Honda’s CR-V is a seriously successful model, and this distinction is warranted. It’s an excellent and versatile vehicle that can be perfect for a family or for basically anyone. Despite the fact that we can admit the CR-V’s prowess in the crossover segment, we have to say we were always less than inspired by the way the vehicle looked. Well, we’re happy to report that Honda has made improvements for the 2017 model year.

Honda CR-V

Much of the exterior changes have been lifted from the rest of Honda’s lineup, bringing the CR-V in line with recently redesigned and attractive vehicles like the Civic. Among the notable changes are the revised grille and headlights, which are sleeker and look a little more like Acura’s headlamps. The rear is better-looking as well, with large L-shaped taillights and a few chrome accents. Overall, Honda did a good job making the CR-V look like it deserves to be one of the bestselling vehicles in the country.

CR-V

The interior opts for a more streamlined approach as well, with the dash sporting a very Civic-like infotainment system, but to our surprise and delight, we can see that Honda’s added a volume knob. Thank goodness because as anyone who has tried to turn up the volume with Honda’s completely touch based controls can tell you, it’s infuriating.

Aside from the much-needed volume knob, there’s plenty to get excited about in the 2017 CR-V. The whole cabin looks much more refined and upgraded materials are everywhere. Including the doors, dash, and steering wheel. The CR-V’s gauge cluster is now made up of an attractive digital display that puts the previous large round speedometer to shame. Overall, from a styling standpoint, Honda has managed to make the CR-V a much better vehicle.

Honda CR-V

Here are some of the other highlights of the 2017 CR-V

  • New for the CR-V is the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque). The 2.4-liter four-cylinder (185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque) will still be employed in the lower trim levels.
  • Honda claims that the new body and chassis design will improve handling and ride quality.
  • There's one 7-inch touchscreen instead of the two screens that were on the dash in the previous model.
  • Honda Sensing suit of advance safety and driver assistance features now included as standard on EX and higher trim level CR-Vs.

These changes should help the CR-V continue its high sales numbers. We’re glad to see that Honda isn’t resting on its laurels and has chosen to build on the model’s success and continue pushing forward. From what we can see, 2017 CR-V is a definite improvement over the previous year’s model. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel.