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2015 Honda CR-V Overview (See Available Styles)

New/Notable:
  • Extensive refresh for the new model year with new styling
  • New engine and transmission under the hood
  • Lots of added standard features, especially on EX models
The 2015 Honda CR-V gets a large refresh for the new model year that has enough changes to make it feel in some ways like a full redesign, with new exterior styling, a new powertrain, and plenty of added kit at a minimal increase in price.

Going head-to-head with the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 among others, the CR-V has long been a mainstay in this competitive segment of small SUVs designed with families in mind. Honda is banking that the changes it has made to the CR-V check all the boxes on new car shoppers’ lists. It starts with the exterior, where the front of the 2015 CR-V has been restyled with elements similar to the Accord sedan. The new front grille is flanked by sharp headlight clusters, and an off-color lower element pinches up to give the CR-V a more expressive fascia than the previous model. A power liftgate and is newly optional for 2015 for added convenience. The available 17- and 18-inch tires have also been widened, which improves grip.

Under the hood, the CR-V gets a new engine and transmission, both also lifted from the Accord. The 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder is part of Honda’s “Earth Dreams” family of engines with an unfortunate name, but better fuel efficiency. It is mated to a CVT and these updates give the new CR-V a definite leg-up on fuel economy. Two-wheel drive models offer 27/34 mpg city/highway, with all-wheel drive models right behind at 26/33 mpg. The CR-V is also noticeably better to drive, with updates to the CR-V’s body structure improving rigidity, tighter steering ratios, and suspension updates.

Inside, the 2015 CR-V continues to offer a flexible cabin with its 60/40-split rear seats the fold and tumble forward with the simple tug of a strap. There is also what Honda calls a “conversation mirror” up front; the sunglasses holder flips down partway to reveal a mirror, so parents can see what’s going on in the backseat without having to turn around. The center console has been redesigned with removable partitions to customize the storage space.

The CR-V’s standard features list has expanded with air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, SMS text message functionality, power windows/locks, Pandora internet radio, USB port, and newly added vents for rear seat passengers coming on every CR-V. Although each trim level has only gone up around $200 in MSRP, the EX in particular gets a lot of new features such as Honda’s LaneWatch system, power driver’s seat, push button start, a power moonroof, heated front seats, and a 7-inch screen for the audio system. A new top-of-the-line Touring trim is also available for 2015.

Honda also introduces several new safety technologies to its lineup with the CR-V. The Touring trim features a new suite of safety features called “Honda Sensing” which employs sensors and a forward facing camera to power safety technology like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a lane keeping assist system that will steer the car autonomously in short stints, forward collision warning, and a collision mitigation braking system. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, six airbags, an electronic stability system, and antilock brakes. Honda expects the CR-V, thanks to its body structure improvements, to get a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS when it is crash tested.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 26 - 27 MPG
  • Highway: 33 - 34 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:
4.1/5
Value:
4/5
Exterior:
4.5/5
Interior:
4.2/5
Comfort:
4.1/5
Performance:
4/5
Reliability:
4.2/5

160 of 211 (75%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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