Did you know that Car and Driver gives 2017 Honda CR-V a 5-star review? Our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker always recommend that you look at the car ratings before you buy, so you can get the best car for your money and one that will serve your vehicle needs. If you’re considering the CR-V, let’s cover what landed this vehicle such a glowing assessment.
Car and Driver named the CR-V one of the 10 Best Trucks and SUVs for 2017 thanks to its contemporary styling, engaging driving dynamics, as well as a spacious and practical interior. With two fuel-efficient powertrains, including the first-ever turbocharged engine in a CR-V. It has good cargo storage, upscale interior packaging, and the most advanced active-safety and driver-assist equipment available.
So, what does 2017 hold for the Honda CR-V? According to Car and Driver, the CR-V is highly improved for 2017. It’s redesigned and reengineered with more style, more space, more technology and a turbocharged engine. It also includes available adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, and a driver-attention monitor. The CR-V is roomier inside, with upgraded materials like a soft-touch dashboard and exquisitely stitched seats. Some standard features include a multi-angle backup camera, power exterior mirrors, keyless entry, and Bluetooth connectivity.
For $2650 more than the base LX, the EX has heated side mirrors, automatic high-beams, remote start, smart entry and a push-button start, plus a power sunroof. The standard features are a turbocharged 190-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four, heated front seats with 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and 7.0-inch touchscreen HondaLink infotainment with Apple CarPlay. Car and Driver gave its infotainment a 3 1/2 stars, reporting it lacked controls had slow infotainment responses, and the absence of an auxiliary reduced its rating.
The front-wheel drive is adequate for most circumstances, but if you need an all-wheel drive you can add it on for $1300.
Looking at specifics, Car and Driver gave the CR-V engine and transmission a 5-star rating. It’s got a turbocharged engine and one of the best continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVTs) available. The base model LX has a 2.4-liter inline-four that makes 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.
The CR-V gets a 5-star rating from Car and Driver for its fuel economy, too. In fact, it is the most fuel-efficient compact crossover Car and Driver has tested so far, and it’s not a hybrid. The powertrain with all-wheel drive gives EPA ratings of 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, better than any other competitor.
Impressively, the powerful turbocharged engine will go farther on a gallon than the standard 2.4-liter inline-four. The EPA rates the engine with all-wheel drive at 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The front-wheel drive is 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
The CR-V’s performance and driving impression earned another 5-star score from Car and Driver. Ride, handling, and steering the CR-V did great with good cornering, sharp steering and one of the best-handling crossovers. The brake pedal is responsive and you get the stopping power you need. It stopped in 166 feet from 70 mph in Car and Driver braking tests.
Its cargo space and storage earned yet another 5-stars. The CR-V leads its class in cargo volume and luggage space. The rear hatch made it easy to load with a power tailgate that has programmable height; it’s standard on the EX-L and the Touring. The Touring also has hands-free, foot-activated access to the tailgate.
Finally, Car and Driver gives the CR-V’s exterior a five-star rating. It has 8.2 inches of ground clearance with all-wheel drive.
It’s impressive that Car and Driver gives 2017 Honda CR-V a 5-star review. If you have a Honda and are looking for a place for repairs and maintenance, our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker provide our customers with the best quality auto repair for all makes and models of Honda and Acura. Call or contact us today if you need to make an appointment.