2015 Honda CR-V

MSRP $23,445 - $32,895

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2015 Honda CR-V Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 22, 2021

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The 2015 Honda CR-V is quite a practical and peppy SUV that comes with an affordable price tag. With its excellent predictable reliability ratings and good fuel economy aim to offer a fuss-free and pocket-friendly ownership experience to American families. The 2015 model year of the CR-V gets many updates but nothing major is in store for its buyers. Upgrades such as Improved sound insulation, handling, and a retuned suspension make the overall driving experience, slightly better. Even the new CVT that replaced the five-speed transmission works to make the ride more enjoyable and comfortable.

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Pros

Excellent fuel economy

Plenty of standard features

Spacious Interiors

Excellent cargo space

Cons

Unimpressive powertrain

Only CVT available

What's New?

Revamped exterior styling

Better sound insulation

Revised suspension

New CVT replaces the old transmission


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23445

bodystyle

4dr Crossover

passenger capacity

5

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

181 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

103.1 in.

length

179.4 in.

width

71.6 in.

height

64.7 in.

curb weight

3358 lbs.

ground clearance

6.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

70.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/34 mpg

highway range

520.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$23,445 onwards

EX$25,545 onwards

EX-L$28,145 onwards

Touring$31,645 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Honda CR-V in Basque Red Pearl color
Basque Red Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The new Honda CR-V starts at $23,445 for the base trim, while the range-topping trim costs about $32,895. With four trims on offer, a front-wheel drivetrain is offered as standard while the all-wheel-drive system costs about $1500 more with every trim. It comes powered by a 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine that is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). It goes up after rivals such as the Ford Escape and Kia Sportage which are also quite popular in the affordable compact SUV segment.


9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2015 Honda CR-V Features

The Honda CR-V is available in four different variants; LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. All trims offer an option to choose between a front-wheel-drive system and an all-wheel-drive system. Useful features such as a rearview camera, a USB port, hands-free text messaging, Pandora internet radio, and Bluetooth are offered as standard now. All trims come powered by a 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine that is mated to a CVT. The higher trims add features such as a moonroof, navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker stereo system, satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Trim

LX

EX

EX-L

Touring

MSRP (FWD)

$23,445

$25,545

$28,145

$31,645

MSRP (AWD)

$24,695

$26,795

$29,395

$32,895

Key Features

Keyless entry

Adds or replaces features of XLT

Adds or replaces features of Limited

Adds or replaces features King Ranch

 

Cruise Control

Interior cargo shade

Variable speed intermittent wipers

Blind Spot monitor

 

 

Fog lamps

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Smart device integration

 

Auto-off headlights

Electrochromic rearview mirror (Optional)

Heated front seats

Adaptive cruise control

 

Vehicle anti-theft system

Remote engine start (Optional)

Remote engine start (optional)

Heated front seats

 

Back-up camera

Smart device integration

Driver lumbar

Remote engine start

 

Optional rear parking aid

Heated front seats

Leather seats

Integrated turn signal mirror

We Recommend

The EX-L trim which is priced at $28,145 for the front-wheel-drive version, offers the most bang for your buck. It adds many useful as well as convenience features that make the overall experience feel more modern. Most features that are not present in the EX-L can be opted for from the optional features list. 

2015 Honda CR-V Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2015 Honda CR-V offers only one powertrain option which is a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine. It is capable of developing 185 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft of torque which is adequate for everyday usage. The engine is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and the front-wheel-drive is standard while all-wheel drive is available. 

The transmission does a good job of handling all that power efficiently but is not good with getting on a quick move. The throttle response feels quick and the power is delivered in a linear fashion. Even at high RPMs, the engine remains silent and retains its refined nature. Thanks to the lightweight construction, the CR-V feels quick for a compact SUV as it can reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 7.5 seconds.

Model

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Kia Sportage

MSRP

$26,795

$27,400

$50,740

Engine

2.5 L I-4

1.6 L I-4

2.4L L4 DOHC 16-valve

Drivetrain

All-wheel-drive

All-wheel-drive

All-wheel-drive

Transmission

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

185hp

178hp

182hp

Torque

182lb.-ft

184lb.-ft

177lb.-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.5 seconds

9.4 seconds

9 seconds

Quarter mile (mph)

15.9 seconds

N/A

16.5 seconds

Top speed (mph)

117 mph

N/A

130 MPH

In terms of performance, the Honda CR-V beats all its rivals. Its efficient but also more powerful engine in the segment, helps it charge ahead of all its rivals in a straight-line sprint. The Ford Escape, even though more expensive, is the slowest SUV in the segment. Only the CR-V comes with a CVT which means that it is prone to the typical rubber-band effect in comparison to its rivals.

2015 Honda CR-V Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Honda as a carmaker is known to produce extremely efficient and cost-effective engines. Thus, even the CR-V gets quite an efficient powertrain that is the best in the business when it comes to fuel economy. The CR-V provides 26 MPG in the city, 33 MPG on the highway, and 28 MPG, combined. The light curb weight and small engine help this Honda achieve such class-leading fuel economy numbers. This makes it the most pocket-friendly family SUV that you can get in its class.

Model

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Kia Sportage

MPG (city)

26

22

19

MPG (Highway)

33

30

26

MPG (Combined)

28

25

22

Fuel Capacity

15.3 gallons

15.5 gallons

15.3 gallons

Range (City/highway)

341/465 mi

320/401 mi

290.7/397.8 mi

With a fuel tank capacity of 15.3 gallons and excellent fuel economy numbers, the Honda CR-V offers the best range on a full tank. It is followed by the Ford Escape that offers a combined MPG of 25 which is slightly less than the CR-V. However, the clear loser in this segment is the Kia Sportage which is way behind its rivals in terms of fuel efficiency.

2015 Honda CR-V Interior

8.0/10

The Honda CR-V’s cabin is all about carrying your family members in utter comfort. Stepping inside the cabin is an easy affair as the wide-opening doors make it easy entry and exit. Once on the inside, you will realize that the interior of the CR-V offers more space on the inside than expected from a compact SUV. The high seating position helps in providing a good view of the road up ahead even though the rearward visibility is a bit limited. The dashboard looks simple but modern with a dual-screen setup. However, the upper screen is a bit too small and only provides information such as the date and time. 

The materials used on the inside are a mix of hard plastics, soft-touch leatherette, and faux wood trims. The best part of the cabin is still the seats that provide excellent overall comfort and support. The front seats hold you well into your place and the side bolstering keeps you in one place while taking on sharp corners. While the cushioning is neither too soft nor too hard, the upholstery feels a bit on the cheap side of things. The rear seats offer more than adequate legroom to stretch out with enough storage space to store your knick-knacks.

Model

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Kia Sportage

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38/58.6/41.3

39.9/56/43.1

39.1/56.7/41.4

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6/56.4/38.3

39/55.3/36.8

38.5/55.1/37.9

Cargo Capacity to 2nd seat (cu.-ft)

35.3

34.3

26.1

Cargo Capacity to 1st seat (cu.-ft)

70.9

67.8

54.6

In terms of the boot capacity, the Honda CR-V trumps all its rivals. It is a near-perfect ride for a weekend getaway with your family as it can pack in the most luggage without any fuss. It is followed by the Ford Escape which offers slightly less space on the inside, in comparison to the CR-V. The Kia Sportage on the other hand lacks behind all its rivals in terms of space and cargo capacity. Major interior features include-

  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • Valet Function
  • Remote Keyless Entry 
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Front reading lamps
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Cruise control

How intuitive is the 2015 Honda CR-V’s infotainment unit?

The Honda CR-V gets a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen that feels intuitive and responsive to use. However, there are occasional lags that we faced during our usage. It still does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and instead gets an in-built navigation system in the range-topping trim. The display is bright enough to remain visible even under direct sunlight. Some other features include:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Smart Device Integration
  • USB connection
  • HD Radio
  • Rearview camera

2015 Honda CR-V Exterior

9.0/10

The Honda CR-V is not meant to be a head-turner and it sure does dissolve itself well in the ocean of compact SUVs. However, there are still many sporty elements added to the mix which make the CR-V stylish if not stand out in its class. The 2015 model year offers refreshed exterior styling that brings back interest back to its design language. 

At the front, the sharp and angular headlights give an imposing look to the design while the chrome surroundings around the fog lamps help break the monotony. From the side, there is no getting away from the fact that the CR-V is more of an MPV than an SUV. At the rear, the vertically placed tail lamps help break the monotony and keep things on the more subtle side.

Model

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Kia Sportage

Curb Weight (lbs)

3552

3684

4608

Length (in.)

179.4

178.1

174.8

Width (in.)

71.6

72.4

73

Height (in.)

65.1

66.3

64.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

7.9

6.8

Wheelbase (in.)

103.1

105.9

103.9

While looks are subjective, the Honda CR-V follows the philosophy of offering simple and sober design rather than cutting-edge in-your-face looks. In comparison, it is the longest but also the lightest SUV in its class. The Ford Escape on the other hand gets the longest wheelbase while the Kia Sportage is the smallest SUV you can get for the price. Few major exterior features include-

  • Rear spoiler
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Rocker Panel Extensions
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Grille
  • Front License Plate Bracket
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Front Fog Lamps

2015 Honda CR-V Safety

8.0/10

The Honda CR-V comes with a lot of action as well as passive safety features. However, its platform could have certainly been better when it comes to crash test ratings. It received four stars out of five from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which shows that there was some room for improvement in terms of safety. . However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 CR-V Good rating in all five crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick+. Other salient safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • A rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Emergency automatic braking
  • LaneWatch (a passenger-side blind-spot camera)
  • Lane keep assist

2015 Honda CR-V Final Verdict

The Honda CR-V is quite practical and a family-oriented family SUV. Its excellent fuel economy and spacious cabin make it a cost-effective as well as a versatile vehicle. Be it going around in the city or taking long-haul trips with your family, the CR-V can handle it all. The excellent reliability scores also add to the fuss-free ownership experience. Thus, it is for buyers looking for a comfortable SUV that can keep all the family members happy. It is not for buyers looking for an exciting or performance-oriented vehicle in its class.