2017 Honda CR-V review – Roadshow – CNET – CNET

Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2016

Instead of joining pals on an impromptu trip to Mexico to watch the Baja 1000 after the Los Angeles Auto Show, I was sick, cruising in the 2017 Honda CR-V to the only place I knew would make me feel better: Mom’s house.

2017 Honda CR-V

Notice that even in profile, the 2017 CR-V has more artfully sculpted bodywork.


If you’ve ever tried to negotiate traffic while sick, you’ll understand my pain. The miles tend to creep by ever so slowly as you gingerly move from gas to brake and back again. But I had a secret weapon this time. This new CR-V arrived with low-speed adaptive cruise control. I just let the car do the work while I concentrated on not throwing up, looking forward to Mom taking care of me in the comfort of my childhood bedroom.

This is what driver-assistance technology is made for.

The CR-V has been one of America’s best-selling SUVs for the past twenty years. Look around, and you’re sure to see more than one of the four-million units sold since its debut in 1997.

Now in its fifth generation, Honda has given us a brand-new CR-V, and none too soon, as the previous model was looking, well, a bit long in the tooth.

All new, all the time

Just looking at the 2017 CR-V, with its distinctive new rear fascia, sharply flared fenders and a sculpted hood, is a delight. The fifth generation gets available LED lights all around, a longer wheelbase and larger wheels. Design is subjective, but the new additions add up to a much sleeker and more sophisticated design than the outgoing generation.


Total cargo space is up, too.


A crossover is only as good as its cargo area, and here Honda introduces a nifty new feature. A kick-operated power tailgate is available, and it has a user-defined height feature, so if you’re vertically challenged or maybe your garage has a low ceiling, you can program the tailgate to open at lower than maximum height.

Inside, the CR-V goes beyond boasting legroom for rear passengers — it has a whopping 10 inches of additional linear cargo space with the rear seats folded down. Total cargo is up to 75.8 cubic feet, an increase from 70.9 in the 2016 model. That beats the pants off the current Mazda CX-5 and just edges out the Toyota RAV4.


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