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In 2012, the Honda CR-V (Comfortable Runabout Vehicle) underwent a major transformation. And once again, the compact SUV has been refreshed this year though not on a massive scale. But it is all for the better.
Offered as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the 2015 CR-V acquires the direct-injection power train in the Accord: a 2.4-liter inline-4 cylinder engine that puts out 185 horsepower @ 6400 rpm and 181 (up by 18) pounds-feet of torque @ 3900 rpm. Power is put to the road via a new continuously variable transmission. An independent MacPherson strut front and a multilink rear suspension isolates occupants from road noise and rough bumps. The motion-adaptive Electric Power Steering, which nixes use of hoses and pumps, translates into gas savings.
The CR-V continues to maintain an aggressive and sleek look with restyled front/rear body work, mirrors and wheels. Ensconced on the unit-body structure is a horizontal two-bar grille surrounded by projector-beam halogen headlights and fog lamps underneath.
Step into the airy cabin and you will discover a new center console and armrest as well as freshly added rear air vents. The 60/40 rear seat is easy to fold. Just pull the small levers located near the tailgate and you have a flat seat to haul cargo. Our test-drive Touring trim came with rich-looking leather on the seats, steering wheel and shifter knob. Honda has been able to eke out more savings at the pump with the 2015 model (at least 3 mpg over its predecessor). And for further boost in fuel efficiency, just press the eco button on the left of the instrument panel. Also standard are dual-zone auto climate control, 7-inch display for audio/navigation system with voice recognition and rearview camera, tilt/telescopic steering column, sunglass holder, push-button start, 10-way power driver seat and driver information center.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag with rollover system, Vehicle Stability Assist, traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, forward collision and lane departure warnings, lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking system, three-point seatbelts, front/rear crumple zones, front-seat active head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights. A handy feature is LaneWatch, which displays a wide-angle view of the passenger side road on the i-MID (Intelligent Multi-Information Display). The image appears when the right turn signal is activated.
Indeed, the CR-V maintains not just its car-like ride but also is a passenger- and cargo-hauler with an even more exceptional gearbox and improved fuel mileage. The Honda reputation for durability and reliability should help seal the deal.

Tires: 225/60R18
Wheelbase: 103.1 inches
Length: 179.4 inches
Weight: 3,624 pounds
Fuel capacity: 15.3 gallons
City: 26 mpg
Highway: 33 mpg
Base price: $32,770
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