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2015 Honda CR-V beats Detroit, BMW and Porsche for top SUV honors

With 18 all new or redesigned SUVs considered for Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year, 2015 Honda CR-V walks away with top honors in North America’s fastest growing automotive segment.

Think Oscar night win for an Indy Film producer or director. Honda has cost-effectively and over-standard optioned the U.S. Big 3 automakers, BMW, Lexus, Infiniti, Kia, Optima, Porsche and all comers in the fastest growing automotive segment in North America.

While CR-V is the number 1 selling small SUV in North America, Motor Trend SUV of the Year award will push Honda sales to new highs. Torque News recently participated in Honda’s Surf-City CR-V roll-out. We were impressed by the measurable improvements Honda had made to what was allready North America’s best selling small SUV 7 out of the last 10 years.

We drove the competition while in Huntington Beach. None came close to the combined performance and creature-comfort attributes of 2015 Honda CR-V, none!

What we discovered

EarthDreams i-VTEC 4 cylinder: New, better fuel efficient and greater mid-range torque.

CVT:( constant variable transmission) greater fuel economy and less automatic rev and gear search.

Improve ride: Honda has improved the suspension dampening on CR-V while reducing body roll in sweeping turns.

Lower brake pedal pressure, better braking: Honda has reduced the required pedal compression pressure by 6 lbs while reducing brake heating and fade.

More value for the $: Honda has incrementally increased the standard features on CR-V while holding the bottom line.

Higher quality interior finishes: Improved seating surfaces, soft plastic laminates and trims. Superior sound deadening, door and window seals.

2015 CR-V Touring: Check it out, for those that want more, Touring offers all the bells and whistles, state of the art passive and active safety electronics, LaneWatch, crash avoidance and more.

You may read about our driving experience with CR-V here.

Torque News is excited as to the future of CR-V and congratulates Honda for a job well done.


Carl (not verified)    October 17, 2014 - 10:16AM

Less than 7" of ground clearance, and AWD is optional ...

Yeah, that's an SUV, all right.

Don't get me wrong - it's a great car for urban and suburban people, where off-roading means you're driving down a gravel road. But taking it up into the mountains on dirt trails - don't make me laugh.

Based upon the way this was reported by Motor Trend, it sounds like it came down to the Outback or the CR-V for winner, and it wasn't a clear and obvious choice.

Parks McCants    October 17, 2014 - 2:37PM

In reply to by Carl (not verified)

How ya doin' Carl. Think SUV light... As a truck guy and a retired Rancher, I agree with you . CR-V is an all purpose light utility with great people hauling capabilities. I've had it in the dirt more than once and have yet to loose it over the side of the road. But... it does happen. As to Outback? we have two in the family. It too is limited in its " outback performance." CR-V does what it's designed to do while looking good doing it.