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2015 Honda CR-V

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/15/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V gains a slightly revised exterior styling and an updated powertrain. A new 2.4-liter I-4 producing 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque mated to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaces the old unit and five-speed automatic. Honda has also improved the chassis, barking system, and sound deadening in the revised model. 10-way power and heated driver's seats with memory, LED daytime running lights, and a power tailgate are now available. A host of new safety features has been added as optional equipment, including Honda's LaneWatch system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Forward Collision Warning

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Honda CR-V is a five-passenger crossover slotting under the five-passenger Crosstour and eight-passenger Pilot. It is available in four grades and in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

Overview

The 2015 CR-V is a versatile, family-friendly crossover with good ergonomics and a roomy interior. Passenger and cargo space are generous with up to 70.9 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. Small touches like bag hooks and tie downs improve the crossover's practicality and usability as a family car. Refinement, however, is slightly lacking with "a lot of wind noise on the freeway. Tech features in the 2015 CR-V are an improvement over the pre-face-lift model but the infotainment controls are not as easy to use compared to the ones found in other Honda products.

Honda's new 2.4-liter I-4 and CVT has helped make the 2015 CR-V perform better, improving its acceleration and handling with its revised chassis and steering. Fuel economy is a 2015 CR-V strong suit with front-drive models achieving an impressive 27/34 mpg city/highway while opting for all-wheel drive hardly affects its efficiency at 26/33 mpg.

The 2015 CR-V has a four-star rollover safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

UPDATE: Higher trims come with additional safety features such as Honda’s LaneWatch system, which uses a camera to show if there’s someone on your right blind spot, forward collision warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. The 2015 CR-V is considered a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, scoring Good in five categories and offering Superior frontal crash prevention (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The Honda CR-V is the 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year because the improvements made on the crossover has turned it into a solid choice in its class with its high level of practicality, excellent fuel economy, and improved driving dynamics. Despite the fact that it isn't the fastest in its class, the improved powertrain and chassis has helped the CR-V become a more engaging car to drive with good handling and steering.

During the 2015 SUV of the Year evaluations, we said that this is a "return to form" for Honda because of the crossover's excellent new powertrain. The car's interior also impressed with generous space for families and small touches such as tie-downs and a small net that improve its practicality. However, we noted that the infotainment system wasn't as easy to use as the ones found in other Honda products like the Civic or Fit due to its "lack of knobs, unintuitive function, and graphics that don't match those on the other various screens." Additionally, the lack of refinement was also apparent due to the prominence of wind noise in the cabin while opting for the power tailgate option means losing some cargo space due to the its motor taking up some space in the cargo area.

You'll Like

  • Utilitarian interior
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Well-done powertrain

You Won't Like

  • Prominent wind noise
  • Finicky infotainment controls
  • Power tailgate motor eats up some of the rear cargo space

Key Competitors

  • Toyota RAV4
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Ford Escape
  • Subaru Forester
  • Nissan Rogue

Rating

5 star

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