2015 Honda CR-V

$23,445 MSRP

KBB Ratings™
0
10
9.8

KBB® Expert Reviews

The compact SUV market is crammed full of competitors, but to take first place they'll have to beat the 2015 Honda CR-V. Against the Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and others, the CR-V is the best-selling SUV of the decade and, for 2015, it has even more to like. There's attractive new styling, appealing features and noteworthy technology, and the 2.4-liter direct-injection engine with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) delivers more power, performance and fuel economy. The new CR-V is available in multiple trim levels and with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Safety features are class-leading, there's a new Touring upper trim level and, if that isn't enough, the new CR-V represents an exceptional value for the money. No wonder owners love it.

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Price
View Drivetrain Invoice MSRP
2WD $22,021 $23,445
AWD $23,191 $24,695
Transmission Options
Drive: 2WD
Transmission: Automatic, CVT
MPG City: 27
MPG Highway: 34
Safety
Engine Immobilizer
Stability Control
Traction Control
Engine
Engine: 4-Cyl, i-VTEC, 2.4 Liter
Horsepower: 185 @ 6400 RPM
Torque: 181 @ 3900 RPM
Recommended Fuel: Regular
Dimensions
Curb Weight 3358 Pounds
EPA Passenger 104.1 Cubic Feet
Head Room: Front 39.9 Inches
Head Room: Rear 38.6 Inches
Height 64.7 Inches
Leg Room: Front 41.3 Inches
Leg Room: Rear 38.3 Inches
Minimum Ground Clearance 6.4 Inches
Overall Length 179.4 Inches
Shoulder Room: Front 58.6 Inches
Shoulder Room: Rear 56.4 Inches
Turning Diameter 37.5 Feet
Wheel Base 103.1 Inches
Width with mirrors 71.6 Inches
Cargo behind last seat 35.2 Cubic Feet
Hip Room: Front 54.5 Inches
Hip Room: Rear 53.1 Inches

KELLEY BLUE BOOK® EDITORS' NOTES

The compact SUV market is crammed full of competitors, but to take first place they'll have to beat the 2015 Honda CR-V. Against the Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and others, the CR-V is the best-selling SUV of the decade and, for 2015, it has even more to like. There's attractive new styling, appealing features and noteworthy technology, and the 2.4-liter direct-injection engine with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) delivers more power, performance and fuel economy. The new CR-V is available in multiple trim levels and with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Safety features are class-leading, there's a new Touring upper trim level and, if that isn't enough, the new CR-V represents an exceptional value for the money. No wonder owners love it.

OVERVIEW SUMMARY

To take first place in the compact-sport-utility segment, the competitors will have to beat Honda's new 2015 CR-V, which hasn't done anything except lead the sales charts for 10 years. This year, it's even better, with fresh styling, thoughtful features, enhanced ride and handling, class-leading safety, and a great value story. It's not by accident the CR-V is on top.

TEASER

Among compact sport utility vehicles, the new 2015 Honda CR-V ranks tops in looks, fuel economy, safety, features, and value for the money.

WHAT'S NEW FOR

Major changes to the new CR-V for 2015 include the distinctive styling and direct-injected 2.4-liter engine with CVT. There are significant content upgrades, improved occupant protection and innovative new safety features. We highly recommend the new Touring trim, which includes numerous options and represents extraordinary value for the money.

YOU'LL LIKE THIS

For young families or empty-nesters the 2015 Honda CR-V represents as good as it gets in the compact SUV segment - nice looks, thoughtful features, great ride and handling, class-leading safety, noteworthy fuel economy, terrific value. Where do you sign?

YOU MAY NOT LIKE THIS

If you like more stand-out-in-the-crowd styling, look at the Nissan Rogue. For very slightly sportier handling, try the Ford Escape. There are other choices. But 10 years at the top of this segment's sales chart means a lot of buyers have laid down hard cash for Honda's CR-V.

EXTERIOR

Hondas have typically offered good outward vision through generous windows, and the new CR-V is no exception. Compared to other SUVs in the segment, the CR-V provides a less-obstructed view of the world, which makes it safer on the road and more easily maneuverable in tighter spots. The freshening of the exterior for 2015 has moved it visually upscale, an impression reinforced by more chrome, and it also seems to have a greater presence. The up-level Touring trim rides on 18-inch wheels and tires, which fill out the fender wells more completely and generally enhance the appearance.

INTERIOR

Those familiar with the previous model's interior will find no surprises in the 2015 CR-V, along with a few welcome enhancements. There's a new audio display, upgrades to some trim and textures, an added center console, and rear A/C vents. The front seats are supportive and properly adjustable, while the rear seats offer plenty of room for adults and easily fold down to sort-of flat for hauling the bigger things of contemporary family life. The new CR-V's interior strikes us as entirely functional without being boring and completely modern without being weird, and that's a nice blend, day-in and day-out.

NOTABLE STANDARD EQUIPMENT

A strong value statement, the new CR-V's LX base model includes (inhale): air conditioning, power windows, power locks, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering column, steering wheel-mounted controls, a multi-function center console, the 2.4-liter engine with CVT, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, 160-watt 4-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB interface, exterior temperature indicator, Smart Key/Start, rear A/C vents, and sliding sun visors (exhale). Standard safety features include dual-stage front airbags, front side airbags, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Vehicle Stability Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist and a multi-angle rearview camera - the latter is standard on all Honda vehicles for 2015.

NOTABLE OPTIONS

The CR-V EX adds speed-sensitive and variable-intermittent wipers, auto-on headlights, fog lights, a security system, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a power moonroof, 6-speaker audio, and a variety of trim items. The EX-L adds leather, dual-zone A/C, automatic climate control, roof rails, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated mirrors, XM radio, and 7-speaker audio. The Touring trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, HomeLink, mirror turn signals, driver memory seat, a power tailgate, and Honda's Collision Mitigation Braking System. The choices of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, or navigation, are built into the trim levels.

PRICING NOTES

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2015 Honda CR-V LX model with front-wheel drive is $24,150, the EX is $26,250, the EX-L is $28,850, and the Touring is $32,350, including destination charges. All-wheel drive is an additional $1,250. A fully-loaded Touring model with AWD will be around $34,000, but its comprehensive equipment level makes a strong value statement. For comparison, a base Nissan Rogue S is right around $24,000, a base Toyota RAV4 S is about $23,000, and a base Ford Escape S is near $24,000. But the equipment levels are not equivalent, so compare carefully. The Honda CR-V and RAV4 SUVs have historically maintained quite high residual values, with the Rogue and Escape somewhat lower. Before finalizing your purchase be sure and check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area have been paying for their new Honda CR-Vs.

DRIVING IMPRESSIONS

Whatever you may have thought about "compact SUV" as a low-line hauler for baby strollers and potted plants doesn't apply to the new Honda CR-V, as its driving experience far exceeds common expectations for "utility vehicle." Enhancements in suspension details, wheels and tires deliver remarkable ride comfort and handling precision. The ride quality is smooth on good surfaces and well-controlled on bad, and the new CR-V takes corners with predictable certainty and direct feedback through the steering, even when driven enthusiastically. Special mention goes to the direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and its continuously variable automatic transmission. Many CVTs feel as if the engine is connected to the drive wheels by a big rubber band. But the CR-V's CVT behaves more like a "normal" automatic, and that's a compliment. For a drive across the town or the country, Honda's new CR-V is about as good as a compact SUV gets.

OUR FAVORITE FEATURES

DIRECT-INJECTED 2.4-LITER ENGINE AND CVT
The 2015 CR-V's 2.4-liter direct-injected engine, paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission, has more power and performance than the previous version and returns quite a bit better fuel economy in the bargain. Smooth, quiet, responsive, plenty strong and economical, this setup is a winner all the way around.

TOURING TRIM LEVEL
Somewhat surprisingly, the highest trim level is the best value for the money. It's as loaded as can be imagined, includes a multitude of worthwhile technology, convenience and luxury items, plus advanced and commendable safety features. Best of all, its attractive, all-inclusive pricing structure begs the question: "Why not?"

UNDER THE HOOD

Honda's new CR-V has a direct-injected, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission with a sport mode. The engine makes 185 horsepower, the same as in 2014 except at a lower engine speed, and 181 lb-ft of torque - good for acceleration - up from 163 lb-ft in the 2014 model and, again, at a lower engine speed. Thus, the latest CR-V has snappier acceleration and superior all-around performance. The CVT acts like a conventional automatic. It will hold a "gear" ratio, which is helpful in mountainous terrain. And the fuel economy is significantly improved: The 2014 CR-V had EPA numbers of 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway for front-wheel drive and 22/30 with all-wheel drive. The 2015 CR-V is rated at 27/34 with FWD and 26/33 with AWD.

2.4-liter inline-4
185 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
181 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/34 mpg (FWD), 26/33 mpg (AWD)

OVERALL RATING
9.8
DRIVING DYNAMICS
9.3
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
9.2
DESIGN/INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
8.4
VALUE
9.6
WRITTEN BY
Don Fuller, Contributing Editor
RELEASE DATE
10/17/2014
From the Editors of Kelley Blue Blook
©2017 Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. All rights reserved

Manual

5.05

Standard

Standard

Power F&R Disc

Anti-Lock

Digital (w/Radio)

Standard

Center

(8)

Rear Window

Power

Standard

Standard

Keyless Remote Control

Standard

Remote Control

15.3 Gal Cap

O/S Temperature

Automatic-Off

Standard

Cargo Comp't & Reading, Daytime Running

Dual Visor Vanity, Dual Power w/Manual Fold

Intelligent

Standard

(2) 12V

Multi-View

AM/FM Stereo w/CD & MP3

Auxiliary Input, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Pandora Internet Radio Interface, (1) USB Port, 160-Watt Amplifier & (4) Speakers

Dual Front, F&R Head Curtain & Front Side Impact Air Bag

Standard

Split Folding Rear

Cloth

Front Bucket

Audible Text Messaging Function

Standard

Electronic

F&R

Motion-Adaptive Electric Power

Tilt & Telescoping

Illuminated

Standard

Limited Use Spare

Standard

1500-lb Max (When Properly Equipped)

Standard

Intermittent

Styled Steel

Power

Intermittent Rear Window


Interior Features
AM/FM Radio
Standard
Cup Holder
Standard
Folding Rear Seat
Standard
Front Air Conditioning
Standard
MP3 Player
Standard
Power Locks
Standard
Remote Keyless Entry
Standard
Tachometer
Standard
12V Power Outlet
Standard
Auxiliary Input Jack
Standard
Bluetooth Streaming Audio
Standard
CD Player
Standard
Cloth Seats
Standard
Compass
Standard
Power Outlet
Standard
Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Tilt Steering Wheel
Standard
Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel
Standard
USB Port
Standard
Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
Optional
Exterior Features
Power Windows
Standard
Rear Window Defroster
Standard
Roof Rails
Optional
Rear Spoiler
Optional
Trailer Hitch Receiver
Optional

Power Train
Drivetrain
2WD
Engine Type
Gas
Cylinders
4 Cylinders
Displacement
2.4 Liter
Bore
3.43 Inches
Compression Ratio
11.1
Fuel Induction
Direct Injection
Horsepower
185 HP
Horsepower RPM
6400 RPM
Stroke
3.90 Inches
Torque
181 Foot Pounds
Torque RPM
3900 RPM
Total no. valves
16 Valves
Valve Train
Dual Overhead Cam
Engine Branding
VTEC (Honda/Acura only)
Engine Configuration
Inline
CID
144 Cubic Inches
Recommended Fuel
Regular
Transmission Type
Automatic
Transmission Sub-Type
CVT
Dimensions & Capacity
Curb Weight
3358 Pounds
EPA Passenger
104.1 Cubic Feet
Head Room: Front
39.9 Inches
Head Room: Rear
38.6 Inches
Height
64.7 Inches
Leg Room: Front
41.3 Inches
Leg Room: Rear
38.3 Inches
Minimum Ground Clearance
6.4 Inches
Overall Length
179.4 Inches
Shoulder Room: Front
58.6 Inches
Shoulder Room: Rear
56.4 Inches
Turning Diameter
37.5 Feet
Wheel Base
103.1 Inches
Width with mirrors
71.6 Inches
Cargo behind last seat
35.2 Cubic Feet
Hip Room: Front
54.5 Inches
Hip Room: Rear
53.1 Inches

Safety Features
Engine Immobilizer
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Crash Test Ratings
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating-Front Seat
5 Star Rating
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating-Rear Seat
5 Star Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating-Driver (Male)
5 Star Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating-Passenger (Female)
4 Star Rating
Frontal Crash Rating-Overall
4 Star Rating
Overall Rating
4 Star Rating
Rollover Rating-Overall
4 Star Rating
Side Barrier Rating-Driver Front Seat (Male)
5 Star Rating
Side Barrier Rating-Overall
5 Star Rating
Side Barrier Rating-Passenger Rear Seat (Female)
5 Star Rating
Side Crash Rating-Overall
5 Star Rating
Side Pole Rating-Driver Front Seat (Female)
5 Star Rating

Warranty
Basic Miles
36000 Miles
Basic Years
3 Years
Corrosion/Rust Through Miles
Unlimited Miles
Corrosion/Rust Through Years
5 Years
Powertrain Miles
60000 Miles
Powertrain Years
5 Years
Roadside Assistance Miles
36000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Years
3 Years