2021 Honda CR-V facelift spices things up for the Philippine market

Updated Sep 21, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The biggest change is with the infotainment system.

Three decades is a milestone for any business venture, and it happens to be the same length of time that Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has been serving the Filipino market. To celebrate 30 years of existence, HCPI launches the all-new Honda City and the facelifted 2021 CR-V.

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The refreshed CR-V adopts the U.S. version's relatively flashier fascia

The refreshed Honda CR-V builds on the successful formula established by the current model, which is why the changes are minimal yet distinct. Body length has grown 52mm over the outgoing model to 4,623mm, while width and height practically remain the same at 1,855mm and 1,668mm, respectively. At 2,662mm, the wheelbase has a marginal 2mm increase.

2021 Honda CR-V Facelift First Look Philippines: Spicing up the working recipe

Largely retaining the current version’s fascia, the 2021 Honda CR-V carries a blacked-out grille and a more prominent front bumper with chrome surround, which it adopts from the U.S.-spec model. The housing for the bar-type LED fog lamps holds larger vents.

The same body cladding is present on the wheel wells that house redesigned alloy wheels, ranging from 17 to 18 inches. Power-adjustable mirrors with auto-fold feature also have integrated turn signal repeaters.

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Smoked tail lamps top a more subtle rear bumper

For the rear, the combination tail lamps surrounding the tailgate have been smoked with a black tint. The redesigned rear bumper does away with the skid plate and features more chrome trim.

Heading to the interior, the 2021 CR-V retains the current cabin’s size and layout, featuring piano-black trim and two-tone wood accents. There’s available leather seating for up to seven occupants, with memory settings for the power-adjustable front seats.

A full-color instrument cluster sits behind the leather steering wheel, while the 7-inch touchscreen head unit now features support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless charging has also been added as a bonus, available exclusively in the top-spec variant.

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The top-spec SX variant comes with onboard wireless charging

Under the hood, the 2021 CR-V continues to rely on a 2.0L i-VTEC gasoline engine producing 152 hp and 189 Nm of torque for the entry-level variant, and a 1.6L Earth Dreams turbodiesel engine that generates 118 hp and 300 Nm of twist.

The gasoline mill works with a continuously variable transmission, while the diesel is linked to a 9-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard on most variants, with the range-topping SX getting all-wheel-drive.

The Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist technologies is also present on the top-spec S and SX trims, comprising features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane-Keep Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.

All CR-V variants get four-wheel anti-lock brakes, Agile Handling Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, and a reverse camera. Dual airbags are default, with the base S and range-topping SX offering side and side curtain airbags.

>>> Related: 2021 Honda CR-V: Expectations and what we know so far

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Expect the same Honda flexibility when it comes to cargo space

The 2021 Honda CR-V comes in four variants, with a starting CRV price Philippines of Php 1,678,000 for the entry-level gasoline 2.0S CVT, all the way to Php 2,158,000 for the top-spec SX Diesel seven-seat variant. 

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Know more about Honda CR-V 2024

Honda CR-V

The 2024 Honda CR-V is a midsize crossover SUV. For the Philippine market, it has three variants: the V Turbo CVT, VX Turbo CVT, and the RS e:HEV (hybrid) e-CVT. 

The latest version of this Honda model has two different engine options. For the top-spec hybrid trim, it uses a 2.0-liter gasoline four-banger paired with a dual motor and lithium-ion battery. The combustion component alone produces up to 145 horsepower and 183 Nm of torque. The electric-powered component meanwhile, can churn out 181 horsepower and 335 Nm of torque. 

Aboard the V and VX trims meanwhile is a 1.5-liter inline-4 engine that can churn out 187 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. 

Only the VX gets all-wheel-drive, while the rest are front-wheel-drive. All trims then use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but the one on the hybrid trim is an electronic CVT (e-CVT). 

In terms of dimensions, the all-new CR-V is 4,691mm long, 1,866mm wide, and 1,681mm (1,691mm for VX) in height. Both the hybrid and the V’s wheelbase then spans 2,701mm (2,700mm for VX). 

Locally, the Honda CR-V competes against the likes of the Mazda CX-9, Cherry Tiggo 8 Pro, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Peugeot 5008, etc. 

₱ 2,100,000 - ₱ 2,590,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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