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Honda introduced the CR-V to Japan and the rest of the global market in 1995. Since then, the little SUV has seen four generations with the most recent strolling the red carpet in 2012. It only took a few years, but Honda updated it for the 2015 model year, bringing an improved safety structure to achieve better results during IIHS crash testing. Other improvements that came with the facelift include a new, direct-injected “Earth Dreams” engine and a new CVT transmission to go with new shock absorbers, springs, anti-roll bars, and lower control arms. All this promised to provide better ride quality and performance, while a new steering gear ratio and larger brake booster also gave the little SUV a sportier feel during normal, everyday maneuvers.

All told, the CR-V has been a hot-selling crossover that has always achieved good all-weather performance while providing room for up to five passengers without sacrificing comfort. On top of that, the facelift in 2015 also brought about better fuel economy to the tune of four mpg in the city, three mpg on the highway, and three mpg combined. Furthermore, the EX-L with Rear Entertainment System trim was discontinued, but a new Touring trim as been added as range-topping trim with all available safety features as standard and standard side mirror cameras.

Obviously, Honda went above and beyond as far as facelifts seem to go these days, so let’s take a better look at the 2015 to 2016 Honda CR-V and go over all the details.

Updated 10/06/2016: After being heavily revised for the 2015 model year, Honda CR-R enters the 2016 model year with pretty much no changes. The only addition to the lineup is a new Special Edition placed between the LX and the EX. It gets 17-inch alloy wheels with an exclusive two tone finish, second-row and rear privacy glass, and security system. The 2016 Honda CR-V will be put on sale at a starting price of $23,595.

Continue reading to learn more about the Honda CR-V.

  • 2015 - 2016 Honda CR-V
  • Year:
    2015- 2016
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    185 @ 6400
  • Torque @ RPM:
    181 @ 3900
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection
  • Displacement:
    2.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    112 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; FWD, AWD
  • Price:
    23595 (Est.)
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The CR-V now enjoys a much more grown up face than before. Side by side, the 2014 and 2015 are noticeably related, but he 2015 looks almost like an Acura it has such a sculpted appearance. New headlights with LED daytime running lights help accent the silver trim piece long the lower front fascia.

The CR-V’s side profile hasn’t changed much. It still includes that V-shaped third window with its accent line mirrored in the long taillights. A symmetrical rear end still lacks the tailgate-mounted spare tire of yore, leaving space for chrome trim and a large rear glass. Updated wheels add to the grown-up look.

The exterior also has tons of safety features stored discreetly around. New for 2015 is Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System and the Lane Keeping Assist System. New for the CR-V is an Adaptive Cruise Control system. Forward Collision Warning and Honda LaneWatch return as part of the Honda Sensing package.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in) 103.1
Length (in) 179.4
Height (in, 2WD/AWD) 64.7 / 65.1
Width (in) 71.6
Track [in, front/rear; 2WD (AWD)] 62.1 / 62.2 (62.0 / 62.0)
Ground Clearance (in, (unladen) 2WD/AWD) 6.4 / 6.8
Curb Weight (lbs, FWD/AWD; *w/Navi) 3358/3479
Weight Distribution [%, front/rear; 2WD (AWD)] 59/41 (58/42)


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The interior of the 2015 CR-V is vastly improved over the outgoing cabin. More premium materials are used, the center console is now standard, a more legible gauge cluster is used, and Honda added a seven-inch infotainment touch screen in the center stack.

Of course seating for five is still standard, as is the large amounts of cargo room. The 60/40 folding rear seats help create even more space when they’re tumbled forward.

Also new is a suite of improved telematics with the next-generation of Honda Link. On upper trim level models, the touchscreen actually supports multi-gestures like pinching and swiping to control information on several interfaces throughout the system. The CR-V is also available with Pandora, SMS text messaging, and Bluetooth.

Interior Dimensions

Headroom (in, front/rear) 39.9 / 38.6
Legroom (in, front/rear) 41.3 / 38.3
Shoulder Room (in, front/rear) 58.6 / 56.4
Hiproom (in, front/rear) 54.5 / 53.1
Cargo Volume (cu ft, rear seat up/down) 35.2 / TBD
Passenger Volume (cu ft) 104.1
Seating Capacity 5


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Under the CR-V’s resculpted hood lies a new 2.4-liter four cylinder. The “Earth Dreams Technology” engine includes direct fuel injection, and dual overhead cams with Honda’s i-VTEC system. The engine gets an 11-percent bump in torque over the outgoing engine, meaning it produces 181 pound-feet. Horsepower remains the same at 185. Extra weight has been cut from the engine, meaning it’s much lighter than before.

A new CVT transmission helps the CR-V achieve 27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined on front-wheel-drive models while the all-wheel-drive version gets 26/33/28 mpg on the same loop.


Engine Type In-Line 4-Cylinder
Engine Block/Cylinder Head Aluminum-Alloy
Displacement (cc) 2356
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 185 @ 6400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm, SAE net) 181 @ 3900
Bore and Stroke (mm) 87 x 99.1
Compression Ratio 11.1 : 1
Valve Train 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC®
Fuel Injection Direct


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Pricing for the 2015 Honda CR-V starts at $23,320. Additional trim packages and options will likely bump the price into the low $30,000 range.

2016 Honda CR-V Prices

Trim Wheel Drive MSRP EPA MPG5 (city/highway/combined)
LX FWD $23,595 26/33/29
LX AWD $24,895 25/31/27
SE FWD $24,395 26/33/29
SE AWD $25,695 25/31/27
EX FWD $25,845 26/33/29
EX AWD $27,145 25/31/27
EX-L FWD $28,295 26/33/29
EX-L AWD $29,595 25/31/27
EX-L Navi FWD $29,795 26/33/29
EX-L Navi AWD $31,095 25/31/27
Touring FWD $31,945 26/33/29
Touring AWD $33,245 25/31/27


Mazda CX-5

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Although it has yet to reach the best-selling status of the CR-V, the Mazda CX-5 has become increasingly popular following the introduction of the SkyActiv, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. Mazda’s new KODO design helped as well, turning the CX-5 into one of the most appealing vehicles in the segment. Fancy the Mazda 6 wagon? Well, the CX-5 is essentially a perched-up version of it with all the exterior features accompanying a crossover.

Although it’s a tad smaller than the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, the CX-5 is equally roomy inside. The cockpit feels premium without overdoing it, while the front seats are sportier than expected. Depending on trim, the back seats come in either 60/40 or 40/20/40 split configuration. Two engines are available for the CX-5. A 2.0-liter inline-four rated at 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, and a more powerful 2.5-liter, four-pot that generates 184 ponies and 185 pound-feet. A six-speed manual is standard on the entry-level, FWD model, while the rest of the lineup is equipped with Mazda’s six-speed autobox. Pricing begins from $21,195 and goes all the way up to $28,870 before options.

Read more about the Mazda CX-5 here.

Ford Escape

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Brand-new for the 2013 model year, the Ford Escaped is nearly 10-percent more aerodynamic than its predecessor and makes use of the company’s active grille shutter system. Although it has yet to switch to Ford’s new global design language, the Escape remains a popular choice among U.S. customers and a strong competitor for both the CR-V and the CX-5. It offers up to 68.1 cubic feet of space with the second row seats folded and is packed with the latest in terms of technology, including Active Park Assist, sensor-based Blind Spot Information or Torque Vectoring Control.

Its engine lineup is the most varied. The entry-level model is powered by a 2.5-liter Duratec with 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque on tap, while the mid-range Escape makes use of a 1.6-liter EcoBoost that generates 178 ponies and 184 pound-feet. Lastly, the range-topping crossover benefits from the 240 horses and 270 pound-feet of twist provided by Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost unit. Pricing for the 2014 model year starts from $22,610.

Read more about the Ford Escape here.


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Honda appears to have done its homework when refreshing the CR-V. Crossovers are a hot-ticket item these days and the CR-V sits among the top competitors. Now with its more grown-up design, more high-class interior with updated gadgets, and the all-new powertrain, the CR-V looks to be in good standing for an honest fight.

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Update History

Updated 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.

Updated 09/22/2014: Honda revealed the first image of the facelift CRV and announced that full details on the car will be released on September 30. Stay tuned!

Spy Shots

August 4, 2014 - Facelift Honda CR-V Caught Testing For The First Time

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Spotted testing on the road for the very first time, the slightly camouflaged CR-V suggests Honda isn’t changing much of the crossover’s exterior. Only the front and rear fascias are in for an enhancement, and both of them are wrapped in swirly foil. As expected, the Japanese automaker is bringing the CR-V’s design in line with the new Civic and Accord. This means customers will be getting a more aggressive grille and bumper design for a sportier appearance. The headlamps also seem to have been updated, but the pattern is still partly hidden.

Around back, only a reshaped bumper and redesigned taillight graphics add to the crossover’s midlife facelift. Everything else remains unchanged, but we expect a couple of newly designed wheels to be available on the options list. Interior modifications are still a mystery, but we figure the dashboard is in for a makeover, especially in the center stack area.

Although Honda is working on a couple of new small-displacement engines, the U.S.-spec CR-V is likely to keep its current 2.4-liter, inline-four. Now rated at 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque, the four-banger and its five-speed automatic transmission will carry over with minor updates.

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Press Release

Launching at Honda dealerships nationwide on October 1, 2014, the new 2015 Honda CR-V receives the most significant mid-model cycle refresh in its history, with a new direct-injected Earth Dreams Technology™ i-VTEC® engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT), a new suite of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver assistive features, significantly enhanced exterior and interior styling, a long list of new standard and available features and a new premium Touring trim.

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Starting with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $23,3202, the 2015 CR-V has increased EPA fuel economy ratings of 27/34/29 mpg3 (city/highway/combined) for front-wheel-drive models and 26/33/28 mpg3 for Real Time AWD models, both increasing +4/+3/+3 mpg over 2014 models.

New for the 2015 CR-V:

More efficient direct-injected engine with torque up 11 percent
New seamless and sporty CVT for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency
Bold new exterior design plus chassis, braking system and sound isolation improvements
New standard features include a center console armrest, sliding sunvisors and rear console ventilation ducts
New available features include a power tailgate, 10-way power and heated driver’s seat with memory, LED daytime running lights, and Display Audio
Available Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features that includes Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)4, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)5, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)6, Lane Departure Warning (LDW)7 and Honda LaneWatch™8

The CR-V is notably enhanced with multiple functionality upgrades, including a new configurable center console, new rear console heat/air ventilation ducts, and an available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface. A redesigned high-quality and high-tech interior further increases the CR-V’s sophistication. Exterior design changes, including re-styled front and rear bodywork, mirrors and wheels, lend the CR-V a bolder, sportier appearance with unique Honda style.
For 2015, the CR-V includes a longer list of standard features on all trims. The CR-V EX, for example, adds 7-inch Display Audio, a 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, Honda LaneWatch™, Smart Entry/Push-Button Start and LED daytime running lights.

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A new top-of-the-line Touring trim includes the first Honda application of two advanced driver-assistive technologies, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and the first CR-V adoption of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). These systems, plus Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Honda LaneWatch™ are part of the new Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that, together with other high-end features, such as a power tailgate, bring a new level of sophistication to America’s top-selling SUV.

The 2015 CR-V includes easy-to-read instrumentation and, for the first time on CR-V, Honda’s new 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface. Display Audio, standard on EX and above trim levels, allows the user to tap, pinch, and swipe – just like on a smart phone or tablet – to control audio and other telematics features, including the available next-generation HondaLink™9 and the Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System™10. All CR-Vs retain the full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) that offers a range of customizable features via fingertip controls on the steering wheel. The CR-V’s audio and telematics systems offer a high level of connectivity, including a standard Pandora®11 internet interface and SMS text messaging function, Bluetooth®12 HandsFreeLink® phone interface.

The 2015 CR-V’s new Earth Dreams Technology™ 2.4-liter direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC inline 4-cylinder engine produces 181 lb-ft of torque, an 11-percent increase over the previous engine’s 163 lb-ft13 while making the same 185 horsepower14. The new lighter-weight engine is mated to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) with G-design Shift that provides smooth, seamless ratio changes and contributes to increased EPA fuel economy ratings of 27/34/29 mpg3 (city/highway/combined) for front-wheel-drive models and 26/33/28 mpg3 for the Real Time AWD models.

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An updated suspension design, and features such as Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)15 and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) all contribute to the 2015 CR-V’s quality driving experience, which is enhanced further on the EX and above trims with wider front and rear track dimensions due to wider wheels (+0.5 inches). The CR-V uses front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension systems that benefit from tuning changes. The rear multi-link system helps maximize rear seating and cargo space while providing stable and comfortable handling and ride quality. Newly revised shock absorber tuning helps deliver a refined driving feel.

Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
As with all Honda vehicles, safety is a primary focus, starting with the CR-V’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that helps make the CR-V highly effective at absorbing and dispersing the energy of a frontal collision crash. Overall, the body receives more than 60 changes to improve stiffness and collision performance, and the 2015 CR-V is targeted to achieve top safety ratings, including a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA. Standard safety equipment on all models include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) electronic stability control system, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, frontal airbags, side-curtain airbags, SmartVent® front-side airbags, and a front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. The newly available Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive features includes Honda LaneWatch™, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). These systems benefit from the adoption of new sensor fusion technology that integrates the capabilities of a windshield-mounted monocular camera and millimeter wave radar to provide enhanced sensing with ability to identify and anticipate multiple collision scenarios, including a pedestrian collision, and initiate warnings and, in some cases, emergency braking.

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