Honda has unveiled the latest iteration of its best-selling SUV, the fifth-generation 2017 Honda CR-V. As a noteworthy mention in the midsize SUV segment for the past two decades, the redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V further cements its place in the increasingly competitive segment. Featuring a striking new exterior design, an upgraded premium interior, the introduction of the model’s inaugural turbocharged engine, and a plethora of innovative features and technologies, Honda aims to solidify the CR-V’s position as the undisputed benchmark in its highly popular midsize SUVs category.

According to Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, “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 this new CR-V.”

The CR-V’s revamped styling takes a bold new direction, exuding an assertive demeanor characterized by crisp and sharp design elements at the front end. Notable features include aggressively styled headlights enveloped by a wing-shaped LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) array across all trims, along with robust and wide fenders. The elongated hood, increased wheelbase, abbreviated rear overhang, and dual exhaust outlets collectively contribute to endowing the new CR-V with a more refined and athletic presence.

The redesigned front end showcases distinctive Honda LED headlights on the Touring trim, accompanied by a groundbreaking Automatic Shutter Grille System that reduces aerodynamic drag. Upgraded aluminum alloy wheels, ranging in size from 17 to 18 inches across all trims, further enhance the CR-V’s visual appeal. Improved visibility is achieved through narrowed A-pillars, complementing the overall aesthetic.

Enhancing convenience is the introduction of a Honda-first Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate, allowing for the seamless opening and closing of the tailgate through a foot-activated sensor beneath the rear of the vehicle. Additional features, such as available Auto High Beam with High Beam Support (HSS) headlights, chrome embellishments, rain-sensing windshield wipers, roof rails, and a variety of Genuine Honda Accessories, not only contribute to the vehicle’s attractiveness but also expand its functionality and convenience.

The 2017 CR-V, available in EX and higher trims, marks a significant milestone by introducing the model’s inaugural turbocharged engine—a potent and fuel-efficient 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected, and turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder powerplant. Generating an impressive 190 horsepower (SAE net), this engine delivers refined and responsive performance across the entire operating range. Paired with the CR-V’s more aerodynamic body, this turbocharged powerhouse is poised to secure the highest EPA fuel economy ratings in the compact SUV class. Meanwhile, the CR-V LX trims will be equipped with a 2.4-liter DOHC, direct-injected i-VTECÔ engine. Both engines will seamlessly integrate with a smooth-shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) featuring Honda G-Shift control logic. Comprehensive specifications, including EPA ratings, will be disclosed closer to the launch date.

The all-new body and chassis design in the 2017 CR-V enhances its agility, confidence in handling, refined characteristics, increased ground clearance, and overall versatility. The front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension systems boast specially tuned low-friction dampers. Both FWD and AWD models feature tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars, fostering swift turn-in and flatter cornering. Additionally, the dual-pinion, variable-ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) contributes to the CR-V’s direct and gratifying steering feel.

The 2017 CR-V sets a new standard for interior refinement, utility, and premium features within the compact SUV class. Boasting a more spacious cabin that leads its class in interior space and offers the best rear-seat legroom, the interior is adorned with upgraded materials. These include a new soft-touch instrument panel and intricately stitched seats, contributing to a heightened sense of sophistication. The design is further enhanced by a color TFT driver information interface (DII) center meter display, adding a touch of modernity to the overall aesthetic.

In terms of technology, the CR-V showcases the latest in-vehicle connectivity and audio performance with a new generation of advanced features. Among them is a 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with an Android operating system, now featuring a physical volume knob. Additionally, an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, developed in collaboration with Garmin®, takes the driving experience to a new level. The CR-V’s Display Audio system is compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ platforms, ensuring seamless integration of key smartphone features, including GPS navigation and voice-controlled search capabilities.

The 2017 Honda CR-V is equipped with a range of comfort and convenience features, such as remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, a front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment, and a driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support. Additionally, the vehicle offers the luxury of heated front and rear outboard seats for enhanced comfort.

Building on the success of the refreshed 2015 CR-V, which earned the prestigious 2015 Motor Trend Sport Utility of the Year title after introducing the Honda Sensing suite, the 2017 CR-V takes safety to new heights. The Honda Sensing suite is now standard equipment on EX and higher trims, projected to constitute over 75 percent of CR-V sales.

The comprehensive Honda Sensing package incorporates advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies such as Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow, and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Complementing these features are newly introduced driver-assistive technologies, including Blind Spot Information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM), and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights.

The 2017 CR-V’s safety foundation is reinforced by Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. This design underscores the model’s commitment to achieving the highest collision safety ratings, including an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Notably, the CR-V earns a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention when equipped with Honda Sensing.

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