The Honda CR-V is currently in its fifth generation. The 2017 model was given a drastic redesign and offers improvements in fuel economy, power, size, and a new suite of safety features. The CR-V has also been given a much more aggressive and confident exterior style and an overall nicely enhanced interior.
The base LX model comes standard with automatic climate control, a backup camera, cruise control, and a 5” color screen display with Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The EX model and above will also include a power drivers seat, dual-zone climate control, moonroof, push-button start, heated front seats, and a 7” display audio-infotainment system that’s Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible. Ex and above are also offered Hondas Sensing Safety Suite. Honda Sensing bundles accident-avoiding features such as collision-mitigation braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring (which replaces the LaneWatch system).
The base CR-V LX is fitted with a 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, carried over from the 2016 model. But the EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels sport a 1.5-liter turbo engine with 190 hp. Both engines are coupled with a CVT automatic transmission that has a sport mode for added responsiveness. The new CR-V is rated to tow 1,500 pounds with either engine, which is not bad for a compact SUV.
The CRV has been given a 7” lift off the ground. Combined with AWD, this is great news for those of us who deal with the extreme weather of all four seasons. Not only is the CR-V taller, it appears to have spent the entirety of 2016 in the gym. The body has been given a sumptuous hourglass figure with clearly defined muscles wrapped around the hood and rear. Hondas unique Active Shutter Grille nicely compliments the redesigned fascia whilst increasing aero-dynamicity.
The interior of the CR-V is nearly unrecognizable. Plasticky looking surfaces have been replaced with more sophisticated materials, and the outdated interface system has been given an upgrade. The layout is much more ergonomic, resulting in better aesthetic and a more spacious looking cabin. The previous CR-Vs cabin space was already leagues above its competitors, and yet Honda has increased the cargo carrying capacity to 40 cubic ft or nearly 76 with the seats folded, and legroom is currently at a lofty 40 inches.