Much like the Oscars is to movies, earning Motor Trend Magazine’s “Golden Calipers” is the most prestigious award in the automotive industry. So without further ado, “the envelope, please” as we proudly announce that the new 2015 Honda CR-V has won the coveted prize as Motor Trend’s 2015 “SUV of the Year.”
Achieving this pinnacle of recognition is no slam dunk. The new CR-V compact crossover went head-to-head in a grueling evaluation, pitted against such worthy competitors as the BMW X4 and X5, the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition, Lincoln MKC, Nissan Rogue, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Subaru Outback, and Volvo XC60. Judges graded the contenders on a variety of factors, including exterior and interior styling, innovative vehicle packaging, performance, fuel efficiency, safety, value, and engineering excellence.
Accolades for engineering excellence
The judges gave accolades to the new CR-V’s powertrain which improved its “fun quotient. The engine, a new “Earth Dreams” 2.4 liter, generates 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft worth of torque. It’s mated to a silky continuously variable transmission (CVT) that delivers smooth acceleration around town and “snappy” downshifts for effortless passing; delivering 0-60 times in the respectable 8.5 second range. One judge praised Honda’s “return to form as a company known for making some of the best engines in the business.” This combination delivers improved fuel economy of up to 12% with 26/33 mpg EPA-estimated city/highway numbers.
Numerous suspension and chassis upgrades drew positive reaction from the judges as well. One judge exclaimed: “This feels like a Honda should, with light steering, great feedback, and competent handling chops. It is way more fun than any compact crossover ought to be.” The CR-V also received applause for how its on-demand All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system handled the test track’s steep, silty gravel hill with “minimal fuss.”
Interior and safety earn top scores
The new 2015 Honda CR-V also scored high marks for its well-packaged interior, which affords improved second-row legroom and expands cargo space to 70.9 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded flat. The side doors open at a nearly 90-degree angle, making it easy to access. The Honda’s well-though-out controls achieved high marks for functionality and intuitive ease-of-use, including its standard rearview backup camera and 7-inch multi-function display.
The Motor Trend judges also gave high marks for the CR-V’s extensive safety features. These include reinforced hot-stamped, high-strength steel for improved structural rigidity and available “Honda Sense” suite of advanced safety features (available on the Touring model). They include collision mitigation brake support, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Ultimate, the new 2015 Honda CR-V earned this hard-fought victory by outclassing the competition for SUV of the Year honors with its “stellar value, engineering, and safety features.”
Any way you look at it, the 2015 Honda CR-V SUV compact crossover is a winner. Just ask Motor Trend Magazine.
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