The 2017 Honda CRV, what started a new market some twenty years ago has blossomed to this beautiful compact SUV.
Out back the CRV is distinctive with its vertical taillights and horizontal chrome divider that’s been found in previous generations. Unlike those of the past, the new CRV has a set of dual exhaust on the bottom which let the new engine breath a bit better.
Opening the rear hatch with a simple kick under the rear bumper will show a low load floor and a vast cargo area. Folding the rear seats down shows just how versatile the CRV is. Comparing to its competitors, the CRV has one of the biggest interior volume in its class. And with another simple kick the tailgate will close.
Jumping inside you’re treated to these bucketed leather seats that are heated to keep your rear end nice and warm.
Take a look up and you’ll see a beautiful panoramic sunroof, a Honda’s First. Extending over the front and rear seats the sunroof lets in a lot of natural light and lets the passengers feel less claustrophobic even though the window sills are higher.
The dash is covered in this faux leather, faux stitching with a strip of glossy piano black plastic and faux wood. There’s a lot of faux here, but honestly, it’s not that bad. It looks the part and no one would know unless they start touching the surface.
It really looks the part!
The new CRV features a new integrated touch screen system with … what’s this? a Volume knob? I guess Honda has been listening to our complaints and revamped the infotainment system. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it’s just fresh and up to date. The infotainment system does have a bit of lag when swiping through menus however it works as intended and the menus are easy to read and navigate.
Similar situation with the climate control, with an increase of physical buttons it’s much easy to use and less fumbling in menus.
The little 1.5L Turbo 4, is lifted from the Civic but it’s been boosted just a bit more to squeeze 190hp and 179lb-ft of torque. With all that torque available from 2000rpm. This little CRV can pull. Not only does it have power it also has good fuel consumption. During my week with the vehicle, I manage to get 10.3L/100km in the city with the vast amounts of stop and go.
Mated to this engine is only one transmission choice, a CVT. No manual options here even if you opt for the front-wheel drive version like before. The CVT does drone a bit when the pedal goes to the floor but driving normally it’s quiet and the transmission keeps the engine within its torque band for brisk acceleration.
With the front seats set for my 5’11 frame. There’s still plenty of rear legroom. What’s nice is the rear doors open to almost 90 degrees so getting kids in and out from child seats is a little simpler.
There’s tons of space back here, with the addition of heated rear seats and reclinable backrest, it’s fit for a king.
Something I took notice was Honda engineers were quite smart designing the doors. The plastic piece extends to the lowest part of the body protecting it from dirt, mud, and debris. This little piece will keep your pant legs nice and clean as you get in and out of the vehicle.
Overall the CRV is one of the best new car’s I’ve had a chance to drive. With top safety ratings and an amazing new engine, the CRV is hard to beat. With every option checked off, the CRV adds up to $38,090. Though it might seem like a lot a similarly required Hyundai Tucson is priced higher. And with a track record like Honda, these little crossovers are going to fly out the showroom.