A Preview of the 2017 Honda CR-V at Pacific Honda

Two undeniably popular vehicles are the Honda Civic and the Honda CR-V. That puts higher than average expectations on the 2017 Honda CR-V, and puts significant pressure on the Honda Motor Company to get it right. The good news for the drivers served by Pacific Honda and anyone else shopping for a new compact SUV is that they've hit the bullseye with this year's model. Here's what to expect.

2017 Honda CR-V Details

The Honda CR-V enters a new generation with a new design for model year 2017. The exterior of the 2017 Honda CR-V has a facelift that owes some of its looks to the new Honda Civic, with a sharper sense of style and thinner A pillars that provide better forward visibility. The interior also gets a touch of class, helping it stand out in a segment where competition is downright fierce.

Other changes are more a matter of substance than style. The base LX trim has the same 2.4-liter engine we saw in the 2016 model (it puts out 185 horsepower/181 lb-ft of torque). For the first time, there's another engine option. Borrowed from the Honda Civic, it's a turbocharged engine that produces 190 horsepower and 179 lb.-ft. of torque. It's unique because that torque output is available through the whole range from 2,000 to 5,000 RPM, so you don't have to practically redline the engine to max out its torque. That also means that the continuously variable transmission (CVT) is much better behaved.

2017 Honda CR-V Safety and Special Features

Some of the safety and convenience features are unchanged. These include the airbags, LATCH, child safety locks, SMS text function, and Bluetooth. But we're glad that the technology wasn't overlooked in the redesign. In addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, the infotainment system adds Garmin navigation. Another welcome touch is the volume knob, which you can't fully appreciate until you've used an infotainment system that doesn't have one.

The upgrade with which we're most impressed is Honda Sensing. It used to be that you had to buy an upper trim to get the system on a new Honda car; it's now standard on all trims, though the upper trims will get a couple of extra features. It's been improved, too, since the Lane Watch system now has blind spot information, which provides great coverage.

Buying a 2017 Honda CR-V

We invite you to come down and test drive the 2017 Honda CR-V when it arrives at our San Diego, CA Honda dealership. Compare it to its competitors and the rest of the new Honda cars in stock at Pacific Honda so that when the time comes to buy or lease, you can make a choice that’s right for you. We serve San Diego, CA and Poway, CA from our showroom at 4761 Convoy St in San Diego, CA, and we look forward to helping you find a great car or SUV!