Honda CR-V Touring 2017 Review | TestDriveNow

Honda CR-V Touring 2017 Review | TestDriveNow


When you make the best-selling SUV in America
over the past 20 years and the time comes for a redesign, you can bet most automakers
would take a conservative, evolutionary approach, but not Honda. This 2017 CR-V truly earns its all-new descriptor,
advancing it farther than any of its previous next generation releases. My mother, my sister, 2 of my neighbors – we
all know at least someone who owns a CR-V. Selling at a clip of about 26,000 per month,
it has become one of Honda’s most important vehicles and this redesign will only drive
those numbers higher. While the 2015 refresh was notable for its
advancements, this 2017 CR-V is like Christmas morning; everything’s shiny and new. After years of dull design Honda’s lineup
is finally getting sexier and there’s no denying this CR-V has far more visual presence. Honda has sent me their best example, the
top-of-the-line Touring AWD trim which adds exclusive 18” wheels, LED headlights with
auto high beams, dual exhaust finishers, a hands-free power tailgate, roof rails, rain
sensing wipers and a 330 watt 9-speaker audio system with subwoofer. And despite Honda giving you more, the price
has hardly moved with the MSRP of this trim only marginally higher at $34,595 including
destination. It’s wider, taller and longer with more
ground clearance; increases of more than 1” in all areas. This is key because it affords owners nearly
10” of additional cargo length with the seats folded, so go ahead and put your bike
in the back. And it doesn’t matter that the rear seats
don’t slide; there’s more than 2” of newfound legroom giving the CR-V best-in-class
interior space. The nearly flat floor also means 3 across
is in play for true 5-passenger seating. But just because it’s bigger doesn’t mean
it’s heavier; it’s actually dropped over 100 pounds. Turbocharging is taking the industry by storm
because it most often produces better MPGs with similar power from smaller displacement
engines and Honda is onboard, fitting all but the base CR-V LX with the Civic’s 1.5-liter,
direct-injected turbo-4. Output is very close to the 2.4-liter engine
it replaces making 190 horsepower, but its 179 pound-feet of torque comes on earlier
for better responsiveness while mileage rises from 27mpg in combined driving to 29, still
running on regular unleaded. It’s matched to an enhanced continuously
variable transmission though it’s still nothing you’re going to fall in love with,
moaning its way through hard acceleration. Born from the stellar Civic platform, my expectations
for this CR-V are understandably quite high. And by in large, I’m impressed. There’s a new, premium way about it – from
the sculpted comfort of these seats to the way it drives…it feels less fragile and
far more substantial…like a real SUV. It’s quieter, better appointed and more engaging
to drive. But I’m going to be greedy for a minute. Now This CR-V is a big winner but if the powertrain
paired a bigger 2 liter turbo and a real automatic transmission, well the CR-V would be unbeatable. I’d also rather see a button activated Sport
mode as opposed to having to shift into it which could lead to a mistake. Regardless, this new chassis flaunts a back
road dynamism and premium level occupant isolation that previous CR-Vs have never had. But I wonder, do CR-V drivers even care? The all-wheel drive system is new too, more
capable of getting usable power to the rear wheels, yet another aspect that gives this
CR-V a stronger SUV flavor. On and off-road, the ride quality is very
forgiving. What the majority of CR-V owners will appreciate
even more is the upscale interior, more pleasing to the eye and to the touch. Honda’s full suite of safety electronics
is here in the Touring too, using radar and camera sensors to help the driver avoid collisions,
keep the vehicle in its intended lane and reduce stress. It’s quite advanced and is easily customizable
to the driver’s preferences. The cabin is quiet, spacious and modern with
2 USB ports in the front and 2 more in the rear. The multi-configurable center console houses
far more room than before and extras like memory settings and remote start advance the
premium narrative. The infotainment system features Apple CarPlay
or Android Auto if you’re so inclined and uses Garmin for its embedded navigation. The Honda Link smartphone app adds remote
features and farther reaching connectivity while the driver information display puts
all kinds of data front and center. Still no OnStar-like telematics or WiFi hotspot,
however. Versatility and ease of use are still in the
CR-V’s DNA. The cargo area features a low load in height,
easily removable cargo cover, a 2 stage floor for adjustable depth and remote release of
the seats which drop down gracefully. But how about some grocery bag hooks? You can buy a base 2017 CR-V for about $25,000
while the mid-trim EX is forecast to be the volume model, priced at $29,000 with all-wheel
drive. Honda knows what the American car shopper
wants and with the CR-V, it’s another bull’s-eye.

100 Replies to “Honda CR-V Touring 2017 Review | TestDriveNow”

  1. I have an Escape Titanium and I love it, but this is good! Honda nailed this out of the park! Looks like Ford needs to take some notes and make some adjustments to the Escape to keep it up there with the CRV.

  2. I've always thought that Honda should offer the CR-V with their corporate 3.5L V6. But that would steal some more thunder from the Acura RDX.

  3. Hi Steve! what's your take on CVT Trans? I've read many negative about longevity and reliability of CVT but yet most car maker especially on this segment are offering in cvt Trans. I'm looking at either this new CRV or the new ridgeline. Thanks in advance!

  4. Hey Steve. I really like this redesign. This actually looks more unisex than ever before. I agree. Honda should offer a more powerful engine with the 8sp dct from Acura.

  5. still wont offer a panoramic sunroof…..in the US. Current CRV and HRV are offered in other countries with the bigger sunroof. But deffinetly an upgrade from current CRV.

  6. I always hate that auto makers will upgrade the lights to hid's or led's and keep the fog lights halogens. It almost ruins the look of it. It cant be that much more to make them

  7. Thanks for the review. Love the shot of you passing in front of the "Hudson River Front" overpass sign, and the one right afterward of the spinning wheel.

    As for the car, I'll have to see it in person. To me, these days, Hondas keep getting better and better while getting simultaneously uglier and uglier.

    I also don't understand this right lane camera business Honda likes (Lane Watch). Why not just the usual blind spot monitoring system? Don't Honda drivers have blind spots on their drivers' sides, too? This was a big negative in our research into the Fit and Civic.

  8. nailed it as always…agree, a larger displacement turbo motor would have solidified the CR-V as the (only) go-to in the compact SUV segment, forcing the hand of the other major players…the NA market would easily benefit from a 2.0T in the EX & above CR-V while the LX/SE could have championed the 1.5T…do you know if the HR-V will get the Earth Dreams motor? Is there an HR-V update due out soon?

  9. I suspect that while current CRV owners may not care about better driving dynamics, it will help attract more younger buyers.

  10. I love everything about this car and I'm not usually a CR-V guy. It's just really annoying, because I absolutely hate those digital speedometers… why can't manufacturers just make a beautiful watch-like set of gauges anymore? Like a steering wheel and shifter, it's something you spend a lot of time with each time you get in a car. Make it visually appealing, easy on the eyes, easy to read and make it age well with the car. Strangely enough, although there may not be many like me, I don't think I'm alone in not considering cars that have don't have analog gauges (it would have to be an amazing car or the best deal around to buy one with digital gauges). And i'm under 30 so it's not just an "older-person" preference. To me, it just looks like they are cutting costs by sticking in a slab of a screen behind the steering wheel instead of analog gauges.

  11. I've been looking at a new RDX, mostly drawn by the V6. I see this as better looking in and out. Better AWD design, suspension, center stack (no 2 screen distraction). Would be nice to see what the EX trims feature/look like, don't like Touring model wheels, particularly the impractical gloss black paint. Faux woodgrain rarely looks good.

  12. Another advantage to a conventional automatic would be some towing capacity. Being able to pull a small utility trailer is really useful.

  13. Steve, I cannot wait for the new Civic derived Accord comes out, do you think this architecture can keep the Accord competitive?

  14. This was really a great review and I couldn't agree more with your comment on the change in power train and transmission. 👍🏻

  15. so everyone knows . this engine with 1.5 turbo and CVT is almost 1.5 seconds faster to 60 than a 2016 with the 2.4 liter and the CVT .

  16. For the people commenting saying it's a boring CVT. the buyer for this vehicle is a small family or an older couple. I work in Sales at Venice Honda in Venice FL where everyone is 55 and over. We sell about 60 CRVs a month out of a little store in a town of 21,000 people. This is perfect for the buyers we have coming in the door. If you want something sporty go buy a civic hatch or something.

  17. Great Review!
    I am first time watching Steve Hammes review, I became fan of him. In just 6 minute review he covered many things, I watch TFL/AlexOnAutos/RedLineReviews no one do such great job. Thanks Steve! All the best!

  18. The 2017 Cr-v is a huge improvement over the 2016, drove a Touring to fill it up with gas fresh off the delivery truck. Like a whole new vehicle. Now the cr-v will be competitive for people who shop different brands.

  19. 1.5 l and cvt !😭😭😭I never liked CRV,but this design is great.The engine and transmission…not so much,so big no from me Honda.

  20. one of my hondas is a 15 crv touring and i hate this new one. the hockey stick on the side really bugs me. all that chrome is very gm like. When i trade in my crv i'll be going with a 2019 tiguan Rline.

  21. @ 01:16 – Saw a guy at the grocery store the other day waving his foot underneath the backside of one of these and had no idea what he was doing. It was icy/snowy out and he fell flat on his ass. He had 3 bags of groceries in one hand and a case of beer (in long neck bottles) in the other. He saved the beer, it never hit the ground.

  22. Hi Steve, Thanks for the review. What is the color of the CRV that you test drove. Looks good. I am planning to buy a new CRV and looking for a good color to select. – Veerendra

  23. I also do not like cars with that low load height because of how low the bumper is I've seen so many cars like that around here with smushed in lift gates that probably don't even work anymore

  24. You guys in America seem to be quiet retro with regards to the CVT….it should be the only way forward this is because power is available AT ALL SPEEDS and that is very practical…i have a civic turbo and love the cvt….but for some strange reason, u all want a manual shifter….

  25. Test drove a CR-V Touring right after an Escape Titanium, and the power on the CR-V feels anemic and the ride less sporty. I love it's design and it's awesome technology (the hands off lane assist for 3 seconds is a marvel to witness), but the engine and drive, for me, is dismal and boring. When you mash the gas, the engine whine sounds like you're hurting it. No paddle shifters and a tiny moon roof to boot?? Come on, Honda!!

    I do also understand that it has 50 less hp than the Ford, but I do think Honda made a mistake by not offering other engine choices. On the other hand, the interior volume is a sight to behold for a car in this class.

    I'm so torn. LOL

  26. It's STILL homely. 2017 Hyundai Tucson with turbo and DCT blows the ugly Honda away. The Tucson is SO much more attractive than this ugly grocery getter.

  27. So looking forward to picking up my new 2017 CRV next week. Had a 2010 model and loved it. Glad I watched the reviews too…I'm proud to be a Honda owner. Will never drive anything else again.

  28. There are grocery bag hooks on both sides (aka hooks for a net). You'll see little buttons, push them and the hooks swing out.

  29. That don’t stand behind their product. Have a 2014 and timing chain issue they know about to be faulty and won’t issue a recall don’t buy a Honda CR-V the fix is anywhere between 1800-2500

  30. I just decided to buy this for my mom but then I found out about the oil dilution issue with the 1.5 liter turbo engine.

  31. This is an aggresive look? Still frumpy looking. The crv is nearly 2 tons about the same weight as the mid-sized murano that has 260hp doubling the hp of the turbo in the crv. thr murano gets better safety scores, goes further un a tank of gas and is quicker from 0-60. There is no reason anyone should choose a Crv over a murano! Sume might argue that they are not in the same category. they are both 5 passrnger crossovers with CVTs, but themurwno gives you more luxy, speed and more milesnon a tank of gas. Winner? Xmurano by anlandslide! Sorry honda you need more power and a more reliable turbo that doesn'r dilute oil to compete

  32. Stillnfrumpy looking. It's certainly no murano. It lost weight? It still nearlt 2 tons it weighs as much as a mid-sized murano. But murano has260hp. Murano wins this comparison for me. Murano has better sound with 11 speakers vs 9 better acceleration7. 1 to 60 vs8. And you go further on a tank of gas in the murano. Only murano has surroundview cam, cooled seats, panoramic moonroof. Obviously it has more interior vole being a bigger suv: 108vs105

  33. Honda should be ashamed this compact suv weighs the same as anmidnsized murano. They are about the same length too. For the same weight and length as the murano with 260 hp themuranos the clear champ with the panoramic moonroof, 20" rims and cooled seats muranonoutclasses the crv with its surround view cam!

  34. Just learned the murano at nearly the same exterior length and weight as the crv has more interior volume. I thought hondas were the gurus of interior space, so how can a similarly sized murano have more passenger volume? The crv has more cargo volume so it puts the priority on your stuff while muranoputs the priority on people.

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