2015 Honda CR-V Touring AWD Review
Don't call it a comeback.No Comments
Sensibility is the name of the game with this CR-V. It certainly wasn't a bad car in 2014, but with the speed at which new crossovers are appearing, Honda responded with a quasi-new model that's packing everything that buyers are lusting after this year.
Crossovers are a lot like antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Despite our best efforts, the world is now teeming with them. To be honest, they provide a great value, packing the capaciousness of a larger wagon or SUV with the slight sensibility of a more car-based platform. That great value does not go unrecognized by the public; the car we're talking about today, the Honda CR-V, remains one of the brand's best sellers. In fact, the triumvirate of Civic, Accord, and CR-V constitute nearly three-fourths of Honda's sales. Looking at it that way, it's one of the brand's most important vehicles.
Which is why Honda put an unbelievable amount of effort into what amounts to a mid-cycle refresh. With the 2015 CR-V, we're looking at a lot of newness - new looks, new powertrain options, new features, new technology. In a segment that's proliferating as fast as MRSA through a hospital, every single update needs to count. And this one definitely does; we think the CR-V's better than ever before.
When the engine is doing its best to stay in the efficiency sweet spot, you're greeted with an overall dearth of noise, vibration, and harshness - yet another testament to how well updated this CR-V truly is. The CVT is smooth as silk (far more so than offerings from its domestic, torque-converter competitors), but if you leave the Eco setting activated, it occasionally leaves the engine at such low revs that some deep grumbles and rumbles reverberate their way into the cabin. Otherwise, the powertrain does a great job staying out of your way, which is something that you want in an around-town family hauler.
Sensibility is the name of the game with this CR-V. It certainly wasn't a bad car in 2014, but with the speed at which new crossovers are appearing, Honda responded with a quasi-new model that's packing everything that buyers are lusting after this year. We wouldn't call it a comeback; we'd call it a calculated attempt to remain at the top of the compact-crossover pecking order.
Transmission: Continuously variable
Drivetrain Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel drive
Power Output: 185 horsepower / 181 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (mpg): 26 city / 33 highway
Base Price: $32,895
As Tested: $33,775 (incl. $880 destination)
Available Features: Rear parking sensors