Nearly three years ago, Honda unveiled the re-designed 2012 CR-V crossover. Tomorrow, the 2015 model rolls into dealerships, sporting a mid-model cycle refresh, a few nifty upgrades, and marginally higher starting prices.
NEW STANDARD FEATURES
Honda says that the 2015 CR-V features the boldest refresh in the model's history. We would say that, given the CR-V's massive popularity, Honda hasn't wanted to make the upgrades too severe -- at least not to the naked eye.
However, there are some very nice touches that now come standard on the CR-V. Inside, the 2015 model features a center console armrest, sliding sunvisors, and air vents on the backside of the console for passenger comfort.
Bigger changes are found under the hood, where Honda has dropped in its new, direct-injected Earth Dreams Technology i-VTEC engine, mated to an improved continuously variable transmission. That brings an 11 percent increase in torque -- up to 181 ft-lbs from 163 ft-lbs -- though it still delivers last year's 185 hp.
Fuel economy is given a boost, too. Front-wheel-drive models earn 27 city/34 highway mpg, while all-wheel-drive variants earn 26/33 mpg. That's a pretty substantial improvement over 2014's 23/31 mpg for FWD models and 22/30 mpg for AWDs.
OPTIONS, OPTIONS, OPTIONS
The list of options on the 2015 CR-V is surprisingly long. Among the ones that shoppers will probably appreciate most are:
- A new power tailgate
- A ten-way power and heated driver's seat with memory
- Display Audio, which powers a seven-inch touchscreen on the center stack, providing access to built-in features like navigation, plus access to smartphone media via HondaLink
- A full suite of safety features called Honda Sensing, which includes the automaker's Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Honda LaneWatch
The base trim level for the CR-V is the LX, which is priced at $23,320 for FWD and $24,570 for AWD. That's just $200 more than the 2014 CR-V LX, which started at $23,120.
Step up to the EX level, and you're looking at $25,420 for the FWD and $26,670 for AWD -- though in fairness, the EX comes with a lot of standard extras, including Display Audio (see above), LaneWatch, and push-button start.
Zip through a few mid-range trims like the EX-L and EX-Navi to the top-of-the-line Touring model, and you can expect to shell out $31,520 for FWD and $32,770 for AWD. In exchange for that sum, though, you get all the goodies listed above, including the full Honda Sensing suite. Touring models also come with special badging and 18" wheels.
The 2015 Honda CR-V goes on sale tomorrow at Honda dealerships across the U.S.