Honda CR-V

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2017 Honda CR-V Overview

The 2017 Honda CR-V ranks 1 out of 18 Compact SUVs.

The 2017 Honda CR-V is fun to drive and has one of the best interiors in the compact SUV class. It costs a bit more than some competitors, but you'll get class-leading cargo space. Its available turbocharged engine provides excellent fuel economy.

SEATING


5

MPG


25-28

  CITY


31-34

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD, AWD

HP


184-190
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Pros & Cons

  • Ample back-seat legroom
  • Spacious cargo area
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Advanced safety technology
  • Mediocre engine power
  • High base price for the class

Notable for 2017

  • Fully redesigned

Honda CR-V Rankings and Research

The 2017 Honda CR-V ranking is based on its score within the Compact SUVs category. Currently the Honda CR-V has a score of 8.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.8
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.7
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 3_5

Rankings

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2017 Honda CR-V Review

By Keith Griffin July 20, 2017

The 2017 Honda CR-V is fun to drive and has one of the best interiors in the compact SUV class. It costs a bit more than some competitors, but you'll get class-leading cargo space. Its available turbocharged engine provides excellent fuel economy.

Is the Honda CR-V a Good SUV?

When Honda first introduced the CR-V back in 1997, "CR-V" stood for "comfortable runabout vehicle." That’s still an accurate description of this SUV’s prime mission: comfort. Today, no other vehicle in the class hits all the marks for a top-flight compact SUV: lots of cargo space, a great interior, plenty of passenger space, and excellent fuel economy with the available turbocharged engine. There are also plenty of infotainment and tech features to choose from. In the base model, you’ll get a standard rearview camera, Bluetooth with voice recognition, and a USB port. Driving the CR-V is enjoyable but also reveals its one flaw: The turbo engine is great around town, but trying to pass someone on the highway requires a bit of planning, as the engine is a little underpowered. Still, the Honda CR-V makes a case for itself not only on its practicality and comfort, but its value as well. In fact, because it has the best combination of quality and value in the class, the Honda CR-V is the winner of the 2017 Best Compact SUV for the Money award

The Honda CR-V has long been a favorite among families, and for good reason. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, space, and family-friendly features, we named it the 2017 Best Compact SUV for Families.

Should I Buy the Honda CR-V?

You can pay less for a compact SUV, but you won’t find a better all-around model than the CR-V. The base model starts at $24,045 and includes a 5-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and a USB port so you can listen to your own music. That price also buys you the most cargo space in the compact SUV class, as well as one of the more comfortable interiors with plenty of soft-touch surfaces. The 2017 Honda CR-V leads the compact SUV class in cargo space, has a high-end interior, and provides abundant passenger space.

The Mazda CX-5’s base model costs just $21,795 and has many of the same features as the CR-V – without the extra cargo space. In terms of driving performance, the CX-5 is unrivaled in the class, though its engine is considerably less potent than either of the CR-V's engines.

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 doesn’t cost less than the CR-V – it starts at $24,910 – but it does come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense package, which includes features like adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams, among other features. These features maintain a constant distance between yourself and the car in front of you when cruise control in engaged, and they improve how well the headlamps illuminate the road at night. However, in every other way – cargo space, interior comfort, and ride quality – the RAV4 pales in comparison to the CR-V.

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We Did the Research for You: 23 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Honda completely redesigned the CR-V for 2017, and we analyzed 23 pieces of research and data elements to help you make the best buying decision. These include the reviews of expert automotive journalists and fuel economy ratings. We will continue to compile data on its safety and reliability as it becomes available.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our experience analyzing and ranking cars goes back almost 10 years. We’re a team with 75 years of combined experience writing about cars and working in the automotive industry. We use our experience to help you make the best decisions when buying a car. Our writers and editors do this without accepting expensive gifts and trips from automotive manufacturers. In addition, the advertising on our site is solicited by an outside team independent from our editorial team.

How Much Does the Honda CR-V Cost?

The fully redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V starts at $24,045. That’s more than you’ll pay for many competitors, whose base models start anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars less. With the CR-V’s higher price tag, however, comes the most cargo capacity in the class and more passenger volume than rivals. Select the new 1.5-liter turbo engine (which is optional and provides the best fuel economy in the class) and you’ll get some modest savings at the pump.

The base CR-V’s cabin includes a 5-inch display screen, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera.

Move up one trim to the Honda CR-V EX, and you will pay $26,695. That is $2,650 above the base model, but you’ll enjoy a significant step up in features. Among the benefits: a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, push-button start, and Honda Sensing (a package of active safety features).

Two additional trims (EX-L with navigation and Touring) can raise the CR-V’s price north of $30,000, but you’ll get features like heated front seats, leather seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat with memory, navigation, and a seven-speaker audio system.

All-wheel drive is optional with each trim for $1,300. Navigation is available for an additional $1,000 in the EX-L trim.

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Honda CR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5?

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 has many of the same features as the CR-V and costs $2,250 less in its base model. It’s also the best-handling SUV in the class. That’s where the advantages stop, however. The Mazda has decent reliability ratings, but historically the Honda CR-V does better. There is one caveat, however. If you opt for the new turbocharged engine, know that it has no reliability track record yet, so we can’t speak to how dependable it might be. In terms of cargo space, the CR-V has a good 10 cubic feet more than the Mazda. At higher trim levels, the CX-5 continues to undercut the CR-V in price. Still, in these trims, you’ll find features in the CR-V that you won’t find in the CX-5, like a power liftgate, lane departure warning, and remote engine start. If you can live with the slightly higher price, the CR-V is the all-around better choice.

Which Is Better: Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4?

The RAV4’s starting price is about $900 higher than the CR-V’s. For that additional cash, you'll get a suite of active safety features that includes pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning system, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Together, these features alert you to potential dangers, help keep you from drifting, improve nighttime illumination, and help you maintain a safe driving distance when cruise control is engaged. There’s also a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system. That’s all to Toyota’s advantage, but inside, these are SUVs built for two very different types of drivers. The RAV4’s interior has a utilitarian look and a lot of hard plastics. The CR-V’s interior looks more upscale and has soft-touch materials throughout much of the cabin. In addition, the CR-V offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the EX trim, something you can’t get in the RAV4 at all. The CR-V delivers much better gas mileage. According to the EPA, you’ll spend $1.93 in fuel to travel 25 miles in the base CR-V ($1.80 if you opt for the turbocharged engine). You’ll spend $2.16 in the RAV4. Over the course of 50,000 miles, you’ll spend $1,200 more to fuel the RAV4 than the turbocharged CR-V.

Which Is Better: Honda CR-V or Hyundai Tucson?

You can buy the base Hyundai Tucson SE for $22,700. It comes with a 2.0-liter engine that’s less powerful than the CR-V’s. The standard features are similar in both vehicles, however, including a rearview camera, Bluetooth with voice recognition, cloth seats, and a USB port. The CR-V has a nicer interior; the Tucson’s materials are lower quality. The CR-V also offers better fuel economy, more passenger space (105.9 cubic feet vs. 102.2 cubic feet), and substantially more cargo space (75.8 cubic feet vs. 61.9 cubic feet). You’ll pay more for the CR-V, but it beats the Tucson is many key areas: performance, interior, and space.

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CR-V Interior

How Many People Does the CR-V Seat?

One word describes the CR-V's five-seat cabin: roomy. Both the front and rear seats offer plenty of space for even tall adults to sit comfortably. The standard tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel makes it easy for the driver to get into an optimal driving position, and visibility is good except out of the rear corners. The standard rearview camera helps resolve this problem.

CR-V and Car Seats

The CR-V gives you plenty of working space to easily install car seats. Not only is the cabin spacious, but the rear doors open wide so you can easily get into the back seat. This gives you lots of elbow room to install a child seat in one of the three second-row seats equipped with LATCH connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had not evaluated the CR-V’s LATCH system at the time of publication.

CR-V Interior Quality

One look at the CR-V’s interior alone may be enough to convince you to buy this SUV. Unlike the RAV4, which has hard plastics and a bland, utilitarian look, the CR-V’s interior looks and feels high-end. There are top-notch soft-touch materials covering most surfaces. Upper trims even add handsome imitation wood trim.

CR-V Cargo Space

The 2017 Honda CR-V offers the most cargo space in the compact SUV segment at 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. The Toyota RAV4 is not far behind at 73.4 cubic feet. The CX-5 has just 64.8 cubic feet. In real-world terms, you can pack almost eight more grocery bags in the CR-V than in the CX-5.

The CR-V offers 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. That’s roomy enough to take your foursome away for the weekend, as you’ll have enough room to fit up to four golf bags, eight carry-on bags, and 10 small grocery bags.

The cargo area has a useful shape – especially near the rear, where it's wide. You can even fold the rear seats from within the cargo area, so you won't have to walk around to lower them from the side doors. With the rear seats folded, the cargo floor is flat, making it simple to slide in your cargo. If you have tall items, the cargo floor can be lowered a couple inches for more space. Upper trims have a power liftgate, and the top-of-the-line Touring trim has a hands-free power liftgate.

Cargo space should not be an issue with the CR-V under most conditions.

CR-V Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The base CR-V gets a 5-inch display, along with Bluetooth and a USB port so you can listen to your own music. You will have to opt for a higher trim to get the 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. It has more features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment system has straightforward menus, along with shortcut buttons to take you quickly to features like navigation (when equipped) or audio.

If you have previously owned a CR-V, you will be happy to learn that this year, Honda has replaced the touch-sensitive volume control with a traditional volume knob. This knob is much easier to use, and you’ll get physical controls for most climate settings, too. All trims have automatic climate control, so you can set the temperature and let the system do its thing.

The audio quality of the stereo in the Mazda CX-5’s infotainment system isn’t as good as you’ll find in the CR-V. Otherwise, the CX-5’s system has sharp graphics and provides quick responses to your inputs. The RAV4’s system could use sharper graphics, but overall its controls are intuitive.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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CR-V Performance

CR-V Engine: Finally, a Turbo

The base CR-V comes with a 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s adequate for every day driving around town and on the highway. However, lead-footed drivers will probably want a bit more power. For the first time, Honda offers a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers 190 horsepower and better fuel economy. You will experience some turbo lag – a slight hesitation between hitting the gas pedal and feeling the full thrust kick in – with this engine. Both engines come mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which you drive just like an automatic.

The RAV4 offers a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 176 horsepower paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s adequate for most daily driving needs but can be noisy at highway speeds. The CX-5’s base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is considerably weaker than the CR-V’s and RAV4’s, producing just 155 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional. As you’d expect, it’s fine around town, but you’ll want to leave extra time and space when passing or merging on the highway.

CR-V Gas Mileage: Not Thirsty at All

The CR-V gets above average fuel economy among the compact SUV segment (excluding hybrids). You can get up to 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with the base engine. The optional turbocharged engine is even more fuel-efficient, at 28/34 mpg city/highway. If you add all-wheel drive to your model, you’ll sacrifice 1 mpg, according to the EPA.

If you are looking to the available turbocharged engine for fuel savings, you’ll be disappointed. To get the turbocharged engine, you’ll pay $2,650 more for the EX trim. However, you’ll save just $50 a year in fuel costs by upgrading. That alone doesn’t justify the price premium, but the additional features you get by stepping up one trim level to get the turbo may make it worth the additional cost. The EX adds remote start, keyless start, a moonroof, dual-zone air conditioning, satellite radio, and a heated power driver’s seat.

The Toyota RAV4’s fuel economy rating of 23/29 mpg city/highway is well behind what the CR-V offers.

CR-V Ride and Handling: Can Handle Corners Now

The redesigned CR-V is both comfortable over rough roads and composed around corners. The suspension does a good job of striking a balance between the two; it stays cushioned when you're cruising but is still tight enough to keep the CR-V from leaning too much around corners. The steering is tightly tuned with good feedback, so small movements of the wheel translate into larger turns on the road. This means you can easily drive around confined areas, like suburban parking lots or traffic-choked city streets.

The CR-V isn't particularly sporty, so if that's what you're looking for, consider the Mazda CX-5. Its base engine is less powerful, but it has much better handling around curves.

CR-V Off-Road Performance

With 8.2 inches of ground clearance, a Honda CR-V with all-wheel drive is capable of some light off-roading. The CX-5 offers more at 8.5 inches. The RAV4 isn’t made for off-roading, offering just 6.1 inches clearance, but it does handle deep snow well.  

CR-V Towing Capacity

The 2017 Honda CR-V has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, as does the Toyota RAV4. That’s enough to tow small loads like one Jet Ski, but not two. To accomplish that feat, look to the CX-5, which has a tow rating of 2,000 pounds.

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CR-V Reliability

Is the Honda CR-V Reliable?

The 2017 Honda CR-V has a reliability score of 3.5 out of five, according to J.D. Power and Associates. Class rival, the Toyota RAV4 trails slightly with an average score of three out of five.

Honda CR-V Warranty

The 2017 Honda CR-V comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. The Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 offer an identical warranty. The best protection in the segment is offered on the Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, and Mitsubishi Outlander. Each comes with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

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CR-V Safety

CR-V Crash Test Results

Because it is redesigned for 2017, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has evaluated the CR-V. The IIHS rates the RAV4 a Top Safety Pick+, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards it five out of five stars overall. The 2016 CX-5 shares the RAV4’s IIHS rating, but earns four stars overall from the NHTSA.

CR-V Safety Features

The CR-V is available with a wide range of safety features once you move beyond the base trim. All CR-V models have a rearview camera to aid in backing up. More safety features come standard with upper trims, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, which slows you down if you get too close to a car in front of you. In many cases, the system will stop the vehicle, but it is not intended to apply enough braking force to prevent all collisions. There's also a collision mitigation system, which can distinguish between inanimate objects and people, alert you if it senses a potential collision, and apply the brakes if you don't respond. Another enhanced safety feature is called Driver Attention Monitor, that will alert you if you become drowsy.

Lane keep assist steers the vehicle to keep you between the lines if you start to drift. The CR-V's lane keep assist can recognize even poorly painted lane lines, and when it provides steering corrections, it does so smoothly. You also get blind spot monitoring that notifies you if there's a vehicle in the lane next to you, so you don't merge into the other car's path.

The RAV4 offers more standard safety features than the CR-V in its base model. In addition to a rearview camera, the Toyota has pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control as standard. These work together to detect objects and alert you to potential collisions, keep you from drifting out of your lane, improve how much of the road you see at night, and help you maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you when cruise control is activated. Hill-start assist is also standard. It keeps you from rolling back when you shift from brake to accelerator while sitting on an incline. The CX-5 lacks driver assistance features in the base 2016 model, but a rearview camera is standard in the 2016.5 CX-5 (the mid-year refresh of the 2016 model). Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning with low-speed automatic braking are available as options.

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Which Honda CR-V Model Is Right for Me?

The Honda CR-V comes in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The EX trim level is the best choice. For an additional $2,650 over the base model, the EX trim delivers a fuel-efficient turbo four-cylinder engine (a first in the CR-V), the Driver Attention Monitor to alert you if you become drowsy, a suite of driver assistance technologies, and an upscale infotainment center, among many other features.

All-wheel drive is available in any of the trims for $1,300 more. You can add navigation to the EX-L model for $1,000. Here’s a detailed look at each of the Honda CR-V models.

Honda CR-V LX

The fully redesigned CR-V starts at $24,045 with the base LX trim. The CR-V LX comes standard with a 2.0-liter 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a CVT, front-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, single-zone automatic climate control, a 5-inch display screen, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera.

Honda CR-V EX

The $26,695 EX trim gets you a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, remote start, a proximity key, push-button start, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, road departure mitigation, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Honda CR-V EX-L

Priced at $29,195, the EX-L trim adds leather upholstery, a four-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, and a power liftgate.

Honda CR-V Touring

The $32,395 Touring trim tops the lineup. With this model, you’ll get all the previous features, plus navigation, a nine-speaker premium audio system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, roof rails, and a hands-free power liftgate.

Where Is the Honda CR-V Made?

The 2017 Honda CR-V models for North America are manufactured at Honda plants in East Liberty, Ohio; Greensburg, Indiana; and Alliston, Ontario, Canada, using local and globally sourced parts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 70 percent of the CR-V is manufactured with parts from North America.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2017 Honda CR-V is the right choice for a compact SUV. True, it isn’t as much fun to drive as the Mazda CX-5, and the RAV4 comes with more standard safety features. Still, no other vehicle in the compact SUV class hits all the marks most people are looking for in this type of ride: an upscale, comfortable interior; a smooth ride; superior cargo space; good gas mileage; and good reliability. Its base price is higher than some competitors, but the CR-V EX trim provides as many features as the CX-5 and RAV4, while adding more cargo and passenger space. If you can afford just a little bit more, the CR-V returns a whole lot.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The competition better bring it big time if it has any hope of making a major dent in the CR-V's dominant market position, one Honda just solidified further with its impressive new model." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Naturally, at-the-limit performance isn't what the CR-V or its competitors are all about. These compact CUVs are aimed straight at young couples and families who want more utility than most sedans can offer. And in that role, the CR-V is the best of its breed. It's roomy, comfortable, and efficient – all qualities that make us think the 2017 CR-V will stay perched atop the best-selling crossover column for quite some time." -- Autoblog
  • "From a bang-for-the-buck perspective, it's not easy to find another crossover in this segment that checks off as many boxes with such a polished, refined and respected product. From well-engineered driving dynamics to innovative engine technology and class-leading safety equipment (Honda expects top crash-test ratings), this family-oriented vehicle seems to offer it all." -- New York Daily News
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