2015 Honda CR-V
Base-price range: $24,150 – $33,600
Since 2010, Honda
has sold more than 1 million CR-Vs in North America, including more than 300,000 in 2013 alone. Honda is banking on a major freshening of this compact crossover for 2015 in order to maintain its strong performance in the market. Nip/tuck exterior and interior styling tweaks give way to more substantial updates under the hood. A four-cylinder engine remains standard, but it has been updated to the “Earth Dreams” line that powers the Accord
. EPA estimated fuel-economy ratings of 28-29 mpg city/highway combined represent an increase of 3 mpg over the outgoing model. CR-V becomes the newest Honda to feature the brand’s LaneWatch blind-spot camera. New to the roster is the top-line Touring trim level, which includes features such as forward collision warning, pre-collision braking, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a power liftgate. All these amenities come at a cost, however, as the Touring will set you back at least $32,000. None of the aforementioned extras are available on lower-cost trim levels either. Even without the high-end accouterments, CR-V remains a paragon of compact crossover design. It’s available with everything you could want and nothing that you don’t need, all packaged in a vehicle that’s just the right size for nearly any task.