The Most Helpful Honda CRV

Model Comparison 2017

For You

by Bill Flitter

My family and I are shopping around for new SUV to fulfill many needs including trips to the store, vacations camping, taking the kids to school and general family use. We have been considering the Toyota 4Runner, Honda Pilot and Honda CRV. In order to take a more in-depth look at the CRV, we needed a Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017.

The trim levels on all of these popular SUVs create a giant puzzle to put together. In order to make a decision, we have carefully combed through all the details of each trim level and at Carjojo proprietary data to figure out what is the best model Honda CRV for us to buy.

The Honda CRV is more affordable than the Toyota 4Runner and Honda Pilot. It also has much better fuel economy. There are good reasons I see so many Honda CRVs on the road.  It’s comfortable, sporty, reliable and quiet.

After all my research, I’ve found that the trim levels on the Honda CRV are much easier to decipher than the Honda Pilot and Honda Odyssey. There are only four trim levels of the Honda CRV. Ultimately, this means you only have a few major choices to make.

Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017

Pick Your Wheels

The Honda CRV trim levels are the LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. These limited trims make the Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017 easier to see. The entire line was refreshed with the 2017 model year and given Advanced Noise Cancellation, which keeps the cabin nice and quiet. Each trim allows for the choice of two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. In previous research, it became very clear that our family needs the all-wheel drive option because of the many terrains and weather conditions, here in California, therefore we plan on buying all-wheel drive.

The Honda CRV LX has the same four-cylinder engine as previous CRV models, as well as a 184-horsepower. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 28 mpg combined for 2WD and 27MPG for AWD.

While the EX, EX-L and Touring all have the new more efficient turbocharged engine 190-horsepower and a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This provides 30 mpg combined for 2WD and 29 MPG combined for AWD.

The Honda CRV is known for the best most efficient mileage of any SUV without being a hybrid.

Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017

Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017

Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017

Comparing Trims

Honda CR-V LX

The LX Honda CRV trim has some good features. You get all of the following features.

  • Backup camera
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 1500 lbs towing capacity
  • Passive safety features
  • 3 child seat LATCH positions
  • Halogen headlights
  • Power-side mirrors
  • Remote entry
  • Power windows
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC)
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Bluetooth
  • Heated rear window with wiper/washer

Honda CRV EX

When you move up only one level to the EX the safety and convenience features of the Honda CRV are impressive. Unlike the Honda Pilot with a hodgepodge of safety features for each trim level, the Honda CRV EX, EX-L and Touring, all come loaded with impressive state of the art safety package of Honda Sensing that includes the following.

  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) 
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor 
  • Driver Attention Monitor

More Features

Along with the Honda Sensing on the Honda CR-V EX trim and the new turbo-charged engine there are even more features including.

The 2017 CRV

  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HondaLink and SiriusXM Radio.
  • Walk-away auto-lock and smart entry system.
  • 18-inch alloy wheels.
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-off headlights.
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Driver’s seat with 12-way power adjustment, including 4-way power lumbar support
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature. (moonroofs are typically only available on the highest trims for most cars and SUVs).
  • 180-Watt Audio System with 6 Speakers.

Honda CR-V EX-L 

The EX-L Trim adds leather-trimmed interior, power-tailgate and power-adjustable seating. It also has automatic-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink remote system and an 8-speaker audio system.

In fact, front passengers are also treated to a seat with 4-way power adjustments and the back of the car has power tailgate with programmable height.

  • The AWD EX-L trim gets body-colored, heated, power side mirrors.
  • Navigation adds Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • Honda Sensing adds: Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control

Honda CRV Touring

The Honda CRV Touring is the only model with dual chrome exhaust finishers, rain-sensing wipers, white ambient led lighting, 330-watt premium audio system with 9 speakers, including a subwoofer, power tailgate with hands-free access  and roof rails.

CRV Model MSRP Percent of Total Sales
EX-L Navigation 2WD $31,235.00 0.17%
EX-L Navigation AWD $33,103.00 0.43%
LX AWD $26,285.00 2.92%
LX 2WD $24,985.00 3.31%
Touring 2WD $33,435.00 5.76%
EX 2WD $27,735.00 6.67%
EX-L 2WD $30,235.00 15.92%
EX AWD $29,035.00 16.01%
Touring AWD $34,735.00 16.66%
EX-L AWD $31,535.00 32.14%
Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017
Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017

Decisions, Decisions

So what model should we choose? This is why a Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017 can be so helpful. The Honda Sensing is on three higher trim levels therefore since safety is very important to us, EX, EX-L or Touring would work. We know we need AWD. We’ve narrowed down to EX-L AWD and Touring. The differences between the two models are slight—but it’s all the details.

In fact, both the EX-L and Touring have power liftgates and HomeLink to open up the garage door. The EX-L and Touring are two top models in Carjojo’s data.  We like the EX-L because the leather seats are cooler in the summer and easier to clean.

However, the Touring adds the hands-free power tailgate which should be great when we’re carrying packages.  In California, we really don’t need the rain-sensing wipers on the Touring, but I love the roof rails for when we go camping and my wife loves the hands-free power liftgate.

It is very important to always see a car in person and not just look at the data. Yes many people are buying the Honda CRV it’s a great car and for a small family it’s fantastic. However, it is not big enough for many purposes.

The Honda CRV Touring does have the roof rails so that would mean and instead of loading up everything in the car we’d have to tie it on the top of the car which is inconvenient.

The CRV is a great SUV for everyday use, but the lack of third-row seating cuts out inviting my parents or my in-laws with us or our kids’ friends. Our dog is part of the family but she’s big. If we put her in the back in the cargo area there’s a lot less room for everything else.

Compared to the Toyota 4Runner and Honda Pilot, the CRV is small. However, the Honda CRV is one of the largest small SUVs with fantastic features and affordable prices.

Honda Pilot Model Comparison 2017

Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017

Honda CRV Model Comparison 2017

Over to You

There are so many different trims and add-ons for the CRV and really any car on the market today. Which CRV trim level would you pick from our Honda CRV model comparison 2017 list? Check out the Honda Pilot Model Comparison 2017, too.


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