2015 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V was launched during the height of the SUV craze, and most people (in this country) scoffed at its lack of size and 'truck-ish-ness'. Honda's pint-size purse-mobile was front wheel drive, it was powered by a 4-cylinder, and there was even a built-in picnic table for tea parties in the park. Compared to other 1990's Suburban Utility Vehicles, the CR-V was just an 'urban lifestyle accessory'.
After nearly two decades of rising gas prices, and fashionable downsizing, time proved Honda to be right. Today, the pint-size, fuel-sipping CR-V has become the best selling SUV in America. Folks seem to love the little Honda's mix of practicality and refinement. And who can argue with something that offers tons of cargo/dog/mountain bike room, and 30+ mpg?
Completely redesigned just last year, the 5-passenger CR-V attracted 26,000 new buyers to the Honda showrooms each month. Now roomier, and more refined than ever. The CR-V allows buyers to enjoy all of the best traits found in an SUV, combined with the smoothness and fuel economy of a premium mid-size sedan.
2015 Honda CR-V - What's New?
Since the CR-V was completely overhauled last year, in returns unchanged for 2015. Thus, the 2015 Honda CR-V retains its super-slippery body lines. Acting as both a styling statement, and a wind-drag reducer, those uber-modern looks help contribute to the impressive fuel economy. EPA rated at 23 city / 31 hwy / 26 combined, the (FWD equipped) 2015 Honda CR-V make good use of its quick-to-upshift 5-speed automatic. However, thanks to a piece of transmission programming called Grade Control Logic, this gearbox can sense when it's on a hill, and it'll hold the most appropriate gear. Otherwise, it'd be brrrrr, whirrr, mrrrr, brrrrrrrrr, wrrrrrrrrrr!!!!... all the way up the hill.
Another bit of useful computer code built into the 2015 Honda CR-V can be activated by that big green button on the dash. Press it, and the Eco Assist program (standard on all models) will cause the transmission to start looking for a taller gear much sooner, in an effort to keep the gas-burning rpms as low as possible. The electronic throttle is also dialed back, making the engine respond slower to your inputs. And to prod you onward to greater 'green-ness', a series of green lights surrounding the speedometer will keep tabs on your efficiency.
Unlike many of its competitors, the 2015 Honda CR-V doesn't offer a V6. Instead, power comes from a single-flavor 2.4 liter DOHC 4-cyl. Horsepower is rated at 185-hp, and the engine is so clean-burning, this SUV actually gets a ULEV rating (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle). Although you won't consider this trucklet particularly quick, it has more than enough power for the type of person who's likely to buy it (see: Practical).
Adding AWD to your 2015 Honda CR-V will only drop the mpg's to 22 city / 30 hwy / 25 combined. Praise the Eco Button! And, all CR-Vs come equipped with Honda's Hill Start Assist function, which holds the wheel brakes for a few seconds, as you switch from the brake to the gas pedal.
The interior is pleasantly designed, but it contains more hard surface materials than most of its competitors. The seats however, far surpass the comfort level offered by most compact CUV thrones. And the 2015 Honda CR-V received a 5-star safety rating from NHTSA, along with a 'Good' crash test ranking, and a Top Safety Pick classification from the IIHS.
With such a well thought out design, we can't figure out if the CUV designation for the 2015 Honda CR-V stands for Comfort Utility Vehicle, Convenient Utility Vehicle, or City Utility Vehicle?