Honda CR-V climbs with smart style


2017 Honda CR-V 1.5T AWD EX-L
• Small SUV, AWD
• 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo-charged engine
• Continuously variable transmission
• Leather seating, steering wheel and shifter
• Tablet-style glass touchscreen, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity.
• Dual-zone climate control
• Honda Sensing: adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist system, road departure mitigation
• 5 Year/60k Powertrain Limited Warranty. 3 Year/36k Bumper to Bumper & Roadside Assistance
• 29 mpg (27/33 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $31.4k, pictured

As always, check with dealer for details

Recently, a co-worker of mine wrote a story about her bicycle trip up Little Park Road. While editing it, I thought to myself, “I could do that.”
But then I thought “I’d rather have air conditioning.” I also realized that while I think I technically own a bicycle, I couldn’t be certain that it wasn’t rusted through.
So that’s the story of how I took the 2017 Honda CR-V up Little Park Road. It’s…almost the same thing? Right?
Not to disparage my co-worker’s accomplishment, but I think I much prefer the CR-V. I don’t know if her bike has a leather seat or not, but the EX-L I drove had a welcoming cabin with leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter and heated leather seats.  Her bike’s stereo probably doesn’t match up either.
And not to brag in poor taste, but I didn’t have to get out and walk the CR-V up a steep incline. I might have been in serious trouble if I had, though.
The CR-V has always been a popular choice at the Honda dealership (I’ve often heard it’s name explained as an abbreviation of “Can’t Resist Vehicle”) and the 2017 model brings out the best of what it’s known for: reliability, versatility and driveability, and raises the notch, especially in the higher trims, with style, technology and convenience.
Comfortably powerful with the mountain-friendly 1.5L 4-cylinder 190 horsepower turbo-charged engine, the CR-V easily and enthusiastically made the climb.
It also enthusiastically made the curves. I didn’t realize it on the way up, which may be a testament to the elegance of the system, that the CR-V has providing help in the form of its lane keeping assist system.  The system recognizes when you’re drifting out of lane and then gently nudges the vehicle back into the mainline.  Little Park Road definitely puts that system to the test, with its curves and switchbacks.  I didn’t even realize it until I made it out onto some of the straighter sections on the way to Glade Park.
On the way back, I gave it a bit more control, and while it definitely wouldn’t drive itself on the road, it did help when I understeered a bit.  It really did live up to the name lane keeping assist.
As I get more familiar with the Honda touchscreen system (especially on the glass, tablet-style screens), I appreciate them more. Customizability, simplicity and easy controls are always a nice addition to technology. An interesting addition to the system was an actual app screen that featured basic Android apps (telling me the system was based on Android architecture). As an Android enthusiast, I’m curious as to what kind of apps it can use, because it would increase the versatility of the system immensely.
A popular addition to this generation of CR-V is the flat cargo area with fold-flat seating, creating a large, gapless cargo area when needed.  I’ve carried quite a bit in an older CR-V, and not needing to dodge folded seats really would have made my life much easier.
With plenty of cupholders and by-the-degree climate control, climbing Little Park Road in style is easy with the 2017 Honda CR-V. Try it out for yourself, it’s available now at Fuoco Honda. (There’s still plenty of construction on First Street, so I recommend coming in from Second Street on Hill Avenue.)

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