V i-DTEC: P1,713,000
1.6 S i-DTEC w/ Honda Sensing: P1,888,000
1.6 SX i-DTEC AWD w/ Honda Sensing: P2,158,000