New 2017 Honda CR-V gets crisp design, turbo four

The new CR-V will arrive this winter.

Honda has introduced the brand new fifth-generation CR-V.

The CR-V stands out thanks to a crisp design that borrows styling cues from recent additions to the Honda lineup like the tenth-gen Civic and the HR-V, though the Japanese brand has steered clear of so-called Russian doll styling. More aerodynamic than before, the front end is defined by a chromed grille that stretches into a pair of angular headlights accented by LED daytime running lights. Out back, the tail lamps are almost Volvo-esque.

Honda promises it has made the interior a nicer place to travel in by adding a soft-touch instrument panel, more intricate stitching on the seats, and a seven-inch touch screen that runs the latest generation of Honda's infotainment system. The CR-V is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while the list of options includes convenience features such as a hands-free tailgate, a remote engine starter, dual-zone A/C, and USB charging ports for the rear passengers.

CR-V buyers can select Honda Sensing, a suite of tech features that includes collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist.

Base models settle for a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 184 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 180 pound-feet of torque at 3900 rpm. However, the top three trim levels benefit from a 1.5-liter turbo four that's also found under the hood of the Civic. The mill delivers 190 horses at 5,600 rpm and 179 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm. Fuel economy figures aren't available, but Honda promises the CR-V will return best-in-class gas mileage.

Both engines shift through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available at an extra cost.

The 2017 Honda CR-V is scheduled to go on sale nationwide this winter. When it lands, the lineup will be divided into four trim levels called LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring, respectively. Pricing information hasn't been announced yet.

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