Designers gave the 2017 CR-V a complete makeover, one that assimilates the new corporate look in Honda showrooms today. The new look is more windswept and more athletic although one can still detect this CUV is a CR-V. Wheelbase and stance have been extended and that translates to more interior space and more cargo room. Up front there is also a new active shutter grille system for better aerodynamics at cruising speeds which helps improve fuel economy.
Speaking of the interior, the new CR-V boasts higher quality materials as well as the latest safety and infotainment technology that Honda has to offer. There is a new TFT driver information display in the instrument panel and a new 7-inch color touchscreen handles all of the infotainment chores center dash with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well as the usual navigation and audio controls. Other features found in the new CR-V include push button start, driver attention monitor, leather seating and steering wheel, rear cross traffic monitor, multi-view rear camera, Hands-free access power liftgate, blind spot monitor, power moonroof, remote engine start, and a host of other items.
The Honda Sensing suite of safety technology found in our CR-V tester includes road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, the aforementioned rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitor, auto high beam, and that new driver attention monitor that detects possible drowsy or distracted driving and alerts via warning indicators. Vehicle stability assist with traction control is standard and Honda also includes agile handling assist across all CR-V trim levels. This system uses brake torque vectoring to improve turn-in response and corner traceability.
Pricing for the 2017 Honda CR-V begins at $24,045 for base LX 2WD models with our tester arriving with a final window sticker of $34,595. Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Add 1 mpg to each figure for CR-Vs with 2WD.
Honda has certainly given the 2017 CR-V a complete makeover. Given the smooth, quiet driving experience we found in this new model they almost won me over to the most popular SUV of the past two decades. Happy anniversary CR-V, and kudos to Honda for what is certainly going to continue to be a winning ticket.