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2015 Honda CR-V Touring AWD Arrival

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/27/2015 Zach Gale, Brian Brantley

Don't look now, but Honda's best-selling vehicle isn't the Accord or the Civic. The refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V leads the brand for the first third of 2015 and is also the highest-volume SUV of any brand in the U.S. The revised CR-V impressed 2015 SUV of the Year judges by how well-executed so many elements of the crossover were, and we've got one year to determine how this SUV-of-the-Year-winner grows on us. With a new engine, new transmission, and newly available safety technology, can this SUV of the Year winner meet our high expectations?

Considering the cavernous nature of the 2015 CR-V's interior, it seems silly to call this vehicle a "compact" crossover anymore. With demand outstripping supply all over the SUV market, crossovers we once called compact are bigger now, leaving room for cute-utes such as the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, and Jeep Renegade. The CR-V is an Accord-alternative, a midsize option for someone who wants to sit higher up and benefit from wagon-like flexibility, but with the image boost that some feel comes with driving a crossover.

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Our 2015 CR-V is a $33,775 Touring AWD model with the new Honda Sensing suite of active safety technologies. For now limited to the Touring trim, the package includes active cruise control, a system that can bring the car to a stop in certain conditions if an unavoidable collision with a vehicle ahead is detected, and a system that can nudge the crossover back into its lane if you start drifting into another lane without signaling, technology I'm starting to find useful on highway drives. We've also got leather seats (heated in front), a newly offered power liftgate, navigation on a seven-inch touchscreen, hands-free keyless access with push-button start, a power moonroof, fog lights, and flashy 18-inch wheels.

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As with all 2015 CR-Vs, our Touring AWD model is powered by an Earth Dreams 2.4-liter inline-four producing 185 hp. Mated to that engine is a new-to-the-CR-V CVT that increases EPA-rated fuel economy to a very respectable 26/33 mpg city/highway (or 27/34 mpg with front-wheel drive). How this new engine-transmission combo performs in real-world driving is something we'll experience, along with other parts of the ownership experience, in monthly updates you can find on From track testing to Real MPG numbers, stay tuned for more on the best-selling, SUV-of-the-Year-winning 2015 Honda CR-V long-termer.

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2015 Honda CR-V Touring AWD
VEHICLE LAYOUTFront-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV
ENGINE2.4L/185-hp/181-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4
TRANSMISSIONCont. variable automatic
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT179.4 x 71.6 x 65.1 in
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY130/102 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB0.67 lb/mile
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