Last week we brought you the first look at the new 2015 Honda CR-V, and while the changes to the front end were drastic, we were left wondering what else will change in 2015. Well, Honda refrained from making us wait too long, as the automaker has just revealed all the juicy details on the new and improved CR-V, and they are much more comprehensive than I expected.
As expected, the back end of the CR-V doesn’t change nearly as much as the front end, but there are a few new bits. Specifically, these changes include a revised rear bumper with a silver insert in the middle and a chrome appliqué that spans the lower edge of the rear windshield.
Under the hood, things change a good bit, as there is a new, 2.4-liter, Earth Dreams engine and a revised Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission. Sure, the direct-injected, i-VTEC engine produces the same 185 horses as the 2014 model, but Honda bumps torque by 11 percent to 181 pound-feet, and fuel economy jumps by 4 mpg city, 3 mpg highway and 3 mpg combined across the range. This increased fuel economy means that front-wheel-drive CR-Vs now get 27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined, while all-wheel-drive models get 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined.
Honda also added in some new standard equipment, including a center-console armrest, sliding sun visors and rear-console vents. Additionally, the list of optional features grows for 2015 to include a power rear liftgate, 10-way power seats with heated driver seat and memory settings, LED daytime running lights, and a seven-inch Display Audio system.
The CR-V is also safer than ever for 2015, thanks to the available Honda Sensing suite. This package includes Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and my personal favorite, Honda LaneWatch.
The 2015 CR-V’s base price starts at $23,320, which is a modest $300 increase over the base 2014 model’s MSRP. Topping the range is the new Touring trim level, and it checks in at a max MSRP of $32,770.