Honda had to play it secure even though redesigning its juggernaut compact crossover, as it didn’t want a repeat of the 2012 Civic fiasco.
Now that the wraps are officially off the fifth generation of the brand’s second-very best selling model, we can see that it didn’t suffer that fate. The 2017 CR-V sports updated appears, boosted dimensions, an upscale interior, and— for the very first time —a turbocharged powerplant.
Oh, there’s also a extremely particular knob.
Honda had to stroll a fine line when it came to styling. As well drab, and … properly, we all keep in mind the last Civic’s emergency refresh too bold and it may well alienate returning buyers. Whilst it’s nonetheless recognizable as a CR-V, the crossover’s exterior has noticed a considerable revamp.
Can you call this styling edgy? It depends on who you ask. Since the “cute ute” idea is now dead and buried, the CR-V’s fender bulges have grown in size and a lot more chrome adorns its face. LED operating lights come regular, with complete LED headlights on larger trims. Nevertheless, styling is far from becoming the leading draw for crossover purchasers. Reputation, interior volume and approaches of producing the owner’s life simpler prime that list.
This CR-V has grown in every single dimension, albeit not drastically. Length is up by 1.two inches and wheelbase grows 1.6 inches. Width and height expand by 1.4 inches, even though rear cargo volume adds two cubic feet, for a total of 39.two cubic feet.
What does shrink is the uplevel engine — a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder generating 190 horsepower and an unannounced quantity of torque. It’s the 1st turbo to uncover its way into a CR-V. The stalwart two.four-liter 4-cylinder soldiers on unchanged in the lowest LX trim level, creating 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Each engines will be mated to a constantly variable transmission.
The automaker hasn’t released fuel economy figures however, but the smaller sized turbo engine, coupled with Honda’s Active Shutter Grille, ought to enhance mileage on uplevel models. 2016 CR-Vs with all-wheel drive are at present rated at 25 miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined.
Inside, new goodies abound, like the return of — wait for it — the stereo volume knob! It’s secure to assume existing owners demanded it. Heavier use of soft-touch materials and upgraded stitching lends some class to the interior, even though two new touchscreens should no doubt delight those who didn’t demand the return of the radio knob. A new navigation program by Garmin joins the content bucket for 2017, as does dual-zone climate manage, rear USB charging ports and an electronic parking brake.
The CR-V is a quite important model for Honda’s bottom line, with the automaker enjoying quite healthier, increasing support from purchasers. Sales barely fell in the course of the recession, so the automaker no doubt hopes it hasn’t angered any individual with the 2017 redesign. CR-V sales reached 345,647 in the U.S. final year, which means this model can be identified in the “too important to screw up” file.
[Photos: Honda North America]