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2015 Honda CR-V Pros vs Cons. Should You Buy?

Why Buy a 2015 Honda CR-V?
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Should You Buy a 2015 Honda CR-V? Here Are Some Reasons For and Against

The 2015 Honda CR-V offers many improvements over last year’s model. Better fuel economy will be available due to the use of the Accords direct-injected four-cylinder and continuously variable transmission (CVT). The interior also receives a refresh, adding a front console armrest, climate vents for the rear passengers and a LaneWatch blind spot monitor that is linked to the 7-inch touchscreen Infomatics. (On the EX and above). High end Touring trim is also available for 2015, as are additional safety technologies.

Reasons to buy a 2015 Honda CR-V - the Pros

1) Number one compact SUV

Out of 22 compact SUV’s on the market, the 2015 Honda CR-V holds first place. This status is based on test drives, reliability and safety data of the market segment.

2) Efficient

The 2015 Honda CR-V is also one of the most efficient compact SUV’s on the market, returning and estimated 27/34 mpg, city/highway. This achievement has been met with the use of the Honda Accord’s 185 hp, 2.4-liter four cylinder, coupled to Honda’s CVT transmission. That’s impressive for an SUV that can haul five people. This engine and transmission combination is used on all front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models.

3) Refined

Higher quality materials for the cabin have given the new CR-V a more refined interior appearance.

4) Updated engine and new transmission for 2015

The aforementioned 2.4-liter four, taken from the Honda Accord is an upgrade over the 2014 model’s engine. By using the direct injected engine from the Accord, fuel mileage has increased from last years, 23/31 mpg, city/highway. Replacing the former five speed automatic transmission with the new CVT transmission is also a contributing factor to the increased fuel mileage and offers silky smooth acceleration.

5) Velvet smooth ride

The updated suspension of the CR-V has resulted in a vehicle that provides secure handling and responsive steering, according to critics who have reviewed this model.

6) Practical

The 2015 Honda CR-V is just practical. It gives you the spaciousness of a sedan, with the capability of AWD, when so equipped. This gives you sure-footed safety in inclement weather.

7) Spacious cabin

The 2015 Honda CR-V cabin is spacious and well appointed. With room for five and 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2015 Honda CR-V is perfect for your trips to the grocer or a weekend in the country. You will have plenty of room for your occupants and all of their gear.

8) Well equipped

Available in four trim levels, LX, EX, EXL and Touring trim levels, the CR-V has something for everyone. The base LX model is well equipped and includes cloth upholstery, back-up camera, cruise control, anti-theft system, steering wheel controls, keyless entry, power door locks and a power driver’s side mirror. The stereo is an AM/FM, single CD model with MP3 player. A/C and heating vents have been added for the rear passengers to keep them comfortable.

If you want features such as a sunroof or the LaneWatch system you will need to purchase an EX, EXL or Touring model and if you want to wrap yourself in a leather interior, you will need to upgrade to the EXL or Touring model. All models are available as in either FWD or AWD. Safety features are numerous and include traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes and electronic brake assist.

9) Honda Dependability

Honda’s vehicles are in the top ten of all automobiles for dependability and resale value.

10) Honda longevity

It is not unusual to see a Honda with over 200k miles clocked on its odometer and still going strong.

Reasons you may not want to buy a 2015 Honda CR-V - The Cons

1) Lacks the agility of the Mazda CX5

Reviewers agree that the CR-V is not as agile as the Mazda CX 5 when driving through the twisties. However, the refined comforts of the CR-V’s ride makes up for that missing attribute.

2) Lacks the refinement of the Ford Escape

The Ford Escape has a cabin made from top grade materials with an attractive interior design. The Escape offers more agile handling and two different engines are available, as opposed to Honda’s singular offering.

3) Bland appearance

Although much more attractive than Honda’s early, boxy renditions of the CR-V, the Honda lacks the sporty styling of the Ford Escape, and Mazda CX5.

4) Less spacious than the GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain offers more rear legroom than the CR-V but offers better overall handling.

5) No engine upgrade

With only one available engine option, the 2015 Honda CR-V limits towing ability to 1,500 lbs. If you have a need for towing more weight, the GMC Terrain would be the better option.

How it stacks up to the competition

2015 Honda Buying Guides

1)   2015 Honda Accord
2)   2015 Honda CR-V
3)   2015 Honda Civic
4)   2015 Honda Odyssey
5)   2015 Honda Fit
6)   2015 Honda Pilot

2014 Honda Buying Guide

2014 Honda CR-V

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The fact that Honda builds one of the most reliable and a dependable automobile on the road is enough for most buyers to choose the 2015 Honda CR-V over its closest competitors. The lack of a second engine option could be a hindrance to some, but the longevity of Honda’s vehicles is a big plus over Mazda and Ford.


Dollar for dollar, the 2015 Honda CR-V is a sure bet if you are in the market for a compact SUV. In its fourth generation over a fifteen-year production cycle, the Honda CR-V has aged well and become more refined over the years. Gone is the original boxy body that has been replaced by more sculpted rendition of this fine little SUV. You get what you pay for, and the 2015 Honda CRV is worth the investment.

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