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Introduced in 2012, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V received a facelift in 2015 and gained Honda's new and cleaner burning Earth Dreams engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). All models are powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine making 185 horsepower paired with the CVT. From 2012 to 2014, a five-speed automatic transmission was offered.
The updated powertrain combination raised fuel economy by more than 10 percent. The 2015 edition is EPA-rated at 27/34 mpg city/highway. Earlier models with the five-speed automatic are rated as high as 23/31 mpg city/highway. The Honda CR-V is available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.
The Honda CR-V's front fascia is marked by a broad horizontal grille offset by wraparound headlights. A pronounced lower grille with an optional kick plate is itself offset by available fog lamps set within a pair of grooves.
The CR-V's profile features deeply arched wheel wells, upper and lower character lines and available alloy wheels. The roof line stretches straight back to the liftgate, itself marked by a pair of boomerang taillights that are fixed high along the top of the gate. Chrome touches, rear fog lights and a single exhaust tip are at the rear.
With room for five, the Honda CR-V has bucket seats up front and a 60/40 split-folding seat in the back. The standard cargo room is generous, measuring 35.2 cubic feet and 70.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.
Standard equipment includes keyless entry, automatic headlamps and all-season tires. All models come equipped with a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, power accessories, air conditioning, front and center console 12-volt power outlets, an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth and a USB port.
The Honda CR-V EX trim level on up brings in fog lights, a moonroof and a security system. Various audio packages are available; navigation is optional with the EX-L and standard with the Touring edition. Cloth seats are standard; leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats are available.
The Honda CR-V competes with the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage, Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, GMC Terrain and Volkswagen Tiguan.
The first-generation CR-V was produced from 1997 to 2001. This initial model offered a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The 1997 edition was all-wheel drive only. For the 1998 model year, front-wheel drive became standard and all-wheel was optional.
The second-generation Honda CR-V was in production from 2002 to 2006. In comparison with the first-generation model, it offered more power and a more spacious interior. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
The third-generation CR-V was produced from 2007 to 2011. This model comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.