As you all know, I loooove my CR-V. It’s my personal car and what I drive on a daily basis. But 2017 brought a full redesign to the Honda CR-V. And as much as my current CR-V is my baby, I’m counting down my lease days until I can upgrade to this new design.
The ‘17 model checks in with a $600 pricetag increase over the ‘16. In true Honda style, all the changes made are winning rave reviews, as Honda listened to what we wanted. Let’s break it all down and see how the 2016 EX-L trim line compares to the 2017 EX-L in this latest Honda Laura video, courtesy of Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk.
Exterior Feature Changes:
From the outset, you’ll notice the new front grill and tail bumper designs. The nose is flatter, more snub-like and boxy, taking cues from the Honda truck lines. Both models continue to sport the LED daytime running lights, projector beam halogen headlights and fog lights, as well as chrome accents and a moonroof. Here’s what else is new on the ‘17 exterior:
- Alloy wheels get a new design and increase to an 18” rim (previously was 17”)
- Turn signal indicators are built into the side mirrors
- Upgrade from LaneWatch to the new Blind Spot Information (BSI) system, that gives both visual and audible alerts, in addition to the camera view
- Roof rails are removed
- Revamped smart entry system (no more button on the door handle) and now includes remote engine start and auto walkaway features
- Rear tail spoiler added’
- Power lift tailgate
Under the Hood:
The ‘17 gets an upgrade in the engine compartment as well, going from the 2.4L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine to the 1.5L turbocharged model similar to what was on the 2016 Civic. This gives the ‘17 5 more horsepower and the fuel economy rating goes up by 2 MPG.
- 1.5L DOHC Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, with 190 HP
- CVT transmission
Interior Feature Changes:
Let me cut straight to the chase, the best change to come out of the 2017 CR-V redesign to the interior is the new seats. Oh. My. Comfortable. These are the most comfortable seats I’ve sat in my entire life. Honda scored major points here, especially considering how stiff and hard the back seats used to be. A few other noticeable upgrades include:
- NEW high res gauge cluster – bright, colorful, lots of different displays
- NEW display audio system – with a volume control knob! (They listened to us!)
- Deeper center console, with more storage space
- Honda Sensing is now standard on all EX levels and higher
- Extra 2” of passenger volume space
- Woodgrain accents, with rear speakers
- USB adapters in the back
The ‘17 model boasts about 5 extra cubic feet of cargo space (wow!), and keeps the one-touch system to fold down the seats and the cargo cover.
However you slice it, Honda took an already amazing CR-V and amped it up with the 2017 redesign. Pulling inspiration from many of the new Civic features, and giving the exterior a more truck-like appearance, the 2017 CR-V is a winner. Come visit my friends at Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk to check out all these new changes yourself, then let me know what you think!
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