2015 Honda CR-V Touring – First Drive and Review
When the SUV first arrived in my driveway, I looked at it thinking, “this is a Honda CR-V?” A recent refresh of the vehicle’s exterior gave it a less utilitarian, more modern look and I was soon to find out that the changes weren’t skin deep. It’s still somewhat of an enigma – the front more resembles a wagon while the back screams SUV – but it’s all designed with function over form in mind.
Indeed, for 2015, Honda bestowed a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a new continuously variable transmission or CVT, and many new features upon the CR-V.
The engine comes from the mid-size Honda Accord and is part of Honda’s Earth Dreams family of engines, which are the automaker’s next-generation powertrain technologies and are more fuel efficient. The combination lives up to its name with excellent fuel economy (up by 4 mpg city and 3 highway).
The engine develops 181 pound-feet of torque, 11% more than the previous engine, while horsepower remains the same at 185.
The Touring model is the top of the lineup and includes Honda’s new safety features under an umbrella called Honda Sensing. It also includes a power tailgate and a power driver’s seat with memory, all at a MSRP of $33,570.
With all of the driver assistance technologies available in the CR-V, it’s likely one will never need the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure that is designed to absorb and disperse the energy of a frontal crash. These new safety features include Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, LaneWatch, Lane Keeping Assist, and Lane Departure Warning.
The foundation of all of these systems is new sensor fusion technology that integrates the windshield-mounted monocular camera and millimeter wave radar to enhance the car’s sensing ability to identify multiple collision scenarios including with a pedestrian. The systems can initiate warning and, when necessary, emergency braking.
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