By Larry Lark / Herald Special Sections Writer
The Honda CR-V is one of those vehicles you can’t help but like.
My recent 2017 CR-V AWD Touring compact SUV left me wanting more – more time.
The model, believe it or not, is now in its fifth generation and has been redesigned and re-engineered to be even more likable. If that’s possible.
CR-V has sold nearly four million units in the United States since its introduction 20 years ago. That makes it the best-selling SUV in America over that time span.
One of those owners is my father-in-law, who loves his CR-V for many reasons. One of them being it’s easily towed behind his motorhome. My brother and sister-in-law are two more. They loved theirs to death.
This version features new styling, is more spacious, and includes a host of new technologies for improved connectivity, comfort, convenience and safety. Based on its all-new platform architecture, the CR-V targets the highest level of steering precision, ride comfort, body control and cabin quietness in its class.
Powered by a 1.5-liter, DOHC, 18-valve, direct-injection, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission, the combo generates 190 horsepower and an EPA-rated 29 miles per gallon in combined city/highway driving. I experienced 28.
CR-V seats four adults, five in a squeeze, and the rear cargo area was large enough to accommodate bedding, a cooler and plenty of provisions for a holiday weekend at the beach.
New exterior highlights include aggressive stylized headlights surrounded by a wing-shaped LED DRL array on all models, and wide, muscular fenders. The long hood, longer wheelbase, short rear overhang and new dual-exhaust outlets deliver a fresh, more athletic vibe.
Some of the key new comfort and convenience features include remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an electric parking brake, rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with four-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustment and four-way power lumbar support.
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies has been expanded and now includes both road departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. Additional new features include rear cross-traffic monitor, blind spot information system, auto high-beam and all-new driver attention monitor.
When it comes to creature comforts, the CR-V does not disappoint. Highlights include a premium audio system with nine speakers, Garmin-inspired navigation system displayed on a seven-inch touchscreen display, rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and more.
One thing’s a certainty. Honda is not resting on its laurels. And this version of the now venerable CR-V will only add to its legion of satisfied owners.
Base Price: $33,695.
Price As Driven: $34,595
Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer, List price may vary at local dealerships.