CARS.COM — Buyers of the most popular member of the most popular automotive segment in the nation — the Honda CR-V compact SUV — will pay a bit more for 2017, particularly in the mid-level trims. But they’ll all get a lot more for the extra cash.
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When the refreshed CR-V goes on sale in late December, it will start at $24,945 (including a $900 destination charge) for the entry-level LX model, $200 more than its 2016 counterpart. It’s also the priciest among competitors including 2017 versions of the Ford Escape ($24,495), Hyundai Tucson ($23,595) and Nissan Rogue ($24,760); the Toyota RAV4 is $25,850. All prices include destination.
On the other end of the pricing spectrum, the top-trim Touring version starts at $33,295, just $200 more than the outgoing version. In the middle, the EX starts at $27,595, a $600 hike, and the penultimate EX-L trim at $30,095, up $650; the second-lowest trim level, the SE, has gone missing for the new model year. All-wheel drive adds $1,300 to all trim levels, and navigation tacks $1,000 onto the price of the EX-L.
In addition to the CR-V’s much-needed exterior styling update — muscular, more upscale and decidedly more attractive — the small SUV also gets a couple more inches of backseat legroom, a revised multimedia system with a 7-inch tablet display and an available Honda Sensing safety suite with expanded features including auto emergency braking with forward collision warning and pedestrian detection (both on the EX and above). Also, the top three trims get a new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 190 horsepower.
The LX continues to use a direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which loses 1 hp for 2017 for a total of 184. It comes with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, active noise control, a tailgate spoiler, a four-speaker stereo system, Pandora and Bluetooth compatibility, and a backup camera.
In addition to the turbo 1.5-liter, the EX adds 18-inch wheels, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, automatic high beams, foglights, side mirror turn signals, variable intermittent wipers, walk-away door locks, body-color door handles and side mirrors, push-button and remote start, keyless entry, the new multimedia system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, two rear USB ports, HondaLink smartphone integration, blind spot warning, a driver attention monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, a cargo cover and the beefed-up safety suite.
The EX-L adds leather-trimmed seats, steering wheel and shifter; a power programmable tailgate; an auto-dimming review mirror, a four-way power passenger seat; four more stereo speakers; and HD radio, HomeLink and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Touring trim further adds navigation, model-exclusive 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust, LED headlights, roof rails, automatic wipers, a hands-free rear liftgate and a premium stereo system with nine speakers.
Editor’s note: This post was updated on Dec. 5 to correct the starting price of the 2017 Honda CR-V’s entry-level LX model. The correct price is $24,945, including a $900 destination charge; that’s $200 more than the outgoing model’s base price.