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2024 Honda CRV LX vs. EX

Section 1: Exterior Features

EX Exterior Design: The 2024 Honda CR-V EX provides a step up in design from the LX version. In addition to all the features of the LX, the wide front grille features an improved chrome finish and the headlights now come in an automatic on/off LED variety. The EX also features smart entry around all four doors as well as walk away auto lock for added convenience. The rear features a body-color rear roofline spoiler and also adds rear privacy glass. The EX CR-V's main standout feature is its unique 19-inch split chrome wheels. These wheels are a rare sight and will make the CR-V stand out in comparison to other vehicles on the road. The chrome accent continues onto the side of the vehicle where the door handles have a special finish for added class.

LX Exterior Design: The 2024 Honda CR-V LX is perfect for someone looking for the everyday car, but wants that added touch found in an SUV. The unique profile and fully automatic projector-beam halogen headlights make the LX an elegant yet practical option. In the front, the LX possesses a long narrow build with a simple sport grille with a black matte finish. Easily the most stunning feature of the 2024 Honda CR-V LX is its frameless door design. Such an uncommon feature in SUVs these days gives the LX a touch of elegance and class not found in other vehicles. At the rear, the tailgate features a small rear window. Although in comparison to other vehicles this feature may seem minor, the advantages come through when parking in tight spots and for loading light items into the rear cargo area. The dual action tailgate with an additional lift-up glass is very practical; the glass is perfect for quickly accessing the rear cargo area without swinging open the entire tailgate.

1.1. LX Exterior Design

LX model is very similar to the former version, but there have been some feature upgrades. The CRV range has always had no lack of quality, and the new CRV will further enhance its image as a viable, attractive, and competitive 4WD in the SUV market today. All models (including the LX) now have a twin chrome exhaust for a more sporty and refined look. The LX model now also has the convenience of a power tailgate. More importantly, the LX and above models have a more masculine and solid front design that compliments the CRV's dynamic figure. The front grille has been changed to a honeycomb-shaped grill that adds to a tougher image the CRV now portrays. The whole theme of the upgrade from the previous generation is to have a more powerful image for the new CRV, and the change in the front design certainly amplifies that look. LX, EX, and EX LE models now get 17-inch alloy wheels, which further gives the car a bolder and more powerful look. These new bold looks give it the credentials for a car that you can use comfortably in the urban jungle and yet be confident to take it offroad with good durability. The LX model has halogen headlight bulbs and a variable intermittent windshield wipers with the washer, which is the same as the previous generation. All these exterior upgrades certainly make this CRV a very attractive car to consumers who thrive on the looks of a vehicle but do not want to compromise on price, reliability, and fuel efficiency. Aesthetically, the changes made to the CRV are subtle yet very impactful steps. Sufficient to say, the new CRV looks and feels like a new generation vehicle undoubtedly. These changes made to the exterior certainly are a winning feature to contribute towards the sales of this new CRV.

1.2. EX Exterior Design

The EX is a more stylish model compared to the LX. The distinctive features that come with the EX are the privacy glass in the rear windows and the sleek alloy wheels that contribute to its unique look compared to the LX model. The functional roof rails that are included in both the LX and EX are standard to the CR-V, adding to the look of the car while giving you more places to store items. Both models can come with the optional accessory 18" chrome look alloy wheels that give the car an upscale look compared to the standard 17" alloy wheels. Also, with the chrome look, there is the rear trim that adds a highlight to the rear license plate, giving it a touch of class. The other optional feature for both the LX and EX is the front grille trim that is also chrome, giving an upscale look to the CR-V. Finally, there is the real-time AWD marking, which is an extra feature on the EX AWD model. This all adds to a more distinctive and upscale look compared to the LX model, making it easily distinguishable from a distance.

1.3. LX Exterior Color Options

Honda CRV LX 2024 offers a total of 6 different exterior color options. The color options available for LX model are Sonic Gray Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, White Diamond Pearl, and Radiant Red Metallic. Out of the 6 color options, 3 are metallic colors and one color is a premium color that requires an extra fee of $395. The White Diamond Pearl color is a premium color with an extra fee. Honda CRV LX 2024 does not offer any diverse appearances with 3 of its color options being metallic colors, and it has a very limited variety of colors with only 6 color options. Each color option varies in its level of brightness and darkness and differences in color hues. These color options allow the owners to choose suitable colors where it blends well with the weather and surrounding environment where they live, or to simply just choose the color they like the most. Overall, Honda CRV LX 2024 has a limited variety of colors available compared to its sibling, and the difference between colors is not very distinctive. People who prefer simplicity and easy choosing of colors may respect this, but others who like to explore a variety of colors may be disappointed by this. Although there is a wide range of color options temporarily with the 3 metallic colors, they only give a variation in brightness and darkness of color and not on the color hue. Although there is a range of color options, some people may feel that it is only offering the same color options with similar grayish tones that they like.

1.4. EX Exterior Color Options

Pearl white, Gunmetal Metallic, and Radiant Red are the color choices for the 2024 Honda CRV EX. Pearl white, though for sure an additional $500 just to cover that $500 cost on the LX trim, is your typical white coated vehicle. When you think of pearl white, you think of a clean and sleek color, and that's what you get. Gunmetal Metallic is a newer color, and is a mix of grey and silver with metallic flakes. It's darker than your typical silver and will definitely show less dirt than a black car. Last but not least, Radiant Red. This color is not available on the LX trim, so it's automatically an exclusive for the EX and special edition trims. Out of the current color choices offered, this deep red exterior provides the most pop and will be the first color you notice looking at the CRV lineup.

Section 2: Interior Features

LX There are reclining rear seats that allow up to a 40/20/40 split, and for more legroom, it has a one-motion lever that allows the seat to collapse. Another great feature is the retractable rear trunk that comes with a washable surface. This is great if you load items that need to be washed or just somewhere to sit when you're taking off those dirty cleats. Standard features that come with the LX model include a multi-function center console for storage, a remote entry system, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio controls. These features are also found on the EX model, but the design of the console and entry system are upgraded. A security system with remote entry is included to give that extra peace of mind. The overhead storage is a large compartment that is suitable for holding a DVD case. It helps protect media when traveling and also keeps it out of sight by closing the dampened lid. The step-in height is 6.7 inches lower than the previous generation CR-V, providing easy entry.

2.1. LX Interior Design

The CR-V LX offers drivers the best of both worlds, with upscale design and high-quality materials at an affordable price. The CR-V LX offers an impressive list of features, all designed to add to driver and passenger comfort and convenience. Features include optimum seating and storage, and the LX includes air conditioning, cruise control, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, power accessories, keyless entry, a four-speaker CD system, and an auxiliary input jack for your portable music player. The front-wheel-drive LX is powered with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-feet of torque. The CR-V LX takes the game to a whole new level in terms of luxury and design in this price range. Honda has done an excellent job in designing the cabin and ensuring the latest features are included. A feature that has really struck us is the "Conversation Mirror," this is a small convex mirror which is located at the front overhead light and gives the driver a bird's eye view of what's going on in the back seats. Whether it's keeping an eye on the kids or making sure the pets are behaving themselves, this is a neat useful feature. Another key highlight of the interior is the quality of the materials, Honda has made sure that all plastics and trim are of high quality at touch, the LX now comes with a rear armrest which includes two cup holders, and there is now a sunglass holder standard in all CR-V's.

2.2. EX Interior Design

The EX has a step above the LX, which includes a rear center armrest and a security system. The security system regulates door and trunk locks at the touch of a button. It also includes an impact sensor that will inform you if your car has been struck or broken into. This specific model has an automatic dimming rearview mirror. This version of the CRV also includes a one-touch power moonroof with a tilt feature. The moonroof includes a manual sunshade to block out the sun on hotter days. The EX has a 10-way power driver's seat that includes power lumbar support. The driver's seat has two memory settings, and the EX comes with a four-way power front passenger's seat. The EX has a dual-zone automatic climate control system. The rear seat of the EX has a heating duct to keep passengers warm and has a fold-down center armrest for drinks and some added comfort. The flooring in the EX includes a cargo area light, and the two front and rear door pockets have ambient console lighting.

2.3. LX Interior Space and Comfort

When it comes to the actual space in the cabin, the CR-V remains a model in the small SUV category and still stands as a good alternative to a bloated three-row crossover. In terms of people-hauling space and comfort, the CR-V's top scores are the result of two main features. The CR-V has redone the rear seat yet again with a new Easy Fold-Down Rear Seat mechanism. This is a result of complaints with the previous generation's split-folding rear seats, and it really does make the process of trying to create a flat cargo area less cumbersome. The CR-V also boasts a low step-in height and flat floor with a generous amount of front and rear legroom, another selling point that has always made the CR-V above the norm of a sedan-derived crossover.

The 2nd-row console stays as an available feature for the 2012 CR-V, and the EX-L will add a dual-zone climate control system which is the first time that the C segment crossover has offered this. This model, along with the EX, both offer a standard center console, but it's the EX-L's leather trim and its now illuminated steering wheel controls and the addition of a 7" touchscreen that will add a whole new flavor to the CR-V's traditionally conservative cockpit. The wheel and its controls have become exceptionally busy as the CR-V adds more features and technology with each passing generation, and illumination is typically a luxury feature that people don't think much about until they actually do a lot of night driving. The two things that really give the EX-L the luxury/tech feel, however, are the availability of a navigation package with Honda's new cloud-based HondaLink feature and also an available rear seat entertainment package (RSE). HondaLink offers connectivity to thousands of stations from Pandora internet radio to Aha by Harman and internet podcasts, a capability that will garner both love and hate in the segment, but the RSE will be a popular feature for buyers with young children. Both will make buying the EX-L level CR-V seem like buying a heftier brand and elevate the CR-V to a premium utility vehicle for the masses.

The Honda CR-V has interior space and is still a model in terms of comfort, so look to the simple themes of family and functionality to carry over. However, after a generation that saw the CR-V's interior design stray from the simple and straightforward themes, the LX's interior is again a no-frills look that is still enhanced by materials that are better than the econobox look we got right before the prior generation. Sticking to the no-frills theme, the CR-V LX has a standard audio system with a single-disc CD player and an auxiliary jack. It's pretty conventional stuff, but the LX will keep up with the newest gadgets by offering a USB audio interface. Seating for five stays, but the rear seat's backrest is now split into 40/20/40 sections for a little more variability in cargo and passenger space. It's also now easier to fold the rear seats thanks to new spring-loaded levers in the cargo area. Other LX features include powered windows and locks, keyless entry, and a retractable front armrest. The finish on this no-nonsense interior, however, comes to life up a handful of notches in comparison to the prior generation's lower-end trims, and there's a sense of refinement within materials quality and fit and finish that will still impress those used to more conventional upscale brands. If the prior generation was a step in a different direction, the CR-V has taken one step back with no qualms for 2012.

2.4. EX Interior Space and Comfort

Compared to the Honda CR-V LX, the EX has a higher-quality look that's also trendier. The EX has a newer design wheel which makes the interior look more modern. Also compared to the LX, the gear shift lever in the EX is updated to the style found in higher-end Honda vehicles. Leather trim on the armrests and lower door sills will give the EX a more luxurious feel. In terms of interior space and comfort, the CR-V EX has a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support. The larger dual-range power lumbar support gives the CR-V EX an edge in terms of driver comfort, an important advantage for long trips in the car. Unfortunately, the mechanism in the seats has meant a sacrifice in terms of seat height, the LX has a higher driver's seat which could provide better visibility and ease of entry. In the EX, the steering wheel telescopes, giving the driver more flexibility in adjusting his/her driving position. The CR-V LX has a rear seat cushion that can recline and also has a retractable center tray table. Both of these features are not found on the CR-V EX, but in exchange, the rear seats on the EX have a 60/40 split with a remote folding mechanism that's easily accessible from the rear of the car. The rear seats can now fold down completely flat creating a greater cargo area, in the LX the cushion had to be removed and the seat backs reclined to achieve the same effect. The front passenger's seat in the CR-V EX also has 4-way power adjustment and a height adjustment feature, to LX's passenger seat has no power adjustments. Overall, the interior of the CR-V EX does appear to be an improvement over the LX, with better interior material, updated design, and new features. The trade-off for extra comfort and convenience features for the rear seats will likely be a non-issue for most potential CR-V EX buyers. In terms of driver position, although it has a better seat and steering wheel adjustment, the EX driver's seat may be lacking the higher seating position that can provide better visibility. Combined with the small sacrifice of rear seat features, some potential buyers may still opt for the CR-V LX for a lower cost and the same practicality in a slightly less fancy package.

2.5. LX Infotainment System

Information on the 2024 Honda CRV LX and EX infotainment systems is as follows: The LX is equipped with a 160-watt AM/FM audio system with 4 speakers and a 5-inch color LCD screen which also displays the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with guidelines. However, the LX is not equipped to operate SiriusXM radio and has no additional audio capabilities. The EX is equipped with a 180-watt AM/FM audio system with 6 speakers and a 7-inch color display audio touch-screen which also displays the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines. Furthermore, the system comes with customizable feature settings and has several audio and data services available. These include: SiriusXM, HD Radio, Bluetooth Streaming Audio and it is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with its 1.0 Amp USB Audio Interface and its 2.5 Amp USB Smartphone/Audio Interface. The overall function is controlled by the steering wheel mounted controls and has additional audio features that include 1.5 Amp USB charging ports in the center console and a 12-volt power outlet. There is a big contrast in the functionality and audio capabilities of the LX and the EX infotainment systems. Although both are equipped with the Multi-angle Rearview Camera, the EX audio system is far more advanced and higher quality. With features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that are not available for the LX, this influences the decision of potential CRV buyers who want the full user-friendly and updated audio experience. This feature would be particularly useful for smartphone users as the interface provides the CRV with even greater access to smartphone functions, making connectivity to both audio and data much easier. The smartphone/audio interface also keeps those devices charged with 1.5 Amp USB charging ports, which is a clear upgrade from the LX version. The audio quality is significantly increased on the EX with an additional 20 watts and 2 speakers, which will make a difference to those users who are frequent drivers or music listeners. The EX has far greater capabilities and is an audio and data enhancement from the LX version.

2.6. EX Infotainment System

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a great selling point since they allow you to mirror your smartphone on the car's infotainment screen. It is the best way to connect your smartphone to the car because it does everything your smartphone can usually do, and it is less distracting than some of the complicated Bluetooth streaming audio and other advanced multimedia with a steep learning curve that many people find. High-end infotainment systems are often a major selling point for luxury vehicles, and CarPlay/Android Auto has made their functionality similar to the expensive OEM setups for a lot less money. This is not to say that standard embedded operating systems are bad, but with the 2-screen arrangement on Honda's higher-end models, they can sometimes be a bit confusing and the added features aren't necessarily valued from a durability standpoint compared to a single-screen arrangement, especially with CarPlay/Android Auto. For example, a CR-V LX customer might still prefer the traditional physical wheel and input keys on the LX's system because it will be easy to sell in a few years when the novelty wears off and it won't affect the infotainment system any differently than switching to a touchscreen would. But let's be honest, this is a car that people often keep for 10-20 years and many average buyers aren't the most technically savvy in the first place.

The EX model's infotainment system is somewhat of an upgrade from the LX. It has a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, and HD Radio, in addition to Bluetooth, a USB port, and four-speaker audio that both models have. Some people might appreciate the wireless phone chargers that almost all contemporary Hondas, except the EX-L, have. However, about 90% of the time you are just watching Netflix or engaged in a relatively attentive conversation on a 12-hour drive to Idaho, and your battery dies before you think to charge it.

Section 3: Performance and Engine

This next section is an important section for those consumers who are buying vehicles for the purpose of city and highway driving. They may be the consumers who are looking to replace a sedan with something that delivers more utility and flexibility, yet don't want to get bogged down in poor fuel economy and truck-like driving dynamics. Regarding engine specifications for both the CRV LX and CRV EX, there is no difference. All CRV's feature a 2.4 litre inline 4 cylinder engine with 166 hp and 161 lbs ft of torque. This engine is one of Honda's newer designs featuring an i-VTEC head mated to a block design that has been around for a long time. This engine is smooth, sophisticated, and efficient a perfect match for a small to medium sized crossover. Step-mashing Excel jockeys might wish to have a little more power and torque, but the reality is that both of these engines get the job done and do it with good fuel economy to boot. Fuel economy being an important issue for compact SUV buyers, the CRV seems to hit the nail on the head. Both trim levels and both 2WD and 4WD configurations all offer the same fuel economy rating of 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The published fuel economy numbers were obtained using the new more stringent 2008 EPA fuel economy measurement methods so they are directly comparable to different vehicles. Keep this in mind when comparing these numbers to older vehicles or vehicles of other types such as trucks and larger SUVs which use a less stringent method to achieve their fuel economy rating resulting in a number that is higher than the real world usage.

3.1. LX Engine Specifications

The 2024 Honda CR-V LX model comes equipped with a 2.4 liter, 16-valve, SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with direct injection. This version of the engine generates around 184 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 180 lb.-ft. of torque at 3900 rpm. This i-VTEC system is designed to boost horsepower at high rpm levels and torque at low engine speeds. It is meant to provide an improved fuel economy while doing so. The i-VTEC LX model is offered in either a 2WD or Real Time AWD configuration, each coming with a 1-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with sport mode. The CR-V LX has a 1500 pound towing capacity. This i-VTEC engine comes with the Earth Dreams technology, which is Honda's effort to specifically help increase fuel economy and to reduce emission output. The 2024 Honda CR-V EX model comes equipped with a 1.5 liter, 16-valve, direct injection, DOHC, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This version of the engine generates around 190 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 179 lb.-ft. of torque at 2000-5000 rpm. This dual VTC turbo system is designed to utilize variable timing control for both the intake and exhaust valves to provide an enhanced fuel economy. The CR-V EX has a 1500 pound towing capacity. This engine comes with a 2-speed CVT with sport mode as well. The Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System is an available option for the CR-V EX. This system increases fuel efficiency and helps to better adapt to a wide array of weather conditions. Despite losing some horsepower to the LX model, the EX model does offer more torque and a faster turbo spooling time.

3.2. EX Engine Specifications

The EX CR-V is equipped with a more powerful engine. While both engines were of the same size, 2.4L, the EX's engine is a DOHC i-VTEC that produces 5 more horsepower than the LX's PZEV engine, which is a DOHC i-VTEC as well. The horsepower for the EX is 180 bhp at 6800rpm and torque is at 161 lb.-ft. at 4400rpm, compared to the LX at 175hp at 6000rpm and torque at 169 lb.-ft. at 4400rpm. This resulted in a slight decrease in horsepower RPM and a more significant decrease in the torque RPM, but overall more power. The new engine gave the CR-V a 1,500-pound towing capability, compared to the LX's 1,000-pound towing capability. This is due to shorter gearing and torque/horsepower increase that are mainly attributed to the CR-V four-wheel-drive system designed to help reduce wheelspin on a front-drive vehicle and make the CR-V more capable in situations that need 4WD help. Overall the power and torque of the EX's engine surpasses the LX's, giving the CR-V a slightly better pickup and go. The EX engine also comes with a new Real-Time 4WD system that replaces the Dual Pump system. Regular CR-V EX and LX models are front-drive, but also have a 4WD system. This model of 4WD is a lighter and more efficient version which can just about be left on Auto without affecting the fuel efficiency and gives the CR-V the ability to manually engage 4WD when needed, or 2WD for better fuel efficiency. The 4WD system is another reason for the 500 pound increased towing capability and the improvements made it the right step for Honda to take in increasing the CR-V's capability from the LX model.

3.3. LX Fuel Efficiency

The 2024 Honda CRV's fuel efficiency improves (relative to the outgoing 2023 CRV) slightly for models equipped with the 1.5L L15B7 Turbo engine, with the LX trim level achieving 30 mpg city/36 mpg highway/32 mpg combined, whilst the EX, EXL and Touring trim levels along with all-wheel drive variants drop highway fuel economy by 2 mpg. The combined 32 mpg figure for the LX is an improvement of around 1-2 mpg relative to the outgoing LX model, however, the outgoing LX model lacked the 1.5L engine and instead was equipped with the larger and thirstier R26Z I4 engine. Despite this improvement, a 36% drop in fuel efficiency relative to the baseline 2023 CRV still exists for the new fifth-generation CRV, notable in light of major improvements made in fuel efficiency every generation from 2007-2023. It's worth noting that fuel efficiency changes have only been calculated here relative to the baseline 2023 CRV 2WD LX. Steps in fuel efficiency relative to the outgoing CRV may be slightly higher had comparisons been made against higher trim levels or the outgoing CRV hybrid. Fuel efficiency change is measured between the new 2024 CRV and the outgoing 2023 CRV by recalculating new generation figures relative to the combined 2023 CRV fuel economy, assuming an even distribution of sales prints across each year and assuming each car is driven 15,000 miles per annum.

3.4. EX Fuel Efficiency

The Honda CRV LX and EX trims have different fuel efficiency ratings based on very different power plants. The LX's 2.4L engine can be rated at 23/30 (4WD) and 24/31 (2WD) depending on which transmission option you select. This is also easily obtainable in the real world, as having tested it myself, and with other users' reviews on crvowners.com, most people's numbers are right around the combined rating of 26-27 mpg. This is similar to the rating listed for the EX, but there is no 2.4L engine available with the new CRV, so this would be the furthest extent of the comparison between engines. The EX comes with Honda's successful 1.5L turbo engine (there are currently no plans to offer the 2.4L in the touring trim, confines of a late 2016 post). This engine is said to be capable of the 28/34 numbers listed for 2WD on fueleconomy.gov, but several users have reported numbers greater than 30 in mixed driving. The owner of one of my local dealerships said he averaged 28 in a day of exclusively city driving, so this number seems to be obtainable as well. Unfortunately, some users have had problems with the vehicle delivering the fuel economy it is supposed to; these reported numbers are all mentioned in this thread. The higher the mileage, the worse the problem got on one user's car, and this gets worse as the mileage increases. An owner of a 2016 Civic has reported that he is seeing worse mileage with the turbo Civic than he did with his previous 2.0L Civic, which contradicts the ratings on fueleconomy.gov.

3.5. LX Transmission Options

The transmission options available are a lot simpler to differentiate. The EX is only available with an automatic, from the very refined Honda 'Real Time' AWD system which is an electronically activated hydraulic system as opposed to the CRV's more common dual pump set-up. The LX has the option of the Honda auto or a 5-speed manual AWD which is a good bonus for people that enjoy driving a manual or that want to save some money when buying the car and over the life of the vehicle. Manual transmissions are not as complicated as their automatic counterparts which means they are less likely to have issues, which means potentially huge savings in the long term. Although manual CRVs have fuel efficiency figures that are only slightly better than their automatic counterparts and the range of AWD systems available is not as advanced. The all-wheel-drive model torque is apportioned front-to-rear and when wheel slippage is detected, up to 100% of the available torque can be sent to the rear wheels. This improves the vehicle's stability in poor driving conditions and provides an increase in available tractive torque at the front wheels, useful for times when the car is climbing a steep incline. The LX manual is fitted with an AWD system that doesn't actually allow the driver to lock it in 4WD, instead, it works as a front-wheel-drive vehicle under normal circumstances and only diverts power to the rear wheels if the front wheels slip. This is sufficient for mild off-road driving and improves on-road fuel economy. If you do want proper 4WD functionality, you will have to get the auto and the 'Real Time' system.

3.6. EX Transmission Options

The EX model also differs from the LX model with its transmission options. When the LX model caters only with automatic transmission, the EX model provides both manual and automatic transmissions depending upon the necessity with no compromise in the fuel efficiency and performance. This acts as an added advantage for the consumer to go in for the EX model if he is interested in manual transmission vehicles which are more popular with many customers who want added control of their vehicle and to rev up to speed when it better suits them. But if the consumer is not so savvy with the manual transmission, then he can go for the automatic transmission option. With automatic transmission being more popular in the US, the providing of the extra option should cater for a wider scope of consumers who are interested to purchase a compact SUV.

Section 4: Safety and Technology

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicles equipped with this feature are 68% less likely to be involved in a head-on collision. In addition to Honda Sensing, the EX model is also designed with the intent of making it more visible on the road. Its LED Daytime Running Lights and additional side mirror indicator lights catch more attention while driving and making lane changes. The LED DRLs also improve daytime driving impressions. Due to these additional features, the CRV-EX takes a slight advantage in safety compared to the LX model.

While it shares the same safety features as the LX model, the EX model also comes with the Honda Sensing feature as a standard instead of an optional package. Honda Sensing is a suite of safety and driver-assist features designed to help keep you from getting into a collision. It comes with a series of high-tech sensors and cameras to help detect potential dangers while on the road. If detected, it will also provide alerts and implement safety features to avoid the collision. Examples include a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian, Lane Departure warnings and corrective steering, and Adaptive Cruise Control to help the vehicle maintain a safe and set following interval from a vehicle detected ahead.

Equal importance is placed on safety in both the LX and EX models. Both models come with standard safety features that include anti-lock brakes, stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and a rearview camera. Although the LX does come with Honda Sensing features added as an optional package, it will be discussed later in the LX Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. For now, let's focus on the CRV-EX safety features.

4.1. LX Safety Features

LX models are only slightly different from the base, offering a few more standard features. One of those is the Honda Sensing safety suite, which bundles adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane keeping assist, and forward collision warning. The system has been rated highly by the IIHS, and it's available as a standalone option on the base model. The CR-V has also earned a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. That's some impressive hardware and a good selling point for the LX over base. It's worth noting that all-wheel drive is also available on the LX now too, for a $1300 premium. This wasn't the case in previous model years, as consumers who wanted AWD would have to start at the EX trim. Availability of this desirable feature on the budget LX is a win for the consumer.

4.2. EX Safety Features

Honda CR-V EX is an advanced level SUV in the Honda CR-V series. The SUV comes with great new features in comparison to the previous Honda CR-V and new technology. The great new feature that the SUV has is the new "power liftgate". This makes it much easier for loading and unloading of the vehicle. The power liftgate can be programmed for the height you want it to open, so it is not opening too high or too low. The next feature, or should I say improvement, would be the advanced audio display. The audio display shows the music that is playing using the i-MID screen. It also shows song information and album art from iPods, CDs from the built-in single disc CD player, and USB driver or flash drive. A new feature of free album art is available from the Gracenote media database. The Gracenote media database is available for music stored on a USB drive or flash drive. The owner of a USB drive or flash drive that is Gracenote enabled can enable the recognition database. This will allow the i-MID to recognize the music and get access to the free album art. This is an amazing feature because it allows drivers to look at the music that is currently playing without having to look at iPods and USB drives. Lastly, the audio display can receive more than 7 days of free conversion for XM Radio. XM Radio provides over 340 digital quality channels including up to 140 channels of commercial-free music, and sports, news, talk, and entertainment. One of the best features with the technology is the "Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System" with Voice. The navigation system has a 6.5-inch screen display and an easy-to-use interface dial. The large database contains information on more than 7 million points of interest. This includes places like restaurants, ATMs, hotels, and airports. The navigation system can also receive FM traffic, which is free to customers in more than 90 U.S. markets, with up-to-date traffic information and details. The new simple voice recognition system is amazing. Drivers can input a destination with only voice commands, without the need for a typed dialogue on the keyboard. This feature allows drivers to keep their full attention on the road, which ensures safety. A wireless Bluetooth link is included as well. This allows hands-free communication using a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. Honda CR-V EX also comes with an improved rearview camera. The new intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) shows the integrated lines of the rearview camera, with estimated three different widths and three different guideline distances. Executive Honda CR-V has more great technology features like the automatic dual-zone climate control system. This feature allows the driver and front passenger to select their own climates using the dual digital touchpad. This creates a comfortable atmosphere for both the driver and the passenger. Last but not least, Honda CR-V comes with a great feature of the "Door to Door Navigation". This navigation can transfer a navigation route from the front i-MID to the driver's Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. The route can then be displayed on the mobile phone using a free software application from Honda. This feature is great for safety precautions because drivers can take their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with an iOS 5 operating system.

4.3. LX Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

LX Advanced Driver Assistance Systems carve a new aspect for the system to make it easy and safe to help the driver in driving. Advanced driver assistance systems are systems to help the driver in the driving process. This system has been developed since four decades ago, at the first generation ADAS. Until now, it has launched itself until the seventh generation ADAS with different modes and methods used, and of course, with different effectiveness in providing driver assistance. Honda Sensing is a technology and innovation in AI to create a safe driving environment without ignoring comfort in driving. In other words, this Honda Sensing is a system that puts together all seven generations of ADAS into an integrated system. Honda Sensing consists of a combination of various sensors and AI technology to create a perception of its surroundings. This system is usually called perception AI. In the first development, Honda implemented several Honda Sensing features such as Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), FCW (Forward Collision Warning), and LDW (Lane Departure Warning). CMBS is a system that provides a brake when there is an object in front of the car. This system is designed to prevent accidents and minimize damage caused by drivers who often or are late to respond to the situation in front of them. This CMBS consists of a forward collision warning system and an automatic brake system. When there is a possibility of an accident, this system will give a warning to the driver with an indicator on the meter panel with sound. If the driver is late or ignores the warning, the car will automatically start braking.

4.4. EX Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Lastly, the EX includes Auto High-Beam Headlights as standard equipment, opposed to only having High-Beam Support on the LX. This feature automatically switches between high and low beams during night driving depending on the presence of other vehicles. Although it is the least significant of the ADAS lineup, it's still one less thing that the driver has to worry about and can prevent accidents during the night.

In addition to FCW and CMBS, EX trims equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ also come with the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). LKAS subtly adjusts steering to help keep the vehicle centered in a detected lane, while ACC is designed to maintain a set following interval behind detected vehicles for highway driving. This is done with a forward-facing camera and radar, which is also used for Low Speed Follow. Although LKAS and ACC are not unique to the CR-V, the combination of features with FCW and CMBS at this price point is a rare find in a compact SUV.

Honda's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are far and away the biggest feature differences between the LX and EX CR-V trim levels. Among the most notable additional features, EX owners will enjoy the standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). The LX trim offers these features in a package that costs $1,500 extra, making the price of a similarly equipped LX much closer to an EX. These systems are designed to prevent collisions by providing warnings to the driver and applying the brakes autonomously to prevent or mitigate a collision. This can result in insurance discounts and, more importantly, has the potential to save lives and prevent injury.

4.5. LX Connectivity and Technology

EX has the LX features and adds the 7-inch Display Audio with Electrostatic Touch-Screen that the LX does not have. This system adds physical buttons as opposed to the 5-inch screen system that is in the LX. Also included is the 180-watt audio system with 6 speakers that is an improvement over the LX system. The EX has 2 additional USB ports in the back, making it a total of 4. This is ahead of the LX as the model only has 1 USB port. A key feature that the EX has and the LX does not have is the smart entry system with push button start. Both models come with remote entry; however, the smart entry system is much more convenient. This is significantly more technology in comparison to the LX model.

The LX is considered to be the base model and it falls behind in the technology category. It still comes with the standard AM/FM radio as well as the 160-watt audio system that is also in the EX. The EX has a 180-watt system though, notably better. Starting with LX, all models have Honda Sensing which is definitely a plus. For people who want adaptive cruise control, they will have to get the CR-V EX because it is not available with it in LX. Lane keep assist and rear seat belt reminders are not available in the LX model.

4.6. EX Connectivity and Technology

One feature that makes the CR-V EX really stand out is the Display Audio and HondaLink system. This advanced system is a 7-inch touch-screen that has customizable feature settings. The 6-speaker audio system has 160 watts and there are 2 USB audio interfaces front and rear. There is no CD player in the CR-V, and the days of CDs are becoming outdated. Today, many of us listen to music from iPods or smartphone devices. The USB interface offers easy listening from today's devices. But the best feature about this system is the integration of an Android smartphone or iPhone. With your phone, you can download the HondaLink app and purchase an HDMI cable. Connect the smartphone to the HDMI cable and plug it into the Display Audio system and access the HondaLink system. This system offers many features including Aha which can be used as an alternative to SiriusXM radio. Best of all, using many of the HondaLink features won't be a drain on your phone's data plan as it uses the CR-V's built-in infotainment data connection. Overall, the Display Audio and HondaLink system is a very impressive and highly advanced system that we would like to see on more vehicles.

The CR-V EX includes all previously mentioned features and adds several great extras. One that families will note is the addition of the tri-zone automatic climate control that is a standard feature. Tri-zone climate enables different temperature settings for the driver, front passenger, and rear seating areas. This is a nice convenience feature for any family in climate variable areas. EX also adds Honda LaneWatch and push button start. LaneWatch is a small camera located on the passenger side mirror. When the right turn signal is activated, the camera turns on and displays live video from the passenger side of the vehicle, offering an enhanced view of the blind spot. The best part about this system is that it offers a reference line and distance measurement, making it very easy to determine if it is clear or not. This prevents that quick head turn at a crucial time when merging which can be the cause of an accident. Push button start is a simple and very convenient feature that lets you start the vehicle with the key fob in your pocket.