The Japanese automaker has recently taken the official wraps off the US-Spec 2017 CR-V, thoroughly improved in a bid to secure Honda’s best-selling crossover position on the market.
The most important powertrain improvement has to do with the adoption of the 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Civic, tweaked for more power on the 2017 CR-V. Now packing 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque, it has 16 extra ponies and 17 extra pound-feet when compared to the compact model. If you don’t like turbo – and in this day and age you would be alone – the only option is the base LX trim version. The 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine does have very close specifications – 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, but you can bet it’s going to be way less fuel efficient. No matter the engine, the continuously variable transmission remains standard, with front wheel drive offered from the get go and the 4WD an option.
The 2017 model year update comes with a more upscale cabin, with the range-topping Touring model coming with improved dash and door-panel materials. More so, it also offers more interior space, an extra two inches of rear legroom. The tech goodies mostly come from the new Civic, from the enter-mounted touchscreen infotainment display to Honda’s Sensing suite: collision-mitigation braking, with forward collision warning with pedestrian sensing, road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist. The model will be on display during the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.