Honda has recently subjected its fourth-generation five-seat compact SUV CR-V to a minor update. The updated version of this SUV was shown in the Los Angeles Auto Show and the audience were surprised to see that the CR-V’s exterior appearance remained unchanged and this impression has made them wonder if Honda has indeed updated the vehicle. Fortunately, answer is yes.
Honda engineers and designers implemented few revisions on the CR-V’s exterior design and these were mostly centered on providing this SUV with a more futuristic and aggressive styling. The changes conducted refined the vehicle’s looks without having to alter its original body structure. As a result, the difference between the previous and the updated model is barely noticeable.
The updated version of the CR-V has also received a new engine. The previous versions engine was replaced by a new 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower and 163 lb.-ft. of torque. The horsepower and torque produced by the new engine is higher compared to the previous engine’s 180 horsepower and 161 lb.-ft. of torque.
But despite of the increase in the horsepower and torque generated by the new engine, the fuel economy ratings of the updated CR-V is much better compared to what the previous version has achieved. The updated version obtained the estimated fuel economy ratings of 23/31 mpg (city/highway) for the front-wheel drive model and 22/30 mpg for the all-wheel drive model. The previous version has the estimated fuel economy ratings of 21/28 mpg (city/highway) for the FWD and 21/27 mpg.
Finally, the updated version offers more standard equipments compared to its predecessor. This simply means that a number of features that are previously offered as optional for each of the CR-V’s existing trim levels are currently offered as standard. In addition to this, the number of optional features offered for each trim of the updated CR-V has also increased. Thus, buyers are currently provided with more vehicle equipment options.