Say one thing about the Honda CR-V say it’s consistent, reliable, and solidly dependable. Ok, so that’s three things, but hey, the more the merrier, right? The 2015 Honda CR-V is on par with its lineage with a few notable improvements here and there, enough to warrant another day in court if you’ve previously given one a pass. We think you’ll agree there is much to love about this venerable line and plenty of reasons for its staying power in the era of sport utility vehicles.
At the top of the list of “What’s New for 2015” are the switch to a direct-injected 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine and the inclusion of Honda’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with G-Design Shift, which are actually the only engines/transmissions available this year. On the other hand, you can choose between Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) versions.
The exterior received a standout design update to its personal style with new front and rear fasciae.
The interior benefits from several notable interactive features such as the 7-inch touchscreen linked to the LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system on the EX and up, the first CR-V adoption of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and much improved space to both the rear seat and cargo area.
Topping off the list is the addition of the higher-end Touring trim level that adds enough safety technologies and features to put it over the top.
Check back with us soon as we explore the improved interior in detail and discover what truly separates the old from the new.
The Honda CR-V trims available for 2015 are the LX, EX, EX-L and Touring, with each level including most of the features of the previous level,
The LX comes decently equipped with such standard features as 16-inch steel wheels, power everything, a rearview camera, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding and reclining rear seat with trunk-mounted release handles, elevating driver seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a four-speaker stock sound system with CD/iPod/USB audio interface and Pandora Internet radio compatibility.
The EX includes keyless entry and ignition, adds another inch to the alloy wheels (17 inches), automatic headlights with LED running lights, fog lights, sunroof, rear privacy glass, retractable cargo cover, eight-way power driver seat with heat and two-way power lumbar support, heated passenger seat, Honda LaneWatch™, a 7-inch touchscreen, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera and a six-speaker stock sound system with USB ports.
The EX-L adds roof rails, heated side mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, two-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, satellite radio and a seven-speaker stock sound system.
The Touring adds yet another inch to the wheels for 18 inches, , driver side memory seating, adaptive cruise control, a Forward Collision Mitigation system, Lane Departure Warning system, navigation system, High-Def radio, projector beam headlights, and a power liftgate.
The 2015 Honda CR-V comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. The LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system (featuring a camera of its own that displays passenger-side blind spot activity on the 7-inch touchscreen) is standard on all but the LX. The Touring trim also includes the Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning and Mitigation systems.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the 2015 CR-V with four out of five possible stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side crash protection.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2015 Honda CR-V the highest possible rating of “Good” in the small-overlap and moderate-overlap frontal-offset impact tests, the side impact, roof strength and whiplash protection (head restraints and seats) tests, and the top rating of “Superior” for the optional frontal collision warning and mitigation system test. Edmonds.com placed the Honda 2015 CR-V at the top of its 2015 SUV Buying Guide and rated it “A” overall.
All new Honda vehicles are covered by a 3-Year/36,000-Mile Limited Warranty, plus a 5-Year/60,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.
Vehicles less than 3 years old and with fewer than 36,000 miles are eligible for Honda Care® VSC Plans. Vehicles less than 1 year old and with fewer than 12,000 miles are eligible for Honda Care Maintenance™