- The refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V compact SUV starts at $24,150, reflecting a $200 price increase over the 2014 model.
- Honda's new top-of-the-line CR-V Touring starts at $32,350.
- The 2015 Honda CR-V arrives at dealerships on October 1.
TORRANCE, California — The refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V compact SUV starts at $24,150, including an $830 destination charge, reflecting a $200 price increase over the 2014 model.
The midlevel 2015 CR-V EX starts at $26,250, including shipping.
Honda's new top-of-the-line CR-V Touring with front-wheel drive starts at $32,350, including shipping. The 2015 Honda CR-V Touring with all-wheel drive starts at $33,600.
This is the "most significant mid-model cycle refresh" in the CR-V's history, according to Honda. It is designed to position the best-selling CR-V against increasing competition from such vehicles as the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4.
Compact SUVs are the hottest segment in the auto market, according to a new Key Insights report from Edmunds.
The stalwart CR-V built a reputation on value-oriented packaging and cabin usability, as opposed to a flashy exterior design. But Honda deviates from that time-tested formula for the 2015 model year with a CR-V makeover that includes a radical new exterior.
Details include a new front end with narrow headlights and a sportier look.
Other major changes include a new Touring model with new driver-assist technologies. A Collision Mitigation Braking System and Lane Keeping Assist System and the first CR-V use of adaptive cruise control are part of the package. The Touring model also features a power tailgate.
The cabin upgrades across the board include a new configurable center console and rear ventilation ducts.
Beneath the hood, the CR-V has a new 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder direct-injected engine and continuously variable transmission. Torque gets an 11-percent increase to 181 pound-feet.
Fuel economy has improved 4 percent. The 2015 CR-V with front-wheel drive delivers 27 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive CR-V delivers 26 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg in city driving, according to Honda.
Edmunds says: The 2015 Honda CR-V should check all the boxes for car shoppers, thanks to a modest price increase and major upgrades.