Honda CR-V Named Motor Trend SUV of the Year
The refreshed Honda CR-V has been selected as the 2015 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year. The CR-V beat out 18 other qualifying SUVs – including the Chevy Tahoe, the Ford Expedition, and the kid-tested, McConaughey-approved Lincoln MKC – which had been released or significantly upgraded in the 12 months following November 1, 2013.
The publication’s writers and editors tested all of the SUVs on paved and dirt road conditions, and also took them for a spin on the test track, before choosing a victor based on six criteria: design advancement, engineering excellence, performance of intended function, efficiency, safety and value. While the CR-V scored well in every category, the new model was especially praised for its improved fuel economy (3 mpg better than the 2014 model), which can be credited to the vehicle’s new Earth Dreams Technology powertrain.
“The 2015 Honda CR-V impressed our judges with its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements,” said Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh. “Our editors were especially impressed by Honda’s responsive and efficient continuously-variable transmission and sophisticated safety systems – particularly the smart and seamlessly integrated Lane Keeping Assist system. Efficient, practical, and a joy to drive; the 2015 Honda CR-V does virtually everything well.”
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Motor Trend also noted the 2015 CR-V’s added safety features, including the new lane-keeping assist system, which uses cameras to monitor the vehicle’s position and can even briefly steer the SUV on its own for as long as 12 seconds, if needed.
Jeff Conrad, SVP and General Manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motors, stated, “It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from the expert staff at Motor Trend. Our engineers, planners, and dealers work hard to deliver class leading products to our customers, and it’s extremely rewarding to be recognized for that hard work. This award from Motor Trend reaffirms for us that we’re meeting that goal.”