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Honda’s best-selling vehicle has broken new ground with its 2017 model, which was released just in time to deck some lucky drivers’ driveways over Christmas. Offered in the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims, the 2017 Honda CR-V is even more boldly charming and upscale than its predecessors. From the premium and spacious interior to the model’s newly added turbocharged engine, refined features are aplenty and make this a polished crossover that should turn its fair share of heads.

Here’s what you can expect when you take one of Car & Driver’s 10Best SUVs out on a test drive at a South Florida Honda Dealer.

Eye-catching Style Inside & Out

With the 2017 edition, the CR-V has built on the model’s already-illustrious design, adding aggressive flair to the outside and amping up the opulence within the cabin.

Starting at the front-end, the 2017 CR-V is sporting some killer style. The Honda-first Active Shutter Grille is split horizontally, with the top portion enveloped by angled LED headlights, and its lower sections melding into the burly fender. Fog lamps offset this layout and add an extra bit of flavor to something that’s already zesty.

Wrap around and to the side of the CR-V and you’ll be hit by cupid’s arrow; aluminum alloy wheels spread their infectious elegance up to the chrome-plated door trim, which then feeds into the back-end and its dual exhaust and split LED taillights, all of which is highlighted by the CR-V badge and Honda emblem.

While you’re back there, pop open the trunk—be sure to wave your foot and say hello to the available hands-free tailgate—and bear witness to the spacious cargo area. With the 60/40 rear seats folded down, available cargo space is up nearly 10 inches compared to the 2016 CR-V.

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Swing back to the side and open the driver’s door. Go on, don’t be shy—slide into the cabin and take a look around. Notice the soft-touch instrument panel with the integrated color driver information cluster? Handsome, isn’t it? Gaze to the side and fixate on the center stack. Tightly composed to maximize efficiency, this hub of controls is highlighted by a 7-inch touchscreen display that combines all the best perks of Honda ownership into one interface, such as integrated navigation, audio connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice-controlled search, and more.

If you can pull your sights away from the attractive center stack, you’ll find a slew of other great new features, like heated side mirrors, custom three-position storage, an electric parking brake button, dual USB charging ports (in the rear), 8-way power driver’s seat, and heated front seats.

Your knees feeling weak yet? No, it’s not because of lack of legroom, as the 2017 CR-V is even roomier than the last model, which already offered some best-in-class passenger volume. That’s just how it feels to fall in love with your favorite new SUV.

Extensive Safety Features

Honda Sensing™ is newly expanded in the 2017 CR-V, with Road Departure Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control (with Low-Speed Follow tech) being the most prominent additions. Both are new to the CR-V lineup, as are driver-assistance features like Driver Attention Monitor, Auto High-Beam, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, and a Blind Spot Information System. Many Honda Sensing™ features are standard on the CR-V EX and upgraded trims.

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The 2017 Honda CR-V is also built on an advanced next-gen body, which helps the crossover earn some of the highest safety ratings, such as a five-star overall score from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. If safety is a concern, there’s perhaps no better vehicle for your peace of mind than Honda’s newest SUV.

New Engine Options

2017 CR-V EX trims and higher come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. This is the model’s first turbocharged engine, and it delivers a level of performance that is normally reserved for high-end (aka expensive) vehicles. There’s little cabin sway going around turns, and you’ll feel nary a bump in when going over the roughest of roadways. Combined with Honda’s critically acclaimed CVT and Honda G-Shift, this turbo-4 has earned the best EPA ratings in its class.

Test the New 2017 CR-V in South Florida

We know what you’re thinking: “How can I make that mine?” It just so happens that the new 2017 CR-V is available to lease or purchase at all South Florida Honda Dealers locations. Perfect timing! Start with a test drive in the new Honda CR-V today by contacting your closest South Florida Honda car dealer. We have numerous Honda dealerships near Miami, FL, so you’ll never have trouble finding your way to great savings in South Florida on any of our new models, including the Honda CR-V.

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