One of the best-selling compact crossover models Honda CR-V will arrive with some mild changes and updates. The new generation 2022 Honda CR-V will introduce a refreshed styling and a more modern cabin.
This SUV is planetary popular, and the first-ever model was introduced in late 1996. However, the upcoming model will represent the sixth-generation, and it will be available sometime next year. From what we heard, the manufacturer will keep the same engines, and we can expect the same 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and hybrid units.
2022 Honda CR-V Refreshments
Honda slight freshening the CR-V crossover last year, and we don’t expect any significant updates on the new one. Last year the manufacturer updated its front end, added a new bumper, and blackout grille. Also, larger openings for the fog lights are present, giving a more sporty stance on the front fascia. However, according to Honda, the new model will come with updated trims EX, EX-L, and Touring. All models will get a new round LED fog lights, while EX trim is now riding on unique 18-inch wheels. Touring trim is the most equipped, and it’s rolling on 19s wheels.
Overall, Honda’s best-selling SUV CR-V is slightly more muscular than the predecessor. Ground clearance is higher, and this model now measures 7.8 inches for front-wheel-drive (FWD) models and 8.2 inches for all-wheel drive. Generally, thanks to that, CR-V offers an easy drive on higher grounds.
The hybrid model is also available, and it gets minor distinctions. This model includes LED fog lights, a blue Honda badge, and a slightly revised rear bumper with the hidden exhaust.
Interior Should Be More Modern
In this department, the new 2022 Honda CR-V will continue to offer the same modern interior. Generally, the cabin of this compact 2-row/5-passenger crossover is one of its best attributes. It is among the most spacious models in its class. Besides, upfront, this SUV provides an excellent comfortable seating position, giving a good view out.
Most importantly, the hybrid model offers almost the same numbers of cargo capacity as the base one. The 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid provides 33.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. However, folded seats open 68.7 cubic feet vs. a respective 39.2/75.8 cubic feet for the standard model.
The entry-level model LX includes Honda Sensing, single-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, 6-way manual-adjust driver’s seat, a 4-speaker/160-watt audio system with a 5-inch color screen, cruise control, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
2022 Honda CR-V Powertrain Options
Like the current fifth generation, the new 2022 Honda CR-V will use the same engines. There are precisely two of them. The first powertrain consists of a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder good for 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. However, most likely that some mechanical upgrades might happen, resulting in better efficiency.
The current model provides a highway fuel economy of 34 mpg on front-drive models, while the AWD version gives two less mpg. Like the predecessor, the new model will probably use the same standard CVT.
Hybrid Model Specs
The 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors. Thanks to this combination, the total output is 212 horsepower. Unlike the base model, the hybrid one comes standard with an all-wheel-drive. It also uses a continuously variable automatic transmission (eCVT) and it can run on electricity alone at lower speeds.
However, compared to other models in the same segment as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or Ford Escape Hybrid, the new CR-V is more efficient in the city, delivering 40 mpg.
Release Date and Price
The release date of the new 2022 Honda CR-V will happen in the last quoter of 2021 with a slightly higher price. The current model starts at just over $25,000 for the base LX model, while the top-line CR-V Touring edition is over $33,000.