After modest changes for the 2021 YM, the 2022 Honda CR-V will get a significant update. The crossover is going through the mid-cycle update since the current generation hit the market in 2017. The CR-V is still one of the best-selling models in the market, but the competition is growing. The new model is going to bring a fresh styling to draw more attention. Besides that, the Japanese carmaker is working on the interior and more convenient features. The engine lineup should remain the same. The versatility is a key of CR-V’s popularity.
Under the bonnet of the 2022 Honda CR-V, we will find a standard 1.5-liter turbo configuration and a hybrid unit. There is room for upgrades. For example, the crossover can get the PHEV system. Toyota is introducing Rav4 Prime next season and other companies will have to respond to this challenge. Also, we could see a performance-oriented version. The CR-V Type R is possible, with a high-output configuration that needs to crack at least 300 ponies.
2022 Honda CR-V Specs
Let’s start with the known facts about the upcoming 2022 Honda CR-V. The base engine stays put, and it is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit. Some buyers were afraid of turbo lags, but the Japanese company tuned this system perfectly. A CVT works great in the combination with a powerplant and the best indicator is the gas mileage. The CR-V currently returns 31 mpg combined and 34 mpg on the highway, when the front-wheel drive is installed. It is way above the average for the compact crossover class. Also, a small block is pretty mighty with 190 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. An upcoming facelift will make the vehicle lighter, ultimately leading to a better fuel economy. The small model is not the best hauler. The towing capacity is limited to 1,500 pounds.
2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid
The hybrid version of the crossover is now available in the US. Buyers were disappointed when the company brought this version to Europe, a year before it crossed the ocean. Now, the CR-V is competitive with rivals, Toyota Rav4 in the first place. The Japanese company created the hybrid system based on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is getting support from a couple of batteries. The total power output is 212 hp and the system also generates 230 lb-ft.
The hybrid engine achieves the main goal – a 40 mpg rating. On highways, the rate drops to 35 mpg and the CR-V is still behind the competition, Rav4 and Ford Escape. That is why the 2022 Honda CR-V PHEV might be the next step in the evolution. Another reason is that Toyota is launching its plug-in crossover, and it is a matter of time when will Ford do the same.
Redesign, Trim Levels
With so much time to go, Honda will keep its cards closed. The 2022 Honda CR-V is not going to appear in the next few months and there are a few other things the carmaker will do before they launch the new edition of the compact crossover. Still, the redesign will include changes on the exterior and interior. The vehicle is becoming more attractive and appealing. Judging by the current edition, there are a few things that should be fixed. First of all – Honda must make Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard services at all trim levels. The base LX is not offering these features. Also, safety options will be available.
On the other hand, higher trim levels bring the game on pretty quickly. The next step after the entry-level version is the EX. Here, we can find a moonroof and heated front buckets. Such features are coming with premium models by other companies. The EX-L upgrades the offer with a leather interior and a premium multimedia system, whose highlights are audio and touchscreen display. There is room for more features. The 2022 Honda CR-V Touring will add navigation and intelligent LED lights. Optionally, you can purchase a wireless charging.
All the trim levels are going to be available with the hybrid configuration. It comes with the AWD.
2022 Honda CR-V Type R
If the new engine happens, then the company will be ready to include unique equipment as well. The 2022 Honda CR-V Type R would be top of the lineup model with special upgrades. Rumors say that 300 hp engine is in plans, while other upgrades are including enhancement of exterior and interior appearance. Black grille with red badges are certain, as well as spoilers, unique graphics, exhaust tips… Inside, sports seats and steering wheel, paddle shifters, genuine leather, and contrasting red stitches are trademarks of the Type R packages, wherever it is available in Honda’s lineup. Still, the price could be a stumbling block. The Touring trim sits at $34,000 and the performance-tuned version will be very close to $40,000