2015 Honda CR-V AWD Touring

This week, the 2015 Honda CR-V arrives in the Car Tech garage.

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The fourth-generation CR-V dates back to 2012, but the compact SUV receives a facelift for the 2015 model year.

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This AWD Touring model arrived in a hue called Copper Sunset Pearl, a metallic brown.

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Around town, the CR-V proved to be modestly zippy, but its performance is focused on comfort and efficiency.

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CR-V models feature the automaker's electric power-steering system.

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Projector beam halogen headlamps are exclusive to the Touring trim level.

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All CR-V trim levels are available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

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The Touring model comes standard with a power rear liftgate. It can be activated via remote or with a grab handle.

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18-inch wheels shod in 225-width tires fill the arches of the CR-V Touring. 16- and 17-inch wheels are featured on LX and EX models, respectively.

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For the 2015 model year, the CR-V gains 3 to 4 mpg across the board.

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Under the hood is a 2.4-liter "Earth Dreams" i-VTEC engine good for 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque.

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Earth Dreams is Honda marketing-speak for a suite of fuel efficiency boosting technologies, including low-friction internals and direct injection.

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The only gearbox available on the 2015 CR-V is the automaker's continuously variable transmission.

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In all-wheel drive trim, the 2015 CR-V is estimated to do 28 mpg combined — or 26 city and 33 highway mpg. The front-wheel drive model gets an extra 1 mpg across the board.

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During my testing, I was only able to average 20.1 mpg, despite my best efforts at green driving.

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Aside from a selection of style and visual upgrades, the Touring stands apart with the Honda Sensing suite of driver aid features.

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Honda's LaneWatch camera fills in for the lack of a blind-spot monitoring system.

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Unique to Honda, the LaneWatch camera aims into the passenger-side blindspot and comes online when the right turn signal is activated.

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Drivers can also press a button on one of the steering-column stalks to manually activate LaneWatch.

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The CR-V's seats are nothing to write home about, but they're reasonably comfortable. On Touring models, the driver's bucket features two-position memory.

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The interior quality and design is on par with that of the current-generation Honda Civic.

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The Honda infotainment system is a bit convoluted. It features a two-tier dashboard display centered around a 7-inch color touchscreen.

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The menu system isn't difficult to master, but the organization is poor and lacks shortcuts to quickly switch between navigation, audio and communication modes.

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Honda's dated Satellite-Linked Navigation system is standard on the Touring model.

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When navigating, the second screen is used to display turn-by-turn directions.

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The touch-sensitive display rotates out of the way to reveal the optical media slot.

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The CR-V features two USB ports and an HDMI input.

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The instrument cluster features a large central speedometer. Around its edge is a green rim that glows to indicate efficient driving. In its center is a small information display.

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Keyless entry and start are standard on EX, EX-L, and Touring models.

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Tapping the ECON button puts the CR-V into its most efficient operating mode. Throttle response and the CVT's programming are adjusted for more mpgs.

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Adaptive cruise control is included as part of Honda Sensing. Unlike more advanced ACC systems, Honda's setup only works at speeds above 20 mph.

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The rear seats feature a 60/40 split and can be folded flat to increase the ample storage space.

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The motorized rear hatch is lowered with the touch of  a button.

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The rear seats can be lowered from the rear storage area with a pull of a remote release.

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Fully loaded, our 2015 Honda CR-V AWD Touring comes in at a $31,645 MSRP before taxes and destination charges.

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