Honda has given the 2015 CR-V the most significant mid-cycle refresh in its history.
The Honda CR-V has consistently been at the top of the compact SUV market despite strong challenges from the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue.
Honda introduced the forth generation CR-V only three years ago, but felt the need to make a few updates. The 2015 CR-V looks more upmarket and has nice new features.
The highlight of the package is the new HondaLink. Partnered with the seven-inch touchscreen, this system can connect with a smart phone via an HDMI cable. This allows the driver to utilize the phone’s navigation app along with other features such as Aha radio.
What this really means is that for the cost of a cable, CR-V owners have access to features that are normally thousand dollar options. Also, these features update with the phone and save the hassle and cost of visiting the dealer.
Powering the 2015 CR-V is a familiar 2.5-litre inline-four. However, Honda’s new Earth Dreams Technology adds direct-injection and raises the compression ratio. This increases torque 11% to 181 lb-ft while keeping horsepower at 185 hp.
The new engine is mated to a new continuously variable transmission to further improve efficiency. This combination is 16% more efficient than last year’s motor with its five-speed transmission.
The 2015 CR-V uses Honda’s Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering unit. Along with the updated suspension, this set up gives it an excellent driving behaviour.
Sitting inside the 2015 CR-V is more pleasant as well thanks to practical additions. The centre consol now has a sliding armrest, is reconfigurable and has rear ventilation ducts.
Tell us what you think about the 2015 Honda CR-V. With it remain a top seller? How soon will other manufacturers adopt a similar infotainment system?