Engine/Chassis Features

Turbocharged 1.5-liter Engine

What’s the Benefit?

Ample low-rpm torque makes for grin-inducing acceleration, while its exceptional efficiency helps minimize fuel expenses.

The Feature:

All CR-V trims are equipped with a powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder.

  • In addition to the intercooled turbo, this 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.