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Honda Reworks Popular CR-V with Significant Updates for 2015 Model Year

Honda Reworks Popular CR-V with Significant Updates for 2015 Model Year

By Jeff Youngs, October 01, 2014

The 2015 Honda CR-V receives a number of changes designed to make the popular crossover SUV safer, more fuel-efficient, better to drive, and more technologically advanced than ever. To make sure the updates are noticed, the styling is revised and Honda adds a new top-of-the-line Touring trim level to the 2015 CR-V model roster.

Starting beneath the sheet metal, engineers have made numerous changes to strengthen the CR-V structure and to improve crash protection. New safety-related systems include SmartVent side-impact air bags for all trim levels, and Honda's LaneWatch system that helps the driver to see in the CR-V's right-side blind spot and which is included for all versions except the base LX model. Next-generation HondaLink connectivity is also standard on all but the base LX, equipped with Automatic Collision Notification technology that can help summon rescuers following a collision.

Choose the new CR-V Touring for the full Honda Sensing suite of active safety systems. They include adaptive cruise control with a forward-collision warning system, collision-mitigation braking system that autonomously brakes the SUV to reduce speed prior to impact, lane-departure warning system, and a lane-keeping assist system.

In addition to numerous safety-related improvements, all versions of the new 2015 CR-V except for the LX are equipped with Honda's Display Audio infotainment system. Equipped with a 7-in. touch screen designed to work similar to a tablet computer, the system can be upgraded with a hard-drive navigation system on EX-L and Touring trim levels. CR-V EX owners can download a navigation app to their smartphone. Additionally, via HondaLink, this infotainment system provides access to social media platforms, traffic and weather reports, Aha global radio, and more. Plus, Honda anticipates making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available with this system in the future.

A new, direct-injection, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard in the new 2015 CR-V. It makes the same 185 horsepower as before but delivers more torque for a more responsive feel, Honda says. A new continuously variable transmission (CVT) is designed to feel and sound more like a traditional automatic, and together the new powertrain components substantially improve the CR-V's fuel economy, according to the automaker. Engineers have also revised the CR-V's braking and suspension components, and have installed wider wheels on most trim levels for improved driving dynamics.

On the new CR-V, the styling is familiar, but the details are different. Up front, a new grille and new headlights debut, and Honda has redesigned the bumpers front and rear. Around back, new trim around the license plate area gives the CR-V a subtle visual change, and versions with aluminum wheels benefit from new designs. Plus, those bolted to the CR-V Touring are larger, measuring 18 in. in diameter. LED running lights also debut for EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels, the latter also equipped with projector-style headlights.

Inside, Honda has revised the CR-V's trim and upholstery and adds a more functional center console with new air vents for rear occupants. The EX version gains numerous new standard features, including a Smart Key passive entry system with push-button starting.

The new 2015 Honda CR-V is on sale now, priced from $24,150 to $33,600, including the $830 destination charge.

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