Honda is giving its fifth-generation CR-V more space, horsepower, refinement, fuel efficiency and safety features for 2017, a top-to-bottom remake of the segment-leading crossover that echoes the Civic’s transformation last year.
The connection is no coincidence. The 2017 CR-V rides on the same modular platform as the Civic and shares most of its powertrain elements, including a turbocharged engine on higher trim levels.
Anticipating growing volume, Honda said it has tooled its Greensburg, Ind., factory to start producing the CR-V, along with the current production sites in Alliston, Ont., and East Liberty, Ohio. The added capacity gives Honda more flexibility to meet demand in a U.S. market that’s fast shifting from cars to crossovers and other utility vehicles.