While it is a sales leader in the compact crossover segment, we’ve always noted that the CR-V is a bit dull to drive and sit in, but for 2015, Honda is looking to change that impression with a more premium model.
The 2015 Honda CR-V gets a number of improvements, including a brand new direct injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder Earth Dreams engine that makes 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. That’s marks an impressive increase of 11 percent more torque. Along with the new engine is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which helps front-wheel drive models earn 27 MPG city, 34 MPG highway and 29 MPG combined, while all-wheel drive models earn 26 MPG city, 33 MPG highway and 28 MPG combined.
The CR-V refresh comes with a number of new features as well, like a new center console, rear air ducts and sliding sunvisors. EX models also get Honda’s Lane Watch camera.
The new engine and transmission is standard across the entire model lineup. Additionally even the most basic CR-V’s get updated styling inside and out. Chassis and handling improvements include a wider track and revised shock absorber tuning.
The biggest addition to the CR-V lineup is the new Touring model, that sits at the top of the range. This fully-loaded model is available with front or all-wheel drive and gets all the premium features of the EX-L models while also including safety and driver assist technology like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning.
The pricetag for the 2015 Honda CR-V is also updated, with basic CR-V LX models costing $24,150, or $200 more than 2014 models. The EX models start at $26,250, marking another $200 increase over 2014 models, while EX-L models start at $28,850 marking a $150 increase over last years model. Touring models start at $32,350. All-wheel drive is a $1,250 cost on all models.
Expect a review of the new CR-V very soon, as our Associate Editor Craig Cole is off driving it as we speak.
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