Flash Drive

2017 Honda CR-V

Model Tested: 2017 Honda CR-V 1.5T AWD Touring

The 2017 Honda CR-V has grown since its inception, but it’s still considered a compact SUV.

Engine: 1.5-liter I-4 turbocharged, 190 horsepower 179 lb-ft torque

Transmission: CVT automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 27-mpg city/33-mpg highway/29-mpg combined

Base Price: $33,695

As Tested: $34,595


Good fuel economy—we equaled EPA highway estimate

Pretty peppy engine, especially for its tiny displacement

Smooth, comfortable highway ride

The 2017 Honda CR-V interior is anything but compact. Driver legroom and comfort are excellent.

Does well off-road and in snow

No AWD controls

Econ mode button

Lane departure warning

Blind spot monitor


Stretch-out driver legroom

Slightly less front passenger legroom

No wheelwell intrusion

Great backseat room for tall adults

Ample knee room

Minimal floor hump

Adults can fit in middle position, but seat is hard

The 2017 Honda CR-V rear seat room is ample for three big adults. The floor is almost flat.

Ample headroom

Quality carpet and cloth headliner

Large dead pedal

Great thick, contoured leather steering wheel

Three temps heated front seats

Good driver power lumbar adjustment

No front passenger lumbar adjustment


Large backdoors open almost ninety degrees

Smallish sunroof

Extra large console bin; very deep

Cargo capacity is very good with the seats up and even better with the split rear seats folded down.

Sliding tray in console bin

USB and power outlet in bottom of console

Large locking glovebox

Big sunvisors

One large seatback storage pouch

Medium-plus rear door bins

Large soft armrest with two cupholders

Split folding rear seats have some upward slope

Power liftgate with clearance for tall people

Flat cargo deck with no lift-over

Handy seatback release levers at back of cargo area

The 2017 Honda CR-V rear 3/4 view is crisp, although we’re not overly fond of the “twisted” alloy wheels.

WOW Factors:

Typical Honda excellence overall

Smooth, economical engine

Very spacious and comfortable interior

Ample cargo space and flexibility

Excellent safety/technology features


Radio presets only on touch screen

“Twisted” alloy wheels don’t do it for us

Bottom Line:

The Honda CR-V has long been and continues to be one of the benchmark compact crossover SUVs in

The large horizontal and vertical taillights are examples of the high level of detail on the 2017 CR-V.

the marketplace. The 2017 Honda CR-V isn’t particularly exciting, but it is wonderfully engineered, highly functional, and spaciously comfortable.