Honda’s popular entry in the crossover SUV segment arrives in time for Christmas. The all-new 2017 CR-V is hitting dealer showrooms now.
The fifth-generation crossover began rolling off the production line in Ohio last month. It’s a big rollout for Honda because the CR-V is currently the top-selling compact crossover SUV in America. Since arriving over 20 years ago, the crossover consistently gets a spot in the top 10 U.S. cars across the board.
The 2017 model keeps the popularity rolling with even more of what makes it such an allover hit. Literally, the model grows longer, taller and wider. That means 2 inches more legroom in the rear seats. Honda gives it a best-in-class rating for those 2 inches. The cabin noticeably improves with a new single-screen infotainment system. A large touchscreen replaces a load of buttons, and previous model’s more complicated two-screen system, creating a simple, modern feel.
The engine gets upgrades, too. The top-selling EX trim now offers a 1.5-liter DOHC turbocharged engine good for 190-horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. The base LX keeps the 2.4-liter 184-horsepower engine. Mileage continues to improve, offering a 26 city mpg and 32 highway mpg range.
The next-generation model continues to be readily recognizable as a part of the CR-V family. Its all-new lines are sleeker and sportier, though. Check out the more pronounced fenders, sweeping hood and Acura inspired lights. The body uses Honda’s first Automatic Shutter Grille System for improved aerodynamics. This helps explain the same mileage range despite the larger size.
The CR-V starts at $24,925 for the base model. The popular EX starts at $27,595.