Under the Hood: 2017 Honda CR-V

Crossover cars have flooded the market in recent years. People nowadays prefer crossovers over sedans, SUVs, and especially minivans. So, what is so intriguing about crossovers that have made them so widely popular and why do so many people desire them?

Crossovers or CUVs are tucked somewhere between a luxurious mid-size sedan, and a huge and bulky SUV. Crossovers offer various features that can be found in sedans or SUVs. Crossovers and SUVs fall in the same category, but what sets them apart is the fact that SUVs are built on the chassis of a truck while crossovers inherit the chassis from a mid-size sedan.

There are a number of crossovers in the market, especially in the last five years. To cater to the demand of this newly arising class, Honda launched a highly practical and beautifully designed crossover that has now become the most successful crossover in the world.

The 2017 Honda CR-V is not just the best-in-class crossover, but has also become Honda’s best-selling car of the year. In fact, the CR-V has put Accord and Civic — Honda’s best-selling cars for decades — in the shade.

The all-new 2017 Honda CR-V offers you almost everything you could want from a crossover, including speed, road grip, AWD for off-road driving, great mileage, looks, highly level of comfort, significantly spacious with good amount of cargo space, high-tech advanced features, and luxury.

If you are considering the 2017 Honda CR-V, here is everything you need to know about this crossover.

Interior

Honda has placed emphasis on the vehicle’s interior, as it is not only highly practical, but also has a modern look. The CR-V seats up to five passengers and provides sufficient head and legroom. Along with the space, the vehicle offers extremely comfortable seats to ensure the driver and all the passengers have a smooth and comfortable drive. Higher trim models offer cutting-edge and practical seats with features like heating and auto-adjusting. You can also enjoy premium-class leather seats instead of cloth seats if you go for the top tier models.

When it comes to the cargo space, the 2017 CR-V offers a perfect capacity. The hatch in the back, when opened, reveals a storage area far bigger than what most of its rival cars offer. It does not matter if you go grocery shopping or on a long road trip, since the huge cargo space offers you plenty of space to store all the essentials. If you want more space, you can fold the back seats by simply pulling a lever.

All the buttons and keys are located in the right place, so it is convenient for both the driver and passenger to control the volume, navigation, and temperature settings. The steering wheel also has a couple of functions and options, making it easier for the driver to control the infotainment system while driving. Speaking of the infotainment system, it is compatible with both Apple and Android devices, allowing you to stream the music of your choice from any device you use. The premium music system features nine speakers and one subwoofer, ensuring optimal sound quality.

Like all its vehicles, Honda has focused on safety when it comes to the CR-V. The car features I-SRS airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control. The dash is made of high quality and commercial-grade plastic and features wooden panels. The 5-inch display in the center not only adds to the beauty of the interior, but is also quite useful. The gauge cluster of this crossover looks somewhat like that of a supercar, giving you that sporty feel.

Exterior

Honda has redesigned the CR-V to make it not only more stylish, but also more aerodynamic than its predecessor. This small SUV will help you make a bold entrance on the roads. The vehicle has been brilliantly designed with a modern and aesthetically pleasing look. The sharp and sleek design makes the CR-V look not only futuristic, but also quite sporty and mean. The headlights come with stretched daytime running LED lights, which add to the beauty of the car.

All models come with high quality alloy rims. Apart from this, the chrome grille and lining on the windows offer an executive look. While the overall look of the car is great, the rear lights are still shaped weirdly, but are still better than its predecessor. Honda has also increased ground clearance for 2017 CR-V by 1.5 inches for both AWD and FWD models, ensuring better road grip and stability.

Features

  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • 5-inch display
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • LED day-time running lights
  • Tinted glass for privacy
  • I-SRS airbags
  • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control
  • Four-wheel anti-lock braking system and electronic brake-force distribution
  • Heated seats
  • Push button start
  • Remote engine starter
  • Android/Apple supported infotainment system
  • USB ports (EX and higher trims)
  • Premium quality music system with nine speakers including one subwoofer (Touring)
  • Power rear lift-gate

Engine Specs and Prices

The 2017 Honda CR-V comes in four different models – LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Some of these models come in both AWD and FWD variants so there is a little something for everyone.

Trim Engine Specifications Mileage MSRP
LX (FWD) 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine.

184 Horsepower @ 6400 rpm

26 mpg (city)

32 mpg (highway)

$24,045
LX (AWD) 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine

184 Horsepower @ 6400 rpm

25 mpg (city)

31 mpg (highway)

$25,345
EX (FWD) 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, Turbocharged DOHC engine with Direct Injection

190 Horsepower @ 5600 rpm

28 mpg (city)

34 mpg (highway)

$26,795
EX (AWD) 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, Turbocharged DOHC engine with Direct Injection

190 Horsepower @ 5600 rpm

27 mpg (city)

33 mpg (highway)

$28,095
EX-L (FWD) 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, Turbocharged DOHC engine with Direct Injection

190 Horsepower @ 5600 rpm

28 mpg (city)

34 mpg (highway)

$29,295
EX-L (AWD) 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, Turbocharged DOHC engine with Direct Injection

190 Horsepower @ 5600 rpm

27 mpg (city)

33 mpg (highway)

$30,595
Touring (FWD) 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, Turbocharged DOHC engine with Direct Injection

190 Horsepower @ 5600 rpm

28 mpg (city)

34 mpg (highway)

$32,495
Touring (AWD) 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, Turbocharged DOHC engine with Direct Injection

190 Horsepower @ 5600 rpm

27 mpg (city)

33 mpg (highway)

$33,795

 

Pros:

  • Spacious
  • Luxurious
  • Quiet cabin
  • Great stability
  • Excellent high-tech features
  • Modern looks
  • Wide body
  • Affordable
  • Practical
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Comfortable
  • Good resale value
  • Turbo

Cons:

  • Not great visibility
  • Most high-tech features are exclusive to higher-end trims
  • Faulty key-less entry system often requires repairing
  • Slow gear shifting

Conclusion

The 2017 Honda CR-V is an amazing vehicle that also provides a great off-road experience similar to powerful SUVs and saves fuel like efficient mid-size sedans. Moreover, it soldiers on with a highly powerful engine and comes packed with a number of excellent features. Therefore, if you are looking for a crossover, the 2017 Honda CR-V is the answer for you.