All-new 2017 Honda CR-V production starts in Ohio image

The 2017 model year Honda CR-V has been taken through an extensive revision and the fifth generation compact SUV has started rolling on the floor of the East Liberty plant in Ohio.

The CR-V SUV is a major success and a crucial model for the Japanese company in the United States – in two decades since its introduction it has reached almost four million deliveries in the United States alone. The Japanese carmaker even thinks these figures are the best for any sport utility vehicle in America over the course of those 20 years. This is why the automaker decided the East Liberty Assembly Plant (ELP) in Ohio to be the first to start production of the all-new, fifth-generation CR-V. The 2017 CR-V is new as it makes use of Honda’s latest global compact car platform, which also beats inside the Civic. The CR-V even shares the same .5-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine, which for the SUV packs another 16 horsepower (12 kilowatts) and 17 pound-feet (23 Newton meters) of torque, for a total of 190 hp (142 kW) and 179 lb/ft (243 Nm).

The most basic CR-V is not getting the turbo but almost all models are, connected to front or all-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Better dimensional packaging has delivered two inches of extra legroom for rear seat passengers. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system – also from the Civic, comes standard alongside numerous driver assistance systems. “Our Ohio team did an incredible job as the lead plant for the global launch of this new Honda CR-V. We believe the CR-V will continue to set the standard for compact SUVs,” commented Tim Myers, ELP plant manager.