These days, there are so many SUV options out there, which makes the task of finding the right one a little daunting. With such a large variety of crossovers on the road, why is it that drivers continue to come back to Honda? Because the name “Honda” is synonymous with “quality.”
Including the lauded design of the eight-passenger Pilot, the exceptionally rated CR-V, and the versatile sub-compact HR-V, Honda’s impressive lineup of SUVs is suited for anyone in the market. Take a look at each of these Honda crossovers, and you’ll see why they continue to be rated at the very top of the SUV world by both experts and consumers.
2017 Honda Pilot:
- MPG: 19 city/27 hwy
- Engine: 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower
- Seating: Three rows, eight passengers
Even with its heft and a marvelous amount of passenger/hauling space, the Honda Pilot is known for being a terrifically fuel-efficient ride. And that makes it one of the top-rated midsize SUVs available. Returning 27 miles per gallon on the highway, the Pilot delivers a consumer-friendly combination of power and efficiency that has helped to become such a delight to drive.
Comfortably seating eight, the Pilot not only brings plenty of passenger space but has also been praised for its ability to get them in and out with ease, almost like a minivan but without the diminished fuel efficiency and handling capabilities. The Pilot has also been commended for its ability to do some off-roading, which adds another dimension to a vehicle that is already considered to be a tremendous option for road trips.
With passengers in mind, the 2017 Pilot is also one of the safest SUVs on the road, as proven by earning the coveted Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS. With standard features like a multi-angle rearview camera and braking assist, the Pilot gives drivers plenty of confidence when hitting the road. The Honda Sensing suite also provides additional safety features like lane-keeping assist, collision mitigation with emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.
Thanks to its world-class safety system, powerful acceleration and a wonderfully rich range of features, the 2017 Honda Pilot is as good an option for everyday commuting as it is for taking a family trip to South Beach.
2017 CR-V – Photo: automobiles.honda.com
2017 Honda CR-V:
- Max MPG: 28 city/34 mpg hwy
- Engine: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 184 horsepower or 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 190 horsepower
- Seating: Two rows, five passengers
Easily one of the most versatile SUVs on the market today, the Honda CR-V continues to add impressive features that have solidified its reputation as a terrific option for just about everyone.
After ramping up the interior space for 2017 with an extended wheelbase, the new CR-V now offers a roomy cabin that is great for hitting the open road. Honda engineers have also prioritized the CR-V driving experience; its 34 mpg on the highway is exceptional, and the powerful standard engine (2.4-liter direct-injected) is only bested by the SUV’s turbo-infused option that provides significantly more kick.
Safety also remains a key element of Honda’s mid-range SUV, as the 2017 CR-V can sense forward collisions and pedestrians thanks to the Honda Sensing system (offered on EX trims and higher). Additional warning systems cover lane and road departures, ensuring that the popular Honda SUV is right in line with the wave of automated safety features that have been aggressively developed by other automakers.
With high marks in power/handling, interior space, fuel efficiency and entertainment options, it’s no surprise that both the U.S. News & World Report and Kelley Blue Book ranked it as the top compact SUV for 2017.
2018 HR-V – Photo: automobiles.honda.com
2017 Honda HR-V:
- Max MPG: 28 city/34 hwy
- Engine: 1.8-liter inline-4 with 141 horsepower
- Seating:Two rows, five passengers
For those who don’t quite need the interior space of the CR-V or Pilot, the Honda HR-V should do well in your garage.
One of the major advances for the HR-V is the “Magic Seat,” a second-row flip-up seat that offers a major boost for hauling large items—something that other vehicles in the HR-V’s class can’t handle. The new HR-V has also been praised for having more interior room than both the Nissan Juke and the Mazda CX-3; its clever design helps to maximize passenger room, allowing the HR-V to separate from two of its chief competitors.
As for the driving experience, reviews have noted that it has more than enough power thanks to an efficient 1.8-liter engine that makes a beefy 141 horsepower. Perhaps more importantly, the handling offers a nice combination of taught suspension and weighted steering. Thanks to an impressive 28/34 MPG, the HR-V also compares very favorably to any vehicle in its class while also outperforming competitors like the Chevy Trax and Jeep Renegade.
With standard features like vehicle stability assist and multi-angle rearview cameras, the 2017 HR-V also scores high marks when it comes to safety. It’s really a crucial new addition to Honda’s already lauded SUV roster. (And the newest 2018 HR-V is just about ready to make its way onto our showroom floor!)
Test Drive a Honda Crossover in Miami, FL
You can read about these Honda SUV differences till you’re blue in the face, but nothing beats taking a test drive in each. Head into any of our Fort Lauderdale or Miami Honda dealerships to sit behind the wheel of the CR-V, Pilot, or HR-V! You’ll be floored by everything they offer—guaranteed.
Click here to find your nearest South Florida Honda Dealers location. When you’re ready to take a test drive, just stop in and let your salesperson know you’d like a great Honda deal on any of these world-class SUVs. Enjoy.
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