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2017 Honda CR-V Review

The 2017 Honda CR-V has a cavernous cargo hold and an upscale cabin with ample room for passenger, and it earns solid safety and predicted reliability ratings. It holds a top spot in our compact SUV rankings and won several of our awards.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample rear seat legroom
  • Spacious cargo area
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Great safety score
  • Mediocre engine power

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Honda CR-V's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Compact SUV for the Money award and the winner of our 2017 Best Compact SUV for Families award and the winner of our 2017 Best New Cars for Teens award. Currently the Honda CR-V has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Honda CR-V Overview

Is the 2017 Honda CR-V a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 CR-V is an excellent compact SUV, consistently ranking near the top of its class. It has a spacious interior, even for adults in the rear seats. The CR-V also offers a wide range of advanced safety features and outstanding fuel economy estimates. We named the CR-V our 2017 Best Compact SUV for the Money, Best Compact SUV for Families, and Best New Car for Teens.

Why You Can Trust Us

We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total ownership costs, as well as expert reviews. We researched and analyzed 23 Honda CR-V reviews to give you a complete picture of its strengths and weaknesses.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept pricey gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside company handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Honda CR-V?

Based on more than 820 listings for the 2017 CR-V appearing on our site, you can expect to pay between $22,000 and $31,700 for this vehicle. Its average price is around $26,400. Your price will vary depending on the SUV’s condition, mileage, location, and equipment.

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How Much Does the 2017 Honda CR-V Cost to Own?

Over five years, you can expect to pay around $20,940 for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 CR-V. That’s below average for the compact SUV class. Those same costs will run you about $23,072 on the Mazda CX-5 and just over $25,100 on the Chevrolet Equinox.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CR-V?

The 2018 Honda CR-V is not significantly different from the 2017 model. Aside from the benefit of a new car warranty and not having to worry about a questionable maintenance history, there’s no compelling reason to choose the 2018 over the 2017. Although the $24,150 base price of a 2018 CR-V is lower than the average price of a 2017 model, many 2017 models likely come with more features than the base 2018 model. A 2018 CR-V with similar features will likely cost more, making a used 2017 CR-V a money-saving option.

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There are other new car options for around the 2017 CR-V’s average list price. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with many features that are only available on higher CR-V trim levels. And its base price is just $23,580. Stepping down to a subcompact SUV, you could also look at the 2018 Honda HR-V. It’s the smaller sibling of the CR-V, and so has less passenger and cargo space than a CR-V. But for the subcompact class, the HR-V is roomy. It also starts at just $19,670. Fully loaded it’s just $26,500. We named the 2018 HR-V our Best Subcompact SUV for the Money.

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Which Model Year of the Honda CR-V Is Best?

Honda redesigned the CR-V for 2017, giving it new exterior styling, a turbocharged engine option, improved interior materials, and updated infotainment technology, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a little more cargo and passenger space. A 2017 CR-V costs about $2,600 more than a 2016 model (on average), but all these new features are likely to make the 2017 model well worth the extra spend.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Honda CR-V?

The 2017 CR-V has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Honda CR-V Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2017 CR-V. A fuel pipe may disconnect and leak (potentially causing the engine to stall and increasing the risk of a fire), and some models have an incorrect certification label. Additionally, components of the power steering system can become dislodged and affect steering assist. Before buying this SUV, make sure these issues have been addressed.

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Which Used Honda CR-V Model Is Right for Me?

The Honda CR-V comes in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The EX model will be the best choice for many buyers. It has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, dual-zone automatic climate control, push button start, heated front seats, an upgraded infotainment system featuring a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The EX also adds numerous advanced safety features such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights. The EX-L trim adds leather upholstery, an 8-speaker stereo, and a power liftgate. The top-of-the-line Touring trim adds navigation and rain-sensing wipers.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the CR-V?

The 2017 Honda CR-V has one of the highest safety ratings in the compact SUV class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ because it received the highest score of Good in all conducted crash tests, as well as a Superior rating for front crash prevention when properly equipped. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CR-V five out of five stars in its overall, frontal, and side crash tests. It received four stars in the rollover crash test.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2017 CR-V. Available safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert. There’s also an available Driver Attention Monitor designed to alert the driver to signs of drowsiness.

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2017 Honda CR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda CR-V or 2017 Mazda CX-5?

Like the CR-V, the Mazda CX-5 was redesigned for 2017. It has first-class interior materials and plenty of space for passengers. Both SUVs are fine choices. They’re close in price and share similar safety and reliability scores. With its agile handling and smooth ride, the CX-5 outclasses the CR-V in driving performance. However, the CR-V wins out in most other areas. It has more cargo space, more available driver assistance features, and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which the CX-5 does not offer.

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda CR-V or 2017 Toyota RAV4?

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes with more standard features than the CR-V, including a 6.1-inch touch screen and Toyota Safety Sense, which bundles forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control. It’s also likely to cost significantly less. If you can afford it, however, the CR-V is the better all-around vehicle. It offers more passenger and cargo space, better safety scores, and higher-quality interior materials. The CR-V also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and it gets better fuel economy.

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2017 CR-V Performance

How Does the 2017 Honda CR-V Drive?

The front-wheel-drive CR-V comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower. Although that’s a bit ho-hum compared to some rivals, it’s adequate for daily driving. All models above the base trim have a slightly stronger turbocharged engine that makes 190 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available.

Honda updated the CR-V's suspension and steering to improve both ride comfort and agility for its 2017 redesign. The CR-V offers a comfortable ride with decent handling. The steering responds quickly to small movements of the wheel, making it easy to maneuver in tight spaces.

Does the 2017 Honda CR-V Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine, the 2017 CR-V gets an excellent 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The available 1.5-liter engine bumps both numbers up to 28 and 34 mpg, and all-wheel lowers fuel economy by 1 mpg in the city and on the highway.

2017 Honda CR-V Towing Capacity

The 2017 CR-V can tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 CR-V Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 CR-V Seat?

The 2017 CR-V seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Its seats are roomy, leaving ample space for adults even in the rear. Power-adjustable, heated front seats and leather upholstery are all available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Honda CR-V?

The CR-V has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats, as well as a middle seat tether anchor. A lower anchor can be borrowed from one of the neighboring seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the SUV’s LATCH system an Acceptable rating, the second highest, for ease of use. It noted that the lower anchors could be confused for other hardware, and it takes a lot of force to connect the car seat hook to the anchor.

2017 Honda CR-V Features

The base LX trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, a 5-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker stereo. Available features include a 7-inch touch screen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, navigation, and voice recognition. There’s also an available suite of advanced safety features that includes an upgraded rearview camera, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 Honda CR-V Dimensions

Honda CR-V Cargo Space

The 2017 CR-V offers 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space. With the rear seats folded, that expands to a class-leading 75.8 cubic feet.

2017 CR-V Length and Weight

The 2017 CR-V is approximately 15 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,307 pounds to 3,512 pounds for the AWD Touring trim. 

Where Was the 2017 Honda CR-V Built?

Honda built the 2017 CR-V in Ohio, Indiana, and Canada.

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