Growing up, my pops used to say, “Don’t try to fix something that isn’t broken, ‘cause you’ll probably end up breaking it.” Little did I know, that would become Honda CR-V’s M.O. some 30 years later. With the exception of standardized AWD on the new Touring model, Honda’s 2022 CR-V (and 2022 CR-V Hybrid) returns unscathed, much to my pops’ delight.
Take the ‘22 CR-V EX SUV, for example. It’s bubbling over with the most popular standard features from Honda’s list, including a Blind Spot Information System, a one-touch power moonroof, back-row USB ports, and Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Locks.
What of CR-V’s iconic level of comfort? The EX trim gives you a pass to indulge all your senses. With standard dual-zone climate and heated front seats, you won’t have to work hard to keep your body temp at a static 97.8. Passenger volume is calculated at 102.9 — EX’s standard moonroof snips 3 cubes off the base LX’s spec — which is more than rivals like the Nissan Rogue SV (100.4 cu ft) and Toyota RAV4 (98.9 cu ft). Seats are sculpted for Americans, available cargo space leads the class, and its driver-friendly infotainment screen is as intuitive to use as a banana is to peel.
CR-V EX also makes perfect use of Honda’s first-ever turbocharged engine, a peaceful 190-horsepower poltergeist whose 1.5-liter ethereal cry can only be heard when RPMs vibrate into the 5,000s. Paired with Honda’s efficient automatic CVT, this in-line 4-cylinder is a unique case of “do-more-with-less-itis.”
See? Nothing broken there. It’s still one of the best SUVs for sale in the country.
Still, change is always a nice option to have when you’re forking over a significant number of Benjamins. If you’re buying and selling, trading in or returning your old CR-V lease for a new 2022 model, you may want to make the jump to a higher trim or add on an accessory to your build.
Top 5 CR-V Add-Ons to Get
Building a new 2022 CR-V for the fam? Regardless of trim level, there’s really no bad choice to be made here — it’s one of America’s best SUVs no matter which way you slice it. However, considering all your options never hurts. Let’s take a look at some great CR-V accessories and packages that are definitely worth the add.
5. Door Edge Guards
You’re spending thousands on your new SUV, so you might as well protect your investment. Right? Spend another $100-$200* on color-matched CR-V Door Edge Guards to ensure you’re avoiding nicks, scrapes, scratches and dings that can be costly to repair. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
4. CR-V Cargo Protection Package
While some northerly CR-V shoppers might opt for the CR-V All-Season Protection bundle, it’s a bit of an unnecessary upgrade for South Florida drivers (we have, like, one season here). If you’re shopping in Miami, choose the Door Edge Guards (above) and pair it with the more affordable Cargo Protection Package instead.
With the CR-V Cargo Protection Package, you swap out the all-season high-wall floor mat and chrome wheel locks for a seat protector — perfect if you plan on taking your dog everywhere — and a rear panel lining cover, as well as a cargo tray. That should save you about $40*, give or take.
The Cargo Protection Package is available on 2022 CR-V LX, Special Edition, EX, EX-L and Touring trims.
3. CR-V Roof Basket or Roof Box
Returning 28 city/34 hwy MPG, which is one of the class’s best fuel economy ratings, the 2022 CR-V will have you enjoying more of the road, more of the time. (Can you say, “Family vacation”?)
Although the CR-V also boasts one of the most spacious cargo areas in the bidniss — the CR-V LX offers 39.2 cubic feet* beyond the back row — an exterior storage solution can help you increase your interior living space on those long, arduous treks up and down the coastline. Luckily, the 2022 Honda CR-V has a couple of options.
With a weight capacity of 150 pounds*, the CR-V Roof Basket features low profile, tapered side walls for easy loading, and an aerodynamic design to reduce resistance.
If you have items that need more security, a CR-V Roof Box could be the solution. The 13-cubic-foot box is fully enclosed, lockable, and can hold up to 110 pounds* of stuff. Both sides open for easy loading and unloading, as well.
For both CR-V accessories, a roof rack or roof rails and crossbars are required.
2. CR-V Tent
We’ve long been fans of Honda’s camping accoutrements, so it’s no surprise that CR-V’s tent makes this list of best CR-V accessories. At 10’x10’, the CR-V tent sleeps 4-6 campers comfortably and even includes a 6’x6’ rainfly over the exterior zip-up opening. Best of all, the side of the tent securely and snuggly attaches to CR-V’s liftgate, granting you immediate access to the cabin.
You can order your CR-V tent from any Honda dealer and for any trim level. It’s well worth the cost if you’re an outdoorsy person who’s been known to visit a local campground or seven each year.
1. CR-V Surfboard Attachment with Roof Rack
Featuring a telescoping design and soft, weather-resistant padding, the CR-V Surfboard Attachment is the ideal SUV accessory for any beach-going wave chaser. With its durable and adjustable load straps, it can secure up to two 34-inch-wide boards with ease. Simply string the straps through the loops, lock them in place, and hit the sand.
The Surfboard Attachment is available on all CR-V trims, though it requires a roof rack or roof rails and crossbars.
Are all the signs telling you it’s time to buy a new SUV? Now’s the time to act, as supplies are dwindling! Request a quote from your South Florida Honda Dealers today, and start building your perfect new CR-V.
190 hp @ 5600 rpm (SAE net).
Prices are manufacturer suggested retail prices only. Installation cost for accessories is not included. Dealer costs may vary. Prices exclude applicable taxes.
28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.
Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.
For load capacity information, refer to Installation Instructions and your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual.