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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Honda CR-V ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Honda CR-V has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 60 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Honda CR-V Review

The 2015 Honda CR-V scores with its roomy interior, abundance of standard features, and high predicted reliability rating. There’s just not a lot under the hood of this highly ranked compact SUV.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Ample standard features
  • Outstanding cargo space
  • Great reliability rating
  • No stronger engines available

New for 2015

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

2015 Honda CR-V Overview

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

As a dual award winner – Best Compact SUV for the Money and Best Compact SUV for Families – the 2015 Honda CR-V is a great SUV. It is spacious and comfortable, but it has one notable flaw: Its four-cylinder engine lacks vigor. Still, this fuel-sipping daily driver will get you from point A to point B just fine.

Used 2015 Honda CR-V Performance and Interior

The CR-V is a daily driver with a power plant that provides decent acceleration and superior fuel economy. The SUV’s 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission can feel slow when pulling away from a stop, but they otherwise provide enough punch for city and suburban driving. Fuel economy is excellent with both the standard front-wheel drive and the available all-wheel drive. With FWD, the CR-V earns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. With AWD, the CR-V loses 1 mpg off each of those numbers.

Honda updated its suspension and steering systems for 2015, resulting in a smooth – if not exciting – ride. You’ll feel confident moving the CR-V through traffic and around turns.

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The 2015 Honda CR-V seats five people comfortably. Tall occupants in the front and the back will have plenty of headroom, legroom, and elbow room. For this model year, Honda improved the CR-V’s sound insulation and upgraded its cabin materials. You’ll enjoy its quiet ride, comfortable seats, and pleasant surroundings. The SUV’s rear outboard seats have full LATCH systems for attaching child seats. The middle seat has an upper tether anchor and one lower anchor, with the ability to borrow an anchor from an outboard seat. Cargo space is abundant with a maximum of 70.9 cubic feet available. Still, the Toyota RAV4 – a class rival – offers more cargo room (73.4 cubic feet).

The base CR-V has a good number of features for a 2015 vehicle; you’ll find Bluetooth, a USB port, and hands-free text messaging as standard. Many competitors don't offer these as standard features – or even as add-ons. Step up to a higher trim, and you’ll get a 7-inch touch-screen display and navigation. The dashboard provides a simple layout with a limited number of buttons.

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Used 2015 Honda CR-V Prices

Prices for a used 2015 CR-V range from around $17,100 for the base model to about $24,900 for the top-of-the-line Touring model. The price you pay will depend upon a range of factors, including your location and the car’s mileage, condition, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 56 Reviews Analyzed

To help you make the right buying decision, we analyzed 56 reviews of the Honda CR-V and coupled them with hard data like depreciation costs and crash test scores.

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U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking vehicles for a decade, and our staff has 75-plus years of automotive industry experience combined. To ensure our reviews remain objective, we do not accept expensive gifts or trips from manufacturers.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Honda CR-V?

The 2015 CR-V has a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is higher than the scores of most vehicles on the road. It’s an exceptional score in the compact SUV class as well. In comparison, the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox earns a perfect five, and most other class rivals rank average or worse.

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How Safe Is the CR-V?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2015 Honda CR-V a Top Safety Pick+, giving it perfect scores in all five crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2015 CR-V four out of five stars overall, four stars in frontal and rollover crash tests, and a perfect five stars in the side crash test.

A rearview camera is a standard feature in the 2015 CR-V. Upper trims offer a number of active safety features, including forward collision warning with automatic braking, LaneWatch (a passenger-side blind spot camera), lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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Should I Consider Another Used CR-V?

The 2015 CR-V is part of the SUV’s fourth generation, which began in 2011. For 2015, Honda upgraded the CR-V’s interior and improved its handling. Therefore, you'll want to avoid earlier models.

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Which Used Honda CR-V Is Right for Me?

There are four trims to choose from when shopping for a used 2015 CR-V: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The base LX model is decently equipped with a rearview camera, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The EX model will satisfy many buyers, adding a moonroof, LaneWatch, and heated front seats. The EX-L model improves the cabin with leather seats and dual-zone climate control. If you require lots of active safety features, the Touring trim is the best choice. It adds adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with automatic braking, among other features.

While the CR-V has a reputation for reliability, there are reasons to consider buying a certified pre-owned model from Honda. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 Honda CR-V and Other SUVs to Consider

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

Where the CR-V stumbles – a weak engine and merely adequate handling – the 2015 Mazda CX-5 soars. Its available 184-horsepower power plant delivers solid acceleration, and it’s one of the best-handling compact SUVs you can buy. Inside, the CX-5 is roomy and comfortable like the CR-V, and it’s pretty good on gas. However, it lacks the cargo and passenger room of the CR-V. If you want power and scintillating driving dynamics, go with the CX-5. All others should look to the Honda.

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda CR-V or 2015 GMC Terrain?

The 2015 GMC Terrain has comfortable, supportive front seats and spacious, sliding back seats. What it doesn’t have is a lot of cargo space – it provides 7 cubic feet less than the CR-V. Its base engine feels somewhat underpowered, but the available V6 is potent. Its cabin is luxe and features a standard 7-inch touch screen (unlike the CR-V). In the end, it’s a toss-up between these two.

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