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

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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.

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.

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.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • SSXT SSXT on Oct 13, 2016

    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.

  • Chuck Chuck on Oct 13, 2016

    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

    • 6pitt6 6pitt6 on Jul 07, 2018

      Honestly, everything is beautiful with this 10th gen Civic accept the lack of volume knob. Seriously, I would start to think to buy a brand new one but this lack of knob stops me even thinking about it. In old days when I was buying 3rd party car audio for my cars I always disregard those without knob. Their design team does good job overall, but seams they miss a point in details. The same was with European 8th gen where START ENGINE button is on the left (and key on the right) - they designed it for Japan and UK where steering wheel is on the right and the button is OK then (the key is on the right too).