Ample low-rpm torque makes for grin-inducing acceleration, while its exceptional efficiency helps minimize fuel expenses.
The CR-V EX and above trims receive a powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder.
In addition to the intercooled turbo, this EarthDreams® Technology powerplant features direct injection, Variable Timing Control (VTC) on both camshafts and—on Touring Trims—a dual-exhaust system.
Instead of employing VTEC to spread torque throughout the rpm range, it uses the torque-expanding benefits of turbocharging.
Thanks to careful tuning and use of a relatively small-diameter turbine wheel, Honda’s version of the forced-induction engine exhibits negligible turbo lag—a phenomenon that bedevils many of its turbocharged competitors—so response to the throttle is quick.
This engine is tuned to provide 190 peak horsepower at 5600 rpm (SAE net).
Torque production is admirable as well, peaking at 179 lb-ft (SAE net).
Plus, that torque peak starts at just 2000 rpm and stays until 5000 rpm, for a sustained blast of acceleration.
Perhaps most remarkable of all, this engine can provide all that exhilaration while receiving excellent EPA fuel-economy ratings.