There are a lot of vehicles competing in the compact SUV segment. However, the 2015 Honda CR-V remains as a top contender because of its attractive features, powerful engine and list of class-leading technology and safety features. Although it does not have that swift acceleration, it offers a smooth ride and better mileage that will help save buyers more for the long term.
NEW FOR THE 2015 HONDA CR-V
o The 2015 Honda CR-V receives a 2.4-liter direct-inject powertrain with CVT
o Upgraded exterior styling and a couple of safety features
o The new Touring is added to the CR-V’s trim choices
UNDER THE HOOD
All 2015 Honda CR-Vs get their power from a 2.4-liter direct-inject four-cylinder engine that whips out 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission is paired with this powertrain, and buyers have the option to choose from a front- or all-wheel drive system regardless of the trim level they opt for.
Estimated EPA fuel economy for the front-wheel drive CR-Vs is 27 mpg, while those with all-wheel drive configuration receive a 26/33 mpg rating.
ON THE ROAD
Sure, the 2015 Honda CR-V lacks a bit when it comes to driving excitement, as it does not give out a snappy acceleration. However, that does not mean it is not rewarding to drive at all. With its new 2.4-liter direct-inject 4-cylinder powertrain and revised suspension, the CR-V provides precise handling and an excellent ride quality even on bad surfaces, making it a good fit for families. Taking corners is done with predictability and the AWD system provides a sense of security on all-weather driving.
The only issue some test drivers have with the CR-V is its light steering weight, which requires some adjustments on certain types of road conditions. Other than that, the CR-V is easy to manage and will satisfy most drivers.
INSIDE THE 2015 HONDA CR-V
Those who own or have driven the previous Honda CR-V model year will not be surprised by the new model’s functional and upscale interior. Apart from a couple of enhancements, the dash remains straightforward, though looking more expensive due to the inserts with stitching. The high quality materials add to the interior’s handsome and clutter-free looks. The sliding center console armrest, which happens to have a spacious storage underneath, is a welcoming addition as it gives the driver and passengers more area to corral a variety of items.
Many reviewers are also impressed by the amount of equipment available inside the CR-V, such as the rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a bigger infotainment display.
Honda also did a good job in providing passengers with comfortable seats and ample amount of head and legroom both front and back. The cargo space is also one of the best in its class not only because it is spacious, but also has low floor that allows for easier loading of items.
Those thinking of buying the new Honda CR-V can take their pick from four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring.
LX: The base trim level, which is the LX, comes with 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, rearview camera, steering wheel with tilt/telescoping function, height-adjustable driver seat, air-conditioning, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with recline function and release handles, four-speaker audio system, iPod/USB interface, auxiliary audio jack and Bluetooth connectivity.
EX: The EX trim is outfitted with 17-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, automatic headlamps with LED running lights, rear privacy glass, fog lamps, eight-way power driver seat, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, Honda’s LaneWatch, rearview camera dynamic guidelines, 7-inch touchscreen display and an audio system with six speakers and extra port for USB.
EX-L: Apart from the features available to the EX trim, the EX-L is fitted with roof rails, a dual-zone automatic climate control with air-filtration system, automatic dimming rearview mirror, steering wheel wrapped in leather and leather-trimmed seats and 328-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with seven speakers and a subwoofer.
Touring: The top-range Touring trim boasts 18-inch wheels alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning and keeping assist system, navigation system, projector beam headlamps, driver seat memory settings and HD radio.
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