Redesigned a little less than a year ago, the Honda CR-V remains the benchmark in its segment
Redesigned a little less than a year ago, the Honda CR-V remains the benchmark in its segment. Comfortable, reliable, fuel-efficient, spacious, and refined, the Honda CR-V is continuously at the top of its category in terms of sales numbers. For 2015 Honda returns with the same recipe, and that is completely understandable. There certainly wasn’t any need to change it.
Let's take a look at the opinions of the press regarding the new Honda CR-V compact SUV.
As it happens, the CR-V has been refreshed for 2015, offering more mpg, fresh features and even a few styling tweaks. The juice, in other words, is smoother and sweeter than ever. The headline this year is the CR-V's revised 2.4-liter engine that's paired with a CVT (essentially, the engine/transmission combo you get in the Accord). The result is a little more torque and a lot more fuel efficiency. With an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, the 2015 CR-V is 3 mpg better than last year's model and among the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid crossovers on the market. On the outside, Honda has added LED running lights and new front and rear fascias, while the interior benefits from extended touchscreen availability, mildly improved materials and a more traditional center console design. There's also a top-of-the-line Touring trim, which comes with extra luxuries and advanced safety systems.
Still, this Honda's appeal lies largely in what was already there. The CR-V practically invented the genre with its high driving position and carlike handling, and the current model adds a particularly spacious backseat and cargo hold to the mix, the latter enhanced by a nifty spring-loaded mechanism that folds each rear seat at the pull of a lever. Low ownership costs and high resale value further bolster the CR-V's credentials – Edmunds.com
While more of a hatchback on stilts than a true SUV, the CR-V is still exactly what most buyers are looking for when it comes to versatility. Its exterior gives it a look that is stylish and modern, while the interior is quiet and made from soft-touch materials. Front seats provide ample support. Handling is quite good, with a supple suspension, great steering, and grippy brakes. A 184-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder teams up with a CVT. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional – Car And Driver
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