In today’s more competitive than ever SUV market, there is simply no time for automakers to sit on their laurels.
Honda knows that only too well. It’s CR-V is currently the top-selling SUV in America. But with the Toyota RAV4 yapping at its heels, followed by the popular Nissan Rogue, Honda is doing all it can to keep it that way by launching an all-new redesigned 2017 CR-V due out this winter.
Without further ado, here are the really big updates for Honda’s top-selling SUV.
It’s a sporty style mash-up of sorts.
The redesigned 2017 CR-V is longer, taller and wider than the outgoing model.
It also takes sporty styling up a big notch in what appears to be a bid to attract even more male buyers. Right now, 47% of CR-V buyers are men, according to Bloomberg. The sportier look includes a windswept front fascia, with a wing-shaped grille along with a swollen front and rear fenders.
The headlights are close to the Civics and also look a bit like Acura’s newest headlight styling. In the back, the taillights actually remind us a bit of the Volvo V90. Dual exhausts also amp up the athletic factor. Plus, it features uprated 17- and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels and narrower A-pillars for improved visibility.
It gets turbocharged.
The new CR-V gets a power boost, too. The higher level trims offer the same turbocharged engine in the new Civic. The 1.5-liter turbo incline 4-cylinder is rated at 190-horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. The other engine, offered in the base LX, is a retuned 2.4-liter direct-injected i-VTECÔ engine good for 184-horses and 180 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will be mated to a continuously variable transmission outfitted with Honda G-Shift control logic.
It’s bigger inside with more technology.
The cabin of the new CR-V really gets some noteworthy updates. One of them is that it does away with a duel-screen setup. Instead you get a single touchscreen. The tachometer display also takes a page from the Civic. It’s a more digital affair in the newest model. Other updates include Apple Carplay and Google Android compatibility.
Honda says it offers best-in-class legroom in the back – it’s up about 2 inches over its predecessor. Higher trims offer things like leather seats, a power passenger seat and an optional navigation system. The top-of-the-line adds ambient interior lighting into the mix, along with a power liftgate that opens with a foot-activated sensor.
All hail the new volume knob.
Perhaps the interior feature getting the most attention is the new volume knob switch. (You know what they say about the little things in life.) It’s, well, an actual physical volume knob. It replaces a finicky slide volume situation that just should have never happened. Even the new Civic doesn’t have one of these.
It amps up handling and aerodynamics.
The CR-V’s all-new body and chassis design adds ground clearance and provides better handling and refinement. It also features a Honda-first Automatic Shutter Grille System that lowers aerodynamic drag. A front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension utilize specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote quick turn-in and flatter cornering. It also features dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering.
To Be Determined…
There are a few unanswered questions out there. One is how much it will cost. Another is what kind of MPGs it will make. And a third is whether Honda plans to offer a hybrid version. (The Toyota RAV4, which is hot on its heels, offers one, and Nissan is soon launching its new Rogue Hybrid variant.)