2021 Honda CR-V: New Zealand favourite gets significant upgrades in Technology, Features and Design.

2021 Honda CR-V: New Zealand favourite gets significant upgrades in Technology, Features and Design.

  • Since launch the CR-V has pioneered the SUV market, the 2021 redesign builds on this success and strengths it’s positon as an all-round Kiwi family favourite.
  • Redesign exterior, new colours, improved driving dynamics for the 21 YM
  • Honda Sensing safety suite of driver-assist technology now standard on all grades.
  • Major boost to standard features, hands-free power tailgate, turbo powertrain, advanced display audio, intelligent-dual zone climate control now standard on all grades.
  • Popular Touring grade returns. New Sport Premium range topping grade introduced with further refinements and exclusive features.
  • Honda’s Real Time AWD with E-DPS available on both Touring and Sport Premium grades.


AUCKLAND, August 29st 2020 – The redesigned 2021 Honda CR-V, an update on a Kiwi favourite officially launches next week with a refreshed exterior design, new and upgraded features and turbocharged powertrain along with Honda Sensing technology now standard on all grades. Since launch 23 years ago the CR-V nameplate has amassed over 33,000 registrations locally, making it the 3rd most popular crossover SUV on our roads*.


Feature Boost – High specification as standard

Local line up is strengthen with the return of the popular Touring grades. Offering significant specification improvements on the outgoing S and Active variants. Included but not limited too; Hands-free power tailgate with foot operation, Honda Sensing safety suite, Lanewatch camera, all round parking sensors with parking aid, smart entry & push button start, leather wrapped wheel, advanced display audio with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and in-build Garmin navigation app.

The Sport 7 grade has also received a significant feature lift with the addition of Honda Sensing, Hand-free Power Tailgate, Qi- wireless charging pad, privacy glass, full LED head lights, LED fog lights and active cornering lights. New Sport Premium grade has all this new spec, with the addition of exclusive wheel & suspension package to provide a more sophisticated driving experience.

Clever thinking continues with the application of i-dual zone climate control across the range. The intelligent system features GPS-linked solar sensors to calculate the suns position and automatically adjust the cabin airflow and temperature to compensate.


Intelligent Design – Modern Sophistication

A more upscale and distinctive presence has been crafted courtesy of front end redesign, featuring a blackout grille, broader opening for the intercooler and sharp gunmetal trim. Sophistication continues with dark tinted taillight lenses and a dark chrome tailgate garnish at the rear, finished off with a redesigned bumper and exhausts.

New design alloys feature across all grades, 18 inch dark grey with machined finish on the Touring & Sport 7, while a larger 19” light grey Y spoke design is exclusive to the Sport Premium.

Two new colours are available on the 2021 model, Cosmic Blue metallic and Ignite Red metallic which expand the colour line up to 7 distinct choices.

Inside, the CR-V’s spacious and tech-savvy cabin gets a redesigned centre console, with illuminated USB ports relocated into a more convenient location. Sport grades now come standard with Qi wireless charging pad. The deep storage box between the front seats is retained, with the clever access tray provides three easy ways to use the space.

Best in class space and packaging continues, with 5 and 7 seat configurations in the line-up. A near flat floor maximise rear seat passenger comfort in the 2nd row, along with USB Fast charging ports & rear ventilation. On 7 seat grades the 2nd row seating mechanisms have been revised to make them easier and smoother to operate when accessing the 3rd row.


Dynamic Performance – Fun to Drive DNA

Driving performance and feeling is better than ever through improvements in response, stability and steering across the range. Specific to the Sport Premium is exclusive suspension, steering and electronics settings to ensure the highest levels of comfort and control with the newly equipped 19” alloy wheels. All grades feature enhances NVH through the enhancement of sound deadening materials and chassis refinements.

Now all 2021 CR-Vs are equipped with the 1.5-litre DOHC VTEC, direct-injected and turbocharged power plant. Rated at 140kw of power with 240 Nm of Torque it delivers incredibly refined and responsive performance across the engine’s full driving range. Power is transmitted through a sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with smooth-shifting Honda G-Shift control logic.

Honda’s Real Time all wheel drive system is paired with an innovative intelligent control system to provide improved traction in any situation. Using the E-DPS (Electronic control Dual Pump System) torque is monitored and distributed to balance traction, acceleration and fuel consumption. This system not only assists in low traction environments, but also under acceleration and spirted driving.


Pricing & Grade Line-up

Thanks to the Honda Price Promise (now in its 20th year) Honda New Zealand can offer these models at competitive prices, and know that every customer nationwide will get the same great deal, no matter who they are, where they live and what time of the month they buy. See https://www.honda.co.nz/cr-v/ for pricing and grade information.


Key Specifications 2021 CR-V

Engine: 1.5L DOHC VTEC Turbo Engine

Power / Torque: 140Kw @ 5,500 / 240Nm @ 2,000-5,000

Fuel Economy: 7.3 L/100km (2WD) / 7.4 L/100km (AWD)

Key Features Standard across the range:

  •  Hands Free Electric Tailgate –
  • Smart Entry with Push Button Start
  • Advanced Display Audio with 7” Touch Screen
  • Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™
  • In-built Garmin Navigation App
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Front & Rear Parking Sensors with Parking Aid
  • Emergency Stop Signal
  • Dynamic Multi-Angle Reversing Camera
  • LaneWatch Camera
  • Electric Park Brake with Automatic Brake Hold
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Agile Handling Assist
  • Straight Drive Assist
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • Driver Attention Monitor System
  • 5 Year, Unlimited Km Warranty

Model Grade Specification

Front Wheel Drive

  • CR-V  Touring
  • CR-V  Sport 7

Intelligent Real Time AWD

  • CR-V AWD Touring
  • CR-V AWD Sport Premium

Leather Premium Interior with Heated Front Seats (Power & Memory Functions)

  • CR-V  Sport 7
  • CR-V AWD Sport Premium

7 Seats

  • CR-V Sport 7

Panoramic Sun Roof

  • CR-V Sport 7
  • CR-V AWD Sport Premium

Honda Sensing Active Safety Technology

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)
  • High Beam Support (HSS)

All Grades

*Based on NZTA Open portal data of all currently registered uni-body, passenger SUV, by nameplate in NZ