2017 Honda CR-V Review

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2017 Honda CR-V Overview

Shopping for a compact crossover has become more difficult in the past few years, thanks to the increase in models offered. Some crossovers bring excellent off-road capabilities, others boast sporty handling, impressive interior appointments, an extensive range of engines, or unique technology features. But some prospective buyers just want a compact crossover that can handle the daily grind with no fuss, and that’s where the Honda CR-V excels. For many years, the CR-V has topped sales charts with just the right combination of comfort, utility, and reliability. Under the pressure of fresh competition, however, Honda decided it was time to redesign the CR-V for the 2017 model year.

The CR-V’s exterior exudes personality with a bold new hexagonal grille and redesigned headlights, which are LEDs at the top Touring trim level. Along the side are more robust fenders, and the back features a reshaped tailgate and new taillights. Standard wheel size ranges from 17 to 18 inches.

The updated interior of the CR-V comes with an instrument cluster and steering wheel like those in the Civic. A revised center stack features a simple climate-control system and an infotainment system with an actual volume knob and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Honda has also added soft-touch materials to the dash and more intricately stitched upholstery for the seats.

The 2017 CR-V rides on a wheelbase that’s 1.6 inches longer than the previous version’s. This extra length, along with an improved interior layout, makes the CR-V more spacious for passengers and cargo. Rear-seat passengers will find more leg- and headroom, and trunk space has increased from 37.2 to 39 cubic feet. Cargo-space measurements for the 2017 CR-V with the rear seats folded have not yet been released, but they should be an improvement over the 70.9 cubic feet of the 2016 model.

One key change for the CR-V is the availability of two different engines. The base LX trim receives a retuned version of the 2016 CR-V’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, with power figures standing at 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. EX trims and above get a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine taken from the Civic and tweaked to produce 190 hp and 179 lb-ft. Both engines come with a continuously variable transmission and the choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).

Other than a reversing camera, the CR-V’s LX trim has very little in the way of active safety equipment. EX and higher trims, though, will include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and the Honda Sensing suite with adaptive cruise control, collision-mitigation braking, lane-keeping assist, and road-departure mitigation. A set of airbags, antilock brakes (ABS), and traction and stability control will also be standard across the range.

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Ask William Maley how he started as an automotive writer and he would say he just fell into it. Based in Michigan, William has driven vehicles of all sizes and shapes. His work has appeared on Autobytel, CARFAX, Cheers & Gears, and U.S. News Best Cars.

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