quite the improvement
Launching this winter, the 2017 model features a new turbocharged engine—the first for the CR-V—that’s also used in the Civic. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder is expected to be rated at 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet. The torque maxes out from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm, adding a spunkier feel to Honda’s buttoned-down ute. The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder continues, making 184 hp and 180 lb-ft. Both are paired with a continuously variable transmission. Final fuel economy figures weren’t released, but the 2016 2.4-liter achieved 26 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway in front-wheel-drive trim (25/31 with AWD). Next year’s model is lighter, but 2017 also brings revised adjustments to stated fuel economy figures - so expect some increase in real-world mpg, even if the window sticker number is different.