It says something about the sales success of one of your vehicles when it literally takes a tsunami to knock it off its perch as the bestselling vehicle in its class.
But this is the situation Honda finds itself in with the crossover SUV, the CR-V.
For the last four years, with more than a million total CR-Vs sold, this Honda has been the big tuna. That ended this year when the also aging Ford Escape was able to surpass the CR-V after production shortages slowed Honda’s roll.
So you can be sure the company is taking the newest CR-V, unveiled to the world today, very seriously.
The new CR-V is powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque, bumps of 5 horsepower and 2 pound-feet of torque over the previous CR-V.
The SUV routes power to all four wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission, and Honda says this will be the most efficient CR-V yet (and the most fuel-efficient in compact SUV class), with an EPA estimated fuel economy of 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.