Honda fanboys have been anticipating for the return of their favorite crossover SUV, the new 2017 Honda CR-V. This would be the fourth generation of the CR-V lineup and reports show that it is much better than its predecessors. However, how would it compare to its rivals, namely the Toyota Rav4, Nissan Rogue, and the Subaru Forester?
According to CNET, most crossover sports utility vehicles follow the same basic formula. A four cylinder engine, seating for five, vehicle length that comes at around 180 inches, and a front wheel drive with available all-wheel drive systems. The Honda CR-V has been a favorite, such that first generation CR-Vs can still be seen on the roads up to this day, almost 20 years from its initial release. The first and the second generation CR-V's look similar, while the third generation will have familiar looks with the upcoming fourth generation. However, the upcoming SUV will be slightly longer wheelbase, 104.7 inches compared to the previous 103.1, and will also be slightly wider at 73 inches versus the predecessors 71.5 inches.
Aside from the difference to its predecessors, fans are also comparing the CR-V to another manufacturer SUV's while looking for their best buy. The Honda CR-V is a clear winner in terms of power as it gives out 184horse power and 180 pound-feet of torque coming from its 2.4liter engine. The 2017 Toyota Rav4 comes to a few scores behind with its 176horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5liter engine. The 2017 Subaru Forester and the 2016 Nissan Rogue is tied with their 175horse power and 175 and 174 pound-feet of torque for the former, both have 2.5liter engines.
The Exterior Does Not Show It All
The 2017 Honda CR-V is the shortest in length out of the four but by just a very small margin. The CR-V is 180.6 inches in length, the Forester comes next at 181.5 inches, the Rogue's length measures at 182.3 inches and lastly, the Rav4 is 183.5 inches in length. With the seats down, the CR-V's 39.2 cubic-feet of cargo room is only second to the Rogues 39.3 cubic-feet. The Rav4 can fit 38.4 cubic feet while the Forester only has 34.4 cubic-feet of space. The CR-V is the lightest, weighing in at only 3307 pounds. The Forester weights 3395, next is 3408 for the Nissan Rogue, and the Rav4 being the heaviest at 3455 pounds.
No Fuel Economy Estimates Yet For The Honda CR-V
So far, it is looking good for the Honda CR-V; unfortunately, no fuel consumption reports have been released yet for the Honda. Looking at the other three, the Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester is tied once more with both having a rating of 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. The Rav4 have a fuel economy rating of only 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Buyers would have to wait for the official fuel economy rating of the CR-V.
The 2017 Honda CR-V seems like the clear overall winner among the other three rivals, at least in the spec sheet. Buyers would need to wait for the fuel economy estimates in order to determine if this is the new crossover SUV that they have been waiting for. The 2017 Honda CR-V is set to debut this month.