2015 Honda CR-V Review, Specs

2015 Honda CR-V received a facelift for this model year. Current generation (fourth) started its production back in 2012, and Honda decided to refresh the model in its mid-cycle. Unlike most car producers, Honda worked hard on this facelift, and 2015 CR-V will be significantly altered, at least when it comes to front end of the vehicle.

2015 Honda CR-V Front

2015 Honda CR-V changes

2015 Honda CR-V was spotted on the streets of Southern Europe, where it was tested along side with the current, 2014 CR-V, which made the difference between these models easier to spot. Face-lifted CR-V had sectional camouflage on, which indicated the focus area of changes. As you can notice, front grill, headlight and bumper will be the main field of novelties. On the back end, Honda decided to make couple of changes too, including new taillight graphics and revised lower bumper. Part of the package of changes will also include new, larger set of 17-inch wheels, which will replace the previous 16-inchers.

For 2015 model year, Honda will also launch an all-new model named HR-V which will be smaller variant of the CR-V. Influence of this model on 2015 Honda CR-V design is visible, both inside and out.

Inside, 2015 Honda CR-V will be changed even more. Popularity, continues growth of sales and good reviews put huge responsibility on CR-V’s designers and engineers. For latest CR-V Japanese manufacturer prepared big upgrades, from materials to features. More standard equipment and HondaLink app are the core of this redesign. Having in mind that Honda planes to do full redesign, for fifth generation, in 2017 or 2018 model year, this is surprising but right amount of changes.

2015 Honda CR-V Side

Under the hood of 2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Honda CR-V carries over the powertrain from its predecessors. For US market base engine continues to be a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 189 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. It used to be mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, but starting from this model year, Honda CR-V should be mated to a CVT. Honda could also enhance the output of the engine with direct injection technology.

Fuel economy, however, will probably remain the same, or slightly improved compared to last year model, thanks to CVT. Standard front-wheel drive Honda CR-V used to deliver 23/31/26 mpg city/hwy/combined, and 22/30/25 mpg with all-wheel drive.

2015 Honda CR-V Rear

2015 Honda CR-V competition

No. 1 selling compact SUV worldwide will be confronted to couple of newly redesigned models. Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Jeep Cherokee, Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue are top 5 competitors for 2015 Honda CR-V.

2015 Honda CR-V price and release

Pricing for 2015 model year is not revealed yet, but it is expected for this popular SUV to stay in the same range as its predecessor. Depending on trim base price for previous CR-V with FWD went from $ 24,500 to $ 29,300 and for AWD from $ 25,700 to $ 30,500. 2015 model could feature increase up to $1 000, or less. Release of 2015 Honda CR-V is planned for this fall, but according to some sources, Japanese producer may delay its release up to early 2015. All info regarding 2015 Honda CR-V will be additionally upgraded, as soon as it becomes available, so stay tuned.

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