Competes with: Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5
Looks like: New Accord-inspired front end, with the same only-a-mother-could-love looks
Drivetrain: 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; CVT; front- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Oct. 1
Honda's CR-V is a perennial favorite around the Cars.com offices for its comfy ride, spacious interior and generous standard features list. For 2015, Honda tweaks the popular CR-V with a smorgasbord of fresh features and technology while introducing a new fuel-economy-boosting engine and transmission.
Related: 2015 Honda CR-V First Drive
While not a complete redesign, the 2015's updates should make a competitive difference given the convenience and technology features found in the compact SUV segment. An available power liftgate and smart keyless access with push-button start are two of the CR-V's new niceties, which are becoming common in compact and midsize SUVs. A new Touring trim level hosts much of the CR-V's new safety technology such as collision warning and mitigation systems.