Perfect for the Family
The 2018 Honda CR-V AWD Touring is a compact SUV that’s perfect for a small family. It makes a for a great starter family car. The cargo space is ample enough for a stroller and the rear seats easily accommodate two car seats. But this is no basic mom mobile, this compact SUV has a sleek appealing design.
Keep reading to find out why the 2018 Honda CR-V is a Great Starter Family Car!
A Great Starter Car
I felt like a younger version of myself in the Honda CR-V. It is something I would have loved to drive when I had my first daughter and only had a single stroller in tow. It’s a perfect starter SUV for a small family, new mom or young couple. It’s also great for anyone wanting a small SUV to get around.
Honda brings back the turning knob for sound in the 2018 – they used a touch screen for a few prior models with negative feedback. The dial is a welcomed feature.
The display is a great size for visibility and control at 7″ with both maps and music. I love Apple CarPlay, as mentioned.
The gear shift is a bit old-fashioned and could use an update to the more modern buttons on some other models Honda offers, like the Honda Pilot.
Generous Safety Features
Having AWD on the Touring Edition made me feel safe and secure while driving in winter conditions. The car came equipped with winter tires too, so it was perfect for the coldest stretch of this February weather we’ve been experiencing in Vancouver lately. Icy roads and heavy snowfalls definitely call for All Wheel Drive.
The Honda CR-V compact SUV has generous safety features like hill start assist, six airbags, child-proof rear door locks and LATCH for car seats which is why I like it for families. Add to that anti-lock braking and Vehicle Stability Assist – which helps correct under or oversteering – providing driver confidence at all times.
Easy Access to Music
Most (if not all) Honda and Acura vehicles offer music controls on the steering wheel and this is a must-have feature for me. I like to be able to access as much as I can without having to reach far.
New for the 2018 CR-V model is Apple CarPlay, which I love for voice to texting, making phone calls easily in the car, and using SIRI for playing a specific song or playlist. For someone who’s spending a lot of time in the car for a commute, chauffeuring kids or family adventures, it’s perfect.
Who This Car is For
- I think this car is perfect for families with one or two children.
- My brother-in-law who has no children also loves his CR-V because he lives and surfs in San Diego and he gets his surfboard and all his gear into the vehicle. He’s also over 6 feet tall, so this vehicle can suit surfer ‘dudes’ too!
- My Mom who is single and retired would love a higher profile like this SUV and it’s still not too large for easy handling and parking.
The 2019 model will be a carry-forward design and model, so expect to see the same features this year. The 2019 starts at $24,350 USD / $27,490 CAD for the LX model, upwards to $32,750 USD / $33,890 CAD for the Touring model.
The Honda CR-V offers a decent fuel economy with an average 8L/100KM or 25MPG combined city/highway. I personally had 10.6L/100KM fuel economy over the week.
The interior is spacious and provides plenty of leg room in both the front and rear seats. It was a comfortable cabin to drive in and my girls enjoyed the space, especially the center console in the backseat. The backseats also offer heaters, which is so nice to have in the winter time.
The front center console wasn’t large enough for my handbag, but I didn’t expect that in a compact SUV. I was able to comfortably store it on top of the console when I had passengers.
I find the value of the Honda CR-V to be outstanding for a starting family car or single surfer, like my brother-in-law! Honda offers great resale value typically as well. It’s a good investment that’s worth looking into.