2015 Honda CR-V Adopts CVT

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

The last word in functional, utilitarian crossovers will now move even further towards the middle of the road, as the Honda CR-V adopts a CVT for its mid-cycle refresh.

Replacing the outdated 5-speed automatic, the CVT gearbox is, by our own EIC’s admission, a fantastic transmission. Furthermore, nobody buying the CR-V will know the difference, or care enough about it. The bland, practical formula that Honda appears to have perfected has made the CR-V the top-selling crossover for years and years. Don’t expect that to change any time soon.

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  • Petezeiss Petezeiss on Jul 24, 2014

    Much though we've enjoyed our two CR-Vs I've got to say that the occipital bun look to the current model's rear end annoys the hell out of me. We won't be getting rid of our '09 anytime soon. But now I'm curious to test drive a CVT version to see what all the hubbub is about.

  • HerrKaLeun HerrKaLeun on Jul 24, 2014

    I have a wish that the guy who writes those awesome transmission articles writes one about this or other CVT. I like to know what is the difference between good and bad CVT, what wear and maintenance items are, what could possibly break , how likely that is and how expensive that is. I think there are way too many fearmongerers who don't know CVT and just make up problems. I like to think after years of CVT use, Honda is comfortable using it for a reason.

  • KrohmDohm KrohmDohm on Jul 24, 2014

    2 years go my wife bought a 2012 CR-V. I supported the purchase at the time because it made her happier than her previous ride. (don't ask, I'll just start crying again). The CR-V is perfectly competent vehicle. It's reliable, safe enough in a crash, quiet enough on the highway at speed and gets very good mileage. And I absolutely hated it. A golf cart has better steering feel. The bluetooth handsfree system is absurdly out of date of a 2012 vehicle. (it doesn't use PBAP to properly read your contact list without pre-programmed voice prompts). The stereo was merely adequate and the seats are too wide, flat and firm. The body roll is 1990's Explorer throwback and the traction control in snow is terrible. And my number 1 beef with the CR-V, the visibility in the rear quarters is terrible. Not just terrible but borderline unsafe. A co-worker bought one last week and within the first day of ownership nearly ran someone out of the right lane due to the size of the blind spot. It's not just big enough to hide a car but the garage it's parked in as well. If manufacturers continue to sacrifice visibility at the altar of styling I see this as the next area of regulation by governmental safety bureaus. There should be a minimum cumulative degree of visibility from the drivers seat. If you can't see trouble you can't get yourself out of it either. So to solve this problem last Saturday we sold the I-Can't-See-RV and bought the 2015 Subaru Forester. Each one does some things better than the other. And yes the bluetooth system in the Subuaru is just as bad. But the visibility is the best I've seen in any vehicle in years. The Harmon-Kardon stereo sounds worlds better. I love the HUGH sunroof! It handles better, rides better, is quiet, reliable, gets good enough MPG. Yep it's got the CVT and I used to recall in horror of those. Honestly, it drives really well and most people couldn't tell the difference from a good AT. So far she loves it. And I feel better about her driving it.

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    • Talon95 Talon95 on Oct 07, 2014

      A bit late on the reply, but I thought I'd chime in anyway. I drove to Ocean City MD from Milwaukee WI and back with a friend in his 2012 CR-V and had no problems whatsoever with rear visibility. Adjust the mirrors properly to eliminate blind spots and you're set. Didn't have a single close call like those you describe in almost 2100 miles. And actually, it was a very nice vehicle to drive. The only complaint of yours that I would agree with is the steering, which could use more feel, but it's hardly on the level of a golf cart. Oh, and I agree with the poor implementation of handsfree... of course, that's finally been addressed in the 2015 refresh. The seats are perfectly fine, and the "premium" sound system on the top trim level is competitive within its class. I'm not sure what you meant by the traction control being terrible in snow... living in Wisconsin, I know snow very well and I've driven this CR-V during heavy snowstorms and it handles the snow with no problems. I especially appreciate the change to the electronically controlled AWD and the fact that it always sends power to the rear wheels when you start out from a stop. I'm glad you like your Forester. Myself, I can't get past the engine noise and the interior styling of most Subarus is either dull, ugly or both. Both IMO. To each his own...

  • Spy65713786 Spy65713786 on Apr 07, 2023

    CVT's are TERRIBLE, NO MECHANIC OR TRANS SHOP KNOW HOW, LET ALONE CAN'T FIX THEM. YOU HAVE TO BUY ANOTHER USED, OR MUST BUY NEW FROM THE FACTORY. VERY EXPENSIVE. I WILL NEVE OWN ONE. TERRIBLE AND ADMITTED FROM NISSAN - This was a cheap band-aid for their poor sales and worth/money they had at the time. They Admitted in Court they were knowing they don't last. So Why are all other Manufactures NOW USING THEM, AHHHH!