Honda Begins Production of 2017 CR-V, EPA Releases Crossover’s Fuel Eco Ratings
Efficient 1.5L Turbo I-4 is Lineup's Most Frugal Offering
Honda commenced production of the 2017 CR-V at its East Liberty, Ohio, production facility today. The occasion marks the first-ever global production launch for the East Liberty Auto Plant, being the first Honda facility to build the fifth-generation CR-V and the first-ever U.S. plant to lead production for a global Honda model.
The Environmental Protection Agency also released the new CR-V’s official fuel economy ratings for all variants. The 2017 CR-V is the first to offer more than one engine in the U.S.—an optional 1.5L turbocharged I-4—and that powertrain will offer the best fuel efficiency of any CR-V ever to hit our shores, at 28 city, 34 highway, and 30 combined mpg in front-drive guise. All-wheel-drive versions of the 1.5 turbo will suffer a 1-mpg degradation in each category, though its numbers are still impressive. Backing up the turbo (and likely helping with fuel economy) is a continuously variable transmission.
The standard CR-V powertrain is mostly carryover from the 2016 crossover: a 2.4L I-4 hitched to a CVT. Fuel economy for this powertrain is similar to that of last year’s CR-V, at 26/32/28 mpg for the CR-V two-wheel drive and 25/31/27 mpg for the CR-V all-wheel drive. Curiously, even though the city and highway ratings are the same on the 2016 CR-V two-wheel drive, the combined rating drops one tick for 2017.
The 2017 CR-V will hit dealer lots soon, with retail sales beginning in December. In addition to East Liberty, the crossover will be produced at Honda of Canada Mfg. in Alliston, Ontario, and Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg, Indiana. The 1.5L turbocharged I-4 is built exclusively at Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio.
Sources: Honda, Environmental Protection Agency