The Honda CR-V has been one of the Philippines’ best selling crossovers, yet over the years, it has been beaten by a few of its rivals in terms of sales, mainly the Subaru Forester, and the Korean diesel powered twins, the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. Despite these, the CR-V still manages to sell generally well, and in order to keep prospective buyers interested in this excellent crossover, Honda has given it a facelift. Only months after it’s global release, Honda Cars Philippines was able to act fast, and it is now here in the Philippines. The 2015 Honda CR-V.
More than just a CR-V with fancy new headlights with LED daytime running lights, a new black gloss grille, and fancier rims, Honda also threw in plenty of technology that aims to make the CR-V experience even more pleasing.
Honda’s excellent Display Audio infotainment system also reaches the new CR-V. Equipped on the 2.0 S variant and in the 2.4 SX variant, the Display Audio interface is equipped with navigation, with the i-MID assisting in giving turn-by-turn directions to the driver as well.
The interior of the all-new Honda CR-V has been spruced up, now having the same soft padded faux stitched dashboard found in the Honda City and Jazz. Together with the black interior, the new Honda CR-V’s interior quality lends it an upmarket and sporty vibe. Silver interior trim adorns the 2.0 V variant, while the 2.0 S and 2.4 SX variants have wood trim.
Included in the top trim 2.4 SX variant is Honda’s exclusive LaneWatch Blind Spot camera. What it does is through a camera mounted on the right side view mirror, the driver can see what is on his blind spot whenever he uses the right turn signal, or by pressing a button on the signal stalks.
The Honda CR-V retains the same powertrain combination as before. The 2.0 liter engine is an R20A SOHC i-VTEC engine, producing 153 hp and 190 Nm of torque, while the K20A DOHC i-VTEC engine produces 185 hp and 220 Nm of torque. Power is delivered through the front or all wheels, via a 5-Speed Automatic Transmission. A 6-Speed Manual Transmission is available only for the 2.0 V variant. Paddle shifters offer a sporty drive, and are standard on the 2.0 S and 2.4 SX variants.
Safety features highlight the new Honda CR-V. Standard on all variants include 2 airbags, ABS with EBD, and a rear view camera, while the 2.0 S and 2.4 SX variants are equipped with Hill Start Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, Vehicle Stability Assist, and 4 airbags.
The 2015 Honda CR-V is now on sale on all Honda dealers nationwide.
2.0 V MT: P1,313,000
2.0 V AT: P1,353,000
2.0 S AT: P1,483,000
2.4 SV AT: P1,673,000