Based on the EX-L Auto AWD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG
All Wheel Drive
142.1 cu ft
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2017 Honda CR-V Expert Rundown
Looking for a great crossover SUV with a roomy interior and cavernous cargo capacity for this class? The 2017 Honda CR-V might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm Edmunds editor Mark Takahashi. And here's an Expert Rundown of the 2017 Honda CR-V. Compact SUVs are the most popular vehicles today. And at the top of that class is the 2017 Honda CR-V. The previous CR-V was already one of our top picks. And this fully redesigned model is even better. It's one of those rare cars that have us struggling to find fault with it. The EX trim is our pick, because it has a powerful yet efficient 1 and 1/2-liter turbo engine. The EXL is also an excellent choice for those who want some additional creature comforts. Among other top compact SUVs, the CR-V's cargo space is the largest and most versatile. There's plenty of room in front and back, even for tall adults. Six-footers would be comfortable back there for hours on end. Throughout the interior, materials are excellent for the class. And there are lots of thoughtful pockets and bins for all your personal items. The bottom line for the 2017 Honda CR-V is simple. You're going to have a hard time beating it with the current rivals. These include the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape.
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.
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When the original Honda CR-V debuted in the late 1990s, its mission was simple: to offer a more compact and convenient alternative to the midsize and full-size SUVs that were popular at the time. With its car-based design, economical four-cylinder engine and sedanlike ride and handling, the CR-V was an instant hit. Priced competitively and offering plenty of passenger room and cargo capacity for most people's needs, the Honda CR-V has long enjoyed strong sales numbers and much loyalty from consumers.
Today, the compact crossover SUV segment has grown to include many different models, with varying philosophies on what constitutes the perfect blend of size, power and capability. While some models offer more powerful upgrade engines and others have more luxurious cabin furnishings, the Honda CR-V remains focused on practicality. It remains one of the best choices available, as it's both easy to drive and family-friendly. Its spacious, thoughtfully designed interior is notable for its simple controls, useful storage areas and exemplary build quality.