Honda announced its newest version is larger and more powerful than previous CR-Vs, in what Honda calls “a fresh new direction with an aggressive attitude.”
The biggest change to the CR-V is the addition of a new 190-horsepower turbocharged engine in EX and higher trims. Honda claims the new turbocharged four-cylinder will give the 2017 CR-V class-leading fuel economy.
In addition to the turbocharged engine, the new CR-V has a bigger cabin with more legroom and more cargo space. A “long hood, longer wheelbase, short rear overhang and dual exhausts give the new CR-V a more sophisticated and athletic presence,” Honda said in a press release.
In addition to making the vehicle larger, Honda is also making it more connected. It will be available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and, in a nod to criticism from around the automotive world, the CR-V’s touch-screen system will feature a volume knob instead of touch-sensitive buttons.
The CR-V is also rolling out some improved safety features, with the Honda Sensing safety suite as standard equipment on EX and higher trims. That includes systems like collision mitigation braking, foward collision warning, and pedestrian sensing capability.
The CR-V is the best-selling SUV in America, with nearly four million sold since its U.S. launch in 1997, Honda says.
While it’s sold by a Japanese manufacturer, the new 2017 Honda CR-V will be made at three plants in North America, in Ohio, Indiana, and Ontario, Canada.