When it comes to being the top crossover, there are only two models that can confidently say they have been in the market for at least 20 years. This is the CR-V from Honda and the RAV4 from Toyota. It really does not come as a surprise to know why these two are also the most popular.
Many are likely familiar with the fact that utility vehicles had a start during the 1970s with the 4x4s. However as more customers demanded vehicles that offer better ride, displays improved fuel economy, and comes with the latest in infotainment and electronic systems, this has led to crossovers entering the market.
For the 2017 CR-V in particular, Consumer Reports reveals that while the prior generation had a rather bland interior, the new version has a cabin that is not only plush, but classy as well. According to Honda, when they developed the new CR-V, they wanted a crossover utility vehicle that would be fitting for the upmarket. It is no wonder then that the 2017 CR-V not only has a cabin that is quieter but it is also a model that delivers a better ride. This was a result of two things with the first being an excellent usage of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) engineering and the second the inclusion of an active noise cancelling system. Honda however was apparently not done with this as the brand managed to give the CR-V a more enjoyable drive by using qualities previously seen on the Civic.
On the interior, the seats wrapped in leather and its dashboard comes with wood trim. The console is just as fantastic. One problem with the new CR-V though is that there are issues in the infotainment system much like what was previously seen in the Civic.
A number of CR-V models to be sold will be powered with the Civic’s Turbo VTEC 1.5-liter engine. Honda however has ensured that the power can be enhanced to 190 hp with peak torque of 197 lb.-ft. Customers though can choose to have the standard 2.4-liter engine that can offer an output of 184 hp. No matter what engine is chosen though, the turbo can still deliver the needed power with the need for so many revolutions.
That is not all as the CR-V also received praise from Consumer Reports for the active safety systems installed inside. Starting with the second trim level and upwards for example, it will have as standard the automatic emergency braking and the forward collision warning. It will not come as a surprise if the 2017 CR-V will get from IIHS the Top Safety Pick+ rating.
Note that all of the information presented come from Consumer Reports as Honda has yet to officially release any of the technical specifications or even the pricing. The brand however is expected to release such information by the end of the month.