Honda CR-V 2017
This is what Graham Smith liked most about this particular version of the Honda CR-V: Five-star ANCAP rating, Well equipped with active safety features, Generous boot space
The 2017 Honda CR-V carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1500 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.
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Honda CR-V 2017 Price and Specs
|Honda CR-V Model||Body Type||Specs||Price from||Price to|
|VTI (2WD)||SUV||1.5L ULP CVT AUTO||$21,500||$30,990|
|VTi (4x2)||SUV||2.0L ULP 5 SP AUTO||$21,489||$22,990|
|VTi (4x2)||SUV||2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN||$21,489||$22,990|
|VTi-L (4x4)||SUV||2.4L ULP 5 SP AUTO||$24,912||$29,990|
Honda CR-V 2017 Q&As
Check out real-world situations relating to the Honda CR-V here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
What's the best family SUV for $25,000?
As you say, the choice is bewildering. All the models you have been looking would be suitable; you could also look at the Nissan X-Trail. I would go for either the Mazda CX-5 or the Kia Sportage, but that's not to say the others aren't worth considering. Why don't you go shopping and check each of them out to see how they fit your needs.
Is the CR-V or Tiguan better for my family?
Buying any car is a gamble when it comes to reliability; no brand is immune from problems.
VW has had some very high profile problems over the last few years that have affected people's perception of the brand. The current and on-going scandal about emissions cheating isn't a reliability problem; it's a corporate thing. The problem with the DSG gearbox was another that knocked the company's reputation, and that was a reliability issue.
It has to be said that the DSG problems were associated with earlier models and don't appear to affect current ones, like the Tiguan. I wouldn't be too concerned about the reliability of VW at the moment.
Against that it's 2.4-litre engine is a tad thirsty, and the auto is a five-speed, both of which hold it back. Safety-wise it has five stars with pretty much everything you could want.
Best manual mid-size SUV?
All of the models you list would do the job you want well, so it comes down to personal choice. Add in the Kia Sorento and you have the field pretty much covered. The Sorento generally gets the most ticks from CarsGuide reviewers.