Honda sells a lot of CR-Vs, and with good reason.
Rear seat room and cargo space are generous, plus compact dimensions and responsive handling make it easy to park and unintimidating to drive.
The 2015 freshening brought a redesigned 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Fuel economy improved by two mpg to 24 mpg overall with all-wheel-drive.
Handling was improved, but the ride became stiffer.
Road noise is slightly reduced, but remains noticeable, a perennial CR-V complaint.
This update also brought more equipment, including a standard backup camera, a power driver seat for the EX, and an available power rear gate.
EX and higher trims gained an unintuitive touchscreen infotainment system and Honda's LaneWatch, which shows what lurks on the right side of the car when signaling to the right.
We find this system distracting; it's no substitute for a real blind spot detection system that covers both sides.
Honda Sensing advanced safety equipment, including forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, is available on the top-trim Touring.
Added reinforcements from the 2015 update improved the CR-V's performance in the demanding IIHS small overlap crash test.