The quiet achiever
We Like: Its competence, equipment levels, and safety features
We Don’t Like: The heavy-handed exterior design
The Honda CR-V is bigger and more substantial than the model it replaces, a perception reinforced by exterior styling that is a touch heavy-handed. Inside, it’s a different story. “This is about the swankiest interior ever seen on the CR-V,” technical director Frank Markus said. Swanky and practical, with a ton of storage room and useful touches such as USB ports for the rear seat passengers.
Two engines are available, both of which drive through a CVT. The entry-level LX is powered by the 184-hp, 180-lb-ft 2.4-liter naturally aspirated inline-four carried over from the previous generation. The EX, EX-L, and Touring models get a new 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four, which develops 190 hp and 179 lb-ft. The CVT works beautifully with the new engine, keeping it humming right where the torque curve is fattest and ensuring good response.
On the road, the CR-V chassis is consistent and predictable. The steering is light but accurate and the ride tightly controlled, keeping the CR-V confidently planted through corners. “I’m impressed by how quickly this Honda is capable of going down a canyon road,” Scott Evans said.
The new CR-V is a thoughtfully executed crossover. It has space for your stuff. It won’t punish you at the gas pump. It keeps you safe out on the road. The Honda Sensing driver assistance system—which includes lane keeping assist, active cruise control, and collision prevention and is fitted to all models apart from the base LX—leads the segment. And it’s even fun to drive when you want it to be.
|2017 Honda CR-V AWD Touring|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$34,635|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV|
|ENGINE||1.5L/190-hp/179-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|TRANSMISSION||Cont variable auto|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3,481 lb (57/43%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||180.6 x 73.0 x 66.5 in|
|0-60 MPH||7.5 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||15.9 sec @ 88.4 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||129 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.79 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||28.0 sec @ 0.61 g (avg)|
|REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB||21.9/34.2/26.1 mpg|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||27/33/29 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||125/102 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.66 lb/mile|