2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Honda CR-V


  • Turbocharged engine delivers a rare combination of thrift and zest
  • Roomy interior with cavernous cargo capacity for this class
  • Rides comfortably yet handles corners athletically
  • Plentiful and thoughtful storage areas


  • Touchscreen can be finicky to use and lacks a separate tuning knob
  • Base LX's engine is both weaker and thirstier than the turbo
  • Optional navigation system isn't as reliable as we expected

Which CR-V does Edmunds recommend?

We're torn between the EX and the EX-L. The latter certainly has some desirable luxury features, such as leather upholstery, a programmable power liftgate and a premium audio system. But do you need that much kit in your crossover? If you're just looking for a practical utility vehicle, the cheaper EX has a generous features list of its own, including a sunroof, and it comes standard with the same turbocharged engine and a 7-inch touchscreen.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

The completely redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V could easily have been a case of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." After all, the outgoing CR-V was still selling at a class-leading clip, so there was no pressing reason to change course. We would have understood if Honda made some superficial design tweaks and called it a day.

But instead we have the 2017 CR-V, a redo from the ground up that decisively parts ways with its competent but conservative predecessor. The styling has gone from anonymous to awesome, led by an aggressive new front fascia, reshaped rear windows and sculpted haunches that convey a surprising muscularity. For all trims except the base LX, that's backed up under the hood by Honda's excellent 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, first seen in the Civic and a natural fit in the CR-V given its ample low-end torque and fuel-sipping ways — up to 34 mpg highway, according to the EPA.

Inside, the CR-V again follows the latest Civic's lead with a modernized dashboard, a digitally enhanced instrument cluster and an updated touchscreen that thankfully includes a volume knob. There's also even more rear legroom than before — not that anyone was clamoring for it — and an exceptional 75.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space that positions the "compact" CR-V as a legitimate alternative to midsize SUVs.

The 2017 Honda CR-V further benefits from thoroughly overhauled underpinnings that reduce body roll in corners without compromising the historically compliant ride. The wheelbase is longer, the front and rear tracks are wider, and there's even an extra 1.5 inches of ground clearance for those who found that the previous CR-V scraped its stomach too often in light-duty off-roading. Add it all up and you've got a strong contender for best-in-class honors. The CR-V has long been a champ in the sales and sensibility columns, but now it's poised to be a winner on the merits, too.

2017 Honda CR-V configurations

The 2017 Honda CR-V is offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. The LX isn't exactly bare-bones, but its less powerful engine, 5-inch display screen and lack of a sunroof mark it as the entry-level model. Step up to the EX and you get a standard sunroof plus a 7-inch touchscreen, a power driver seat and a more powerful, turbocharged engine. The EX-L tacks on items such as leather, premium audio and a power liftgate, while the Touring goes all-in with LED headlights, a subwoofer and more.

Opt for the base LX and you'll get a decent roster of equipment, including a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (184 horsepower, 180 pound-feet of torque), an electronic parking brake, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, automatic climate control, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 5-inch color LCD screen (not a touchscreen), and a four-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Honda's various advanced safety technologies are not offered on the LX.

The EX ups the ante with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (190 hp, 179 lb-ft), remote ignition, 18-inch wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, body-color door handles and spoiler, rear privacy glass, a retractable cargo cover, keyless entry and start, an upgraded driver information center, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver seat, heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Audio, satellite radio, an upgraded rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, numerous advanced safety features (automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking) and second-row USB charging ports.

The EX-L's claims to fame include a programmable-height power liftgate, driver-seat memory settings, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat (though it still lacks height adjustment), a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-speaker audio system with HD radio. A navigation system is optional on the EX-L but not on the lesser trims.

The top-of-the-line Touring boasts LED headlights, roof rails, dual chrome exhaust tips, automatic wipers, hands-free functionality for the power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, the navigation system and a subwoofer for the audio system.

Aside from the EX-L's optional navigation system, there are no factory options for the 2017 CR-V, so the only question is which trim level seems right to you.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our first drive of the 2017 Honda CR-V Touring AWD (1.5L turbo 4-cyl.; CVT).


With capable if not thrilling acceleration, composed handling, and confident highway manners, the turbocharged 2017 CR-V is a multidisciplined competitor. If you're looking for a small SUV that doesn't makes compromises for its size, this Honda fits the bill.


Small displacement turbocharged engines often struggle in SUVs, but not this 1.5-liter. The CR-V is quicker than most competitors, providing good low-end oomph for scooting through city streets. You won't be embarrassed on a freeway onramp, and you won't need to slam the gas to pass slowpokes.


Owners will find linear and progressive response from the brake pedal during both light and hard stops. In our emergency braking testing, the CR-V's best stop from 60 mph took 116 feet, which falls in line with what we expect from compact SUVs.


Steering resistance builds naturally as you turn the wheel, giving the CR-V a sense of precision and confidence. The wheel also returns to center smoothly and doesn't require much work to stay there, ensuring stability on the freeway. A standout in the class.


The CR-V strikes an admirable balance between handling and ride quality. Midcorner bumps and other road irregularities don't upset it, and body roll is minimal. You can confidently snake up a curvy road without sickening your passengers or unnecessarily triggering the stability control.


Continuously variable transmissions often feel strange, but the CR-V's is among the best. Accelerating from a stop feels natural, and only when you really nail the gas do CVT quirks such as surging materialize. Alas, cruise control doesn't manage speed going downhill, which might annoy some drivers.


Though it isn't designed for challenging off-road driving, the 7.8 inches (front-wheel drive) to 8.2 inches (all-wheel drive) of ground clearance means you won't have problems with the occasional unpaved road. Hill descent control is not available.


The CR-V's ride is quieter and suppler than ever, and and accommodations for front and rear occupants are spacious and inviting. You may hear some engine noise while accelerating up the freeway onramp, but the sound falls on the pleasing side of the spectrum.

Seat comfort

The power driver's seat (EX models and up) provides eight-way adjustment, plus four-way lumbar, ensuring a fit for drivers of all sizes. You won't hear complaints during long trips from the backseat, unless you have someone in the center. Alas, only the driver gets to adjust seat height.

Ride comfort

The CR-V is composed and settled over everything. Impacts happen once and that's it, thanks in part to fluid-filled suspension bushings and Honda's decision to stay with 18-inch wheels (19s are optional). There's plenty of tire to absorb the bumps, resulting in a smooth yet composed ride.

Noise & vibration

There are quieter SUVs out there but louder ones, too. You'll notice some wind and tire noise, but the engine is only apparent when you step on the gas — and it doesn't sound bad either. None of it is loud enough to drown out conversations or force occupants to raise their voices.

Climate control

Drivers sensitive to temperature change might have to ride the climate controls, and the system seems to work better at higher speeds. Heated front seats are standard on all trims except LX, but ventilation is not available. Rear passengers will appreciate vents on the back of the front armrest.


The interior design improves practicality and offers a welcome dose of style versus last year's model. Owners will appreciate little tricks such as adjusting the opening height for the rear hatch for tight garages and venting all four windows on hot days by holding the unlock button.

Ease of use

All physical controls are very intuitive, but the touch-sensitive ones can be annoying. Some on-screen buttons are small, and it's too easy to graze the capacitive volume control on the steering wheel. The digital temperature and fuel gauges flanking the speedometer wash out in sunlight.

Getting in/getting out

The wide front and rear door openings provide plenty of head and leg clearance on the way in. The CR-V is a little taller this year, but it remains just as easy to step inside — overlapping doors with narrow sills help. Occupants of all sizes will have little difficulty entering or exiting.

Driving position

It's simple to put the seat and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel where you want, and the gauge cluster is easy to see in its entirety. The armrests sit at equal heights, but what looks like a pad for your right knee is actually hard plastic, which might be uncomfortable for the longer-legged.


Never mind the "compact" part of this SUV's class. Interior dimensions are generally larger than those of rivals, with exception of front head- and legroom, which are by no means tight. Rear seating space is the biggest you'll find in a small SUV. Four full-size adults will fit with zero problems.


Windshield pillars don't obstruct your front view, and it's easy to sense the location of the front bumper. Blind spots are minimal, and monitoring is standard on all but LX models. Rear headrests encroach slightly on the rear window but don't obstruct. The backup camera covers a wide viewing angle.


Solid fitment is crucial when you consider the many storage configurations, and the CR-V does not disappoint. Flowing interior panels and trim inserts show generally convincing quality, as does the leather adorning the seats and steering wheel (EX-L and Touring).


The 2017 CR-V is a master class of practicality. From its enormous and multiconfigurable storage capacity to its many clever compartments, this Honda makes you question if a larger SUV is necessary.

Small-item storage

The multiconfigurable center console has a deep storage well and a sliding tray that's rubberized and textured. It also doubles as a cover for hiding small valuables. From large cupholders to a phone shelf and deep door pockets, there's a place for your and your passengers' stuff.

Cargo space

At 39.2 cubic feet, the CR-V's rear storage space is at the top of the class, rivaling larger SUVs. The rear seats flip down easily and softly, expanding that space to a massive 75.8 cubic feet. A clever, height-adjustable cargo floor lets you choose between a flat loading surface or more space.

Child safety seat accommodation

All rear seats have easily accessible LATCH anchors. The large rear passenger area means car seats fit without moving the front seats. Outboard rear seats each have a tether anchor on the rear seatback. The center seat's tether anchor is in the roof, which can slightly obstruct rear visibility.


The CR-V offers a 1,500-pound towing capacity, which is about the norm for the class. It cannot be towed behind a motorhome, though, which is a pity.


With smartphone integration and advanced safety features standard on the majority of trims (all but LX), the CR-V makes a strong case on paper. Alas, the entertainment system and voice controls can be annoying. But that doesn't matter much if you plug in your smartphone, which is fully supported.

Audio & navigation

Yes! Honda finally added a volume knob. But other aspects of the touchscreen's menus still feel clunky and stilted. Smartphone owners with good reception can get navigation for free via Apple Carplay and Android Auto, which means they can think twice about buying the optional navigation system.

Smartphone integration

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard (all but LX trims), and plugging in this way makes it unnecessary to pair your phone via Bluetooth — it's automatic. But you can use Bluetooth streaming audio if you wish. Front and rear occupants get two USB ports each.

Driver aids

Lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise, forward collision, and blind-spot monitoring are standard on all but LX trims. Collision monitoring throws the occasional false positive during congested city driving, but most of these systems are otherwise unobtrusive or easily disabled

Voice control

Standard voice controls are somewhat cumbersome, such that it's often faster to rely on the physical or on-screen controls. Fortunately, a long press on the voice control button lets you engage the very advanced Siri or Google Voice voice recognition system when your smartphone is plugged in.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Follow up after ownership
I wrote my first review based on test drives. I bought the Touring model, loaded, and even added back up sensors and other accessories. I couldn't get what I wanted in my home town, so I bought it in another town while staying with my Aunt and Uncle. They loved it so much they went and bought the exact same car except for the color! I traded in my 2017 Mustang convertible for it (at a huge loss - 58% after 7 mos.), but it was worth it. The Mustang was great in every way except one - I couldn't get out of it. I am a retired senior (68) and it was taking a toll on my joints. My aunt also has knee problems and loved how easy the CR-V is to get in and out of. They traded in a Lincoln Town Car on it, and my uncle appreciates the large number speedometer. This car has a luxury feel, rides smooth and quiet, and has all the driver assist features that I want of the available ones except for a front parking sensor. It is amazing in rush hour stop & go traffic, great in rain. I expect to have it a long time. I think most seniors would benefit from this car, EX model and higher. I wrote about testing the competition (RAV4, CX-5, Escape, Forester, etc.) and there is no comparison for me. Give it a test drive next to other similar ones lilsted above in the same day! Then you will know where you want to spend your time and cruise the blacktop. For me, CRV was a major standout.
Never wanted a crv
I drove everything out there, mazda, ford, toyota, Hyundai... didnt even look at the 16 crv... freind had one... not interested. Then saw a bit online about the 17... so i thought i would wait till it came out before buying... all the pro reviews were exceptional.. well the day it was available in the us i drove one. And... bought it. I love it. Beautiful car. Extraordinary interior. Turbo is awesome. Technology is kinda mind blowing... love the auto headlights. Android auto works extremely well. Today.. i got 38 mpg on a 70 mile trip... averaging 32 combined. Awesome car. 17,000 mile update: Still love it. Great power, great mileage, getting better than the 32 combined, we will see what winter brings. Only real complaint i have about the car is the exterior. The paint is extremely fragile compared to any car i have every had, As is the glass, chips galore. Have had some issues with rattles and squeeks.. but the dealership worked hard to fix them... at least the ones that have happened... have another one starting...but Still would buy it again. 25k update. Lots of tech issues and electronic problems and squeeks. Most fixable, some not... i guess some of thats should be expected with a first year model. Still love the car.
Mainstreaming Easy Driving
The nice steering of this vehicle sets it apart a bit from the RAV4 and Outback, the other two vehicles I shopped. It feels small when driving due to its ease of maneuvering and parking yet it is large inside the vehicle. The engine is very strong. It has great tire grip and traction in the snow. I really like using the electronic brake next to the transmission, as it allows you to take your foot off the brake pedal after you have stopped. Most significantly, the adaptive cruise control works great on the road and in city traffic. It smoothly follows other vehicles to keep the same space between cars, it brakes smoothly and appropriately when the car in front brakes, it "resumes" (you tap "resume" if you have come to a complete stop for longer than 2 sec) or accelerates and follows after the car in front very nicely, too. This reduces driving frustrations and I instead feel like I just cooperate with traffic. This brings us closer to self-driving cars. That said, the lane assist works most of the time but not all of the time. You have to make certain it's working before you take your hands off the wheel for whatever reason.
Don’t Purchase! Gasoline in Engine Crankcase
Not Happy,03/17/2018
I started smelling fuel in the interior and exterior of the vehicle after 6 mos of ownership. My CRV has been to the dealer 4 times without resolution. Gas is getting into the oil pan (oil dilution). This is a very common failure on these vehicles. I strongly recommend that you review 2017-2018 CRV Facebook page.
Write a consumer review of your vehicle for a chance to WIN $100!

2017 Honda CR-V videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] JOSH SADLIER: Over here we have the 2017 Honda CRV, fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. We consider it to be the top of the small SUV class. MARK TAKAHASHI: That's the 2018 Chevy Equinox. It's all new for 2018, and it's a huge improvement. Is it good enough to unseat the CRV? We're going to find that out right now. This is your first ish time driving the Equinox. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. It's also I think my first time inadvertently wearing the same shirt as you. The power of this engine and the responsiveness of the transmission-- nine speed automatic. Some people might be wondering, has too many gears for one gearbox. My experience so far, it's seamless. MARK TAKAHASHI: It doesn't seem to hunt much when you're climbing a hill. JOSH SADLIER: No. MARK TAKAHASHI: You got plenty of punch right off the line. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: And at the top end, the really tall gears give you the best fuel economy you can. JOSH SADLIER: The other thing I noticed on the way over was when I wanted to hit an opening in traffic, get a quick downshift, it was on point. MARK TAKAHASHI: We are now in the 2017 Honda CRV. JOSH SADLIER: It's 190 horsepower. 190 strong horses. MARK TAKAHASHI: And there really wasn't that much of a power difference between the base engine in this and this engine. But there is fuel economy wise. JOSH SADLIER: Well, that's the thing. The turbo gives you good fuel economy. Plus it gives you the torque down low. It's the kind of driving experience that you would ordinarily have to pay a little extra for. But Honda gives it to you standard on EX on up. Performance. Whack it. Just punch it right now. See what happens. Just do it. MARK TAKAHASHI: That's adequate. JOSH SADLIER: Ah. Maybe it's better. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's not inspiring. It's-- JOSH SADLIER: It's that waiting. (REVVING SOUND) MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. JOSH SADLIER: It's just this, eh. MARK TAKAHASHI: And there was absolutely nothing initially. JOSH SADLIER: That's what makes me think I can't own a CVT myself. On my drive over to the studio this morning I had checked over my right shoulder, and I was kind of expecting poor visibility because of that upward kink in the styling back there. Right around the seat pillar it kind of swoops up. But I wasn't offended by the visibility. I looked back. I saw what I needed to see. I saw a lot of glass. MARK TAKAHASHI: I am pretty good with the visibility in this car. This A pillar isn't too thick. And it's kind of placed far enough away so I don't have to look around it at left turns. These mirrors are pretty wide. I get a really good view of three lanes. Rear visibility is also about the same as the Equinox. JOSH SADLIER: This is kind of the elephant in the room with this particular vehicle. As tested price, correct me if I'm wrong mark, is about $40,000. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's right below. Like it's brushing $40,000. That's a deal breaker in this class. At $40,000 you can get a base BMW X3 or Audi Q5. (GROANING) JOSH SADLIER: This CRV we're riding in cost us $31,700 I think, $31,800. For the price this is a pleasantly nice interior. Whereas the Equinox, at an as tested price of about $40,000, not pleasantly nice. MARK TAKAHASHI: This is the premiere trim. This is the top of the line. And we've got this really kind of cheapo hard plastic. And it doesn't match any graining anywhere else. And it kind of has the look of a child's dinosaur toy. We're nitpicking here. But I'm not nitpicking when it comes to the quality of that. JOSH SADLIER: And also I think the price invites us to nitpick. MARK TAKAHASHI: If we're paying $9,000. JOSH SADLIER: If the price were more like the CRV then, more or less. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. This kind of bright chrome work around the vents. Right now I'm getting five hot spots in my vision. JOSH SADLIER: This is why I'm wearing sunglasses, Mark. I have to apologize to our producer, who prefers that we don't wear sunglasses on video. But I had to put them on because this chrome is like attacking me with reflections. This is the facepalm moment for me with GM products. I keep hoping with each new generation they're just going to tone down the chrome on the interior, because whenever the sun hits it, it goes right into people's eyes. Like why do you want that? MARK TAKAHASHI: Hear that? #Tonedownthecrhome. JOSH SADLIER: Otherwise yeah. I will say the interior design came as a bit of a letdown for me. MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm actually OK with these seats. And they're ventilated. I'm not getting a whole lot of support on the edge of my thighs up here. JOSH SADLIER: The bottom cushion seems a little short. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's well shaped. It's adequately padded. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. I would say overall I'm pleasantly surprised by the seat comfort. There's some firm support here. I feel some shape in the seat, like it's trying to accommodate me. I appreciate that. I would give the CRV the edge. MARK TAKAHASHI: Now we do not have ventilated seats. These are heated only. Comfort wise I think they're pretty comparable. I'm feeling a little bit of a push on my shoulder blades from the seat, but also not a deal breaker. Overall usability in a CRV is really thoughtful. And that's Honda's thing anyway. I mean, you have the conversation mirror here to keep tabs on the kids. You have these nice cubbies that are well shaped and hold everything in place. JOSH SADLIER: The storage is really impressive I think, the way they do this whole center console. There's all these different levels. And there's this tray that slides. MARK TAKAHASHI: And removes. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. I really like this. I am amazed right now, I have to say, because I'm 6'1". My driving position is usually close to the back extreme of the seat travel. This is as far back as the driver's seat goes, and I've got, what? Two inches? MARK TAKAHASHI: And you've got some space with your feet too that you can scoot forward a little too. JOSH SADLIER: Tons of space. I don't know why I would need a mid-size crossover. This is a compact crossover. But two six footers can sit here. MARK TAKAHASHI: One thing that I do notice about the CRV front versus backseats is the materials quality is quite a bit less impressive back here. But I think that's actually a smart idea because you don't want your kids messing up the interior. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. Fair enough. MARK TAKAHASHI: And that makes perfect sense to me. That's easier to clean. It's going to be more durable. Otherwise the amenities are good. We've got two USB ports down there. You're covered. Armrests, pretty decent. About the same size cup holders as the front. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's totally fine. JOSH SADLIER: As with the CRV, I put the driver's seat where it would be for my 6'1" driving self. And my knees are a little closer to the seat back. MARK TAKAHASHI: But you still fit. JOSH SADLIER: Than they were in the CRV. I still fit. But it's interesting. I was expecting-- you know, the Equinox has a reputation for having an unusually roomy interior. I was expecting it to win this particular category. MARK TAKAHASHI: OK. JOSH SADLIER: And the CRV for me wins by an inch. MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm getting a lot better thigh support. I don't feel like they're just kind of raised above slightly as they taper off. I still have plenty of leg room for myself. And right now because of the panoramic sun roof, my hair is brushing the headliner. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. My hair too. That's a higher bench below you. And that's also cutting a little bit of headroom. MARK TAKAHASHI: So it's a give and take. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: We do have heated seats back here. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: Eh, it's a little shorter. JOSH SADLIER: A little less armrest here than there was in the CRV. MARK TAKAHASHI: A little bit. [DING DING DING] Oh. So that beep. That was the rear seat reminder, which is a new feature for GM vehicles to help you remember that if you had a kid back here to check the back seats. JOSH SADLIER: Could be useful. I just think if I'm the kind of parent who's not going to forget that my kids in the back, I might want to turn that off. You know what I mean? MARK TAKAHASHI: One of the big concerns with any compact crossover is cargo space. And the CRV has a lot. JOSH SADLIER: Yes. MARK TAKAHASHI: 75.8 cubic feet. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. Over 75. MARK TAKAHASHI: Which is midsize SUV territory. JOSH SADLIER: Knocking on the door. Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: We have this kind of deployable floor, which I don't know if it really serves that much of a purpose. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. I'm not sure what to do with it. But it looks cool, right? MARK TAKAHASHI: It also has these remote releases where you don't even have to reach in and push down or go to the back seat. JOSH SADLIER: That's very convenient. Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: Very convenient, right? And these big scooped out areas by the wheel wells. How many golf bags do you think we can get in there? JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. I think you get about nine. MARK TAKAHASHI: Equinox. Load floor is flat. It doesn't deploy. But you do have a space for your laptop bag and stuff. JOSH SADLIER: Space underneath. So you can't drop it down like in a CRV, but you can put stuff underneath it. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. Now, there's not nearly as much space. This wheel well's eating up a lot of real estate. Just like the CRV though, these fold flat. But they fold flat really violently. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. Let's check it out. MARK TAKAHASHI: Whoa. JOSH SADLIER: Whoa. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. The whole car kind of bounces. Hopefully junior's not in the backseat. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. Hopefully not. MARK TAKAHASHI: Cause you just squished him. That's still really a huge space. But what's the capacity? JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. This is about 63, and then the CRV is 75 cubic feet. And that's a 20% difference, which is kind of hard to believe it. But still, 20% difference in the same segment? That's almost unheard of. MARK TAKAHASHI: One thing that's kind of unique that the Equinox has is six USB ports. Two there. Two here. Two in the back. JOSH SADLIER: Wow. MARK TAKAHASHI: Everyone's going to stay charged. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. everyone and then some. MARK TAKAHASHI: This also has a wireless charging pad. JOSH SADLIER: That's a nice little bin there too. Obviously if you're not charging your phone, it's the perfect place to put it. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto are standard. JOSH SADLIER: Oh wow. MARK TAKAHASHI: And as a GM vehicle, this comes with a WiFi hotspot. JOSH SADLIER: This touchscreen interface strikes me as significantly more aesthetically appealing. It's a little bigger. It looks better. It responds well. I would definitely give the Chevy the edge in terms of the infotainment interface. MARK TAKAHASHI: This is an improvement because they have a volume knob. That screen's a little small. It's got the buttons taking up-- there's a lot of missing real estate here. It's not a good use of space. JOSH SADLIER: It looks huge. It looks almost like a BMW kind of widescreen display. But then there's 2 and 1/2 inches over here that are not being used for the display. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. There's about a third of that space that's not being used for anything. It does come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. I do love my Apple CarPlay. The steering wheel controls are fine. I don't like this volume slider here. Inadvertently sometimes I'll brush it and the volume goes up. JOSH SADLIER: Yes. MARK TAKAHASHI: Now, one thing I do think it has an edge over is the way they tuned the safety features. JOSH SADLIER: Yes. MARK TAKAHASHI: This isn't sending up all sorts of false alarms and making you crazy. JOSH SADLIER: The Honda system is not great. MARK TAKAHASHI: And this, I know it's one of your favorite features, the butt vibrator thingy, the safety alert seat. If you're kind of backing into a spot and there's an object on the right that's in the blind spot, it will buzz you on the right side. JOSH SADLIER: It's great. No. It warns you visually. But then you get a little warning in the seat of your pants too. And I got to tell you, Mark, it's not unpleasant. [LAUGHTER] Someone coming from an old CRV is going to feel right at home in this one. MARK TAKAHASHI: So we heard a few beeps there from the blind spot. Honda has a recent reputation for their safety features being a little too overprotective, firing off false alarms. This wasn't a situation. But the frontal collision warning in particular seems to be, hrmph, way too vocal about what's going on. Eventually you just want to turn them off, which defeats the purpose of having them in the first place. JOSH SADLIER: Frankly, that's what I do. MARK TAKAHASHI: So we just spent a lot of time driving both cars. And at least personally for me, it wasn't as close a battle as I thought. I am firmly in CRV camp. Josh, where are you? JOSH SADLIER: I think it's a little closer battle than Mark's letting on. I think the Equinox in particular has an edge on the power train front, 2.0 liter turbo, 250 plus horsepower. Plus the nine speed automatic has a conventional field. CVT on the CRV side might take a little getting used to if you haven't had a CVT before. I'm with the Equinox on that one. MARK TAKAHASHI: How important is performance in the compact SUV class? JOSH SADLIER: I think it depends on the buyer. But ultimately this comparison comes down to price. The Equinox came in about $40,000. That's pushing it. CRV, great value at $32,000. I think if the Equinox cost $32,000 like the CRV, different conversation. But as tested, hard to go with the Chevy fundamentally. MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm totally with you on that one. Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below and head over to Edmunds.com to check out the rest of the competition. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2017 Honda CR-V Comparison Review

Our experts review the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs. the 2017 Honda CR-V. Edmunds car experts Mark Takahashi and Josh Sadlier do a side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2017 Honda CR-V. Does the all-new Equinox have what it takes to challenge the fully redesigned 2017 CR-V, which represents the top of the small SUV class? The editors measure up the driving experience, engines, interior, safety features and styling of the two compact SUVs and compare their merits. Watch the video to see which small SUV they'd give the edge to.

Features & Specs

27 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
27 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
27 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
28 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
190 hp @ 5600 rpm
See all 2017 Honda CR-V features & specs


Our experts’ favorite CR-V safety features:

Collision Mitigation Braking System
Brakes the vehicle automatically if an imminent collision is detected and you haven't responded quickly enough.
Lane Keeping Assist
Monitors the vehicle's position in its lane with a camera and automatically corrects your course to prevent inadvertent lane departure.
Auto High-Beam Headlights
Activates and deactivates high beams depending on traffic. Typically a luxury-class feature; Honda includes it starting at the EX level.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.3%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

2017 Honda CR-V for Sale

Sorry! There aren't any 2017 Honda CR-V for sale near you.

Get more for your trade-in

Edmunds shoppers get on average $235 more for their trade-in.

Receive offers from our dealer partners fast.

See your car's value
More about the 2017 Honda CR-V

The 2017 Honda CR-V continues the tradition of quality, functionality, roominess and value that has established the model as a class leader in hot compact SUVs since its introduction in 1995. Redesigned for this model year, the latest CR-V adds a host of new features that are sure to be appreciated by shoppers looking for comfort, convenience and the latest technology in their next crossover.

Still built on the same platform as the Honda Civic, the new CR-V has a longer wheelbase for improved ride quality, while the updated exterior features more muscular fenders, aggressive front-end styling and Honda's first automatic foot-activated tailgate. Inside, the model's reputation for spaciousness is maintained, with plenty of room for all your stuff in the cargo area and more legroom than ever for rear-seat passengers.

One of the biggest changes for 2017 is the addition of the CR-V's first turbocharged engine, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant rated at 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque that is standard on EX and higher trim levels. A criticism of past CR-Vs was that peak power didn't arrive until high up in the rev range, an issue that is capably addressed by the turbo, which reaches maximum torque at a low 2,000 rpm.

The base LX model will still be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, and buyers have the choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive on all trim levels.

Never known for particularly sporty handling, the new CR-V makes improvements in that department with beefed-up suspension tuning, which reduces body roll in the corners, and variable-ratio electric power steering for quicker turn-in and more positive feel. And while perhaps not ideally suited for rigorous off-roading, the updated CR-V boasts increased ground clearance compared to the outgoing model.

The EPA has not yet released fuel-economy figures for the 2017 CR-V, but the 2016 model achieved a rating of 29 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway). Honda says it expects the new CR-V, with its lighter weight and new powerplant, to garner the best EPA fuel-economy ratings in its class.

The base LX model CR-V is already well equipped with enhanced interior materials and a variety of comfort and convenience features. EX and higher trim levels add more premium interior touches, an upgraded infotainment system and the standard Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety systems.

Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Honda CR-V to meet your needs.

2017 Honda CR-V Overview

The 2017 Honda CR-V is offered in the following submodels: CR-V SUV. Available styles include EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT), EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2017 Honda CR-V?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Honda CR-V and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 CR-V 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 CR-V.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Honda CR-V and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 CR-V featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

Which 2017 Honda CR-VS are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2017 Honda CR-V for sale near. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and Autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Can't find a new 2017 Honda CR-Vs you want in your area? Consider a broader search.

Find a new Honda CR-V for sale - 12 great deals out of 19 listings starting at $23,718.

Find a new Honda for sale - 6 great deals out of 13 listings starting at $19,208.

Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2017 Honda CR-V?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

Check out Honda lease specials