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2015 Honda CR-V Review

The 2015 Honda CR-V ranks in the middle of the competitive compact SUV class. It offers lots of standard features and plenty of room for both passengers and cargo, but its rivals have stronger engines and higher reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Outstanding cargo space
  • Underpowered engine

New for 2015

  • Improved sound insulation
  • Retuned handling
  • Revised suspension
  • CVT replaced five-speed transmission

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Honda CR-V's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money award and the winner of our 2015 Best Compact SUV for Families award. Currently the Honda CR-V has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Honda CR-V Overview

Is the 2015 Honda CR-V a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Honda CR-V is a good compact SUV. Occupants are treated to a comfortable, quiet cabin with ample seating space in both rows. The CR-V also offers class-leading cargo space and an abundance of standard and available features. However, the Honda CR-V’s underpowered engine disappoints. While it delivers excellent gas mileage, acceleration is sluggish. Unlike its rivals, the CR-V has no optional engines for more power.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 59 Honda CR-V reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Honda CR-V?

There are about 5,800 listings for the 2015 Honda CR-V on our site, with an average list price of $19,200. Prices range from $16,000 to $23,600 and vary depending on trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Honda CR-V Cost to Own?

The 2015 Honda CR-V’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to $19,870, which is a little below average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Honda CR-V?

Pricing for the 2019 Honda CR-V starts at $24,350, which is higher than the 2015 model’s price range. However, the 2019 CR-V is a better SUV. It features all the updates of the 2017 redesign, such as refreshed exterior styling, improved interior materials, and more infotainment technology, such as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The 2019 CR-V also has more passenger and cargo space than the 2015 model, and it’s available with an optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which moves the CR-V with greater ease.

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There are no new compact SUVs available for less than the average cost of a used 2015 CR-V. However, if you can entertain the idea of a smaller vehicle, the subcompact SUV class has a handful of great vehicles that are priced below $20,000. Starting at $19,990, the 2019 Hyundai Kona is one of our top recommendations. It’s all-new for the 2018 model year, and it features user-friendly cabin technology and agile handling. Unlike the 2015 CR-V, it has a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine option and an above-average predicted reliability rating. For 2019, the Kona gains more standard safety features and a new all-electric powertrain option.

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Which Model Year of the Honda CR-V Is Best?

The 2015 CR-V is a part of a generation that spanned the 2012 through 2016 model years. However, you should start your search with the 2015 CR-V. It received notable updates over previous model years, including improved sound insulation, retuned handling, a revised suspension, and a continuously variable automatic transmission that replaced the five-speed automatic.

The 2016 model offers no major changes. If the fully redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V is within your budget, however, it’s the one to choose. It boasts new exterior styling, a roomier interior with better materials, and a slew of new high-tech features.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Honda CR-V?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 CR-V a reliability rating of three out of five. While this score is about average for the automotive market as a whole, it’s a bit below average for the class.

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2015 Honda CR-V Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Honda CR-V has two reported recalls, and both issues increase the risk of a crash. One recall addresses engines assembled with the wrong pistons, and the other recall concerns improperly torqued connecting-rod bolts. Ensure that these have been repaired before you purchase a 2015 CR-V.

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Which Used Honda CR-V Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Honda CR-V has four trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The base Honda CR-V LX comes decently equipped, making it a solid choice. It features useful tech like a rearview camera, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

The CR-V EX trim adds just a few features, such as a moonroof, a LaneWatch blind spot camera, and heated front seats. The CR-V EX-L trim touts some upscale touches like leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control.

For shoppers who want more active safety features, the Honda CR-V Touring trim is the best choice. It adds adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with automatic braking, among other features.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the CR-V?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Honda CR-V an overall rating of four out of five stars. The 2015 CR-V also received five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 CR-V the top score of Good in all five crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick+, the institution’s highest designation.

A rearview camera is a standard. The top trim offers forward collision warning with automatic braking, LaneWatch (a passenger-side blind spot camera), lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Honda CR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda CR-V or 2015 Toyota RAV4?

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 doesn't fare as well as the CR-V in our rankings. While the RAV4 has ample passenger space and even more cargo room than the CR-V (73.4 versus 70.9 cubic feet), the CR-V features nicer interior materials and a more user-friendly upgraded infotainment system. Both vehicles take a while to accelerate, but the CR-V's four-cylinder engine delivers more horsepower.

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda CR-V or 2015 Mazda CX-5?

If you prefer sporty handling, the agile 2015 Mazda CX-5 will tickle your fancy more than most compact SUVs. Its sharp steering and tight suspension deliver the athleticism you expect from a small car, not an SUV. Additionally, the CX-5’s sportiness doesn’t take away from its ride comfort. But while both models earn similar fuel economy estimates, you’ll have to upgrade the CX-5’s available engine to come close to the power output of the CR-V’s engine. The CR-V also has a larger cargo area and a couple of standard features that are optional in the CX-5, including a rearview camera. If performance is a priority, go for the CX-5. Otherwise, choose the roomier and better-equipped CR-V.

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda CR-V or 2015 Ford Escape?

The 2015 Ford Escape does just about everything well, and it outshines the CR-V in most ways. When it comes to performance, the Escape strikes an even balance between handling agility and ride comfort, so it’s great for both daily work commutes and weekend joy rides. It’s also available with three engines, so you can choose the one that best matches your fuel efficiency and power needs. The Escape’s classy cabin features quality materials and roomy, supportive seats. This Ford SUV also has a higher reliability rating than its Honda rival. If you can get past its slow infotainment system, the Ford Escape is the one to buy.

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2015 Honda CR-V Performance

How Does the 2015 Honda CR-V Drive?

The 2015 Honda CR-V’s 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine provides adequate power, but it can feel sluggish when pulling away from a stop or passing others on the highway. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. The CR-V has a smooth ride and feels fairly composed through turns, thanks in part to Honda’s suspension and steering updates for the 2015 model year.

Does the 2015 Honda CR-V Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel-drive model gets excellent fuel economy estimates of 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel-drive, the CR-V loses just 1 mpg from each of those numbers.

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2015 Honda CR-V Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Honda CR-V Seat?

The 2015 Honda CR-V seats five people in two rows. The seats are comfortable, providing more than enough room in both rows. Unlike previous CR-Vs, the 2015 model’s cabin features quality materials. It’s also well-isolated from outside noise.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Honda CR-V?

The rear outboard seats have full LATCH systems for attaching child safety seats. The middle seat has an upper tether anchor and one lower anchor, with the ability to borrow an anchor from an outboard seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2015 Honda CR-V Features

The 2015 Honda CR-V comes with Bluetooth, a USB port, hands-free text messaging, Pandora internet radio, and a rearview camera. A moonroof, navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker stereo system, satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control are available.

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2015 Honda CR-V Dimensions

Honda CR-V Cargo Space

The CR-V has one of the largest maximum cargo capacities in the class, at 70.9 cubic feet.

2015 CR-V Length and Weight

The 2015 Honda CR-V is nearly 15 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,358 to 3,624 pounds, depending on the trim.

Where Was the 2015 Honda CR-V Built?

Honda assembled the 2015 CR-V in Ohio.

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