Upgraded Honda CR-V gets new look and engines for 2015


Sometimes ya gotta wonder, what goes on in the minds of car company executives. Honda (and other Japanese automakers) became very conservative when the financial meltdown took place a few years ago making small updates to models that were already through a major redesign. My business school teaches that when economic times get tough, R & D budgets should go up to better compete for a smaller market (and you end up in a better place when things turn around). As a result I surmise, Honda (and others) have released new models that were underwhelming and received tepid reviews instead of the glowing reports that were the norm. As a result, Honda has updated most of their line-up with fresh looks and new tech to better compete and this is the upgrade to the popular CR-V. More upscale styling makes the CR-V fresh and the addition of Honda's Earth Dreams engines and (unfortunately) a continuously-variable transmission let the "cute ute" go further on a gallon of dino juice. Fuel efficiency is up, but a dual-clutch transmission would provide even better economy, not to mention a better driving experience with a minimum price increase. Maybe the next update Honda? Honda has also added lots of new tech and a top-of-the-line Touring model that receives all the good stuff. New available features include a power tailgate, 10-way power and heated driver's seat with memory, LED daytime running lights, and Display Audio, the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features (includes Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Honda LaneWatch™, and more. For a complete rundown of what's new, check out the press release (with links) after the jump. Prices start at $23,320 (+ taxes, license, fees, $830 destination, options) for the CR-V LX and go up to $32,770 (+) for the new Touring model with AWD.

Source: Honda - Press release after the "read more" jump.




Press Release:
Boldly Restyled and Significantly Enhanced 2015 Honda CR-V Gets New Powertrain, Advanced Features and New Premium Touring Trim

America's bestselling SUV for the past decade1, the CR-V raises the bar for 2015 with a major update that increases powertrain performance, fuel efficiency, safety performance, value and fun


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.

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.

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 SUV1.

These improvements, especially the significant feature upgrades and new line-topping Touring trim, provide customers with more value and choice than ever before. Add in its car-like interior comfort and smooth, quiet ride, and the enhanced and upgraded 2015 Honda CR-V once again sets a new benchmark for the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Customers can view, build and price at 2015 Honda CR-V at automobiles.honda.com/cr-v.

2015 CR-V Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
Trim Wheel Drive MSRP2 EPA mpg3 (city/highway/combined)
LX FWD $23,320 27/34/29
LX AWD $24,570 26/33/28
EX FWD $25,420 27/34/29
EX AWD $26,670 26/33/28
EX-L FWD $28,020 27/34/29
EX-L AWD $29,270 26/33/28
EX-L Navi FWD $29,520 27/34/29
EX-L Navi AWD $30,770 26/33/28
Touring FWD $31,520 27/34/29
Touring AWD $32,770 26/33/28

Telematics
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.

Powertrain
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.

Chassis
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.

Warranty
The 2015 Honda CR-V is covered by a comprehensive 3-year/36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits of ownership include Honda Roadside Assistance, which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance during the 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty term. CR-Vs are manufactured at the Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts.

2015 Honda CR-V Feature Upgrade Summary
Trim New 2015 Features
LX - Earth Dreams Technology™ 2.4-liter direct-injected i-VTEC engine
- Earth Dreams Technology™ continuously variable transmission (CVT)
- Exterior and interior styling upgrades
- Center console with armrest with rear air ducts
- Sliding sunvisors

Trim New 2015 Features Upgrades from Preceding Trim
EX  Changed or added from CR-V LX:
- 7-inch Display Audio
- 10-way power driver's seat
- Heated front seats
- Honda LaneWatch™
- Smart Entry/Push Button Start
- LED daytime running lights
- 17-inch aluminum wheels
- Sunroof
- Privacy glass
- Fog lights
- Security system
- Cargo cover
- Fully automatic headlights
- Tweeter speakers
- Body colored door handles
- Body colored side mirrors
- Variable speed windshield wipers
- Additional USB16 jack
- Seatback pockets
- Illuminated vanity mirrors
Trim New 2015 Features Upgrades from Preceding Trim
EX-L Changed or added from CR-V EX:
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror - Leather seating surfaces
- Leather steering wheel cover
- Dual zone auto HVAC
- Roof rails
- SiriusX® Radio17
- Heated side mirrors
- Subwoofer speaker
- Audio amplifier
EX-L Navi Changed or added from CR-V EX-L:
- HD Radio™18 - Honda Navigation System
Trim New 2015 Features
Touring Changed or added from CR-V EX-L Navi:
(new trim) - Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
- Power tailgate
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Larger 18-inch wheels
- Driver's memory seat
- Side mirror turn signal lights
- HomeLink remote system
- Projector headlights
- Special badging

For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/cr-v. To join the CR-V community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/hondacrv.

1The Honda CR-V was the best-selling compact SUV with individual American buyers in 2013 according to new-vehicle registration data compiled by Polk, which was recently acquired by IHS.

2 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $830 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

3 Based on 2015 EPA fuel-economy ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

4 CMBS™ cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

5 ACC cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. The driver remains responsible to slow or stop the vehicle to avoid a collision.

6 LKAS only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LKAS may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

7 LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

8 Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes

9 HondaLink™ access within the Display Audio interface is currently only compatible with iPhone® 5 and newer models.

10 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX-L models and standard on Touring models in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska). Please see your Honda dealer for details.

11 Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. Compatible with select smartphones. See: www.pandora.com/everywhere/mobile. Not all devices compatible with USB connection. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply.

12 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.

13 181 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm (SAE net)

14 185 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net)

15 VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle's course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.

16 The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

17 SiriusXM services require a subscription after any trial period. If you decide to continue your SiriusXM service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Fees and programming subject to change. XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years and older in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C. ©2014 Sirius XM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc.

18 HD Radio™ is a proprietary trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation.