2015 Honda CR-V: Will It Hang On To Compact SUV Sales Crown?

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
2015 honda cr v will it hang on to compact suv sales crown

The Honda CR-V has been the compact SUV sales champion for 7 of the past 10 years. But with competition in the segment heating up, Honda is hoping that their mid-cycle refresh will keep the CR-V attractive to buyers in the fastest-growing segment in the new car market.

Styling tweaks aside, the CR-V gains a new direct-injection 2.4L engine. Horsepower is unchanged, but torque is up 11 percent to 181 lb-ft, while a CVT replaces the venerable 5-speed automatic gearbox. The interior has also undergone a restyling that adds a more modern look and what appear to be better materials.

As of September 1st, the CR-V led the Ford Escape by just under 10,000 units in year-to-date sales. The new mid-cycle changes should help put a bit more distance between the two vehicles, but the CR-V must also contend with new entrants like the Nissan Rogue, Jeep Cherokee and Subaru Forester, which are vying for market share in a segment ripe with conquest sales.

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  • Petezeiss Petezeiss on Sep 30, 2014

    They're too damn big now. Even my previous gen '09 feels too damn big now. And the Vezel comes pre-lobotomized with the roofline of a coupe. If I buy another Honda, it'll be a Fit.

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    • Zykotec Zykotec on Oct 01, 2014

      @petezeiss The 5th gen. CR-V has grown roughly .3 inches in total length (but moved the spare wheel inside the trunk)1.5 inches in width, but is 1 inch lower than the first generation from '96 Still, I must admit my 3rd gen still looks massive when parked next to a 1st gen.

  • Zykotec Zykotec on Oct 01, 2014

    Disclaimer: This is the third time I try to post this comment, so I'm sorry if all of the sudden there are thres coment swhowing up here... On the outside the CRV has grown .3 inches in length, grown 1.5 inches wider, but has lost about 1 inch or more, depending on version, in roof height (and some more in ground clearance), since 1996. It essentially occupies exactly as much space as it did when the first gen came out, but it definitely looks a lot bigger, and it feels a lot more spacious up front too. It's all clever packaging and design.

  • Chris P Bacon I had a chance to drive 2 Accords back to back as rentals. The first was a base ICE LX. I was underwhelmed. The next was a Sport Hybrid. Like night and day. So much so that I ventured on to the grounds of my local dealer. Was looking for a Sport or Sport-L. Autotrader showed nothing within 250 miles. Dealer confirmed. Told me I'd have to "get on the list" for a delivery, and there was a non-negotiable $3k "market adjustment". I guess I'll have to hope to see one on the Emerald Aisle again.
  • DungBeetle62 I just this past weekend rented one of these for 5 days in SoCal and with $5.29 the best I could find for gas, this ride's wonderful combination of comfort and thrift was welcome indeed. My biggest real beef is with the entire Accord product line - with that angle of backlight, not having this as a 5-door hatch seems a real waste of space.
  • RICHARD I bought my wife the exact car in the picture 3 weeks ago. Acceleration is average for the class. Smoothness of the powertrain, competent ride dynamics, quietness, and comfort are definitely pluses. The styling is restrained for sure, but we weren't looking for a shouty car that doesn't deliver on the design statement. She drives about 8,000 miles per year, mostly around town. At the current rate, we expect to buy about 16 gallons of gas per month. This really is a car that appears to do everything well rather than excelling at a few things to the detriment of others.
  • Ajla "2010-2019 Borrego"The Borrego only had model years 2009 - 2011 in the United States. The Borrego/Mohave did exist in international markets beyond them but the NHTSA of the United States would not be handling a recall on those. It's annoying that apparently the manufacturer, the federal regulator, and automotive press didn't notice this.
  • SilverCoupe The last Accord I test drove was in 1978, but I ended up buying a VW Scirocco instead. The Accords have put on quite a bit of weight since, then, but then again, so have I!