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2015 Honda CR-V to offer greater fuel economy and personal connectivity

Honda has hinted at a CVT and Earth Dreams technology for the 2015 CR-V. Torque News looks to how Honda may improve North America’s bestselling compact SUV.

2014 has been a great year for light truck and SUV sales in North America and Honda leads the charge in several categories. While Honda’s premium line Acura claims the bestselling 3 row full size SUV with MDX, its Honda’s bread and butter CR-V that takes the title of the bestselling small SUV in North America for 7 out of the last 10 years.

3rd only in sales volume to Accord and Civic, CR-V continues to lead the segment through initial affordability, low maintenance costs and high residual resale value.

If you or your neighbor aren't driving one, you know someone that is. CR-V is the vehicle of choice for active progressives, regardless of age, that demand reasonable fuel economy and transformer-like utility from an all-wheel drive 5 door hatchback, with the city park-ability of a midsize car. We reviewed the 2014 CR-V in August, you may read about it here.

Rumors of new transmission and engine for 2015

We've written of 70 mpg diesel powered “Earth Dreams” CR-V SUVs in Asia, Europe and South America. We won’t see that technology in North America for 2015. But, what we will most likely see is a new “Earth Dreams” 4 cylinder 1-VTEC direct injected gasoline engine producing a bit more torque and horsepower, while burning less fuel and emitting fewer hydrocarbon emissions.

For 2014 the 2.4 Liter 4 cylinder CR-V with standard 5 speed automatic transmission sports a stated EPA MPG of 23 city/31 hwy, for a combined average mpg of 31. While this is great economy for a small SUV, we anticipate that the “Earth Dreams” version will pick up no less than 3 mpg city and 5 mpg highway. That’s what it will take to keep CR-V out in front of the competition.

It’s all in the CVT

Honda’s master of the CVT and rumor has it that the 2015 CR-V will sport one, standard. The lower emissions come via “Earth Dreams” engine technology. The Eco button in the current CR-V, now standard on most Honda and Acura offerings, give us a clue as to the future when it comes to Honda tech-enabled safety and fuel efficiency.

Looking to Honda’s CVT, we find a computer controlled constant variable transmission that searches for the optimum sweet spot of fuel efficiency and torque transference. Try as you will, you won’t beat CVT for fuel efficiency with a manual transmission. Will the 2015 CR-V come equipped with drive mode and steering wheel mounted paddle shifter? Perhaps, we don’t know, we asked, Honda’s not saying.

But we do know this

The mid-cycle refresh of CR-V will come with a handful of much welcomed exterior design changes, headlight options and the possibility of a softer ride through a smaller rim and tire option. We also look to Honda to improve the already class leading personal communication connectivity. We like the current interior layout and utility of the 40/60 split rear bench.

We experienced Honda’s latest electronic and safety upgrades in the all-new 2015 Honda Fit and were more than a bit impressed. We expect to find inclusion of Honda's latest accident avoidance features incorporated into the refreshed 2015 CR-V. Spy photos suggest a change in the CR-V dash layout. Perhaps a split screen is in store for navigation and personal connectivity as featured in the Acura TLX.

We’ll experience 2015 CR-V very soon

Torque News will be driving and reviewing the 2015 Honda CR-V Sept. 25. We look forward to sharing our experience with you the last week in Sept. look for the refreshed and slightly massaged 2015 Honda CR-V at your favorite Honda Dealer the first week in October.


Richard Crowe (not verified)    September 17, 2014 - 4:12PM

I am presently driving a 2004 CRV and have been experiencing some air conditioning problems. Since my vehicle will be 10-years old, I want to upgrade to a present model. However, I expect that it would behoove me to wait until the 2015 model is on the dealer's lot before I decide on whether I want a 2014 or 2014 model...

Parks McCants    September 17, 2014 - 10:08PM

In reply to by Richard Crowe (not verified)

Good question. Looking at the article embargo placed on the national roll out Sept 24, we expect dealership delivery of the 2015 CR-V to occur the first week in October. BUTTTT! Not all dealerships will receive the 2015 CR-V at that time. Call your local dealership and ask about scheduled delivery to your area.

Elma Adie (not verified)    September 18, 2014 - 7:52AM

Looking forward to seeing 2015 CRV.........typical female question,,,,what colours for this year?,,,all I see is Black White and Silver,,,,,,,,,hope they have updated their colour chart,,,,,and perhaps offer RED LEATHER interior

Flork McPants (not verified)    September 18, 2014 - 5:27PM

So, you "expect" the new CR-V to pick up "no less" than 23+3 city, and 31+5 highway = 26/36.

The EPA for the Accord is 26/34. How will the CR-V, be more efficient than the Accord with the exact same drivetrain?

Bill McC (not verified)    September 19, 2014 - 1:17PM

Got to agree with "flork". There's no way the crv can have a better highway epa than the accord with the same cvt/engine.

And a smaller rim and tire as an option? the current cr-v runs on 17s, with the base version on 16s. How much smaller a rim are you going to put on this thing? Between the mileage and this, the article doesn't pass the smell test.

Parks McCants    September 20, 2014 - 6:16PM

In reply to by Bill McC (not verified)

Yo Brother Bill McC... Simply an educated guess- to- prediction. As to fuel economy, I agree with you. But then again, we won't know the U.S. specifications until next Thursday when presented at the National Press roll out. Can we agree that city fuel economy will be improved via CVT technology? I knew we could. As to highway mpg, let's see what tech wizardry Honda pulls out of the think tank via " Earth Dreams" technology. That tire wheel thing: Looking to the spy photos, we note a smaller tire. currently the monster mudders mounted under the 2014 generates measurable tire bounce, road noise transference while effecting the general handling of CR-V when traveling over less than perfect roads. As I said" an educated guess and a wish." Thanks for your thought provoking comment.

Rivers (not verified)    September 20, 2014 - 5:38PM


Can you please let me know pricing for CRV 2015? And also let me LDW, LA and also blind spot warning will be included in 2015 CRV models

David (not verified)    September 21, 2014 - 4:44PM

Any news on the Lane Watch camera reaching the CRV?

I test drove the 2014, and passenger side visibility for merging in traffic was my biggest concern.

From playing with the Lane Watch camera on a crosstour, I can see how it would help.

michelle (not verified)    September 22, 2014 - 11:12AM

will the 2015 CR-V have a power lift gate? this is something pretty standard in similar cars that the CR-V has been lacking. would love to trade in my 2008 for a new one this year but honda needs to get with it regarding the power lift gate and keyless start.