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2017 Honda CR-V Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Honda CR-V was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.7

The completely redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V’s cabin is much more upscale than the previous model’s. Materials throughout are of a finer quality, with plenty of soft-touch trim pieces. Upper models look especially luxe, with imitation wood trim pieces. The CR-V is especially luxurious inside when compared to its chief rival, the Toyota RAV4, which has a much blander cabin.

  • "Only the most hedonistic individuals could complain about the interior, which is completely restyled with improved materials and the most modern technology Honda has to offer." -- Truck Trend
  • "Although 'dressier' might be a subjective evaluation, there's much to back it up. The interior is fitted with lots of soft-touch surfaces and is available in two-tone color combinations (black/grey and black/tan), and higher-line models boast rich-looking wood trim." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There are soft-touch surfaces now in places where the old CR-V featured hard plastic. The top Touring trim level, with its matte woodlike trim, elevates this once uber-utilitarian SUV to near luxury status. Plus, the difference between its interior and that of the Toyota RAV4 is shockingly stark." -- Autotrader

Seating

Cloth upholstery comes standard in the five-seat CR-V. Higher trims add leather upholstery and power-adjustable, heated front seats. You'll have no trouble finding a comfortable driving position, and unlike the previous model, you won't feel like you're pushed way up high. There's excellent visibility in all directions, except toward the rear corners. Thankfully, a rearview camera is standard in all models.

Space is the real name of the CR-V's game. No matter where you're sitting, you'll have plenty of room to get comfortable. Even tall adults will be happy in the second row. The rear doors open wide, so it's easy to get into or out of the back seats. Each of the second-row seats has a full set of LATCH connectors to safely install child seats.

  • "My six-foot two-inch frame fits well inside the CR-V's cabin, and in both rows of seats. The driving position is comfortable, and nearly everything is put into its proper ergonomic place, from window and mirror controls to heated seats." -- New York Daily News
  • "The CR-V feels roomier in every direction, and Honda's efforts to silence noise and vibration are evident here. It's quieter and more refined than the old CR-V. What you notice first is the driving position, though -- the previous model's seats felt as though they were perched up high, minivan style. This new one feels more natural, more like a car." -- Autoweek
  • "… 6-footers should fit easily even with the seat ahead pushed all the way rearward. Furthermore, step-in height makes egress a breeze, which is aided further by rear doors that open nearly 90 degrees, far wider than most. Visibility is good except to the rear corners, where it's only fair, though the standard 180-degree rearview camera really helps when backing." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The CR-V comes standard with single-zone automatic climate control, a 5-inch display screen, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include remote start, proximity key, push-button start, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and road departure mitigation.

The base model's 5-inch display screen has limited functionality, but you do get Bluetooth and a USB port to play your own music through the standard four-speaker audio system. Every other trim has a larger, 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. It has straightforward menus so you can easily find the features you want. There are even buttons you can press to quickly access commonly used options like navigation or audio.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are newly available. They let you hook up your phone and use some of its apps right on the touch screen. Pro tip: skip the CR-V's optional navigation system and use your phone's maps app to save yourself some cash.

In the previous model CR-V, you had to use a touch-sensitive slider to adjust volume, and it was strongly criticized for being too hard to use. In this model, though, you get a traditional volume knob to make it easy to turn the tunes up or down. There are also physical controls for adjusting climate settings.

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  • All but the base trim level come with a revised version of Honda's rightly maligned touchscreen interface. It now has a volume knob and shortcut buttons for the navigation, audio and phone systems, which greatly reduces the confusing back and forth between menus that characterizes the touchscreen found in the Civic and Pilot. Unfortunately, the system remains on the slow side, but it isn't so much worse in comparison to rival systems to make you think twice about the CR-V." -- Autotrader
  • "Many members of the Cars.com staff have bemoaned Honda's Display Audio system (standard on EX and above) and its reliance on touch-sensitive panels rather than mechanical controls. Honda has heard these cries and installed a volume knob, and the menus have also been revamped to make them more intuitive." -- Cars.com
  • Climate controls include rotary temperature knobs but a less-convenient repetitive-step push-button for fan speed, and – worse – mode selection has to be done through the touchscreen." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The redesigned 2017 CR-V has more cargo space than the outgoing model, whether you have the rear seats folded or in use. There's 39.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 75.8 cubic feet when they're folded. The CR-V has more cargo room than almost every competitor, so you'll have plenty of room for your stuff, whether you're taking a weekend trip with a couple friends, or picking up a bookshelf from IKEA. The Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 come close to matching the CR-V's overall cargo capacity.

If you plan to haul large items frequently, the CR-V will quickly become an invaluable companion. The cargo area is wide and long, and since the seats fold flat with the cargo floor, you can easily slide in your items. Speaking of folding the seats, you can do it from either the rear side doors or with levers that you can reach from the cargo area. You can also lower the cargo floor to give you a bit more space for tall items. The EX-L trim comes with a power liftgate, while the top Touring model has a hands-free power liftgate.

Inside the cabin, there are plenty of spaces for small objects, including a reconfigurable center console. It has a tray that can be moved around so you can place your objects where you want them. You can even take the tray out to have a large open space that's big enough to accommodate small purses or bags.

  • "At its raised level, the rear cargo floor lies flush with the folded rear seat backs, making it easy to slide long items forward. It can also be lowered a couple of inches to increase cargo-area height. Either way, there's lots of space back there. Just as impressive is the cargo space. It's wide at the rear and includes side bins." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Its load floor is even flatter now, the back seat is still easily lowered by pulling levers and the lift-over height continues to be impressively low despite the CR-V also gaining a considerable amount of ground clearance. In total, owning a CR-V means you can carry more stuff and have an easier time loading it inside." -- Autotrader
  • "As before, the CR-V, Forester, and CX-5 continue to be among the only crossovers in their class that allow folding the rear seats not only from the rear side doors, but also from inside the cargo area itself with the pull of a lever. Not surprisingly to anyone who has driven a CR-V lately, the cargo area is huge and has a low load-floor height (with two heights) for easy loading of stuff." -- Motor Trend

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