Honda was one of the first automakers to hop onto the compact crossover SUV train with the release of the CR-V back in 1997. Through several generations, the CR-V has steadily improved and maneuvered its way into the hearts of thrifty cargo haulers across the nation.
What's New For 2015
The CR-V continues without a generational change, but its updates are rather significant. These include a new front fascia with a revised grille and headlights, available power tailgate and 10-way power and heated driver seat, an 11% increase in torque, better fuel economy, a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), and newly available safety features like Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Honda Lane Watch and Lane Departure Warning.
Choosing Your Honda CR-V
The CR-V lineup is a fairly simple one to get through, as there aren't too many drivetrain options to choose from, and zero optional packages to sort out. Under the hood is a revised 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque that mates to a new CVT. The only drivetrain option is whether you prefer front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
When choosing between front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions of the CR-V, there are two items to take into consideration: price and fuel economy. The AWD system adds an extra $1,250 to the CR-V's MSRP and drops the fuel economy by 1 mpg across the board, so only check the AWD box if you feel it is something that you truly need.
Then it's time to choose which of the four CR-V trim levels suit you best:
For more families, the EX might strike the right balance between value and features. The EX-L is much more expensive, especially with navigation, but includes plenty of features today's buyers consider essential.