2017 Honda CR-V: Solid As a Rock?

Honda completely redesigned its best-selling CR-V for 2017. Critics raved about the 2017 Honda CR-V for its roomy cabin and excellent fuel economy. But just how dependable is this Honda?

What it’s like to drive the 2017 Honda CR-V 

The 2017 CR-V is noticeably more responsive and quieter than previous versions. Overall, the CR-V is a secure and comfortable ride, but it can feel a tad firm at times. The base LX trim gets its power from a 184-hp 2.4 four-cylinder engine linked to a continuously variable automatic transmission. 

For more oomph, consider going up to the EX trim and above, which adds a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 190-hp. Some models will have the standard front-wheel-drive system, while others will have all-wheel-drive. The base model has an EPA rating of up to 28 mpg overall; models with the turbo-four get up to a combined 30 mpg. According to Consumer Reports, outside of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 hybrid, these are the best fuel economy ratings for the class. 

“The CR-V is small enough to navigate through tight parking lots, yet roomy enough inside to comfortably fit five adults. Despite a modest growth in dimensions, including two inches added to the wheelbase, the CR-V actually weighs about 75 pounds less than before and still manages to be significantly quieter and convey a substantial feel. We tested a base LX and the more mainstream EX.”

Consumer Reports (2017)

Interior elements 

A 2017 Honda CR-V with beige seats.
2017 Honda CR-V interior | Honda

The CR-V is a five-seater that is a class leader in both passenger and cargo space. Honda upgraded the 2017 model to have a more upscale-looking cabin. You’ll appreciate the base LX interior for its focus on comfort and simplicity. The LX trim has cloth seats and comes with basic in-car tech, including a 5-inch display screen, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. 

For more tech, shop for the EX trim and up for a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You’ll also want to go with a higher trim for advanced safety features. Available safety features include forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. The Touring model provides the grandest CR-V experience, which boasts lots of gadgets and leather upholstery. 

2017 CR-V problems 

The 2017 Honda CR-V on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show
2017 Honda CR-V | Abdulselam Durdak/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Are You the Type Of Person That Should Get a Honda CR-V or a Subaru Forester?

Honda’s CR-V has a strong reputation for being on the most reliable options in the compact SUV realm. Even so, there are some trouble spots associated with the 2017 version that you should know about. There are currently three NHTSA safety recalls on the 2017 CR-V.

The first recall relates to a potential issue with the CR-V’s label information that could be wiped away. The other two concern the SUV’s fuel system and power system. As reported by CarComplaints.com, the most common complaints associated with the 2017 CR-V involve overfilled oil levels and the heat not working. 

While these trouble spots are concerning, they haven’t impacted a significant number of owners. According to Consumer Reports, 2017 CR-V owners have been pretty satisfied with the SUV, and 66 percent of them would repurchase it. If you’re interested in getting your own, make sure the dealer properly addressed the previous recalls. The average price point for the 2017 CR-V falls between $18,375 – $25,025.