Longer in wheelbase than before, the CR-V boasts crisper design elements, a relatively long hood, a broad stance, higher ground clearance, and shorter rear overhangs. Honda calls the fresh front-end look “windswept.” Stylized headlights are surrounded by a wing-shaped array of LED daytime running lights. Dual exhaust outlets are new for the Touring trim.
Previously, every CR-V held a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 184 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). In its new form, only the base LX model gets that powertrain. A turbocharged, direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine goes into all other trim levels, developing 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet. Like the LX, turbo models use a CVT.
Fuel economy with the new turbocharged engine is estimated at 28 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway (30 mpg combined). All-wheel drive drops each figure by 1 mpg. With the 2.4-liter engine and front-drive, the EPA estimate is 26/32 mpg city/highway, or 28 mpg combined. Again, all-wheel drive reduces each figure by 1 mpg.
Cargo space remains impressive. You get 75.8 cubic feet of it with the rear seats folded, and 39.2 cubic feet with a full crew aboard.
Priced at $24,945 (destination charge included), the entry-level model comes with all the basics, plus a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a four-speaker sound system with Internet radio. The new LX rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels, rather than the previous 16-inch steel wheels.