Competes with: Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Tucson
Looks like: A more muscular take on the CR-V
Drivetrains: 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 190-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder; continuously variable automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Winter 2016
CARS.COM — The most popular small crossover utility vehicle in the U.S. is getting its biggest makeover in years. The new, fifth-generation 2017 Honda CR-V is a more spacious, more powerful and more advanced vehicle than the one it replaces, as Honda tries to fend off competitors in what is still the hottest segment in the industry.
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Its styling has evolved from the pointy, shovel-nosed look of the current CR-V to a more upright, flat-front nose that almost has a Ford-like look to it in person. It’s certainly a departure from the current Honda design seen on the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck; it’s a more masculine, muscular look from front to back that is decidedly attractive.
Increased use of chrome strips on the lower body sides add to the lengthened look, but the overall size remains similar to the outgoing model — with the exception of an almost 2-inch stretch to the wheelbase for more interior backseat legroom. Uplevel trims wear LED headlights and taillights, and blend with the new styling to give the CR-V a more upscale look.