Fifth-Gen Honda CR-V Comes With More Space and Turbo Power
New technology and convenience features are also on the tableby Ciprian Florea, on
Introduced in 1995, the CR-V has become one of Honda’s most vital vehicles, now being the company’s second-best selling model after the iconic Civic. Redesigned every five years, the crossover has just stepped into its fifth generation, which brings completely new design inside and out and turbocharged power.
Scheduled to hit the market this winter for the 2017 model year, the new CR-V received a bold and somewhat sophisticated design that puts it in line with more recent Honda products. Although similarities aren’t very obvious at first glance, the front end is reminiscent of the new Civic thanks to its imposing grille with chrome elements, the sporty headlamps, and the aggressive looking bumper.
The profile of the crossover seems more massive now, with the beefier wheel arches and the squared off roof being the main culprits for the new look. Around back, Honda redesigned every single detail. The taillights now also extend toward the "Honda" emblem in the middle, while the elements that climb up toward the roof are narrower. Under the rear glass there is a big gray element that gives the SUV a more premium look, while the license plate recess was lowered, now sitting just above the bumper. The latter also sports a big gray-painted element.
More changes are visible inside, where Honda ditched the previous two-tier dashboard design in favor of a simpler, cleaner layout. The revised center stack looks modern and houses a larger infotainment screen, while the A/C vents have been moved at the top. The steering wheel has a sportier design, while the all-new instrument cluster no longer uses the classic dial configuration. The navigation system, developed with Garmin, is also new, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come with voice-activated features. Other features include dual-zone climate controls, remote start, rear USB charging ports, and an electric parking break.
Under the skin, the CR-V uses a new platform derived from the Civic that’s a tad longer and wider, and adds 1.6 inches to the wheelbase. There’s also a new engine to talk about, in the form of a turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Already available in other Honda models, the four-banger produces 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter is still on offer with 184 horses and 180 pound-feet, but it won’t match the turbo’s fuel economy figures. Unfortunately, Honda has yet to release EPA numbers.
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Why it Matters?
The 2017 CR-V (left) brings a wider appearance and beefier wheel arches compared to the outgoing model (right)
Around back, Honda redesigned every single detail for 2017 (left). The taillights now also extend toward the "Honda" emblem in the middle, while the elements that climb up toward the roof are narrower.
As America’s best-selling SUV over the past 20 years, the CR-V has some pretty big shoes to fill with each generation that hits the market. The new crossover seems to check all the right boxes, especially with the fancier interior — reportedly benchmarked against the BMW X3 — the bolder looks, and the new turbocharged engine. If the new-generation CR-V proves to be at least as reliable as its predecessor and the turbo-four unit returns the superior mileage it should, than the vehicle’s spot at the top of the crossover market will be safe for years to come.
Read our full revier on the 2015 - 2016 Honda CR-V here.