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2015 Honda CR-V review

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Honda CR-V highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Fuel economy is near the top among rivals
  • Cabin scores high on both passenger and cargo space

Cons

  • Only one engine choice
  • Driver aids only available on top-end model

Mileage (EPA estimate)

26 city, 33 highway, 28 combined

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Refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V is even better

After three years of the CR-V holding steady, Honda made a number of changes to its big-selling compact crossover SUV for 2015. Key among these is a new continuously variable transmission. It not only helps the 185-hp 2.4-liter engine produce more spirited acceleration when needed, but it also improves the EPA-estimated fuel economy—and efficiency was already a strong point with the CR-V. The drive is as smooth and agile as ever. The CR-V comes with front-wheel drive, but there's the option of all-wheel drive if you need greater traction. Choices are limited elsewhere: The 2.4-liter is the only engine choice, for example, and options are minimal.

The lineup starts with a well-equipped LX entry-level model, which features full power accessories, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Indeed, the LX only lacks alloy wheels. Jump to the EX for those, and you'll also gain LED running lights, a sunroof, rear privacy glass, heated front seats, and a blind-spot monitoring system. The EX-L adds a touch of luxury with leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and satellite radio. The Touring is the new top-of-the-line trim level and features a navigation system with HD radio, as well as a suite of driver aids including forward collision mitigation and a lane departure warning system. Overall, the 2015 refresh adds to the well-rounded appeal of the capable, spacious CR-V.

All Honda CR-V years

What is new for the 2015 Honda CR-V?

  • The CR-V is available in a new trim called the Touring.
  • CR-V trims have been upgraded with Smart Key, Vinyl Seats, Automated Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Memory Seat(s), and Power Hatch/Deck Lid as standard equipment this year.
  • The EX trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters and Power Seat(s) as standard equipment.

2015 Honda CR-V trims

Curious how Honda CR-V trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

LX

  • Includes hill start assist, six airbags, vehicle stability assist (VSA®), multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, five-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering column, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, fold-down 60/40 split rear seat, four-speakers audio system, USB audio port, and more.

EX

  • Adds seven-inch touchscreen, 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, six-speaker audio system, Honda LaneWatch, push-button start, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch aluminum wheels, sunroof, privacy glass, cover, additional USB port, seatback pockets, illuminated vanity mirrors, and more.

  • View all CR-V EXs in stock.

EX-L

  • Adds auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seating surfaces, leather steering wheel cover, dual-zone air conditioning, seven-speaker audio system, navigation system, roof rails, heated side mirrors, and more.

  • View all CR-V EX-Ls in stock.

Touring

  • Adds forward collision warning, power tailgate, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, 18-inch wheels, driver's memory seat, projector headlights, and more.

  • View all CR-V Tourings in stock.

5 reasons to buy the 2015 Honda CR-V

1. Touch-of-a-button conveniences

2015 Honda CR-V Review: Push start| CarMax

When you have your hands full with work and school bags, the small but significant conveniences the CR-V has are going to be an everyday help. On the EX trim and above, the 2015 CR-V can identify when the key is inside the vehicle. So rather than trying to find it in the bottom of a purse, all you need to do is press a button to start the engine.

On the Touring trim, you'll find the tailgate button on your key, at the driver's seat, and on the tailgate itself. Super helpful if you're doing multiple after-school activity drop-offs and errands.

2. Clever cargo space

2015 Honda CR-V Review: Cargo Space | CarMax

That easy-access liftgate is just one of the great features of the CR-V's cargo capability. The 2015 CR-V has 35.2 cu-ft of fixed cargo storage with a low loading floor that helps when you're loading large items or taking your dogs to and from their favorite park. Lowering the spring-mounted rear seats extends cargo space to 70.9 cu-ft; generous enough for holiday shopping or camping-trip essentials.

3. Range-topping Touring trim

2015 Honda CR-V Review: Dashboard | CarMax

New for the 2015 model year, the Touring trim is a welcome addition to the CR-V line-up, adding a roster of clever upgrades. Helping you find your route is a satellite-linked navigation system. Hit the highway, and you'll appreciate the Touring trim's driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning system, and more. Leather upholstery (from EX-L) and 18-inch alloy wheels (Touring exclusive) complete the high-end look and feel.

4. An indulgent second row

2015 Honda CR-V Review: Interior Trim | CarMax

While the CR-V may come off initially as straightforward and practical, its second row shows how much more it has to offer. Spacious rear seating makes it comfortable for adult passengers; there are 38.3-inches of rear legroom and 56.4-inches of shoulder room. Those rear seats are split folding, too, for maximum configurability. They also recline (a comfort boost on long journeys) and all three seats are equipped with LATCH anchors for securing child seats.

5. Smart standard tech

2015 Honda CR-V Review: Tech | CarMax

While rival models might hold back the best tech for higher trims, the 2015 CR-V is well equipped at its base trim LX level. An infotainment display screen, Bluetooth® functionality, and a text-message reader with digital voice are all features that play a huge role in staying connected while focusing on the road. For a base trim model to have these as standard is a real plus for the CR-V.

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Totally redesigned for 2018, the Chevrolet Equinox gained power through a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, including a 1.6L diesel. The nine-speed automatic transmission is fast and smooth, sending power to the front with standard FWD, or all four wheels with optional AWD. You can get the 2016-present Equinox in the base L trim or step up to the high-end Premier trim. The huge choice of options includes bold colors, internet connectivity, driver-assistance technology, and a slick e-AWD system that disconnects the rear wheels for improved efficiency.

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Premier delivers these standard features:

  • Heated front seats

  • Lane-departure and forward-collision warning

  • Leather upholstery

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2015 Honda CR-V is a car that customers like for its roomy interior, great standard features, and easy-to-navigate dash.
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RepairPal gave the Honda CR-V an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Honda CR-V 6th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Honda CR-V features and specs

EX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.4L

Horsepower

185

Torque (ft-lbs)

181

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

15.3

Wheelbase

103.1"

Overall length

179.4"

Width

71.6"

Height

64.7"

Leg room

F 41.3"/R 38.3"

Head room

F 38"/R 38.6"

Front tires

P225/65TR17

Rear tires

P225/65TR17

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

2015 Honda CR-V FAQ

More about the 2015 Honda CR-V

Exterior colors

  • Alabaster Silver Metallic

  • Basque Red Pearl II

  • Copper Sunset Pearl

  • Crystal Black Pearl

  • Kona Coffee Metallic

  • Modern Steel Metallic

  • Mountain Air Metallic

  • Urban Titanium Metallic

  • White Diamond Pearl

Interior colors

  • Beige

  • Black

  • Gray

Interior details

The 2015 Honda CR-V seats five passengers, with a choice of three classic interior colors (beige, black, or gray) and either cloth or leather upholstery. Comfort touches include four cup holders (two and two), door cubbyholes, and a central console for storing essential items. Want to enjoy those bright winter mornings? Heated front seats and a light-giving sunroof are cabin highlights from the EX trim and above.

Child seat details

The 2015 Honda CR-V has two full sets of LATCH restraints (upper tether and lower anchors) in the second-row outboard seats. The upper tether hooks for these are found in the middle of the seatback. The middle seat has an upper tether restraint (found in the ceiling) and one lower anchor. All lower anchors are easy to find. The 2015 CR-V can accommodate booster, infant, and convertible (front/rear) seats.

With rear-facing child seats, your front-seat passenger may need to click their seat forward a touch. The wide rear-door opening on the 2015 CR-V makes fixing seats and settling children much easier on parents and guardians.

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2015 Honda CR-V received an overall 4/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

Keep in mind that certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 4/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

Performance

All 2015 CR-V models are powered by a 2.4L direct fuel injection four-cylinder engine, paired to continuously variable transmission with the choice of front- or all-wheel drive across the trim range. This impressive setup delivers 185 horsepower, while torque tops out at 181 lb-ft.

When new, the 2015 range-topping CR-V Touring, achieves a zero-to-60-mph time of 8.7 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). Fuel economy figures are worth noting too; the CR-V equipped with FWD and the 2.4L engine gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.

Emissions

According to EPA estimates, the 2015 Honda CR-V with FWD and 2.4L engine, has tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions of 306 grams per mile.4 The 2015 CR-V with the same 2.4L engine, and AWD, has tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions of 317 grams per mile.

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