The 2017 Honda CR-V was driven, and the overall experience was pleasant. We can conclude after this test that, just like with the previous version, we are getting a refined vehicle, but there are some disadvantages, though. Mazda CX-5 perhaps behaves better on the road, but the CR-V offers absolutely everything – space, functionality, efficiency and it is affordable.
Honda dominated the US market in the last year, and during this one, it has been even more successful with the sales of the CR-V have been blooming. Because of this, Honda decided not to gamble. The 2017 Honda CR-V has come out on the market with only some necessary improvements, but generally speaking, the changes are minor. The new technologies have been added to this car, and new model offers more comfort compared to the previous version. To quote an executive from Honda: ”It does for CR-V what Civic did for Civic.”
The 2017 Honda CR-V retained its boxy and upright look the original has, but there have been some changes in the design. The headlights and grille from the previous model have been redesigned, so we are getting sports, sleek and slim lighting elements as well as a two-tier grille while the taillights are also new, and now they stretch horizontally on the tailgate. The CR-V is equipped with 18-inch wheels whereas the body is larger than the one of its predecessor.
Speaking of the size, the new generation has grown slightly. The 2017 model is 1.4 inches higher and 1.2 inches longer, whereas the wheelbase has also received additional 1.6 inches. Compared to the Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue or Ford Escape, the CR-V would not probably be your first choice, however, the design is appealing and modern, but we have already seen it on its predecessor.
The Japanese automaker enhanced the interior of the 2017 Honda CR-V significantly. The cargo area is lengthened by almost 10 inches, which is important if you need to transfer additional luggage. The passengers in the back seat will sit comfortably due to an extra 2.1 inches of legroom. The new center console has been added, and it is adjustable. What is great about this console is that you will have the ability to store gadgets but also larger things like bags or some other valuable item. You can fold the second-row seats flat, and you will get 75.8 cubic feet of space in the trunk, which beats the competitors such as the Rogue.
The dashboard has been modified, and a new digital gauge display can be found in the cabin. A 7.0-inch Display Audio infotainment system is also present, and Honda engineers decided to bring back the volume knob, which is located in the left corner of the screen. The Display Audio system is pretty much flawless, and it works like in every other Honda. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, whereas the navigation is standard on Touring trims and optional on EX-L. The driver will have a easy access to the controls, and the front seats offer terrific comfort and support.
The Civic Engine
Under the hood of the 2017 Honda CR-V, you can find the 1.5-liter turbo I4 that is also located in the Civic. However, this engine produces 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, which is a slight upgrade compared to the Civic. The entry-level LX can be purchased with a naturally aspired 2.4-liter inline four unit. Be that as it may, the 1.5-liter power plant is a better option because it offers smoother power delivery, improved fuel efficiency and CVT transmission. The front-wheel drive is standard, but you can add an AWD for extra $1,300 if you want.
The 2017 Honda CR-V on the Road
First of all, Honda did a great job with reducing the noise inside so that you won’t be distracted by road or wind noise. However, if you are climbing uphill or driving fast on the highway, the engine is heard in the cabin, which is nothing unusual for Honda. Secondly, the 1.5-liter unit might struggle at times, but it is the perfect engine for the 2017 Honda CR-V. The car is not quick, but it is not sluggish either. The driver has a complete control and the steering is easy. Moreover, the handling is more sophisticated due to some suspension changes and larger wheels. Compared to its predecessor the 2017 Honda CR-V has definitely made significant progress.
2017 Honda CR-V Price
This is a relatively affordable model, and the starting price is $24,045. The base price of the previous version was $23,845, so this is not a drastic increase, something you can expect to see when you change more than a few things. For this amount of money, you get a tremendous vehicle with a lot of equipment. Although there are some minor disadvantages, they can be disregarded as the 2017 Honda CR-V is a real deal.