Honda’s CR-V was the company highlight in January. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Feb. 1, 2016 FWD 2017 Honda CR-V EX-T – $27,635 incl. the $940 D&H charge with the award winning 1.5L turbo which offers owners an incredible 28/34 mpgUS city/highway rating. 2017 Honda CR-V Design The new CR-V incorporates horizontal chrome upper grille work flowing into new Halogen (LEDs on the Touring trim) headlamps surrounded by a wing-shaped LED DRL array on all trims. An Active Shutter Grille lowers drag while a lower bright chin spoiler tops off its new face. A longer wheelbase, short rear overhang, 17 and 18” alloys, a thick chrome sill inlay and dual exhausts add to its curb appeal. A hard black plastic cladding surrounding the entire lower edge of the vehicle adds both real world and perceived toughness. 2017 Honda CR-V Convenience Features An optional Hands-Free powered hatch, Auto High Beam with High Beam Support (HSS) headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and roof rails add to its ease of use. 2017 Honda CR-V Drivetrain The 2017 CR-V EX and higher trims will an even more powerful and efficient 190 hp (184 hp in the LX) 1.5L direct-injected and turbocharged I4. With a more aerodynamic exterior and the already proven engine, higher efficiency is all but guaranteed. And that is on regular unleaded fuel. LX trims will continue on using a direct-injected 2.4L I4. Both engines will be mated to the brands highly regarded CVT with Honda G-Shift control logic. 2017 Honda CR-V Chassis The all-new body and chassis features struts up front and a multi-link w/ low-friction dampers out back, both with stabilizer bars. Nothing really new here. A dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) should provide improved steering feel. 2017 Honda CR-V Interior Honda says their new CR-V will have a larger interior volume and the best rear seat legroom in its class. A new soft-touch dash and more intricately stitched seats should provide a nicer place to sit. Its passenger volume is 105.9 cu. ft. for the LX, 102.9 cu. ft. for the EX and EX-L (sunroof), and 101.6 cu. ft. for the Touring (sunroof plus other "stuff"). This is up 1.8, 1.4, and .1 cu. ft. over the 2016 MY LX, EX/EX-L, and Touring respectively. Cargo volume with the rear seats up is 39.2 cu ft., up 2 cu. ft. over the outgoing 2016 model. High end wood like inserts, more elegant seat and dash stitching, and piano black dash surrounds help move the new CR-V upscale. Regarding infotainment, a 7” Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto arrives on higher end trims. Honda also sort of fixed a mistake they continue to make with their most recent offerings. An honest to goodness physical volume knob is standard. Missing however is a tuning knob? How did that get through the product planners again? The NAVI backend is all Garmin so that should be great! It can be purchased with remote start, dual-zone climate, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver's seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support and heated front seats. 2017 Honda CR-V Safety Honda Sensing is standard on EX and above higher trims. I hope they have improved the RCC system in particular. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional new driver-assist technologies include the available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights. The 2017 Honda CR-V will be produced at three plants in North America – in East Liberty, Ohio; Alliston, Ontario, Canada; and, for the first time, in Greensburg, Indiana using domestic and globally sourced parts. Engines for the new CR-V will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio and in Alliston, Ontario, with the CVT being produced in Russells Point, Ohio. Honda January 2017 Sales Overview Honda reported it sold 106,380 Honda and Acura vehicles in January, up 5.9 percent over January of 2016s 100,497 vehicles sold. This result was a new January sales record for the hard charging Japanese brand! Honda on its own set a new January records, with total sales of 97,178, up 7.7 percent over the 90,247 sold in January of 2016. Acura like many luxury divisions had a tough month with sales of 9,202 vehicles in January, down 10.2 percent from the 110,250 sold in January of 2016. Honda January 2017 Sales Highlights The Honda highlight was and continues to be the CR-V CUV. Sales in January reached 29,287, up 52.5 percent over the 19,208 sold in January of 2016. And this the reason for it being highlighted above. The number one tidbit in the January segment sales reports is that the Ford Fusion Hybrid outsold the Prius liftback for the first time in history. I believe this is the first time the Prius Liftback has been surpassed since the Gen 2 was released back in late 2003! U.S. January 2017 Sales vs. January 2016 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 18 Automobile Manufacturers GM January 2017 Sales Down 3.8% with 195,909 Vehicles sold Ford January 2017 Sales Down 0.6% with 172,612 Vehicles sold FCA January 2017 Sales Down 11.2% with 152,218 Vehicles sold Toyota January 2017 Sales Down 11.3% with 143,048 Vehicles sold Nissan January 2017 Sales Up 6.2% with 112,319 Vehicles sold Honda January 2017 Sales Up 5.9% with 106,380 Vehicles sold Hyundai January 2017 Sales Up 3.3% with 46,507 Vehicles sold Subaru January 2017 Sales Up 6.8% with 43,879 Vehicles sold Kia January 2017 Sales Down 7.0% with 35,626 Vehicles sold Mercedes-Benz January 2017 Sales Up 3.5% with 27,900 Vehicles sold VW January 2017 Sales Up 17.1% with 23,510 Vehicles sold Mazda January 2017 Sales Up 10.1% with 21,698 Vehicles sold BMW January 2017 Sales Down 0.5% with 21,219 Vehicles sold Audi January 2017 Sales Up 11.4% with 13,201 Vehicles sold Jaguar/Land Rover January 2017 Sales Up 29.9% with 9,102 Vehicles sold Mitsubishi January 2017 Sales Up 3.1% with 6,457 Vehicles sold Porsche January 2017 Sales Up 5.7% with 4,602 Vehicles sold Volvo January 2017 Sales Down 18.2% with 3,472 Vehicles sold The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was approximately 17.6 million vehicles.