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2015-2016 Honda CR-V Owners with an AEM Cold Air Intake Can Expect a Boost in Horsepower

AEM 21-790C air intake system for Honda 2015-2016 CR-V 2.4L iVTEC engine

The AEM 21-790C was specifically designed and engineered for the 2.4L iVTEC engine in Honda's 2015-2016 CR-V.

Honda's CR-V has been a consistent performer in the small sport utility/crossover arena since its introduction in 1997, to the point of being described in the motoring press as doing its job as reliably as a polo shirt or a carton of orange juice. Further, the "CR-V" acronym in the manufacturer's literature means "comfortable runabout vehicle", which, while nice, can also be construed as a bit bland. So when the 2015 facelift and engine-plus-transmission upgrade debuted, many took notice and U.S. sales jumped by 10,000 over 2014.

AEM 21-790C air intake system for Honda 2015-2016 CR-V 2.4L iVTEC engine

An oversized AEM air filter is protected by a heat shield to get cooler air into the intake and provide increased horsepower.

The refreshed exterior (grille, bumpers, wheels, headlights) gave it a classier look. Enhanced interior surfaces, more sound-dampening insulation, and better rear seat-area ventilation helped the cabin. Then the 2.4L i-VTEC inline 4-cylinder engine was adapted from the Accord and paired with a continuously-variable 5-speed transmission (CVT) to complete the picture, and is the best part of the current vehicle's story, which has carried over to 2016.

The new-to-CR-V direct-injected power plant provides the same 185 horsepower, but at 600 revs sooner, and 181 lb-ft of torque at 4400rpm (up approximately18lb-ft over the previous). Acceleration is better, especially in town or when negotiating a mountain road with the increased torque.

All this pep and efficiency promises to please drivers of many persuasions, but it can be taken one step higher with an upgraded cold air intake system. What if you could achieve up to an estimated 10hp and 14ft-lb torque gain? A replacement cold air intake system by AEM can do just that, depending on driving conditions.

Designed and engineered specifically for the 2015-2016 CR-V 2.4L, the AEM 21-790C cold air intake replaces the stock restrictive intake housing and filter with a mandrel-bent aluminum intake tube finished in durable gunmetal gray powdercoat. It is made to accommodate Honda's factory emissions control devices including the mass airflow sensor and PCV line. The red synthetic, oil-free AEM Dryflow air filter fits directly into the original air box space and is protected by a heat shield designed to reduce intake air temperature and increase horsepower.

AEM 21-790C air intake system installed in engine bay of Honda 2015-2016 CR-V 2.4L iVTEC engine

AEM's 21-790C system has just 13 pieces and can be installed without the need for special tools.

AEM's air filter is washable and reusable, and should last the life of your CR-V. Its tapered cylindrical design has an extra-large surface area producing outstanding air flow and filtration. It can go up to 100,000 miles (depending on driving conditions) before cleaning is needed. AEM's 1-1000 air filter cleaner spray will loosen dust and dirt particles so they can be rinsed out. The resulting clean filter can then air dry and be reinstalled with no oiling needed.

There are just 13 pieces in the 21-790C kit, and no special tools are required to complete the installation. A set of printed instructions come with the system and are also viewable online. You or your mechanic can do the job in around 90 minutes. The 21-790C is backed by AEM's Lifetime Limited Warranty.

The AEM 21-790C cold air intake system fits the following Honda vehicles:
2016 Honda CR-V 2.4L L4
2015 Honda CR-V 2.4L L4

You can view all the air intakes that AEM makes for the Honda CR-V at the Air Intake Systems for the Honda CR-V page. You can view all the AEM performance products for any vehicle by using the Search by Vehicle tool and you can find a local AEM retailer by plugging your location into the AEM Dealer Search as well.

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