The 2017 Honda CR-V is a mid-sized CUV that is the number two best-selling model in its class in Canada. And it is not hard to see why given its ease of ownership, comfort and family orientated versatility. Now in its fifth-generation for 2017, the changes are both in the interior and exterior. With its sleek LED headlights, muscular fenders, fancy alloy wheels and bolder styling that eschews chrome trim the new CR-V is certainly a looker. The interior is roomier with more interior cabin space. The dash panel and instruments have been upgraded and the leather trim and seats especially in the Touring model feel of a much higher quality. All Honda CR-Vs are now fitted with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four cylinder engines that is more powerful than the old 2.4L. Output is up with 190hp and 179 lb-ft of torque mated to a CVT transmission used in the Honda CR-V. Note; there is no V6 engined version of the CRV.
In terms of trim lines, the CR-V starts with the LX FWD, $26,690, AWD, $29,490; EX AWD, $32,990; EX-L AWD, $35,290; Touring AWD, $38,090. The very well-equipped base LX 2WD features two- wheel drive, heated front seats, proximity key and pushbutton start, tilt and telescopic steering, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated front seats and a host of extras including multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. The LX offers 17-inch alloy wheels, body colored power door mirrors and rear privacy tinted glass.
The EX version adds perforated leather trimmed seats, and steering wheel, a 180-watt audio system, heated rear outboard seats and a SiriusXM radio. Finally, the top of the-line Touring trim model, as tested at $38,090 plus freight, added a 7-inch display audio system with sat nav, ambient door lighting, 331 audios with 9 speakers and MP3/Windows playback, panoramic sunroof, dual exhaust tips, programmable height rear hands-free power tailgate, and blind spot system with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor system.
Inside, the CR-V Touring is luxurious for it’s the class, with a large clear instrumentation, a large full-colour touchscreen housing the infotainment system, navigation system, backup camera and, HVAC system. The driving position is excellent with big windows and plenty of head and legroom. The rear cabin is also impressive with roomy seats that split 60/40 via a simple lever that flips the bottom seat cushion up and forward to reveal a totally flat load floor, when the rear seats are lowered, the CR-V can handle cargo loads of up to 2,146 litres
On the road, the re-calibrated suspension set up is noticeable, especially at low speeds where the ride is much smoother than previous generations. The AWD as standard on the Touring model also adds a level of grip and security in wet and less than perfect roads and works well. Real Time AWD” can route up to 40 per cent of torque to the rear wheels when needed.
Overall it is not hard to see why the CR-V’s is so popular. It is easy to drive, own and is very well priced. The base LX 2WD is a bargain at $26,690 considering the level of equipment you get. Not many downsides – you can’t get navigation unless you opt for the Touring model and that’s about it. Claimed fuel economy for FWD models is 8.4L/100km in the city, 7.0 on the highway. AWD models deliver about 8.7 city, 7.2 highway. Highly recommended as a very decent family Crossover Utility vehicle. With an easy too drive nature, plenty of comfort and practicality the CRV is still a great family friendly CUV.
2017 Honda CR-V priced from Base LX $26,690 – Touring AWD, $38,090 plus taxes and destination.