This Honda CR-V video review includes information about price, fuel economy, resale value, cargo capacity, passenger space, available features and competitors. We also discuss updates made for 2015. For more information, read the 2015 Honda CR-V review.
The Honda CR-V is one of our top-rated compact SUVs. It has been updated for 2015 with revised exterior styling, but it's the interior where you're more likely to notice the difference. Materials have been improved, with some extra padding on the dash with stitching details, but the overall quality of the plastics is unremarkable.
Every CR-V comes with Bluetooth phone and audio, Pandora radio control and a rearview camera, while all but the base CR-V LX now comes with Honda's new touchscreen interface. However, we're not fans of it. Icons can be difficult to decipher or press, it can be hard to find things, and the adjacent physical buttons are a bit flimsy.
The CR-V still provides excellent passenger space as well as LATCH points in all backseat positions. Overall utility is also first-rate. The load floor is low and the cargo area is boxy, making it easy to carry around large objects or big dogs. Folding down the rear seats just takes a pull of a lever and doing so yields one of the largest maximum cargo capacities in the segment.
There are changes for small item storage. Before, there was a deep bin in between the seats where you could store a purse and then van-style, seat mounted armrests. Now, there's a more traditional console with a small bin topped by a single armrest, along with a pair of cubbies -- one of which is grippy and intended for phones.
There are changes under the hood as well. The four-cylinder engine gets more torque and the transmission is now a continuously variable unit. Both result in superior fuel economy for the segment and improved acceleration that's slightly better than average for compact SUVs. Now, that's when they're equipped with a base four-cylinder engine -- many competitors offer a more powerful option. Honda does not.
Nevertheless, the CR-V is one of the better compact SUVs to drive, with an agile feel around town and a ride that's impressively composed and comfortable. The CR-V is also quieter than it's ever been.
The CR-V gets a four-star overall crash score from the government and it's an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.
Of course, I haven't even mentioned the CR-V's strong resale value and reputation for reliability that further contribute to it being one of our A-rated compact SUVs along with the Mazda CX-5. If you're looking for something a little different, the Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee and Subaru Forester are also worth a look.
But what do you think of the changes for 2015 and how the CR-V stacks up to its competition? Let us know and go to Edmunds.com for more information.