Honda’s best-sold crossover CR-V has been refreshed for model year 2015, and it probably won’t be changed for at least couple more years. This means that 2017 Honda CR-V is about to continue basically unchanged, but latter iterations will likely shift generations.
2017 Honda CR-V Review
For now, though, CR-V is continuing with its pragmatic, and not so inspiring drivetrain. 2.4L 4-cylinder engine is the only one offered with the compact, and it develops plentiful 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Both front and all-wheel drive modes can be chosen from, but CVT transmission is something you’re stuck with. It might not be as inspiring to drive thanks to that, but 2017 Honda CR-V at least saves a ton on fuel.
New, refreshed outlook is certainly appealing to the eye, and people down in Honda know it very well. This is one of the reasons for continuing unchanged into 2017, but even without that, CR-V would have probably taken that path regardless. While it’s slightly longer and higher than most of contemporary crossovers (more wagon-like), CR-V at least offers more room thanks to that. For smaller families with need for space, this comes as a gift.
2017 Honda CRV Interior
As said, 2017 Honda CR-V offers a little bit more room inside than most of its competitors. Cabin is nicely arranged too, but don’t expect luxury materials there. Apart from leather seats, nothing really is luxurious inside it. There are five levels of equipment overall, and three models come with heated front seats. Couple of them get dual-zone automatic climate control and leather surfaces across the cabin, but all options offer a touch screen display with most of available connectivity options. As far as safety is concerned, CR-V comes with adaptive cruise control, forward collision and lane departure warnings which are, however, only offered with top Touring models.
Fuel economy is among the best in class as front-wheel drive models return 26/33 mpg. On the other hand, all-wheel drive drops the ratings to still respectable 25/31 mpg. Prices range from $23,500 for entry-level LX models with front-wheel drive to $33,500 for all-wheel drive Touring grade.
2017 Honda CR-V doesn’t need the change yet, and it certainly won’t offer it. Compact crossover is quite close to mid-size competitors given its available space, and apart from great fuel efficiency; this is probably its biggest advantage. It isn’t the only one, however, as CR-V offers nicely executed cabin on top tiers, and some rather advanced safety and convenience features.