Overall: Honda’s perennially popular compact wagon is a fan favorite for its comfort, roominess and available all-wheel-drive capability.
Drivetrain: A torquey 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine makes 185 horsepower; a continuously variable transmission is standard; all-wheel-drive available on all iterations.
The CR-V has established itself as a can-do wagon that combines smart looks, lively performance and impressive fuel economy. For 2015, it received a new front fascia (grille, bumper and headlight pods), taillights and wheel designs. It was also given a new dash and floor console layout with more soft-touch materials for the door panels. Mechanically, an upgrade to direct injection (fuel sprayed under high pressure directly into the cylinders instead of through the intake manifold) for the CR-V’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine yielded a torque increase to 181 pound-feet from the previous 163, but without a horsepower increase. A continuously variable transmission replaced the previous five-speed automatic. These changes have helped keep the CR-V at the top of a category collective that encompasses the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue. Undoubtedly, the CR-V’s passenger comfort and generous cargo capacity have also helped keep it at the forefront, as does a rear seat that folds by flipping a pair of levers located just inside the liftgate. Access through the rear makes it easy to load large/bulky items onto a flat load floor that can be extended to more than five feet. Base models come with a centre console armrest, sliding sun visors and rear console ventilation ducts. The EX adds a power moonroof, fog lights and a few other niceties. Popping for the EX-L gets you leather seat covers, 10-way heated driver’s seat, up-level audio system and access to the optional navigation system. Honda’s top-line Touring trim level includes leading-edge safety aids such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision and lane-departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist. A navigation system and a power tailgate are also part of the Touring package.
Base price (incl. destination): $27,700
Type: Four-door compact sport-utility vehicle
Engine (hp): 2.4-litre DOHC I4 (185)
Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
l/100 km (city/hwy): 8.6/6.9 (FWD)
Weight (kg): 1,530
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