2017 Honda CR-V review with video

The basics:

Base price: $26,690 + taxes (LX FWD)
As tested: $38,090 + taxes (Touring)
Average economy over our week of testing: 8.2 L/100 kms (28.5 US MPG)
Competitors: Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, etc.

The Honda CR-V is one of those cars that crosses generational gaps – everyone from young families to retired grannies like them. And after twenty years on the market, Honda is proving that the CR-V has some new tricks up its sleeve with a totally redesigned fifth generation remake of this compact SUV hitting the streets. It is so much better in pretty much every respect with improved performance, fuel economy, looks, second row comfort, cargo capacity, standard features… I could go on. For the full review, watch our video above and then check-out our final report card score below.


– Great balance between performance and fuel economy with the new 1.5 L turbo – which offers the best fuel economy in its class
– Far better looks from the outside – used to be quite dull
– The interior is excellent as well – much less boring than previous CR-V or the current Pilot and Ridgeline
– The “Driver Information Interface” in the instrument cluster is very modern and sleek with a customizable digital read-out
– The new Honda platform in the CR-V, which is shared by the Civic, has upped the ante with ride comfort, handling and cabin noise (we hit 61 dB at 100 kms/h on winter tires)
– It also has very comfortable seats in both the first and second row
– Honda’s really upping its game on standard equipment, too: the 1.5-L 4 cylinder turbo comes on all models (a 2.4 L non-turbo is available in the US), continuously variable transmission, 7 inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, back-up camera, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, proximity key, push button start, and remote start
– Any CRV with all wheel drive now includes lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking and auto high beams
– Some features that are unique to Canada on the higher level trims include a panorama sun roof, heated second row seats and a heated steering wheel
– The 2016 CR-V was a top safety pick plus choice from the IIHS. And while results haven’t been released yet, expect the same for 2017
– Second row now has 53 mm (2 inches) more leg room – which now makes it best in class
– Cargo capacity is also increased b 56 L and is deceptively good (1110 L vs the Forester’s 970 L)

– All wheel drive is almost $3,000 on top of the base price
– While second row passengers have more room for 2017, the legroom up front is unchanged. The driver’s position is not designed for tall people, the seat doesn’t go back far enough or drop down to the floor as much as we’d like so it was difficult to find a good seating position
– Rattly feeling gear shifter cheapens the overall feel of an otherwise excellent interior
– Ventilated seats aren’t available, even on higher trims
– To turn the air conditioner on or change the radio station, you have to go through buried menus in the infotainment system
– Can only tow 1500 lbs compared to the Ford Escape’s available 3500 lbs

The Family Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 4.5/5 (61 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 4/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 4/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 4/5
Family Wheels value score: 4.5/5

Family Wheels overall score: 43/50= 86%


  • Florin Stanescu


    Like the content of your presentation!

    There is one thing I would like to bring to your attention:

    – 43/50 is 86%.

  • Cameron

    Thanks for the great review.

    I’m looking to buy a new vehicle later in the year – for our growing family! I hadn’t considered buying a Honda previously. This new CR-V looks to be a huge step forward over the outgoing model. Here in New Zealand the CX5 and Rav seem to be the most popular choices. Found out the price for the AWD CRV a few days ago (still to be released) and it sits around 6K below an equivalent CX-5, and 5K below the Rav. Almost a no brainer here in NZ. I think it will give the others a serious run for there money.

    Thanks, Cameron.

    • pkarchut

      It was a big (and pleasant) surprise for us when we got behind the wheel of it, too. Let us know what you decide on, Cameron.

  • Hello, I am thinking to put 1 booster and 2front facing Car seat on CRV 2017. Do you think is it a possible option in 2017 model?

    I am very curious to know that. I dont want a big vehicle like Pilot model.


    • pkarchut

      I imagine that with the right size of car seats (some are slimmer than others), you could make it work, Farrukh. Let us know if you have any success!

  • Sebastien


    Looked at both your very interesting 2018 Forester and 2017 CR-V reviews. What do you think of the Honda’s AWD compared to the Subaru? My wife want a Subaru for this feature but overall, I prefer the CR-V.



    • pkarchut

      Hi Sebastian… sorry for the delay. I’ve been away. Of course, the Subaru AWD is world renowned and is known for not only being good for slower, gravel road performance but higher speed driving on slippery highways. I was driving the CR-V in some pretty snowy conditions last year and it left me impressed, too. But ultimately, the Subaru system is the superior AWD without question.

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