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A mid-cycle refresh gives this compact crossover new standard features in addition to a new engine, transmission, enhanced exterior and updated interior styling.

The Numbers

  • MSRP: $32,770
  • Tested Price: 33,600 (MSRP plus $830 destination fee)
  • 2.4-liter iVTEC 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft. of torque (tested)
  • 26 mpg in the city
  • 33 mpg on the highway
  • 26 mpg combined
  • 35.2-cubic ft. of cargo volume behind rear seats
  • 70.9-cubic ft. of cargo volume with rear seats down

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A new trim level for 2015, the Touring model offers buyers several safety features, including forward collision warning (FCW), collision mitigation braking (CMBS), lane keep assist (LKAS), lane departure warning (LDW), side mirror turn signal lights, and adaptive cruise control (ACC). Convenience offerings include a power tailgate, larger 18-inch wheels, driver’s memory seat, and HomeLink® remote system.

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Hits

  • This compact utility vehicle drives really well; steering gives you a little more feedback than pretty much everything else out on the market, save for Mazda’s CX-5
  • CVT is smooth and the least “rubber band” feeling of all we’ve tested this year
  • Plenty of hookups for USB devices, along with an app suite in the infotainment system, which features streaming music via Pandora among others
  • Interior styling is clean-looking and functional
  • Backseats can slide forward and back in addition to reclining, creating a lot of utility
  • A great touch for parents is the convex mirror that pops down from the headliner (to keep an eye on children in the backseat), along with a place to store sunglasses inside of it
  • Active cruise control works smoothly in stop-and-go traffic and works extremely well with the collision mitigation braking system
  • Power lift gate with automatic open and close functionality is a smart convenience feature at this price point

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Misses

  • The CRV leaves us wishing it had a little more acceleration power, especially at highway speeds.
  • Navigation unit resolution is low and appears outdated when compared to some of the competition
  • There is no panoramic sunroof, however a regular moonroof is available on EX models and up

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Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “#CUV buyers might consider the ’15 @Honda #CRV for its impressive suite of safety systems.”