Forgive yourself if you see the all-new / all re-designed ’17 CR-V and say “huh”?
In other words, it wasn’t broken…but yes, they did “fix” it….they just didn’t change it a whole lot….on the outside at least.
Inside it’s a different story.
Let’s start with the outside. Yes…it looks pretty similar to the ’16. Honda’s jewel-like headlamps might be the most noticeable change….along with dual exhausts and some minor trim updates.
But the ’17 is around an inch and a half longer, wider, and higher than the ’16….and that translates into an extra 2” of much welcomed rear seat room.
Adults, gangly teens, and children’s car seats all fit more easily now.
And there’s a bit more of a “premium” feel inside now, too. Softer touch plastics and it’s a bit quieter on the road. All welcome touches….little touches that bring the CR-V close to “luxury” status when optioned out in Honda’s top “Touring” trim.
And those inch and a half increases all but take the CR-V out of the compact category….giving it more than ample room for five….along with a couple extra cubic feet for your stuff behind the rear seats.
Under the hood, you’ve got a choice now. Honda’s 2.4 liter, 185 HP four is a carryover from last year…getting 26 Hwy and 32 on the road.
The new engine this year is Honda’s 190 HP 1.5 liter turbo four…standard on EX and above models. Just because you’re reading “turbo”, tho’, don’t expect to be running around leaving long black rubber stripes behind you. As with most of today’s small-displacement turbos, Honda’s 1.5 is engineered for economy more than outright performance….getting 2 more MPG both city and highway than it’s larger 2.4 non-turbo cousin.
CR-V’s will start with a window sticker below 25K. An EX, with the 1.5 Turbo, CVT transmission, and most of the equipment that we all seem to prefer, can still be comfortably under $30,000. You’ll have a 7” touch screen, smart keyless entry, a moonroof, remote start, heated seats and more.
And for $2,500 more, get leather, a power tailgate, poser seats, and an auto-dimming mirror.
We went all-in on our test CR-V and got the Touring trim in all-wheel-drive. This is the one that rivals Acura in terms of content…bringing satellite-linked nav, voice recognition, a hands-free power tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, 18” alloys, a 330 watt 9-speaker sound system….and all the blind-spot, cross-traffic, lane departure, forward collision warning systems available these days.
Total sticker? Still under $35,000. Skip the AWD and you’d save $1,300.
Honda’s CR-V has been an All-Star in one of the most competitive categories on four wheels. The changes that Honda has made for’17 should help keep them at or near the top in ’17, too.