2015 Honda CR-V Review
Hitting US shores in 1995, the Honda CR-V was an interesting cross between a Honda Civic and a station wagon. Honda has been known for breaking the mold and offering car types that have had little market testing before making it to the dealers.
While consumers somewhat misunderstood the early incarnations of the CR-V, over the last 20 years, they’ve learned to embrace it. During this time, it’s received an impressive array of face lifts and changes while rising to the top of the flooded crossover SUV genre. The 2015 Honda CR-V, is no different. It’s winning hearts across highways and freeways from California to New York.
The 2015 Honda CR-V has gotten a minor exterior face lift, but it does seem to make all the difference. The front and back ends have been reimagined, and the lines have been smoothed. Chrome finishings have been added to the grille, and LED headlights and taillights take the formerly soccer-mom-esque SUV from utilitarian to stylish. Larger chrome rims add a touch of pizzazz as well.
Inside the CR-V, divers will enjoy a bit more cargo space than in previous versions. In fact, the compact SUV is starting to encroach on midsize cargo space territory.
The console has also been reimagined, with a touchscreen option available. The controls have been shifted from the steering wheel back down to the center console, a nice change that has long been needed. The steering wheel itself holds all of the controls a driver could ever need, from radio controls to Bluetooth, which is nice for that hands-free feel.
Trim packages have also been changed to provide a bit more bang for the buck. Experts believe Honda has done this to compete better with a flooded compact SUV market, but the reasons don’t really matter. In the end, consumers have an illustrious list of potential packages and trim levels to pick from, and there truly is something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for an SUV to haul the kids around or you’re in the market for a beach-ready comfortable ride, the CR-V is sure to perform.
Under the Hood
Under the hood of the Honda CR-V, the drivetrain has been completely changed. Now offering a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission, fuel economy has been heightened without compromising speed or pep.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the top-notch safety numbers that the CR-V consistently racks up. It has earned a five-star overall result. The SUV has even be redesigned to perform better in front crash tests and has landed on the top safety picks list.
It’s important to note that those looking for a speed demon of a car shouldn’t be looking at the CR-V. Its speeds and handling are above the pack when it comes to SUVs, but when it comes to sports car performance, that’s not what the CR-V is about.
If you’re in the market for a safe, dependable, and peppy SUV, stop by our Denver Honda Dealership, Mile High Honda, to check out the Honda CR-V.