2015 Honda CR-V Wins Motor Trend SUV of the Year
Comprehensive Refresh Brings Updated Powertrains, Features
We know it wouldn’t have been the top pick of most Truck Trend readers, but the editors and judges of Motor Trend awarded the SUV of the Year award to the 2015 Honda CR-V. The compact crossover has been the nation’s best-selling SUV by sales volume for several years running, and the latest improvements will likely help to secure its place for years to come.
From the outside, the biggest change is a redesigned grille and front end, complemented by a new wheel design. The powertrain also got a comprehensive refresh, with the 2.4L I-4 getting Honda’s Earth Dreams technology with direct injection, now mated to a mandatory CVT, replacing last year’s five-speed automatic. Peak horsepower is the same at 185 hp, but torque gets a substantial bump of 18 lb-ft to 181 lb-ft. The new powertrain chops a half-second off the 0-60 run to 8.6 seconds. Although visually similar to last year’s model, the new CR-V employs more hot-stamped high-strength steel to improve occupant safety in the event of a collision. In addition to the beefier structure, the 2015 CR-V also employs a multitude of available safety aids in the form of lane-keeping assist, collision mitigation braking, and adaptive cruise control.
The editors also noted its lower-than-average projected cost to own over five years and near class-leading 26/33 EPA fuel economy. Real mpg testing showed actual fuel consumption to be about the same as the outgoing model.
Source: Motor Trend