What Is It: Honda's midsize crossover began its fifth generation in 2017. It gets new engine choices, an exterior redesign and upgraded interior pieces.
Highlights: The new CR-V feels solid and upscale where the last one felt a little chintzy inside. It's hard to complain about the continuously variable transmission in normal operation and the 1.5-liter turbo scoots this small utility around with gusto.
Our Opinion: We tested a Honda CR-V Touring, the top trim level, which felt upscale with nice wood trim and mostly soft-touch materials throughout the interior. The seats are way comfy -- it seems Acura and Honda are working off Lexus’ playbook there. The CR-V skips the former double-screen infotainment system, which we found difficult to understand, for a single-screen unit with knobs, thank God, for the important functions.
On the road, the newest CR-V doesn’t feel tinny or chintzy like the old one did. Road and wind noise are kept to a minimum. There’s plenty of space in the back row for average-size humans and a good amount of space behind the rear seats, too.
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