The 2015 Honda CR-V goes on sale nationwide today, and Honda has announced that it offers a number of updates, including refreshed exterior and interior styling, newly available features and powertrain enhancements that result in improved fuel economy.
Under the hood, the 2015 CR-V features an updated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower, just like the 2014 model. However, the revised engine delivers 11 percent more torque. A standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaces the 2014 CR-V’s five-speed automatic, which Honda says contributes to improved fuel economy. The base CR-V’s fuel economy improves from 23/31 mpg city/highway to an EPA-estimated 27/34 mpg, giving it one of the best fuel economy estimates in the class. All-wheel drive models get estimates that are almost as good, with an EPA rating of 26/33 mpg.
The 2015 Honda CR-V is available in LX, EX and EX-L trims, as well as a new top-of-the-line Touring trim. The base CR-V LX starts at $23,320 (plus an $830 destination charge), while the Touring trim is offered for $31,520. All-wheel drive is available across the model lineup for an additional $1,250.
The base CR-V LX continues to be offered with standard features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port and Pandora integration. New standard features on the base CR-V include a center console armrest, sliding sun visors and ventilation ducts on the back of the center console.
The CR-V EX, which starts at $25,420, gains a notable amount of new standard equipment for 2015, including a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, proximity key, push-button start, a 7-inch touch-screen audio system and Honda LaneWatch, which displays what is in your blind spot by using a camera mounted under the passenger side mirror.
The new Honda CR-V Touring model includes previously unavailable features that include a power liftgate, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and a collision mitigation braking system. Honda says that the CR-V “receives more than 60 changes to improve stiffness and collision performance, and the 2015 CR-V is targeted to achieve top safety ratings, including a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.”
The 2015 Honda CR-V goes on sale nationwide today.