The CR-V has been around since 1995 when Honda introduced it to Japan and the global market. It wasn’t until 1997 that the CR-V came to the U.S. The first generation CR-V came with a 130-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and was available with both front- and all-wheel-drive. While it was loosely based on the Civic, the crossover had taller ground clearance, folding rear seats, and a look uniquely its own.
Honda ushered in the CR-V’s second generation for 2002. The new ‘ute had a completely revised appearance, a more refined interior and a more powerful 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine. The third generation came along for 2007 and had further refinements. It’s most noticeable as the first CR-V to not have a rear-mounted spare tire.
Now in its fourth generation, the CR-V is getting a mid-cycle refresh. Since it debuted in 2012, the fourth generation marches forward as a hot-selling crossover with good all-weather capabilities and room for five adults and their stuff. The 2015 CR-V gets an all-new engine and CVT transmission that bumps EPA ratings up several ticks, new telematics and an infotainment system, and with a host of “Honda Sensing” safety equipment.
Update 09/30/2014: Honda has announced the revised 2015 CR-V will arrive at dealerships starting October 1, 2014 with a base MSRP of $23,320.
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