Unveiled last week, the all-new, fifth-generation 2017 Honda CR-V intends to remain a benchmark for compact SUVs with more aggressive styling, an exciting new engine option, a host of advanced technologies, and much more. It will go on sale as early as this winter.
Are you planning to buy one yet? Here is another look at the 2017 Honda CR-V and five important changes and updates to get excited about.
For the first time in North America, the Honda CR-V will be available with a turbocharged engine, more specifically a 1.5L unit with direct injection that produces 190 horsepower through a CVT. Honda is promising refined and responsive performance across the engine’s full operating range, as well as best-in-class fuel economy, although the exact ratings for Canada have yet to be announced. A naturally aspirated 2.4L engine still comes standard.
Bold new look
Completely redesigned, the 2017 Honda CR-V looks way more aggressive and more sophisticated than its predecessor. The highlight, of course, is the complex new grille and headlight combination, but don’t forget the muscular fenders and uniquely shaped taillights. There are also new, higher-grade alloy wheels (17” or 18” in size depending on the trim level) that look just fantastic.
More interior room
The more premium and more spacious cabin of the new Honda CR-V is said to offer best-in-class rear-seat legroom and expanded, more versatile cargo space. Look for upgraded materials throughout, as well, including a new soft-touch instrument panel and more intricately stitched seats.
New infotainment system… and the return of the volume knob
Honda has also raised the bar where luxury and technology are concerned. In particular, the new 7” touchscreen Display Audio system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Many will applaud the return of a physical volume knob, too.
Advanced new safety technologies
Last, but arguably not the least, all 2017 Honda CR-V models with all-wheel drive receive Honda Sensing (Collision Mitigation Braking, Forward Collision Warning, pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow, Lane Keeping Assist) as standard equipment. Additional new systems include the available Blind Spot Information with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Auto High Beam headlights.
With all this in mind, the new CR-V will likely earn a 5-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS in the U.S.