The all-new 2015 Honda CR-V was named the 2015 Motor Trend Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year Award. The refreshed SUV was honored for its improved engine and ride quality, great safety and great new styling. The 2015 Honda CR-V defeated the top competition from brands such as Toyota, Porsche, Jeep, Chevy and GMC.
The refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V hit the dealership earlier this month. MotorTrend said it was especially impressed with the CR-V’s responsive and efficient CVT and the Honda Lane Keeping System.
“Efficient, practical and a joy to drive, the 2015 Honda CR-V does virtually everything well,” said MotorTrend editor-in-chief Ed Loh.
“It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from the expert staff at Motor Trend,” said Jeff Conrad, SVP & General Manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “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.”
Eighteen SUVs were considered for this prestigious award. Judges complete a two-day test of all eligible vehicles, taking them on roads and even exploring the off-road capabilities. All vehicles are judged based on:
- Design Advancement – well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.
- Engineering Excellence – total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective tech that benefits the consumer.
- Performance of Intended Function – how well the vehicle does the job its planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do.
- Efficiency – low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle’s competitive set.
- Safety – a vehicle’s ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a crash.
- Value – competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of vehicles in the same market segment.
The all-new CR-V features a new Honda Earth Technology engine with all-new CVT for fuel economy reaching up to 34 MPG on the highway. An all-new Touring trim features 18-inch alloy wheels, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist system and adaptive cruise control. Honda says it expects the CR-V to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.
Design has been refreshed also, with a new thin two-bar grille and new LED wrap-around headlights.
So it’s easy to see why the Honda CR-V continues to be one of the top choices for an SUV. So visit Waikem Honda now, and see why Motor Trend has put the CR-V at the top of the class.