2017 Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V hit the global market back in 1995 and has sold fairly well since its introduction. The CR-V entered the most recent generation back in 2012, but it went through a pretty significant update for 2015 that included an improved safety structure to help bring the little crossover up to par in IIHS crash testing. At the time, the CR-V also received a new, direct-injected engine, new CVT transmission, and some additional chassis work to help improve its overall ride. For the 2017 model year, Honda is ushering in the fifth-gen model that brings even more significant change, including additional interior space and a new, turbocharged engine for the upper trim levels – marking the first time the CR-V has been offered with forced induction of any kind from the factory.

Despite the fact that Honda is boasting an all-new body and chassis design, you’re not going to see a whole lot of significant change on the outside. The car has been reworked to some extent, but it’s more in line with what you might see on a facelift as opposed to a generational redesign. There are some fresh goodies to talk about inside, and there is that new, turbocharged engine that promises the best fuel economy in the compact SUV class. So, without spilling the beans too much here, let’s dive on in and take a good look at the 2017 Honda CR-V.


When you first walk up to the 2017 Honda CR-V, you’ll notice that there are quite a few similarities compared to the 2016 model. To start, the hood still has those muscular body lines on each side. They look to be a little more defined than before. Further ahead, you’ll notice the bottom edge of the headlights still swoop upward and meet the upper edge to create a sharp point on the fenders. The difference here, however, is that the upper and lower edges meet much lower than before – ultimately leading to the hood having a more rounded nose. The inner edges of each headlight unit are now slanted with the upper edge of the headlight existing closer to the grille than the lower edge.

Despite the familiar features here and there, one really has to give Honda credit for managing to bring fresh design cues without having to completely rework the vehicle.

The grill itself looks somewhat familiar, however, there is now a chrome strip that links the headlights to the Honda emblem and the black insert from the outgoing model has been replaced with a silver or polished aluminum insert. The upper radiator grille is now a bit wider and taller, allowing the outside edges to meet up with the lower, inner point of the headlight units. Down below, the air dam has also increased in size and now sports a rectangular shape. A silver or brushed aluminum insert makes up the lower edge of the air dam. The fog light units are now much smaller, sit lower, and are now round in shape. The bottom of the corner vents that house the headlights also get the silver insert treatment.

The side profile is far less eventful as far as change goes. The upper body line and wheel arch contours carry over from the outgoing model. That upper body line, however, does extend farther onto the front fender and curves downward up front to meet up with the wide body line on the front fascia. Honda smoothed out the lower body line, and instead added black body cladding as side skirts. This cladding matches the lower portion of the front and rear fascia as well as the cladding that surrounds the wheel arches. Tying the front and side together is a long and defined silver insert on the body cladding. The fuel filler door is now more squared, and the headlights now protrude from the rear quarters more than before. The waistline itself didn’t change much, but the rear quarter glass takes on a slightly different shape. The rear most point of the glass now sits parallel with the corner of the taillights in the rear quarter. It should also be noted that the roof itself doesn’t curve as much in the rear, giving the whole rear quarter a fresher look. The side profile is rounded off by a set of awesome-looking wheels that are finished in black and silver.

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

When compared to the previous version (left), the 2017 model year gets new chrome strip for the grille, increased air dam, smaller for light units, thinned taillights and new wheels

Around back, it becomes evident that we’re looking at some new design work. The taillights still travel along the upper edges of the rear hatch but are now thinned. The reverse lights are now integrated into the lenses on the rear hatch. The taillights now make more of a boomerang shape than before, with the lower portion of the lens protruding from the rear quarter. The layout of the lens itself is also fresh and very modern looking. The hatch itself looks to be about the same size, however, the lower corners seem to curve inward a bit. The vertical body lines on each side of the hatch are sharper and give a sense of forward depth. The black cladding carries around onto the lower portion of the rear fascia and now includes integrated reflectors. There is a silver insert that runs along the bottom of the hatch glass and encompasses the Honda emblem in the middle. Finally, there is a silver insert in the middle of the lower fascia that accents the chrome exhaust outlet on each corner.

Despite the familiar features here and there, one really has to give Honda credit for managing to bring fresh design cues without having to completely rework the vehicle. Not too shabby, if I say so myself.


The inside of the fifth-gen CR-V is nothing short of impressive. The dash is now wrapped in a soft-touch surface and has been completely redesigned. The outgoing model featured a recessed display screen in the center with the infotainment display position just below in the center stack. This created a weird two-tier appearance. Out with the old, the dash is much flatter than before, the infotainment display is now larger and almost appears to float out of the center stack at you. Honda didn’t say what size the standard screen is, but an Android-powered seven-inch display is available as an option. The instrument cluster is all new and features a TFT digital display in the middle. The HVAC vent on each corner of the dash is now more square in shape while the center vents now sit on the top of the dash and are rectangular.

Honda has yet to release full dimension information of the new CR-V but has said that the cabin is more spacious than ever and it supposedly has best-in-class rear legroom.

The steering wheel is also new, but still features a three-spoke design. The central hub is now smaller and makes for a longer lower spoke. The side spokes still feature thumb buttons, but it appears as if there are more than on the outgoing model. The silver and black inserts on the steering wheel give the new CR-V a sportier feel. Down below the infotainment display sits a dual knob control system for the heating and ventilation. The center console, if that’s what you would call it protrudes from the dash directly below the HVAC controls. This portion of the console almost looks to be separate from the dash (it really isn’t) and is now wider than before. The gear shifter is outlined with black and silver inserts to match the steering wheel and vent accents. The rearward portion of the center console has been refined a bit to offer larger cup holders and a more user-friendly storage pocket. As you can see, wood trim inserts add a bit of luxury to the face of the dash and the redesigned door panels.

Honda has yet to release full dimension information of the new CR-V but has said that the cabin is more spacious than ever and it supposedly has best-in-class rear legroom. AS far as technology goes, the new CR-V can be had with that seven-inch, android-powered display, Honda, satellite-linked navigation, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Other available features include remote start, dual-zone climate control, heated mirrors, electric parking brake, rear USB charging ports, and powered front seats.


Honda CR-V

The new CR-V will be offered with two different engines. The entry-level LX trim gets a 2.4-liter, DOHC, i-VTEC. Honda hasn’t mentioned what kind of power output to expect from the 2.4, but the outgoing model pushed 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. If anything, the 2.4 might get a small power bump, but I wouldn’t expect much. The big news is the 1.5-liter, turbocharged, four-banger that comes standard in EX and higher trim levels. For the first time, the CR-V is getting a turbocharged mill, and this one happens to offer 190 horsepower. Torque figures have yet to be announced, but Honda claims that it – in conjunction with the CR-V’s aerodynamic body – will offer best-in-class fuel economy for the compact SUV class. Official figures have yet to be announced, but Honda notes that they will be available closer to the official launch. Both engines mate to a CVT transmission that utilizes Honda’s G-Shift control logic. Honda said very little about it, but all model should be available in front- or all-wheel drive.

The chassis has also been reworked and, according to Honda, will provide “more agile and confident handling.” Up front, the CRV is supported by a pair of MacPherson struts, while the rear is equipped with a multi-link setup with low-friction dampers. FWD and AWD models have a tubular sway bar up front and solid sway bar in the rear. This should dramatically improve the amount of body roll seen when cornering and will help to prevent oversteer if things get a little funky. Steering duties are handled by an electric power steering system.

Honda CR-V

For the first time, the CR-V is getting a turbocharged mill, and this one happens to offer 190 horsepower.

For now, performance specs aren’t available but expect the performance to be similar to the outgoing model. Zero-to-60 mph should come in about 8.8 seconds with top speed coming at around 112 mph. We’ll update you with official specs as they become available, so stay tuned.


Pricing for this model is still a mystery, but I wouldn’t expect pricing to change much of the 2016 model. Currently available in five trim levels, the entry-level LX commands $23,845. The next level up is the SE trim that comes it at $24,645. The EX trim follows with a price of $26,095 while the EX-L comes in at $28,545. The range-topping Touring trim commands a hefty $32,195. If anything, pricing might increase by a few hundred bucks, but the compact SUV/crossover market is tight so Honda can’t get too wild with pricing increases. In comparison, the 2016 CX-5 commands anywhere between $21,795 and $28,570 while the Ford Escape starts out around $23,000. We’ll update pricing information as soon it is released by Honda.


Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 went through a mid-cycle facelift for 2016 that brought a slightly revised exterior. Inside the center console and center stack saw significant changes, and the overall fit and finish inside also saw some improvement. As is the usual case with mid-cycle facelifts, the CX-5 soldiered on with the same engines as before. However, this isn’t a bad thing as Mazda has essentially struck gold with its SkyActiv range of engines. The entry level model is motived by a 2.0-liter unit that delivers 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy for this engine comes in at 26 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. The 2.5-liter SkyActiv unit delivers 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. City and combined economy ratings are identical between both engines, but the 2.5-liter falls a little short on the highway, achieving just 33 mpg. Pricing starts out at $21,795 for the entry-level Sport trim, $25,215 for the mid-range Touring trim, and $28,570 for the range-topping Grand Touring trim.

Ford Escape

Ford Escape

Much like the 2017 Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape also sees its fifth-gen evolution for the 2017 model year. As such, it comes with an all-new look, two new engines, and a bunch of new technology that finally brought the little crossover that could back into the modern ages. The standard, 2.5-liter, i-VCT four-banger carried over to this generation with 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The mid-range 1.6-liter was replaced with a new 1.5-liter four-pot that delivers 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. It’s a little more powerful than that 2.5-liter but manages to offer improved fuel economy across the board in FWD and AWD flavors. The range-topping engine is now a 2.0-liter, turbocharged unit that pumps out a Honda-killing 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy for this engine comes in at 22 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined. Four-wheel drive drops economy by 2 mpg across the board. Entry-level pricing on the escape comes in at $21,995 while the mid-range SE trim calls for $23,495. The range-topping Platinum trim commands $27,495.


Honda CR-V

At first, I was ready to criticize Honda after taking a quick glance at this fifth-gen model. But, now that we’ve been over it with a fine-toothed comb, I have to say that I’m pretty impressed. Plus, it’s nice to see that Honda finally went all in and brought a turbocharged mill into the fold. It has fresh looks, more upscale interior, plenty of options, and decent fuel economy. So, what’s not to like about it? Hopefully, we’ll get the full dimensions and performance information soon. As far as the competition goes, the CR-V doesn’t exactly offer the best power – Ford really takes the cake on that one – but Honda’s are known for reliability and fuel economy is often better than stated by Honda or the EPA. It looks to me like Honda has a winner on its hands, but I reserve official judgment until I get to see it in the metal.


  • Mild Changes outside
  • Fresh interior
  • Turbocharged, finally


  • Too many trim levels
  • Seven-inch display isn’t standard
  • Not powerful enough to beat out Ford’s Escape

All images courtesy of Honda

Press Release

America’s Best-Selling SUV gains more powerful turbo engine offering class-leading fuel efficiency

Honda Sensing™ technology now standard on EX and higher trims

New Display Audio featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™

More premium interior boasts larger cabin with best-in-class rear seat legroom and larger, more versatile cargo space

DETROIT – Honda has pulled the wraps off an all-new, fifth-generation CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV over the past 20 years. The completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V, going on sale this winter, boasts bold new styling, a more premium interior, the model’s first-ever turbocharged engine and a host of new features and technologies aimed at maintaining CR-V’s status as the outright benchmark in the highly popular compact SUV segment. American car buyers have purchased nearly 4 million CR-Vs since its U.S. launch in 1997.

“The new Honda CR-V raises the bar in every imaginable way, delivering more performance, space and premium content together with higher fuel economy ratings and value than ever before,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “Customers are going to love what they see and what they experience behind the wheel of this new CR-V.”

Bold and Sophisticated New Design

The new CR-V styling heads in a fresh new direction with an aggressive attitude, thanks to crisp and sharp front-end design elements, aggressive stylized headlights surrounded by a wing-shaped LED DRL array on all trims, and wide, muscular fenders. The long hood, longer wheelbase, short rear overhang and dual exhausts give the new CR-V a more sophisticated and athletic presence.

The CR-V’s new windswept front end appearance includes signature Honda LED headlights (Touring trim), a Honda-first Automatic Shutter Grille System that lowers aerodynamic drag, uprated aluminum alloy wheel sizes to 17 or 18 inches on all trims and narrower A-pillars for improved visibility. Adding convenience is a Honda-first available Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate, which allows opening and closing the tailgate with a foot activated sensor under the rear of the vehicle. Available Auto High Beam with High Beam Support (HSS) headlights, chrome garnishes, rain-sensing windshield wipers, roof rails and numerous Genuine Honda Accessories also expand beauty, convenience and functionality.

New Powertrain and Chassis Technology

The 2017 CR-V in EX and higher trims will feature CR-V’s first ever turbocharged engine, a more powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder powerplant rated at 190 horsepower (SAE net) and delivering incredibly refined and responsive performance across the engine’s full operating range. Combined with the CR-V’s more aerodynamic body, the new turbocharged powerplant will garner the highest EPA fuel economy ratings in the compact SUV class. CR-V LX trims will be powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC, direct-injected i-VTECÔ engine, and both engines will be mated to a smooth shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic. Detailed specifications, including EPA ratings, will be provided closer to launch.

The all-new body and chassis design in the 2017 CR-V provides more agile and confident handling, greater refinement, additional ground clearance and superior overall versatility. Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension utilize specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote quick turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) also contributes to the CR-V’s direct and satisfying steering feel.

More Premium, Spacious and Technologically Advanced Interior

The 2017 CR-V also raises the bar for interior refinement, utility and premium features in the compact SUV class. The more spacious cabin, with top-in-class interior space and the best rear seat legroom in its class, features upgraded materials throughout, including a new soft-touch instrument panel and more intricately stitched seats. A color TFT driver information interface (DII) center meter display adds to the handsome new design aesthetic.

The CR-V offers the latest in-vehicle connectivity and audio performance with a new generation of advanced technologies. Available features include a 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Android operating system that now features a physical volume knob as well as an available new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ developed in cooperation with the experts at Garmin®. The CR-V’s Display Audio system is compatible with the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ platforms, giving customers seamless integration of key smartphone features and functions, including smartphone-powered GPS navigation and voice-controlled search capabilities.

Some of the key new comfort and convenience features available on the 2017 Honda CR-V include remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support and heated front and rear outboard seats.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology

The refreshed 2015 CR-V debuted the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, helping it capture the 2015 Motor Trend Sport Utility of the Year honors. The 2017 CR-V further expands the application of Honda Sensing as standard equipment on EX and higher trims, expected to account for upwards of 75 percent of CR-V sales.

Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional new driver-assistive technologies include the available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights.

Utilizing Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2017 CR-V targets the highest available collision safety ratings, including an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention when equipped with Honda Sensing.

The 2017 Honda CR-V will be produced at three plants in North America – in East Liberty, Ohio; Alliston, Ontario, Canada; and, for the first time, in Greensburg, Indiana using domestic and globally sourced parts. Engines for the new CR-V will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio and in Alliston, Ontario, with the CVT being produced in Russells Point, Ohio.

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