All-New 2017 Honda CR-V Debuts with Optional Turbo Engine, Standard Volume Knob

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Honda just unwrapped its brand new 2017 CR-V. This best-selling compact crossover has been completely redesigned, gaining myriad enhancements for the upcoming model year.

The 2017 Honda CR-V features a stylish new body, more storage space, a higher-quality interior and greater technology than ever before. Perhaps the biggest change, however, is found underneath its sculpted hood.

For the first time ever, Honda’s CR-V will be offered with a turbocharged engine. Displacing 1.5-liters and sporting direct fuel injection, this little dynamo should be familiar to anyone that’s driven the new Civic, as it’s essentially identical to what’s available in the popular compact car.

Helping it haul around a larger, heavier vehicle, the motor been tuned to crank out even more power and torque. In the CR-V, this engine is estimated to deliver 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of twist (the Civic is only good for up to 174 and 167, respectively). It will be standard in EX and higher models, which are projected to account for 75 percent of sales.

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As before, the only transmission available is of the continuously variable variety, which is a boon for fuel economy if not necessarily driving pleasure. Thanks to that updated powertrain and improved aerodynamics, the 2017 Honda CR-V is estimated to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, though no figures have been released yet.

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Entry-level LX versions of this crossover will have to make do with a tried and true 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This naturally aspirated powerplant should be good for 184 ponies and 180 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is available in all trims and with either engine.

At nearly 105 inches, the CR-V’s wheelbase has grown by almost two inches compared to its predecessor’s. This stretch has helped dramatically increase cabin volume. Product planners estimate this vehicle should offer best-in-class interior space and rear-seat legroom.

As for luggage capacity, the wheelbase growth has increased the cargo hold’s overall length by nine inches when the rear backrests are folded. Additionally, customers are treated to a totally flat load surface, which is always appreciated.

Like the Civic that came out last year, this CR-V’s interior has been made dramatically more premium for 2017. Designers benchmarked luxury models when creating the cabin and it shows. Squishy-soft plastics abound, as do rich-looking trim pieces, soft leather and cutting-edge technology.

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Dominating the center stack is an available seven-inch touchscreen Display Audio system with — get this — a physical volume knob, which replaces an infuriating touch slider. For even more convenience, this arrangement also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Beyond this, customers can get remote start, dual-zone climate control, heated side-view mirrors, an electric parking brake, and even rear USB ports to help keep all of their devices charged.

For a sporty look, LED daytime running lights are standard. Taking this a step further, top-of-the-line Touring models gain headlamps that utilize the same LED technology, a premium feature.

Another welcome option is the company’s first-ever hands-free liftgate. In addition to this, Honda Sensing will also be offered, their suite of advanced driver-assistance features. This package deal includes things like lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high-beams and more.

Since it debuted back in 1997, Honda has sold nearly 4 million CR-Vs in America. Thanks to plentiful improvements, the new model will undoubtedly continue this showroom streak.

To keep up with anticipated demand, this truckster will be assembled in three different plants, a first for the nameplate. Factories in Ohio, Ontario, Canada, and, for the first time, Indiana, will assemble the 2017 Honda CR-V. Look for this vehicle at dealerships in December. Pricing information has not been announced at this time.

Discuss this story on our Honda CR-V Forum

  • Mark S

    Will sell like hot cakes, they will not be able to make them fast enough for the A to B family owners who need utility, comfort, reliability and a degree of mpg frugality. Another bonus, usually good residuals.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Kinda looks like a Nissan Rogue with Volvo XC90 taillights, but I dig it. And it’s a CR-V, so I’d drive one.

  • Bug S Bunny

    When the announcement of a volume knob makes the headline, it must REALY be a huge deal.

  • SSXT

    That turbo is a very modest HP boost (pun intended). Better get a big MPG bump to justify its likely higher cost. I’ll keep my ol’ V6 RAV4 for another year or two.

  • Mike

    LMAO

  • Mike

    Honda is no longer reliable. Horrid CVTs and turbos that start on fire and are recalled. No way in he*l. Stick with the true workhorse, the Rav4. Now that is reliable.

  • Mark S

    Heard of the issue about the piston rings on the Civic, but nothing else. Am no fan of the CVT’s myself, but they sell. In fact am no fan of CUV’s or SUV’s, was just commenting on another out the park hit by Honda.

  • Mike

    The interior looks like a HUGE hit. But I can’t trust those turbos and especially their CVTs. Look up the new Honda Fits and their CVTs and all their problems and recalls. Acura is having transmission problems too. Honda quality has really declined. To the point where the President of Honda resigned last year. Honda is now below Buick in reliability. Not good.

  • Mark S

    Had seen them slip down the CR listings, but still above mid pack as I recall. Maybe I should not have said reliable so fast! Will admit, I am intrigued by the new Honda Civic Sport hatchback in manual. Honda does great manual shifters Any stories on the 1.5t engine failing as yet? Not even sure who supplier Honda their turbo units.

  • Mike

    Haven’t heard anything too bad about the non-turbo engine. I think the reliability has fallen from well above average to average however. The turbos and ESPECIALLY the CVTs seem to be the biggest issue. I stay away from Nissan and Honda CVTs. Subaru and Toyota seem to make decent CVTs. I just bought a refreshed 17 Corolla SE. Lots of standard safety features like auto and pedestrian braking, auto brights, dynamic cruise, and lane assist. And the CVT is trusted and proven. I’m used to driving manuals, so this is a change. I looked at the Civic which I REALLY liked but with the engine and CVT issues I decided not to risk it. I wanted to wait for the 17 Subaru Impreza but I needed a vehicle STAT as my other vehicle was totaled and my rental was done. I like Honda so I’m not bashing them, but they need to get back to building extremely high quality cars.

  • roundthings

    So, Honda gives the CR-V a volume knob but gives the brand new Civic a slider, even on the steering wheel. Do they have any idea what one design team is doing?
    That shifter looks like quite a stretch to reach from a seating poisition

  • roundthings

    I’m interested in taking the new Impreza for a ride when it comes out, Looking to trade in my kidney re-arranging 2013 Mazda 3.
    I was interested in the new Cruze Hatchback but no way to turn off Start/Stop is a deal breaker.
    The Corolla is just too slow for me

  • Mark S

    Am wary if CVT’s – like the idea of the Subie of Crosstrek and especially the XT Forester, but the CVT’s give me cause to pause. Both Mazda and Honda do such buttery manuals though – that Civic Sport Hatchback in manual starts at @$21k, assembled in the UK, but not sure where the engine is made, suspect Japan and shipped to the UK, but I maybe wrong.