A new look for Honda’s 2015 CRV

Pictures by Burt Lamont

Starting with those massive-looking 18-inch alloys, Honda has redesigned the look of the CRV to make it a much more muscular, powerful-looking vehicle particularly in the front. All round, it has a much sharper silhouette.

There are three variants for the 2015 Honda CRV range, the 2WD Sport with a 2-litre SOHC engine giving maximum power of 114Nm, and the two Sport models, which boast 140Nm thanks to their 2.4-litre power plant. All have automatic transmission.

The test drive vehicle was the basic Sport, which has most of the features of the NT. That includes Honda’s really interesting lane watch camera, which gives you an extended view of the left-hand side when you put on the left indicator, stopping you from being blindsided from that area. A fascinating addition.

The NT does however get some desirable extras like the lane departure warning system, lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking system and adaptive cruise control.

A luxury interior sees every CRV have leather upholstery, and a plethora of goodies like smart keyless entry, a sunroof, dual climate control, power front seats, driver’s memory seats, a large touchscreen, Bluetooth, multi-angle reverse camera, dual screen navigation and front and rear parking sensors. In short, what you might call a full book.

Add to that one-touch indicators, paddle shift, intelligent auto wipers and auto headlights, intelligent auto dimming rear view mirror, privacy glass and a parking reverse tilt door mirror.

It is not all about looks and extras however. Honda’s engineers have worked hard to improve the ride and handling characteristics, while upgrades have been made to the chassis including suspension tuning refinements, a modified steering ratio and larger wheel width with improved brakes.

One really striking aspect of the 2015 CRV is how quiet it is thanks to enhancements made to the body to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. To absorb sound and insulate the cabin further, the coverage and thickness of sound-absorbing material has increased including full coverage of sound-insulating carpet. The door sealing has also improved to reduce any noise intrusion.

The upshot of all this is that it is only a slight exaggeration to say your 2015 Honda CRV is as quiet as a Cistercian monastery.

The 2015 CRV is available in eight colours including a new copper sunset pearl and brilliant sporty blue metallic.

The CRV stands up in the value for money aspect, starting at $46,000 plus on-road costs for the Sport 2WD, going up to $54,900 for the Sport NT with the option of a $3900 sport kit. Honda backs that up with a five-year warranty.

On the road for coming up to two decades, the CRV has benefited greatly from being refreshed, particularly for the traditional family groups that have always been among its strongest supporters. 2015 is looking like another good year for Honda.

Starting with those massive-looking 18-inch alloys, Honda has redesigned the look of the CRV to make it a much more muscular, powerful-looking vehicle particularly in the front. All round, it has a much sharper silhouette.

There are three variants for the 2015 Honda CRV range, the 2WD Sport with a 2-litre SOHC engine giving maximum power of 114Nm, and the two Sport models, which boast 140Nm thanks to their 2.4-litre power plant. All have automatic transmission.

The test drive vehicle was the basic Sport, which has most of the features of the NT. That includes Honda’s really interesting lane watch camera, which gives you an extended view of the left-hand side when you put on the left indicator, stopping you from being blindsided from that area. A fascinating addition.

The NT does however get some desirable extras like the lane departure warning system, lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking system and adaptive cruise control.

A luxury interior sees every CRV have leather upholstery, and a plethora of goodies like smart keyless entry, a sunroof, dual climate control, power front seats, driver’s memory seats, a large touchscreen, Bluetooth, multi-angle reverse camera, dual screen navigation and front and rear parking sensors. In short, what you might call a full book.

Add to that one-touch indicators, paddle shift, intelligent auto wipers and auto headlights, intelligent auto dimming rear view mirror, privacy glass and a parking reverse tilt door mirror.

It is not all about looks and extras however. Honda’s engineers have worked hard to improve the ride and handling characteristics, while upgrades have been made to the chassis including suspension tuning refinements, a modified steering ratio and larger wheel width with improved brakes.

One really striking aspect of the 2015 CRV is how quiet it is thanks to enhancements made to the body to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. To absorb sound and insulate the cabin further, the coverage and thickness of sound-absorbing material has increased including full coverage of sound-insulating carpet. The door sealing has also improved to reduce any noise intrusion.

The upshot of all this is that it is only a slight exaggeration to say your 2015 Honda CRV is as quiet as a Cistercian monastery.

The 2015 CRV is available in eight colours including a new copper sunset pearl and brilliant sporty blue metallic.

The CRV stands up in the value for money aspect, starting at $46,000 plus on-road costs for the Sport 2WD, going up to $54,900 for the Sport NT with the option of a $3900 sport kit. Honda backs that up with a five-year warranty.

On the road for coming up to two decades, the CRV has benefited greatly from being refreshed, particularly for the traditional family groups that have always been among its strongest supporters. 2015 is looking like another good year for Honda.

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