A few months after we caught wind of some rumors about a possible next-generation CR-V coming in 2018, the fifth-generation 2017 Honda CR-V was introduced. With a stunning new exterior aesthetic and plenty of upgrades inside and out, the newest version of the recent Motor Trend winner has us thoroughly excited for its release either later this year or early in 2017. While we already gave a few basic tidbits about the new model, we thought we’d dive a bit deeper into some of the most exciting new specs & features in the vehicle today.
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“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. Customers are going to love what they see and what they experience behind the wheel of the new CR-V.”
– Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Honda Division
Perhaps the most exciting new feature in the 2017 Honda CR-V is its redesigned powertrain. EX trim levels and higher – which are expected to account for 75% of CR-V models sold – will be powered by a turbocharged engine for the first time in the compact crossover’s run. A 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, to be exact. Capable of doling out 190 horsepower, it’s more powerful and efficient than previous versions. The LX trim level will be powered by a 2.4L 4-cylinder.
The cabin was also rearranged and updated, so that now it not only offers plenty of space for a compact crossover, but the MOST space for a compact crossover, with best-in-class interior volume. On top of that, it also offers the most rear seat legroom in the segment as well. Everything right down to the materials and soft-touch instrument panel was upgraded for a more refined interior, and we can’t wait to get inside of one and feel it out.
Of course, there is also the “small” matter of the entire exterior being redesigned as well, so plenty to be excited about with the 2017 CR-V. If you think you might be interested in the fifth-generation Honda CR-V, be sure to schedule an early test drive right here on our website so that you can be among the first to get behind the wheel.