We're used to seeing articles comparing a vehicle with a competitor from a rival brand, but how do you decide which trim level of a vehicle to go for when you've already decided on the nameplate? To help you out if you're one of the many people interested in the Honda CR-V SUV, here we're comparing the 2019 Honda CR-V LX with the 2019 Honda CR-V EX.
The Honda CR-V LX is the entry model in this 2019 range of this massive-selling Honda SUV, and the Honda CR-V EX is the next model above the LX. If we stick to the most affordable standard front-drive format, the LX has a starting MSRP of $24,350 and the EX costs from $27,250.¹ That means the LX is $2,900 more affordable than the EX, but we then have to look at what that extra money gets you.
The LX comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a roofline spoiler with integrated brake light, LED daytime running lights, and an electric parking brake with automatic brake hold. If you pay the extra for the EX you then get upgraded to 18-inch alloys, rear privacy glass, fog lights and heated body-colored power side mirrors.
On the inside of the entry-level LX, buyers get standard hill start assist, remote entry, power locks and windows, Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, a USB audio interface, Pandora compatibility, easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seatback, cloth upholstery and a tilt and telescopic steering column.
Inside the EX it adds to that spec with features like dual-zone climate control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, SiriusXM Radio, remote start, multi-angle rearview camera, auto on/off headlights with auto high beam, remote engine start, and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance features.
Both trim levels send power to the front or all four wheels through a CVT transmission, but the power is supplied by different engines in these two trim levels. In the entry-level LX model, the power is provided by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 184 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard engine in the EX, however, is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that then puts 190 horsepower and 179 lb.-ft. of torque at the CR-V's disposal.
Naturally, if these two trim levels have different powerplants, they're also going to offer buyers different fuel economy ratings. The standard front-drive LX is rated by the EPA at 26 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined. If all-wheel drive is added into the equation those numbers change a little to 25/31/27 mpg. If you instead go for the EX with the turbo-four engine and front-wheel-drive, the EPA ratings are 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined. Opt for all-wheel-drive, and then the EPA rates the CR-V EX at 27/33/29 mpg. *
It's up to you if you think those extra features are worth the price difference between the LX and EX versions of the 2019 Honda CR-V. The best way to make a final decision is to get in touch with us and arrange a test drive here at Vardaman Honda.
*26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
¹MSRP excluding, tax, license, registration, $1,095.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.