2017 Honda CR-V Review Apr 6, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The 2017 Honda CR-V includes a wealth of updates – and since we already appreciated this compact crossover SUV, we can confidently say that the most recent version is better than ever. When you get behind the wheel of the CR-V, you will easily see how this model accounts for a large chunk of Honda’s North American sales. The new turbocharged engine is a nice touch and, while Honda is behind some other automakers in introducing this type of powertrain to the CR-V, the new mill is better than ever.
The new turbocharged engine in the CR-V comes under the hood in all but the base model, which sticks to the familiar 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. We suggest upgrading to a trim with the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder for 190 horsepower and a torque of 179 pound-feet. While we understand that this is a setback for some buyers looking at this model, it’s a definite improvement. With all this power, you never feel as if the CR-V presents a heavy burden even when fully loaded. The CVT feels like an automatic with step gears but delivers efficiency and variability that the name implies. Best of all, you won’t notice a kickdown shock when accelerating for passing, something that is frequently an issue with automatics. One of the things drivers will love about the turbocharged engine is that it is also more efficient, getting up to 30 mpg combined.
Versatility to Love
Most people who opt for a crossover SUV like the Honda CR-V will do so for either its all-wheel drive or spacious design; this model will make you happy either way. The rear seats split 60/40 and fold down so you can switch from maximizing cargo room to passenger seating in seconds. With 39.2 cubic feet when the rear seat is upright, and 75.8 with it folded down, the CR-V has more than enough room for whatever you need to take with you. The new hands-free tailgate makes it easier than ever to access this space, giving the CR-V another advantage. Of course, the available AWD system on the CR-V also helps its versatility, allowing the vehicle to tackle any weather or road conditions.
Protecting Your Family
The 2017 CR-V continues to offer Honda Sensing, the suite of safety features that helps it stand out from the crowd. While more competitors are adding similar driver assistive and safety technologies to their lineups, the CR-V remains a step ahead. Honda Sensing lets you add the Lane Keeping Assist System, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, and Adaptive Cruise Control in a convenient and affordable bundle that comes standard on all but the base CR-V LX trim. Other features, like the standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with its Guidelines, offer a well thought out improvement on competitors’ regular rearview cameras with a single angle.
While we’re disappointed in the LX model, the jump in price to the EX provides more than enough features to justify the price. Reliable, safe, and with enough power to get you moving, it’s no wonder that the Honda CR-V is one of the most popular crossovers in America.