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2017 Honda CR-V Driving Impressions


Honda aims the CR-V squarely at the core of the compact crossover market. As expected, a CR-V promises no sporty behavior. Instead, it conveys a premium feel, carefully blending composed handling skills with refined ride comfort.

Newly retuned, accurate steering responds more quickly than it used to be, requiring less motion of the steering wheel to alter course. Even when rolling briskly along curvy roads, a CR-V feels securely confident.

The CR-V’s suspension effectively subdues the impact of flawed pavement, yielding a soft ride without tossing passengers around on winding roads. Ride/handling balance might even top that of Mazda’s athletic CX-5.

Performance is adequate with the base 2.4-liter engine.

The 1.5-liter turbo is considerably stronger. Turbo acceleration and passing power are helped by torque output that peaks at a relatively low 2,000 rpm. Honda advises that a turbo CR-V can reach 60 mph about 1.5 seconds quicker than a 2.4-liter LX can, though the engine growls harshly when accelerating hard.

Honda’s CVT is not our favorite transmission and it’s perhaps the weakest link in CR-V. It has an initial sluggishness when accelerating at highway speeds. Pushing harder on the throttle to compensate results in more acceleration than intended once the CVT is wound up. It’s an annoyance more than a concern, but it is an annoyance.

Fuel-efficiency scores well. A front-drive LX is EPA-rated at 26/32 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive lowers that estimate to 25/31/27 mpg. A turbo with front-wheel drive is EPA-rated at 28/34 mpg City/Highway, or 30 mpg Combined, while the all-wheel-drive version lops 1 mpg off each figure.

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**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

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