You could read reviews of several Honda’s vehicles on our blog but we haven’t written anything about the brand-new 2017 Honda CR-V. CR-V is surely the best compact SUV manufactured by this Japanese automaker. Although it’s not among the most popular SUVs in North America it comes with really great features and you’ll be amazed at everything that this car has to offer.
2017 Honda CR-V Modifications
The most important changes are regarding safety and technology. Many car manufacturers put safety under THE spotlight and so does Honda. It implemented the latest technology and run numerous tests in order to deliver a safe and reliable car. There are also some exterior refreshments but generally, new 2017 Honda CR-V won’t look any different than the previous model.
One of the biggest modifications is the fuel economy. Thanks to an engine with better performances and lightweight materials Honda managed to decrease fuel consumption. There are many other subtle changes and we’ll try to mention the most important ones in the following few paragraphs.
Powertrain and Trims
2017 Honda CR-V is coming in five different trim levels: EX, EX-L, SE, base LX and Touring. Regardless of the trim engine lineup should be the same. It seems that all trims are going have three different options. Rumors tell that a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with a turbocharger, which debuted last year, is going to be the base unit for new CR-V. It was used under the hood of 2016 Honda Civic and it hasn’t got any complaints so far. This unit comes with an output of 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Although this engine is less powerful, it offers a calm and easy ride.
On the other side, the new model is also going to have a 2.4-liter four cylinder with 185 HP and 181 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the third unit which completes the lineup for 2017 model is a 2.0l four-cylinder 158 HP and 138 lb-ft of torque. Both AWD and FWD are available for all trims. As you can see by yourself these engines are far from being the most powerful in this field of the market. However, Honda’s goal here is not to produce the strongest SUV but the one with great fuel efficiency. Exact EPA ratings haven’t been published yet but it’s assumed 2017 Honda CR-V will beat previous ratings of 25/31/27 mpg for FWD and 26/33/29 for AWD.
Exterior and Interior Changes
This year focus in on the interior. Features differ from trim to trim but all models should come with a driver seat which is height-adjustable. There will be also folding rear seats, climate control, and cruise control. Technology is tremendous since 2017 Honda CR-V installed the latest tech gadgets. Both phone and Bluetooth connections are part of the standard equipment and can be found in all trim levels. In addition, there’re smartphone app integration, automatic headlights, and blind-spot camera. The USB port is not a new feature as well as a keyless entry and ignition. LED daytime running lights are now part of every car made in Honda factories.
Six-speaker audio system is standard but the EX-L trim level is coming with seven speakers in a cabin. It’s also going to have leather-covered seats, dual-zone climate control (triple-zone expected next year) and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Roof rails are installed and the steering wheel is wrapped in leather as well. Several trims are going to have a sunroof and rear privacy glass. Generally, there were no surprises here and all standard equipment is there.
Price and Release
The price of the 2017 Honda CR-V won’t go through the roof as you might expect. Pricing starts at $23,595 for the base model while other trims will cost more. Reportedly new CR-V should hit the market by the end of this year, most probably around New Year.
Take a look at the previous model while we wait for the new one.
2017 Honda CR-V
MPG: Up to 26 city / 33 highway
Curb weight: 3,358 to 3,624 lbs
Cargo volume: 37.2 ft³, 70.9 ft³ with seat area
Other model years: 2014, 2015