Here at Luther Hopkins Honda, we have a rare treat in store for our readers throughout the Minneapolis area. Larry Printz, Editor-in-Chief of, has penned a glowing review of the 2017 Honda CR-V.

As a former automotive editor for The Virginian-Pilot and The Morning Call, Larry has over two decades of experience writing about the automotive industry. At his current position, Larry reviews new cars, SUVs and trucks for dealerships across the country. As shown below, Larry explains why the 2017 Honda CR-V is a stand out option for commuters and families in the Minneapolis area. Take a look:

The SUV that more Americans buy than any other is all new for 2017

By Larry Printz

Given the tumult of the presidential election, you might not believe it, but most Americans are fairly sensible. If you need proof, look no further than the Honda CR-V.

Consider that last year, 345,647 sensible sorts opted for a Honda CR-V rather than, say, an Acura NSX. In fact, it was America's best-selling SUV in 2015, and Honda having sold nearly four million during the past two decades. So buying the redesigned CR-V won't surprise anyone, although it might raise a few envious eyebrows.

Visually, the exterior’s look is evolutionary with a more sophisticated demeanor. And the interior is significantly more pleasant, with materials that impart a more luxurious feel, even if some details are deceptively so. Nevertheless, there’s one significant improvement; the audio system once more has a volume knob, something conspicuously absent from recent Hondas. How sensible.

Family Focused Comfort

Once seated behind the wheel, you’ll realize that the driver's seat is the best seat in the house, far more accommodating than the flat front passenger seat. Its widely placed side bolsters and low seating position is made worse by a cushion that doesn't tilt or adjust for height, even on the top trim level.

Things are significantly improved in the rear seat, however. This was clearly a sore point with current customers, which why Honda sensibly added 1.2 inches of length and 1.4 inches of width to the previous model’s rear row measurements. There’s enough space to sit behind yourself without your knees touching the front seats. Fold down the rear seat and you'll find more than five feet of flat cargo space ready for any manner of lifestyle debris. And check out the cargo floor; its height is adjustable. How sensible. Too bad the front passenger seat isn’t.

It’s an impressively capacious cabin, one with generous headroom, generous legroom and bountiful cargo space. But while the CR-V’s cabin grows larger, its engine, the one used on most models, is shrinking.

Powerfully Efficient Performance

The 2017 CR-V’s base LX model retains last year's 2.4-liter four-cylinder, good for 184 horsepower and 180 foot-pounds of torque. Those opting for the EX, EX-L, and Touring models, or more than 70 percent of buyers, will get a new 1.5-liter double-overhead cam turbocharged four rated at 190 horsepower and 179 foot-pounds of torque. As before, both front- and all-wheel-drive models are available. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard on all models.

The new 1.5-liter engine generates more power than it does in the Civic, providing sufficient muscle to get the job done, with requests for more power being promptly answered. Nevertheless, the continuously variable automatic transmission occasionally hangs up in a ratio when you need it to change gears. And one wonders what this vehicle would be like when fully loaded with people and stuff.

Still, while the power isn’t noticeably different from previous models, the new CR-V proves to be a better dancer than its predecessor. It's clearly more fun to drive than others of this ilk, with a ride that's never punishing with little of the body motions you'd expect in exchange. Steering is nicely weighted and quick, imparting better-than-expected road feel considering that electronics, not a cable, connect the accelerator pedal to the engine. Known as steer by wire, the system reduces weight and allows for quicker steering response.

The chassis proves to be nimble enough to handle it, although you won’t confuse it with a sports sedan. Besides, the CR-V is all about sensibility, which is why it returns a sensible 34 mpg in highway driving according to the EPA. That said, there's a fair amount of road noise, and the audio system's sound quality proved disappointing; not only for sound quality, but in ability to mask the noise.

The Total Package

If you’re getting the sense that this is basically a fun-to-drive, sensibly sized, economical family hauler, you’re spot on. And that’s why the most important change comes in the area of safety. For 2017, all get blind spot information, and a driver attention monitor that detects if it's time for you to a break from behind the wheel. In addition, all models except for the LX have Honda Sensing, a suite of electronic safety aids that includes collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, or lane keeping assist. How sensible.

Add it all up, and you get a vehicle that isn’t a dramatic breakthrough or make you break out drooling. Instead, the 2017 Honda CR-V is a thoughtfully improved upgrade, with a roomier cabin, aesthetic updates, impressive safety suite, and revised dynamics. It's so sensibly realized, look for it to claim the crown of America’s favorite SUV for the fourth year in a row.

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Now, we'd like to thank Larry for taking time to review the 2017 CR-V for us. If you're interested in learning more about the 2017 CR-V, simply stop by our Hopkins, MN showroom to take a test drive today!

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