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2017 Honda CR-V: A perennial crossover all-star

2017 Honda CR-V: A perennial crossover all-star

The Honda CR-V is the small crossover gross sales chief, and for good motive — there’s tons of inside area, cozy seats and it will get good fuel mileage. I’d wager small crossover consumers worth these three issues extremely. The turbo-four and constantly variable transmission mixture is easy – I detected so little rubber-banding I initially didn’t understand the automotive had one. Energy is ample, and once more, I wager most potential consumers discover it simply high quality. The steering feels faster than I keep in mind from older CR-Vs, and the experience feels a bit softer.

Inside high quality is far improved, with higher and softer supplies. My essential grievance inside is the middle display screen. It’s too fiddly, with too-small controls/buttons for issues like nav and audio and such. Sigh, wave of the longer term, I suppose.

One remaining notice: I’m attempting to get out of the behavior of whining a couple of automotive’s sticker worth, however dang, that is about $5K greater than I assumed it’d be. Alternatively, it’s rather less than the VW Golf Alltrack I simply drove…

–Wes Raynal, editor

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Gallery: 2017 Honda CR-V inside

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My complaints concerning the earlier CR-V had been already minor — mainly, that it was loud at freeway speeds, the doorways sounded skinny and hole and the quantity knob was left off the radio in some type of failed ergonomic experiment. Honda mounted all these gripes for 2017, and threw in a turbocharger in a gesture of goodwill (besides on the bottom LX). The result’s the brand new crown prince of crossovers; should you thought CR-Vs clogged the roads round your native grocery store right now, simply wait till the throngs of active-lifestylers test-drive the present mannequin. For its meant viewers, it’s as near flawless as something I’ve ever pushed.

Since final 12 months’s CR-V want listing turned actuality, let’s strive once more: Honda, ditch the strip of Sim-u-wood® on the sprint (respect the hassle, although) and, on the upper trim ranges, warmth the steering wheel and rear seats. At that time, it’ll be arduous to high. Toyota? Your transfer.

–Andrew Stoy, digital editor

This CR-V is what all crossovers ought to aspire to be — it’s lots fast, it’s spacious and it is virtually with out fault. The 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 and CVT combo is ripped straight from the potent tenth-gen Civic, and it makes for a crossover that doesn’t hesitate to hustle. The inside is well-appointed, with the beforehand talked about lack of a heated steering wheel and wonky fake-wood choices as minor complaints.

At velocity, the CR-V isn’t precisely pin-drop-quiet, however for the cash, it’s nearly as good as I’d count on a automotive to be. The usual challenge stereo system is liable to distortion at increased volumes and remains to be pretty quiet, however that may in all probability be remedied with a click on of an choice field. Even nonetheless, the return of the quantity knob is an indication of ahead progress — err, or ought to I say a wanted reversion — in Honda’s inside improvement. Certain, that slider by your thumb on the steering wheel is ok, however there’s something to be mentioned for having a quantity knob within the place your muscle mass have been educated to succeed in for.

The suspension is tender and liable to diving and rolling, however that’s high quality for a household truckster. It’s not such as you’re going to drive this to your native SCCA meet and count on to autocross it with any success — get an S2000 if you wish to autocross. Total, I believe the CR-V lives as much as the expectations that the majority have for one in every of Honda’s hottest merchandise.

–Wes Wren, affiliate editor

On Sale: Now

Base Value: $34,635

As Examined Value: $34,635

Powertrain: 1.5-liter DOHC turbocharged I4, AWD, constantly variable transmission

Output: 190 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 179 lb-ft @ 2,000-5,000 rpm

Curb Weight: three,512 lb

Gasoline Financial system: 27/33/29 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)

Choices: None

Execs: Only a straight-up transportation equipment, and doubtless the perfect

Cons: Pleasure is not its robust go well with

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