Published October 16 2014

2015 Honda CR-V - Lots of new for Honda’s small crossover SUV

By Yvon Dumoulin

2015 Honda CR-V - Lots of new for Honda’s small crossover SUV

The new family-friendly 2015 Honda CR-V receives a mid-cycle refresh, and gains a new direct-injection Earth Dreams Technology engine and Continuously Variable Transmission, new Honda Sensing features, and some styling changes both inside and out.

The new 2015 CR-V is now more appealing than ever, and continues to be a top choice within its category.

 Honda’s compact crossover SUV has been known to provide buyers with a comfortable and spacious vehicle that is fuel-efficient and family-friendly, due in part to the list of available features. Adding now to what a package that is overall very appealing is a more efficient direct-injection engine with 11 percent more torque compared to the previous CR-V model.

 The lighter engine is a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder generating a total output of 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a more efficient CVT transmission rather than the previous 5-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is now standard on the base trim only, and all-wheel drive is available on the LX, and standard on all other models. Towing capacity remains the same at 680 kg.

 Honda’s 2015 CR-V provides car-like handling and maneuverability. The vehicle also gets an updated suspension design, and motion-adaptive electric power steering, which adds to the solid and quality driving experience of the new compact crossover SUV.

 In terms of fuel economy, the 2015 Honda CR-V when equipped with FWD has a rating of 8.6/6.9 litres per 100 kilometres (city/highway). The 8.6 ratings is an improvement over the previous model year rating. With AWD, the CR-V gets an estimated 9.1 and 7.2 L/100km, with the later number having decreased as well.

 As for safety and driver assistive features, we would suggest taking a look at the Honda Sensing technology that includes elements like a collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist, LaneWatch (blind spot display), adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning systems – most of which are standard on the top Touring model. Other available features to consider include an automatic emergency response system, navigation system, and a multi-angle rearview camera.

 In addition, there are an abundance of other features to consider, such as a push button start, driver’s power seat and seat memory, heated front seats, and leather-trimmed seating surfaces. As for entertainment, highlights include satellite radio that is offered on the top two models, Siri Eyes Free, and a choice of two types of audio systems.

 Finally, when it comes to interior space, the CR-V has the versatility to accommodate a range of objects. Buyers can opt for an available power tailgate, and thanks to a low cargo floor and wide-open rear doors, getting stuff in and out of the SUV is less of a hassle than some might imagine. The rear seats also fold down with a 60/40 split to further increase cargo volume.

 The new 2015 Honda CR-V adds personality with its sharp and bolder-looking styling, and new engine and transmission. With good fuel economy ratings, intriguing Honda Sensing technology, a versatile interior, and lots of features, it’s easy to see why the CR-V is a top choice within its segment.

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