2016 vs. 2017 Honda CR-V

  • 2017 Honda CR-V

    If you’ve been searching for a new crossover, the CR-V has no doubt appeared on your radar, but if you’re asking yourself the difference between the 2016 vs. the 2017 Honda CR-V, you’re not alone. Albany drivers in the market for a new vehicle have come to trust Capital Region Honda Dealers, and we’re here to break down what sets last year’s model apart from the new CR-V—it’s more than just an update; it’s a whole new generation.

Exterior Design

While the 2016 Honda CR-V certainly has a striking look to it, a new generation of the crossover requires a new sense of design, and that starts with the exterior. Honda has discovered a sweet spot for the general proportions of a five-passenger crossover, so at first glance they may look a little similar—the differences lie in the details.


2017 Honda CR-V Dual Exhaust

Athletic Appearance: The 2017 CR-V looks more muscular and features a set of dual exhaust outlets that help give it a sportier, more athletic build.

2017 Honda CR-V parked on the street

Dimensions: If you were to get out the tape measure, you’d find the CR-V is actually bigger now, too. The height, width, wheelbase, and ground clearance all get an upgrade for the 2017 model.

2017 Honda CR-V Rear End

Rear Taillights: Since the late 1990s, the CR-V has had distinctive high-mounted taillights that make its rear easy to recognize, and we’re glad to say that they’re still in place. We hope some things never change.

Interior Design

We think that once you sit behind the wheel and experience the changes to the 2017 Honda CR-V interior, you’ll appreciate the difference a model year can make. When comparing the 2016 vs. the 2017 Honda CR-V, these interior elements stood out the most to us:


2017 Honda CR-V Interior Space

Premium Feeling: Soft-touch materials, visually appealing dash and door elements, and a smaller, more contoured steering wheel give even the CR-V LX the feel of a premium model, and the top-of-the-line Touring even includes a matte wood-look appliqué.

2017 Honda CR-V Center Console and Cup Holders

Center Console: A modern console should have space for your essentials, from phone and charger to pens or a wallet. A deep storage bin, a pair of cup holders, and easily accessible charging ports give the CR-V a considered design different from the average crossover.

2017 Honda CR-V Interior Space

Rear Legroom: The increased size of the CR-V translates to increased rear legroom, making it extra comfortable for the kids and easily allowing full-size adults to sit in the back with 2 extra inches of legroom.

2017 Honda CR-V Cargo Area Storage

Cargo Space: That size boost translates to more cargo space and an easier-to-load cargo area. Both the standard cargo capacity and the maximum cargo capacity (with rear seats folded down) have increased for the 2017 model year to 39.2 cubic feet and 75.8 cubic feet.

Under the Hood

For the first time in recent memory, Honda offers two engine options on their famous crossover. The 2.4L 4-cylinder of 2016 returns, but a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder makes its debut for the 2017 model year.


2017 Honda CR-V 2.4L 4 Cylinder Engine

2.4L 4-Cylinder: Found on the entry-level CR-V LX, this powertrain is rated at 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, with CR-V LX 2WD models earning an EPA-estimated 32 highway and 26 city mpg.*

2017 Honda CR-V 1.5L Turbo Charged 4 Cylinder Engine

1.5L Turbo: Standard on EX and higher models, the turbocharged engine offers a boost in power and efficiency with 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, and front-wheel drive models earning an EPA-estimated 34 highway and 28 city mpg.*


2017 brings more options, more power, and great fuel economy ratings to the CR-V. Drivers looking for the confidence and control of all-wheel drive, we recommend the 2017 CR-V EX AWD for the combination of 190-hp 1.5L turbo and four-wheel traction.

New Features

As with most new model years, you can expect an upgrade in features at every trim of the CR-V, though many of the great new features of the crossover show up on EX and higher trim levels. Here are a few highlights of the new features you’ll find on the CR-V.


2017 Honda CR-V Lane Keeping Assist

Honda Sensing: These advanced driver-assist features have been reinventing vehicle safety, and the CR-V includes technologies like Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Collision Mitigation Braking, and more on EX and higher trims.

2017 Honda CR-V Apple Carplay

Advanced Connectivity: Bluetooth is a standard on the CR-V, with available connectivity options like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HondaLink telematics, and as many as four USB ports.

2017 Honda CR-V Power Tailgate

Power Liftgate: Honda’s available power liftgate makes it so you won’t have to juggle groceries ever again; simply wave a foot under the bumper and the CR-V hatchback opens up for you.


With available map, audio, and phone shortcut buttons, the CR-V’s interface is built for the modern, connected driver every step of the way. Drivers looking at the 2017 CR-V EX will appreciate its added safety technologies, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, and driver power lumbar—all improvements over the 2016 model.

See the CR-V

We hope we’ve made it clear that the difference between the 2016 vs. 2017 Honda CR-V is more than skin-deep. Let us show you all that the 2017 Honda CR-V has to offer Albany drivers with a test drive at a Capital Region Honda Dealer near you today.

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
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Capital Region Honda Dealers
Capital Region Honda Dealers
391 S State Rd Cheshire
Cheshire, MA, 01225 United States
(888) 794-9805
Capital Region Honda Dealers 42.551937, -73.163808.