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Original found on Motor1.com, written by Matthew Crisara, orginally can be found here.

It sits between the current LX and EX trim levels.

Nearly halfway through 2021, most automakers are focused on 2022 models. However, Honda recently released a new trim level – called the special edition – to its 2021 CR-V lineup, which slots between the current LX and EX trim levels. Pricing for the new CR-V Special Edition starts at $27,725 for the front-wheel-drive model and $29,195 for all-wheel drive.

Next to the base LX trim, which costs $26,525, the latest offering brings new tech including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, remote start, push-button start, and heated mirrors. Also included are 17-inch black alloy wheels and a six-speaker stereo system.

Unfortunately, the new trim level won’t receive the hybrid powertrains offered with the CR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring. Instead, the Special Edition trim will only come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine putting out 190 horsepower (142 kilowatts). Drive will be supplied through a continuously variable automatic transmission.

This isn’t the first time the Japanese automaker has released a Special Edition trim. The Pilot and Accord have previously received similar packages. Despite sharing the same name, the Accord s Special Edition package is in a different ballpark when it comes to optional extras. It receives leather upholstery, an 8.0-inch display, an eight-speaker sound system, sport pedals, a rear spoiler, 19-inch alloy wheels, a 12-way adjustable driver’s seat, and smartphone compatibility.

While the added accoutrement is certainly nice, the $27,725 CR-V pack struggles to compete with its rivals in the price department. Comparable vehicles include the Hyundai Tucson ($26,135), Mazda CX-5 ($26,545), Kia Sportage ($25,265) and Subaru Forester ($25,845).