A blue 2022 Honda CR-V Touring is shown from the front driving through a tunnel.

Honda’s CR-V Remains a Practical Choice for 2022

There are few notable changes for the 2022 Honda CR-V, but that’s good news for those who prefer the level-headed persona this popular crossover is best known for. The saying, “if it’s not broke – don’t fix it,” aptly applies here, with Honda strategically building on the foundation that won MotorTrend’s 2018 SUV of the Year. While there may not be much that is flashy or record-setting about the latest Honda CR-V, the best-selling model held true to its main selling points. Those drawn to a fuel-efficient, roomy, safe, and smooth-riding crossover will once again have a lot to love with the 2022 version of the Honda CR-V.

The steering wheel and dashboard of a 2022 Honda CR-V Touring is shown.

Safe Travels

Truth be told, many consumers probably don’t put as much emphasis on how well a vehicle is constructed as perhaps they should. That brings us to our tip of the day: Just because a certain make or model lands on your “I love this new body style and must have it!” radar, it’s always wise to consider those superficial aesthetics won’t do jack in the event somebody carelessly pulls out in front you – or a serial texter barrels through a red light and T-bones the daylights out of your fancy new ride. That’s where the Honda CR-V separates itself from the majority of its competition. With patented and proven technology – such as Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and a solid Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) – CR-V drivers can roll with a quiet confidence it will be able to manage whatever road conditions Mother Nature (and other motorists) throw their way.

Should an accident occur, the driver (and occupants) can take comfort in Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. This cutting-edge tech helped the CR-V consistently earn high marks in collision testing and major props from crash test dummies everywhere. Other notable features (from the Honda Sensing Suite package) include a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Road Departure Mitigation System are part of a trusted and reliable system that helped the CR-V achieve multiple 5-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety ratings. Even better news, all the aforementioned features, the entire Honda Sensing Suite, and a host of protective airbags come standard across the entire line of 2022 CR-V trims! For a crossover with an MSRP starting at just under $26k, this level of safety is impressive, to say the least. A good dose of “peace-of-mind” comes standard thanks to quality engineering from the safety folks at Honda.

Two Capable Engine Choices

Honda is known for its brilliant engine designs, and the CR-V is no exception. Materials such as an aluminum block and heads have helped downsize the engine, and we’ve seen slight but methodical improvements in power and fuel economy over the years. The turbocharged, 1.5L, 190 hp entry for the 2022 CR-V claims a solid 30 MPG combined and comes standard across the CR-V board. With a zero-to-sixty in around 9 seconds, you’re not going to win many drag races should you be so inclined. However, formal testing and reviews confirm this popular crossover has timely acceleration and enough power to meet the needs of any consumer looking for other key features rather than outright high-performance.

For those who prefer the versatility of a hybrid, the CR-V’s optional naturally aspirated 2.0L four-cylinder and twin-electric motor combo pushes the horsepower meter to a slightly more robust 212 ponies. This powertrain comes in nearly a full second faster than its turbocharged companion in zero-to-sixty trials. By viewing either the vehicle information interface or dash touch screen, a driver can monitor whether power is being supplied by the gas engine, electric motors, or both. You can also keep tabs on the charging process involving the high-voltage battery system, which, incidentally, comes with a limited 8-year warranty.

Feedback from auto-industry testers and consumers are generally in agreement that although the 2022 CR-V doesn’t have tremendous power, its smooth acceleration and reliably efficient performance make it a nice option. The added zip of the 2.0L hybrid is a welcome addition, and so is its improvement to fuel economy. The hybrid boasts a stout 38 MPG combined, and those are nice numbers no matter how you look at it. This is a vehicle that focuses on provide the performance figures that really matter rather than chasing numbers that no normal driving will ever use.

A Smooth Operator

Honda’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is an engineering boon that emphasizes the essence of efficiency. While conventional transmissions are limited to a handful of available gear ratios, the CVT takes it to an infinite level. The metal belt-driven design interacts with a pair of variable-width pulleys that can produce endless adaptable ratios. With power continuously supplied to the tires, the end result is a seamless process that produces a noticeably smoother ride. The intuitive system aims to match output speeds to road conditions, such as steep grades or twisting corners. This will help improve fuel economy and the overall driving experience for 2022 CR-V owners.

A man is shown opening the tailgate hands free on a silver 2022 Honda CR-V Touring.

Key Connectivity Feature

The available voice-friendly Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System is a super-handy tool for those who may be a bit navigation-challenged or who simply want to enjoy its multitude of available conveniences. Any professional or frequent driver racking up the miles will likely tell you real-time traffic updates can be priceless. Anything can and often does happen when you’re driving in congested areas or on extended trips. Since most rely on internet service to update whatever smart device they may be using, the connectivity advantage of a satellite feed fills the gaps, making it another option that can enhance your safety and reduce stress while driving. After all, there’s nothing more frustrating than coming over a hill only to see backed-up traffic on the highway in front of you, with no other options but to sit and wait. You can now avoid that thanks to technology such as Traffic Jam Assist found in the Honda Satellite System. In addition, you can voice-prompt the navigation for turn-by-turn directions, local places of interest, or simply tell it to take you home. No more cell phone mounted in the air vent thingy required.

Closing Thoughts

If you’re contemplating a move on a 2022 Honda CR-V, you’re most likely a buyer who, above all else, appreciates practicable features that add an element of safety, reliability, and efficiency. While the CR-V line does have its naysayers who nitpick details of the model, that shouldn’t deter a buyer who takes a more pragmatic approach, coveting things such as 5-star NHTSA crash ratings and good fuel economy. In the end, Honda once again chose to focus on the foundational pillars that helped make the CR-V an immensely favorable choice in the hotly-contested crossover niche. But in saying that, there is one more factor to consider. The auto world grapevine is abuzz over a rumored redesign to the CR-V in 2023. One could definitely decide to chill until the new design becomes a reality, but on the other hand, there will likely be exciting deals and deep discounts on the current version once the 2023 model nears an official roll-out.