There are three main highlights of the fifth-gen Honda CR-V: its brilliant redesign, the return of its volume knob, and an enticing 1.5L turbo-four engine, borrowed from the Honda Civic tuned upwards for a little more grunt.
Fans would be glad to know that while the base LX trim is only $200 pricier than before at $24,945, the EX trims that feature the aforementioned turbo mill would merely set them back $27,595.
For a gain of 1 mpg combined, that’s not a bad deal at all. But would that be all there is to the CR-V? Likely not.
It was rumored prior to the release of this new model that Honda would be adding a three-row model to its venerated SUV to help fill a gap right behind the Honda Pilot. There were also reports of a plug-in hybrid variant in the works for the CR-V.
Both possibilities have not come to pass, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t. At this point, a three-row variant arriving for the CR-V’s 2018 refresh looks to be a long shot, but it’s really difficult to rule out the near-future existence of a PHEV model.
Honda has worked wonders with the Accord Hybrid, and is reportedly set to cut the ribbon on electrification throughout its lineup within the next half decade or so. Hence it is easy to foresee a plug-in CR-V showing up, along with the possibility of the Civic Hybrid making a comeback.