Honda is constantly, every four years, releasing a new generation of its compact crossover the CR-V. That may be one of the reasons why sales of this model are on the constant rise. In 2015 Honda set a record number of sales, 345.647 of sold CR-V’s to be exact. That number could be a little lower in 2016 because new, fifth generation is prepared for 2017 model years. Well, is it worth waiting for a new model? Well yes, 2017 Honda CR-V has a pack of changes and improvements, so even if sales go a little down, we expect that they will skyrocket in 2017.
2017 Honda CR-V – Design
When we talk about the new model, the first thing we need to mention is that it will be longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. It’s riding on a new platform that is shared with Civic which is also modified to offer AWD. When speaking of the exterior, not much has changed. The hood is longer and grille has more chrome elements. Daytime LED running lights come on all trim levels, while LED headlights are offered on upper trims. Maybe more important to say that grille has automatic shutter system (first by Honda) to decrease aerodynamic drag. The A-pillars are also thinner to increase visibility from the cockpit.
Let’s get back to the platform. We already said that 2017 Honda CR-V is bigger. To be exact it’s longer for 1.2 inches longer, 1.4 inches wider and taller, but the wheelbase is longer for 1.6 inches. Thanks to that interior space will be larger. But later on that. We also forgot to mention that Honda added hands-free power tailgate, which is, of course, activated foot sensor.
2017 Honda CR-V – Interior
As for the interior, before we say anything else, we must say that one crucial thing has returned in 2017 Honda CR-V. Even the most luxurious models like Volvo S90 which have biggest touchscreens in the dashboard which they add controls for almost every aspect of the car, they usually retain the volume knob due to being practical. And Honda is returning it. That might not be a big news, it’s really something worth mentioning. So, to get back on topic, due to the longer wheelbase, and better packaging of the interior, occupants in the rear seat will enjoy 2.1-inch more legroom, to come to a total of 40.4 inches. As for the space in cargo, it’s also increased by 2 cubic feet, for a total of 39.2. And that’s without folding the rear seats.
The instrument panel gets two new screens. One is the 7-inch touchscreen in the middle, while behind the steering wheel there is a colorful interface. Garmin navigation system is also new, while also added are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Those are working with the audio system and are voice-activated. Also available are dual-zone climatic control, electronic parking brake, remote start and USB ports for rear occupants. Seats are heated and ventilated, while on higher trim levels you’ll have them in leather.
2017 Honda CR-V – Turbocharged
Depending on the trim selection and there are four (LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring), you at your disposable will have two engines. First, that comes with LX trim is 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. It produces 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. But on all others, and this is the big news, you’ll have Honda’s new 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which we first saw on Civic. Although small volume, this engine is more pumped for 2017 Honda CR-V to produce 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Even with EPA rating not yet available, car manufacturer said it will have favorable fuel consumption. As for sending power to the wheels, it will be through CVT, no manual transmission is available.
2017 Honda CR-V – Safety And Price
When it comes to safety, Honda managed to greatly improve the safety of CR-V in 2015 and 2016 and receive Top Safety Pick+ awards from the IIHS. Even with raising the bar in crash tests, we don’t think that 2017 Honda CR-V will have any problem. We won’t have to wait for too much since sales of this SUV will start in December this year. Crash test ratings will soon follow. As for the price, it is expected to be higher, probably around $25.000 for the base model.