Buyer's Guide: 2015 Honda CR-V
The best-selling SUV in the country for so many little reasons
There's nothing particularly exciting about the Honda CR-V, except the fact that it's just so, so good at being a compact SUV. It isn't flashy, it isn't sporty, but nothing in the segment comes close to the CR-V for buyers seeking a practical, well-rounded and refined utility vehicle. In any given year there probably exists a crossover receiving more ink, but it's been a generation since anyone's crossover has consistently captured more business. And Honda's CR-V secures that business for all of the right reasons, including the fact that it's among the roomiest SUVs in the segment.
Big Changes for 2015
The already dominant Honda CR-V has been significantly enhanced for 2015, as detailed in our full review: "There's attractive new styling, appealing features and noteworthy technology, and the 2.4-liter direct-injection engine with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) delivers more power, performance and fuel economy."
To its credit, Honda's product and marketing teams make the purchase of a CR-V easy, offering four trim levels and only a few elective options. A 2015 Honda CR-V LX with front-wheel drive can be purchased for about $24,000, while those buyers insisting on everything -- including all-wheel drive, satellite navigation and leather -- will have ventured into low-$30,000 territory. Build and price your own 2015 Honda CR-V and we'll help make sure you pay the right price.
One of the Best
Honda's CR-V has received more than its fair share of love from KBB's editors and analysts over the years, most recently as one of our 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000.
Little Brother on the Way
There's a subcompact SUV segment starting to take shape, and the new 2016 Honda HR-V will be among the founding members.
The CR-V gets praise for its refinement and comfort: "The 2014 Honda CR-V EX FWD is the best car we've owned in the last 30 years. This is our 3rd Honda and it is the smoothest, quietest and most comfortable car we could imagine. We've also owned Toyota and Jeeps, but this car is just appealing in so many ways. It has a very understated elegance. There's no flash that will go out of style next year. It's like an Apple computer. Very simple design and appearance. The ride is very smooth and the cabin is exceptionally quiet compared to other crossover SUV's we test drove." Read more consumer reviews of the current-generation Honda CR-V.
The Honda CR-V was one of six compact SUVs we drove 800 roundtrip miles from Southern California to Phoenix, Arizona, as part of our 2014 Compact SUV Comparison Test.
One of Many Good Choices
If you're a Honda loyalist, the 2015 Honda CR-V provides numerous reasons to remain loyal. But the competition has never been better or more abundant, so be sure to check out our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide before signing on any dotted lines.
Photo Gallery: Honda CR-V Inside and Out