Seat Time: 2015 Honda CR-V

October 29th, 2014 at 3:00pm

2015 Honda CR-V

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Reviewer: Sean McElroy
Manufacturer: Honda
Make: Honda
Model: CR-V
Type: Mid-Size CUV
Competitors: Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Jeep Cherokee
Price: $24,150 (base FWD LX model); $32,350 (FWD Touring model), includes destination charges
Made in: Ohio
Drivetrain: 2.4L 4-cylinder mated to new CVT transmission
EPA Ratings: 27 city/34 hwy/ 29 combined

Final Impression:
2015 Honda CR-V InteriorThe Honda CR-V is a mid-size SUV that competes against the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Jeep Cherokee. Base price starts just over $24,000, while the new Touring model, which I drove starts a bit over $32,000. It’s powered by a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine mated to a new CVT transmission. Fuel economy is 27 MPG in the city, 34 on the highway and 29 combined. You can subtract 1 mile-per-gallon for all those numbers for all-wheel-drive models.

Honda is on pace to increase sales of the CR-V this year by 5% compared to last year, once again topping 300,000 units and with 60 all-new or improved components on the 2015 model I don’t see it missing that mark. While most of the front fascia was massaged, you’d be hard pressed to tell the new model from the old at a quick glance. The most noticeable change comes in the form of new headlights that feature LED daytime running lights on trim levels above the base LX model. Two new sets of wheels are also available and the rear fascia did see some minor tweaks as well.

2015 Honda CR-V Interior

On the inside the center console was not only redesigned with 4 compartments for better storage it was also raised to add air vents for rear seat passengers. A new 7-inch touchscreen display is available, which was nice but it doesn’t have a knob for volume control and I found myself pulling my eyes away from the road to adjust it. I did like the easy split rear seats that automatically fold flat to the floor with the pull of a lever. And maybe even better, Honda listened to its taller customers and added extending sun visors. I love this because I hate having to lean forward or adjusting my seat when the visor doesn’t reach far enough to block out the sun.

Gone is the 5-speed automatic transmission and in its place is a new CVT unit, which helped deliver more performance with increased torque and also helped improve cruising efficiency. And while I didn’t feel like the CR-V drove any better than its competitors, I did feel like it was less top heavy and better planted in turns thanks to some minor changes to the suspension setup.

Also new for 2015 is a top-of-the-line Touring model that has unique features like a power open and close rear tailgate and the automaker’s collision avoidance system called Honda Sensing. It includes features like Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist, where the vehicle tries to keep itself centered in the lane. While Lane Keep Assist does work, I found that it steered in fractured segments thru turns rather than a smooth arcing movement and even had to fight against it at times. But with systems like these Honda hopes to cut its fatality rate in half by 2020.

The 2015 Honda CR-V is on sale now.


One Comment to “Seat Time: 2015 Honda CR-V”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    Thanks for a great review! Truly an excellent source of automotive info and a favorite section of autoline.

    Now we need you behind the wheel of more sports cars!