Top best 10 SUVs
11 November, 2017, 12:00 am
The Honda CR-V and Honda Ridgeline have both been included in 2017 Car and Driver’s 10 Best Trucks and SUVs list. Honda vehicles are no stranger to Car and Driver’s “10Best” lists with back to back mentions year after year. With these two new vehicles recognised for excellence, the Honda lineup is proving itself yet again.
The all-new Honda CR-V and Honda Ridgeline were named as the best vehicles in their segments. Car and Driver experts tested, and examined a variety of vehicles in different performance arenas. All of the entrants were judged on ride, handling, safety, technology, comfort, practicality and fuel efficiency.
As America’s bestselling SUV, millions are already aware of why the Honda CR-V is an excellent choice when looking for a compact SUV. Car and Driver said the newest CR-V “is the compact crossover SUV distilled to its near-perfect essence, blending engaging dynamics, master-class interior practicality, and a pleasing demeanor into a deeply satisfying whole.”
Honda’s second-generation Ridgeline truck debuted this year, and was immediately recognized for its winning combination of capability, efficiency, driving dynamics and comfort. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline uses exclusive unit-body construction for superior ride and handling and less noise, vibration and harshness without having to sacrifice payload and towing capacity.
The Honda CR-V does nearly everything well, with great ride and seat comfort, passenger space, cargo room and fit and finish, while doing nothing poorly. The new continuously variable transmission (CVT) doesn’t hurt driveability, yet it takes two steps forward with improved fuel economy and acceleration.
The CRV is easy around parking lots and much firmer out on the road. The CR-V delivers a friendly and forgiving handling feel on the road. It also shows a keen ability to keep the tires in contact with the pavement on rough roads.
The driveability of the CRV is super easy to live with. Gas pedal, brakes and steering operate fluidly. CVT is one of the best out there, rarely hanging the revs up high.
Comfort is a CR-V strong suit, whether you’re talking seats, ride quality or interior cabin noise. The CR-V is simply a fuss-free vehicle for running errands around town or hitting the open road with the family. Front seats are wide and flat with soft cushions yet plenty of lower back support. Padded armrests keep elbows happy. Rear seatbacks are two-position reclining, excellent padding. A comfy-riding car, soaks up pretty much everything you throw at it, then asks for more. Nice and quiet.
The interior is superbly engineered. Thanks to excellent interior and passenger room for the class, as well as easy-folding rear seats, the CR-V is a cinch to use. It’s easier to see out of than most competitors, too.
In terms of Cargo/ Storage, the CRV is one of the most cargo-friendly compact SUVs with the seats up or lowered flat by the handy one-pull mechanism. A very low load floor and boxy shape are good for dogs, too. Lots of small items storage is available in the vehicle.