2017 HONDA CR-V VTI-LX (AWD)
2017 marked the year for a new, and certainly improved, generation of the long-loved Honda CR-V models, with new price tags to match. For the keen car observers, the improvements in the newer models will be observable at a glance, but for the rest of us we may need to look a bit closer to see why this vehicle truly is a step up from the old. What’s important to note is that the popular title of CR-V doesn’t actually represent a model in itself, but rather a group of five different cars. They do in fact vary in more ways than a few letters at the end of the name, including their cost and some other crucial features, but we’ll make all of that clear. THE VTi-LX is at the top of our list for the CRV family but we’ll lay out all the info and you can make that choice for yourself.
While the five models vary in costs and specifications, not all have gone up in price in this new generation. In fact, the top two models have actually decreased compared to their predecessors. Honda says the entire range has significantly added value when considering the extra specs now incorporated.
The base level VTi: Starts at $30,690 before on-roads ($900 increase)
VTi-S Front-wheel: starts at $33,290 and ($1,000 increase)
VTi-S All-wheel: starts at $35,490 ($200 increase)
VTi-L front-wheel 7-seater: $38,990 ($300 decrease)
VTi-Lx: $44,290 ($1,500 decrease)
The VTi: 17-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, reverse camera, keyless entry, colour touch screen with Apple Play, Android Auto and active noise control, hill start assist, trailer stability assist and LED daytime running lights.
VTi-S Front-wheel and all-wheel: electric tailgate with height adjustment, 18-inch alloys, Sat Nav with live updates, dusk-sensing headlights and lane-watch cameras, front and rear sensors, leather steering wheel and electrically automated side mirrors.
VTi-L front-wheel 7-seater: leather trim, panoramic sunroof, lumbar support and position memory in the driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, heat front seats, and curtain airbags.
VTi-Lx: LED headlights, foglights and high-beam support, privacy glass, DAB+ radio, electronically adjustable driver’s seat, auto dimming rear view, heated front seats. Especially useful safety features include: adaptive cruise control, collision mediated braking system, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, low-speed follow, and forward collision mitigation.
Comparable Makes and models
Toyota RAV-4, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Tuscon. The Honda CRV-LX is more spacious than all but the X-trail.
The car has switched from Halogen to LED headlights and fog lights (which also differs from the other CR-V models), as well as new tinted read windows.
While it is the most expensive out of 2017 CR-V models, it has decreased by $1,500 from previous version, while still adding value in specifications and performance. The new safety features outlined below and probably it’s biggest advantage.
Anyone slightly taller than average may find themselves hunched over in the second row of the VT-L model, while the LX seems to be roomy all around. The centre console can shape shift to accommodate all kinds of clutter, and there are ample cup holders as well as built in bottle holders in the doors. The boot holds up to 522 litres, in addition to the full-sized spare wheel, which makes it competitive with other SUVs on the market.
Engine, Transmission, Fuel
The 1.5 litre turbo-petrol 4-cylinder engine is a standard for all five CR-Vs, which is relatively small at 140 kW, yet enjoys the turbo boost. The CVT automatic transmission is less notable for sporty handling but more for it’s sensibility in the fuel economy. THe LX cruises on front-wheel drive but can launch into rear-wheel when needed for tighter turns or added traction. Combined consumption for the LX is 7.4L/100km which is only .1L more than the two-wheel drive alternative.
Possibly the most attractive addition of the LX, the safety package is extremely impressive and definitely a selling point. The new side cameras on the LX finally allow for comfortable viewing of the “blind spot” to keep your eyes forward on the road when lane changing. Other than AEB and the adaptive cruise control, the LX has forward collision control, lane keep assistance and departure warning.
Families will also note that these cars features two ISOFIX points and three top tether anchor points which meant child car seats are much more safely attached to the actual car structure rather than just the seats. A definite plus for those with little ones.
Warranty: 6 Year / 175,000km
What our car experts think:
Pros: Spacious, attractive, extremely safe and a great family car.
Cons: Yet to find one!