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New for 2015: Honda

New for 2015: Honda

By Jeff Youngs,

2015 Honda Overview

When looking at Honda's 2015 lineup, one word comes to mind: attrition. As it turns out, 2014 marked the end of the road for the Fit EV, Insight, FCX Clarity, and the Ridgeline pickup. New models and production-possible concepts, such as the HR-V and FCEV, provide a glimpse into the future, but, until they arrive, Honda will be a family of eight.

Among the current ranks are the Accord, Civic, and Pilot, each returning with slight content tweaks, and, like all 2015 Hondas, standard 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance coverage. The CR-Z, Crosstour, and Odyssey have been carried over unchanged, but the 2015 Honda CR-V arrives with freshened styling, a new trim level and features, and a healthy injection of torque. As for the smallest of Hondas, the 5-door Fit has been transformed the most, courtesy of revised styling, added interior space, upgraded powertrains, new trim levels, and a host of premium amenities.


2015 Honda Accord
One of the most highly respected and awarded models in its class, the Honda Accord sedan returns for 2015 with only minor changes, including the addition of a Homelink universal garage door opener on upper trim levels and Honda's Lanewatch passenger-side blind-spot monitoring system for all but the base LX version.

In addition to the sedan, the 2015 Honda Accord is also offered in a 2-door coupe body style. Powertrains include 4- and 6-cylinder gas engines, as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. Depending on the configuration, buyers can select from several trim levels: LX, LX-S, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L with navigation, Touring, and Hybrid.

What's New:
  • Universal garage door opener and auto-dimming mirror standard on higher trim levels
  • Lanewatch blind-spot monitoring system standard on EX and above



2015 Honda Civic
Smaller, yet even more popular than the Accord, this year's Honda Civic--available in coupe and sedan versions--is essentially a carryover from 2014, with the exception of a new trim level. The 2015 Civic SE (Special Edition) sedan features a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT), 15-in. alloy wheels, Lanewatch, upgraded touch-screen infotainment system, and automatic climate control. Other trim levels include LX, HF, EX, EX-L, and EX-L with navigation, all of which are equipped with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 143 horsepower and 129 lb.-ft. of torque. Shoppers considering the 2015 Honda Civic also have their choice of performance-oriented Si, fuel-frugal Civic Hybrid, and the clean-burning Civic Natural Gas.

What's New:
  • Special Edition trim level



2015 Honda CR-V
For 2015, Honda's CR-V crossover hasn't been entirely transformed, though it does arrive with a number of noteworthy upgrades, including fresh styling, retuned chassis, and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that now boasts 181 lb.-ft. of torque, up from 2014's rating of 163 lb.-ft. Mated to that 185-horsepower motor is a new CVT, which in turn assists in directing output to the front or all four wheels. Another significant change for the 2015 Honda CR-V is the introduction of a top-of-the-line Touring trim level equipped with amenities like intelligent cruise control, collision-mitigation braking, lane-keep assist system, power tailgate, memory settings for the driver, and a 7-in. touch-screen navigation system.

What's New:
  • Updated styling
  • Retuned chassis
  • Touring trim level
  • More powerful engine
  • CVT replaces 5-speed automatic
  • Added safety and convenience features
  • Available power tailgate, memory function, and LED daytime running lights
  • 7-in. touch-screen audio display standard on most trim levels



2015 Honda CR-Z
Honda's sporty 2015 CR-Z hybrid hatchback is a carbon copy of the 2014 model. As such, this 2-passenger front-wheel-drive (FWD) car continues to be offered in base and EX trim levels and powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine linked to a 15-kW electric motor and Lithium-ion battery pack. Buyers have their choice of two transmissions: a 6-speed manual or a CVT.

What's New:
  • No changes for the 2015 model year



2015 Honda Crosstour
Much like discontinued models including the Element and Ridgeline, the Honda Crosstour is a bit of an odd duck. To some, it's a curiously styled car; to others, a crossover that's a little light on utility. However, unlike those other Hondas, the Crosstour remains in the lineup, though it has been carried over unchanged for 2015. In its standard EX FWD configuration, the 2015 Crosstour utilizes a 192-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. AWD and a 278-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine are available, as is leather upholstery, navigation system, and heated front seats.

What's New:
  • No changes for the 2015 model year



2015 Honda Fit
While Honda has gone a little light on updates for most of its 2015 lineup, the Fit is a notable exception. This year's model has been completely redesigned with revised styling, longer wheelbase and added passenger room, higher-quality materials throughout what Honda claims is a quieter interior, and the adoption of the company's typical trim-level naming structure (LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L with navigation). All 2015 Fit buyers will enjoy standard Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera, while those opting for more upscale versions will be treated to, among other upgrades, heated leather seats.

Under the hood of the 2015 Honda Fit is a new direct-injection, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque, all of which is managed by one of two new transmissions: a 6-speed manual or a CVT.

What's New:
  • Completely redesigned
  • More powerful 4-cylinder engine
  • New 6-speed manual and CVT transmissions
  • Increased passenger volume and rear leg room
  • Improved ride and handling
  • Quieter cabin
  • Soft-touch interior materials
  • LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L with navigation trim levels
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity and rearview camera
  • Available leather upholstery, heated seats, and push-button start



2015 Honda Odyssey
Fresh off of an update last year, the Honda Odyssey minivan rolls into the 2015 model year unchanged. Trim levels include LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite, which is the one to choose if you want Honda's built-in vacuum cleaner. Every 2015 Odyssey is fitted with a 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission that transfers output to the front wheels.

What's New:
  • No changes for the 2015 model year



2015 Honda Pilot
As this buyer's guide is written, Honda hasn't made any official announcements regarding the redesign of its 8-passenger Pilot crossover. However, spy photos suggest a replacement is coming, as does the debut of a 2015 Pilot SE (Special Edition) version. These SE variants have a tendency to serve as going-away parties, so to speak. Positioned between the EX and EX-L trim levels, the SE features unique alloy wheels, rear-seat entertainment system, power moonroof, and the requisite SE badges. As has been the case to this point, the Pilot can be ordered with FWD or 4-wheel-drive (4WD) capability. Packaged under the hood is the company's 3.5-liter V-6, which, in this application, delivers 250 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque.

What's New:
  • Special Edition trim level

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