Deep in the midst of a total lineup revamp, Honda enters 2017 with an all-new version of its hugely popular CR-V crossover, a lot to talk about for its smaller Civic lineup, and the reboot of its pickup truck range.
Needless to say, 2017 is a big year for Honda. And all this comes just after the automaker introduced a new Civic line that reinvigorated the compact sedan segment last year.
The all-new CR-V now offers a turbocharged engine and all but the base model come with important collision-avoidance safety tech as standard, big strides for a crossover that has been well-received by the public for two decades now. Yes, it's hard to believe that the CR-V has been around for that long, but it's true.
The Civic range gains a space-efficient hatchback and will grow even further during the model year when sporty Si and Type R versions go on sale. And although it has been on sale for almost a year now, the Honda Ridgeline technically arrived as a 2017 model. It's Honda's second pickup truck, and it's a solid effort that makes up for the lackluster nature of its predecessor.
Additionally, Honda has dropped its slow-selling CR-Z hybrid sports coupe, which we never found to be particularly sporty nor particularly efficient.
Otherwise, the automaker's lineup mostly stands pat for 2017 as we await an all-new Accord expected to be unveiled sometime during the 2017 calendar year.
2017 Honda Pilot
Here's a more comprehensive look at what you'll find in a Honda showroom this year:
- New Special Edition trim level for Accord Sport sedan adds leather upholstery.
- Updated model shares look of 2016-2017 Accord sedan inside and out.
- More efficient 48 mpg powertrain, but slow-selling plug-in model dropped.
- New Civic Hatchback joins lineup. Built in England, it's actually shorter than the sedan.
- Civic Si and Civic Type R to follow.
- Fuel-cell vehicle offered only in California
- Highly advanced, but also very expensive.
- Latest in the line of FCX fuel cell vehicles Honda has offered since 1999.
- All-new model.
- 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine on EX, EX-L, Touring grades.
- Automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control standard on EX, EX-L, Touring.
- Major interior upgrades.
- All-new model revives nameplate retired a few years ago.
- Based on Honda Pilot, with which it shares its V-6, platform, suspension, and most of its interior.
- Available in myriad models, but only as a crew cab with a single bed size.
- Considerably more car-like than any other pickup, but more capable than you might expect.