The new 2015 Honda CR-V may not be a complete redesign, but the significant facelift has improved the cabin of the SUV a lot. The Honda CR-V is known for its spacious, comfortable, and versatile interior, but with the 2015 update, the new CR-V has more visual appeal, high-tech amenities, and an upgraded infotainment system. Some new interior features include a standard configurable center console with adjustable armrest and rear-facing ventilation ducts, along with premium styling refinements and the first CR-V application of Honda’s 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen telematics interface on EX and above trims.
New styling features include the addition of chrome and bright silver accents, depending upon trim. The EX and above models get chrome plating or chrome trim covering the steering wheel-mounted controls, vent knobs, and door levers. On the LX and EX trims, the sweeping full-length console garnish is in deep bright silver, with EX-L and Touring trims getting a premium two-tone wood grain treatment with chrome accent trim. The gray and beige color schemes add to the contrast of the interior that is wrapped in light-colored fabric.
To keep up with the competition, Honda has introduced some important changes for the 2015 MY. The 2015 Honda CR-V now comes with refreshed exterior styling, sound insulation, revised suspension, and a CVT gearbox replacing the 5-speed automatic. 2015 CR-V competes with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and Kia Sportage.
Honda has made several changes to the 2015 CR-V’s interior. Although the main dashboard layout remains the same, the company has used soft-leatherette inserts, stitching, and wooden accents to provide a premium vibe. Moreover, the triangular AC vents and climate control knobs are finished with metal-look accents for aesthetics. The dashboard comes equipped with a 5-inch or 7-inch multimedia display. The controls are clearly labeled and easy to use, but the climate control buttons are placed slightly further away. Moreover, a semi-digital instrument cluster and a multifunction steering wheel are standard in all the trims, but the EX-L and Touring trims come standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter.
The 2015 CR-V comes with a large cabin and a seating capacity of five. At the front, you get a pair of manually-adjustable bucket seats with a height adjustment function as standard. The higher trims come equipped with a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support. You also get an adequate amount of cushioning for extended comfort. Apart from that, Honda provides heated front seats in the higher trims. At the rear, you can find foldable bench seats. Moreover, the base trims come equipped with a manual air conditioning unit, while the higher trims come standard with a dual-zone automatic climate control unit. And for 2015 MY, Honda has also worked on the sound insulation.
2015 Honda CR-V
2015 Toyota RAV4
2015 Mazda CX-5
2015 Kia Sportage
Interior Passenger Volume (ft³)
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
2015 Honda CR-V is the most spacious in the lot. Following the Honda, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 offers a more balanced cabin with equally spacious front and rear rows. Moreover, it gives off premium vibes. The Kia Sportage has the smallest cabin in the lot and as a result, the rear row seating space is cramped even though it offers better legroom than Honda at the front. RAV4 offers a decent interior styling but it is a bit low on space compared to the other two Japanese.
How good is the 2015 Honda CR-V’s infotainment system?
The new 2015 Honda CR-V comes standard with a 5-inch multimedia screen that can be controlled by buttons, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity, Pandora internet radio, and a USB port.
Moving up the trim ladder, you can get a larger 7-inch touchscreen display along with a six-speaker audio system, HDMI connectivity, and two USB ports. The EX-L and Touring trims come standard with a seven-speaker premium audio system, HondaLink, SiriusXM radio, HD Radio, and satellite navigation with voice assistance.
Key Infotainment Features
7-inch multimedia touchscreen display with HondaLink interface
328-watt 7-speaker premium audio system
Navigation with voice assistance
SiriusXM satellite radio
Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free service
Pandora radio service
Siri Eyes-Free Mode
What are the creature comforts inside the SUV?
The 2015 Honda CR-V comes equipped with a long list of comfort and convenience features. The LX, being the base model, comes standard with cloth-trimmed seats in black, gray, or beige, manually adjustable seats, manual AC, a remote entry system, and foldable rear seats. The EX trim adds an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, heated front seats, keyless entry, and ignition.
The EX-L trim adds dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and leather upholstery in black, gray, or beige. The flagship Touring trim comes standard with a power tailgate, HomeLink remote system, and a driver’s seat with memory function.
For 2015 the CR-V retains the three interior colors of black, gray, and beige from the previous model. To provide more interior contrast on gray and beige options, the fabric on the seats and doors is colored differently than the other surfaces.
What is the cargo capacity on offer?
The 2015 Honda CR-V features one of the biggest and most user-friendly cargo trunks in the compact SUV segment. You get about 35.3 cu. ft. of standard cargo space.
However, if you need more space for storing larger and heavier items, rear seats can be folded to open up 70.9 cu ft. The cargo lift-gate is large and the cargo floor is low, making it easier to load and unload heavier items.
2015 Honda CR-V
2015 Toyota RAV4
2015 Mazda CX-5
2015 Kia Sportage
Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)
Although the Toyota RAV4 has a smaller interior compared to the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, it comes with the largest standard cargo space. Kia Sportage lacked in terms of both interior passenger space as well as cargo space. Honda CR-V on the other hand finds a middle ground.
Additional Interior Storage Spaces
At the front, you can find a glovebox, a mobile compartment, two cup holders, storage space under the armrest, and two-door bins. The rear row has two cup holders, two-door bins, and two seatback pockets.
Is the interior of the 2015 Honda CR-V spacious and luxurious enough?
When it comes to the 2015 CR-V’s interior, Honda has maintained an impeccable balance between functionality and styling. It is more appealing and feels more premium than before. The infotainment system certainly isn’t the best in class, but it is decent. Most importantly, the CR-V offers the best cargo space in the segment. If you are confused about which trim to buy, we recommend the EX-L trim which upgrades your leather seats and dual-zone automatic AC unit for added comfort.