All-New 2017 Honda CR-V Gets A 190HP Turbo Engine

Honda whipped the covers off its all-important, fifth-generation CR-V that comes with an evolutionary redesign, slightly increased dimensions for improved space, added features and a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.

As Honda’s second-best selling vehicle in the United States with nearly 4 million deliveries since it was introduced two decades years ago, the CR-V is a pivotal model in the brand’s lineup, leading a very crowded and competitive segment with popular compact SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Chevrolet Equinox and Ford Escape.

Honda believes that the redesigned 2017 CR-V has all the ingredients to continue its successful course in the market.

“The new Honda CR-V raises the bar in every imaginable way, delivering more performance, space and premium content together with higher fuel economy ratings and value than ever before,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “Customers are going to love what they see and what they experience behind the wheel of this new CR-V.”

Without being pretty, the new CR-V has a more characterful (and perhaps less forgettable) exterior design than the fourth-gen model, stealing some crispier styling cues from the new Civic (some would say, from Volvo too, at the rear)and in the case of LED headlamp equipped models, from Acura as well, all while retaining a familiar shape. In a Honda first, the 2017 CR-V also gets an Automatic Shutter Grille System that lowers aerodynamic drag.

The interior has an edgier and more contemporary design, with the Japanese brand claiming that it benefits from improved ergonomics, including a physical volume knob on the (7-inch touchscreen) infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and higher-quality, soft-touch materials. The new CR-V continues to offer seating for five, but a 1.6-inch-longer (41mm) wheelbase and better interior packaging results in a 2.1-inch (53mm) increase in rear legroom, while cargo space grows by 2 cubic feet to 39 cubic feet.

New comfort and convenience features include remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support and heated front and rear outboard seats.

Even though the new CR-V has a slightly larger footprint, curb weight is down over the outgoing model.

Last year’s 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine returns producing 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, but for the first time, the CR-V will be offered with a turbocharged gasoline engine, based on the 1.5-liter force-fed unit found in the Civic, massaged to deliver 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque in the SUV. Both units will be mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic, driving the front, or optionally, all-four wheels.

More detailed specifications, including EPA ratings, along with prices, will be released closer to the 2017 CR-V’s on-sale date later this fall.

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  • Bananarama

    Wow, that’s actually really handsome. The proportions, surfacing, and detailing are all very mature and modern looking. It doesn’t suffer from the messy lines of the Civic, but instead follows the Accord’s design approach (thankfully). The interior is also pretty good (FINALLY, A VOLUME KNOB).

    Very surprised and impressed to see this debut today. Should continue to sell like hotcakes.

    • GreenApple18r

      The only two CR-Vs I don’t hate: second generation and this. It’s not exactly pretty but distinctive and eye-catching.

    • Are you on something? its the usual bland abortion of a honda.

  • Kash

    Oh god it’s hideous

  • Joe

    Anybody else notice that Volvo cues in the rear lmao. I don’t think it looks that great

    • Sébastien

      Me too, and it was already not great on the S90

    • Kenneth

      Volvo cues are better than Honda cues.

    • Benjamin B.

      The front looks like the F/L Ford Escape.

  • TheHake

    I’m not a fan of the wheel design. The interior looks decent.

    • Jay

      Agreed! other than the rims this is the best looking CR-V, imo of course.

    • Rich Money

      yeah those wheels are butt

    • QRT

      Yes the rims look ugly. Will just blackened them if I buy the new CR-V next year

  • Incog Nito

    Also needs a proper awd system..

    • Six_Tymes

      good point

    • sjinsjca

      Yes, CR-V AWD has sucked in recent years. See ….Honda will need to prove the new CR-V’s slick-conditions capabilities before I would consider it.

  • marcin

    Needs 2.0 turbo in Europe. Thanks.

    • QRT

      That’s what I heard. They can’t in NA due to the presence of the RDX, it’ll hurt sales, that was what they have said few months ago.

      But really hope to see the 2.0T (268hp like the one in the Avancier).

  • Gustavo Adriano

    It’s looks decent IMO. Much better than the previous model. Congrats Honda!

  • Fling3t

    That rear is hideous!

  • WG

    definitely evolutionary update… with a sharper exterior… updated interior with the old fashion crv layout.

    I still think that the next mazda cx5 will retain its spot as the top mid size suv.

  • WG

    is that a VOLUME KNOB that honda finally put back. lol

    • Honda NSX-R

      Praise the lord

  • Honda NSX-R

    That rear isn’t as great looking but I like this CR-V much more than the current one

  • danno

    Looks alright – rear looks like a face with the backup lights looking like eyes.
    The 1.5T is clearly a fuel economy play for EPA, probably no better or worse real world fuel economy improvement over the 2.4L.

  • R1S0

    looks bgood but….
    1. i hope there will be no takata killer bags inside of it
    2. why still heated only front seats?

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      2 really is a 1st world problem, isn’t it?

    • Althea Later

      Honda has always had less “creature comforts” than the competition. Because they can. People will buy Hondas no matter what.
      I remember when heated side mirrors weren’t even offered as an option on Hondas while almost everyone else had them.

  • Toronado_II

    The pad on the console is a good idea. The seats are more Acura-ish, more upscale. The wheels are stil small and weird.
    The vertical line on the rear panel is hideous !
    But the overall could grow on me…

  • trentbg

    Finally an LED headlights!!! Yes, bring it to the new millennium Honda.

  • Krisnadi Imam

    not bad…, not bad at all

  • weetec

    Looks like a mitsu in the front.

  • hwkr_01

    I love that it has a physical volume knob and kind of jealous of its’ infotainment screen. Has a very nice shape floating on top of the dashboard. The seats look very silly like they came from a Chinese Honda CR-V or something weird off. The wheels are atrocious for being on a Touring trim. But other than that the car has a good hand on the competition coming up with the new Equinox and RAV-4

    Although I feel like the RAV-4, Ford Escape, and the CR-V suffer from that funky SUV shape. The Equinox before its 2017 update was always able to be set apart from its’ rivals and even now its still not beautiful but I feel like it has that appeal of being more like a car than a bulbous crossover.

  • Galaxium

    Bizarre Mitsubishi Outlander/Ford Edge fascia with even more awkward taillights


    • CarCzarDesigner

      I don’t think so. Take a good look at the Toyota Rav4 and Toyota current styling. Honda liked it and copied it into their new model.

    • Dennis Scipio

      It does not look like an Outlander.

  • R Z

    Why japanese cars with every new generation are becoming more and more uglier???

  • hwkr_01

    I also really wish they were going to add this physical volume knob on the ’17 Civic. I mean for $100 in base price increase that would definitely be room for a dial.

    • emjayay

      Well, there is something on the steering wheel.

  • MP4-12C

    To be honest I like the current one better. Also, in Europe we will probably get only the 1.5T petrol and 1.6 diesel. I would prefer Honda to keep their current 2.0 in the new CR-V.

  • SgtBeavis

    The interior is fantastic. I don’t hate the exterior like I did the previous generation but it doesn’t do anything for me except for those headlights. That is a nice styling cue.

  • Liam Paul

    I like it a lot

  • Rich Money

    can someone please explain the grill on this thing to me

    • emjayay

      It is entirely consistent with the current Honda style of grilles that do not make any visual sense.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I do like it, for a CR-V, but my standards for what a CR-V should look like are fairly low. So long as it’s an Iconic-Honda look, that’s all it really needs to be. The design language is in fact very Honda, but the theme and design approach has some Ford and Toyota in it. Which is good. Because those are the two brands that this thing will have to wrestle with to keep its first or second-place standing, against the Rav4 and Escape, and now, you can get the best of both without leaving the Honda brand.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Is it me or does it look vaguely Toyota-y? I don’t know, sorta anonymous even for a crossover.

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  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    This ACTUALLY makes me THINK of a possibility of ever owning a Honda…besides the new Civic

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Why are the new Honda grills so conflicted!

  • emjayay

    A version of the partly Volvoesque tail lights are also on the Fit/Jazz, and to make matters worse the upper extension doesn’t actually light up.

    And meanwhile the 2017 HRV in the US seems to be still running some version of some old Civic engine and has crap headlights and no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although in some other markets it comes with updates on all that.

  • Benjamin B.

    Had to think about it for while… but I reckon it looks like a Japanese knockoff of the Ford Escape/Kuga.

  • Taras O

    Could I use a Civic Si ECU for the CR-V, since they have the same engine, and bump the power up?

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