Seconds try harder. Honda knows this, and they have Completely redesigned and reengineered America’s best-selling SUV fifth generation of its CR-V nameplate to keep the barking dogs at bay. The 2017 Honda CR-V made its world debut in Detroit, Michigan.
Honda is betting that the numerous enhancements and noticeable improvements to the vehicle, including a radio knob, will continue to impress the 300,000-plus people who buy them each year.
The Honda CR-V comes in four models; LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.
The Honda CR-V LX trims will be powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC, direct-injected i-VTEC™ engine that garners 184 @ 6400 rpm horsepower and 180 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm torque.
The 2017 Honda CR-V EX and higher trims will feature a first ever 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder engine. This powerplant is rated at 190 horsepower, a five-point improvement from 2016, and 179 lb-ft @ 2000-5000 rpm torque. Honda says the turbocharged SUV will achieve the highest EPA fuel economy ratings using regular gasoline in the compact SUV class.
Both engines will be mated to Honda’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic. The turning radius is a respectable 37.4 feet.
The CR-V will be sold in both FWD and AWD models. The five-seat SUV has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.
Honda calls the new generation CR-V exterior more aggressive with sharper looking headlights optional LED accents, bigger fenders, longer hood and sweeping accent lines across the body.
The CR-V offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as remote start capabilities. A 7-inch flat touchscreen with a soft-touch instrument panel and wood trim give the front cabin a more premium feel than the 2016 edition. A complaint from the previous generation was the digital gauge cluster. Honda has brought back some analog dials, actual old-fashioned knobs that you can touch, and they are a noticeable improvement.
Building on the 2015 Honda Sensing, the 2017 CR-V offers Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional new driver-assistive technologies include the available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights. Honda Sensing as standard equipment on EX and higher trims, expected to account for upwards of 75 percent of CR-V sales.
Sticking with the Made in North America moniker, The 2017 Honda CR-V will be produced at three plants in North America – in East Liberty, Ohio; Alliston, Ontario, Canada; and, for the first time, in Greensburg, Indiana using domestic and globally sourced parts. Engines for the new CR-V will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio and Alliston, Ontario, with the CVT being produced in Russells Point, Ohio.
Pricing and EPA fuel economy numbers have not been released. The 2016 base MSRP started at $23,845 and the EPA estimated numbers were up to 26 city / 33 highway miles per gallon (mpg).