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Honda CR-V: Jalopnik's Buyer's Guide

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If someone says they own a crossover but they can’t remember which one, the odds are it’s the sensible Honda CR-V. What do you need to know before you buy a Honda CR-V? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in our Buyer’s Guide.

You couldn’t possibly go wrong buying a Honda CR-V. It does everything it promises, it does it efficiently, and it does it in the most inoffensive way possible. Because it’s a Honda, you can assume that it’s going to offer reliable transportation long after the warranty is over and you can expect few problems.


For a lot of people, the Honda badge is enough of a reason to buy a vehicle.

What’s New About The 2015 Honda CR-V


The 2015 CR-V gets a revised fascia and, most importantly, a new powertrain. That’s right, the old 2.4-liter I4/5-speed automatic duo gets replaced with a 2.4-liter direct injection motor backed by a continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy numbers go up drastically from last year to a very respectable 29 MPG combined for the 2-wheel drive model.

Which One We’d Buy

The Honda CR-V comes in five trim levels, the prices of which range from $23,445 all the way up to $31,645. But they all come with the same powertrain, so if it were us, we’d go with the bare-bones model. It’s not fancy, but even the base LX gets you AC, power windows and locks, front and side airbags, stability control, bluetooth, and a rearview camera, and that’s all we need. Sure, you’ll have to make do with steel wheels and unheated front seats, but come on, this is an A to B car. You get all the fuel economy, safety, and resale value from that base stripper model, so that’s where we’d put our money.

Important Facts At A Glance:

MSRP: $23,445 - $32,895 Max Advertised Towing Capability: 1,500 pounds

MPG: 27 city/ 34 hwy / 29 combined [2wd] Engines: 2.4-liter I4

Curb Weight: ~3,350-3,620 pounds IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick +

Transmissions: CVT Automatic

Drivetrain Layout: Front engine, FWD/AWD

Photo credit: Honda