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2015 Honda CR-V Overview

Price Range: $23,320 to $32,770

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The 2015 Honda CR-V gets a large refresh for the new model year that has enough changes to make it feel in some ways like a full redesign, with new exterior styling, a new powertrain, and plenty of added kit at a minimal increase in price.

Going head-to-head with the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 among others, the CR-V has long been a mainstay in this competitive segment of small SUVs designed with families in mind. Honda is banking that the changes it has made to the CR-V check all the boxes on new car shoppers’ lists. It starts with the exterior, where the front of the 2015 CR-V has been restyled with elements similar to the Accord sedan. The new front grille is flanked by sharp headlight clusters, and an off-color lower element pinches up to give the CR-V a more expressive fascia than the previous model. A power liftgate and is newly optional for 2015 for added convenience. The available 17- and 18-inch tires have also been widened, which improves grip.

Under the hood, the CR-V gets a new engine and transmission, both also lifted from the Accord. The 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder is part of Honda’s “Earth Dreams” family of engines with an unfortunate name, but better fuel efficiency. It is mated to a CVT and these updates give the new CR-V a definite leg-up on fuel economy. Two-wheel drive models offer 27/34 mpg city/highway, with all-wheel drive models right behind at 26/33 mpg. The CR-V is also noticeably better to drive, with updates to the CR-V’s body structure improving rigidity, tighter steering ratios, and suspension updates.

Inside, the 2015 CR-V continues to offer a flexible cabin with its 60/40-split rear seats the fold and tumble forward with the simple tug of a strap. There is also what Honda calls a “conversation mirror” up front; the sunglasses holder flips down partway to reveal a mirror, so parents can see what’s going on in the backseat without having to turn around. The center console has been redesigned with removable partitions to customize the storage space.

The CR-V’s standard features list has expanded with air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, SMS text message functionality, power windows/locks, Pandora internet radio, USB port, and newly added vents for rear seat passengers coming on every CR-V. Although each trim level has only gone up around $200 in MSRP, the EX in particular gets a lot of new features such as Honda’s LaneWatch system, power driver’s seat, push button start, a power moonroof, heated front seats, and a 7-inch screen for the audio system. A new top-of-the-line Touring trim is also available for 2015.

Honda also introduces several new safety technologies to its lineup with the CR-V. The Touring trim features a new suite of safety features called “Honda Sensing” which employs sensors and a forward facing camera to power safety technology like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a lane keeping assist system that will steer the car autonomously in short stints, forward collision warning, and a collision mitigation braking system. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, six airbags, an electronic stability system, and antilock brakes. Honda expects the CR-V, thanks to its body structure improvements, to get a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS when it is crash tested.

Secret 1: Consumer Incentives

Zero percent financing, employee discount, cash back, out-the-door price tags...

Most dealers work hard to offer the public competitive prices. These incentives can grab your attention, but they can also obscure the actual terms you're getting on your purchase.

How can you fully understand incentives to get the lowest possible price on your car?

Secret 2: Finance & Insurance

Most state franchise laws prohibit manufacturers from selling cars directly to the public, so the dealer will be your middleman. But in terms of financing and insurance, you can choose a bank or the dealer directly.

How can you determine what's in your best interest?

Secret 3: Additional Costs

Destination charges, taxes, license and title fees, advertising fees... When going to a dealership, you must ask for an explanation of any fee you don't understand. But you need to choose your battles wisely. Your local car dealer may have taken a loss or slim profit along the way, and your fighting over something like a doc fee when the deal is nearly wrapped up may be counterproductive.

In any case, there are many fees and charges in the sale process: some inevitable, others questionable.

How do you tell them apart?

Secret 4: Trade-in Value

If you currently own a car, it probably represents profit. The question is, whose profit will it be?

With few exceptions, you'll get the most money for your used car by selling it privately. That's because dealers pay wholesale prices — not retail prices — for used cars, and they sell them at retail.

Your current car's value can be used to lower the price on your new car. However, most people underestimate their used car's value when going to a dealership.

How can you maximize your value?

Secret 5: Dealer Holdback

The car manufacturer holds back a fraction of the price of all vehicles the dealership sells. Then, it returns the money to the dealership, usually on a quarterly basis.

Dealer holdback began its life as a safety net that ensured the manufacturers would have a security deposit of sorts if a dealership missed payments, and the dealerships would have money on hand to cover overhead costs when the holdback was returned.

How can you take advantage of dealer holdbacks to get the bottom line price?

Secret 6: Dealer Incentives

Unlike consumer incentives, dealer incentives are factory-to-dealer incentives that reduce the dealer's true cost to buy the vehicle from the factory to below invoice.

Manufacturers offer these incentives on a regional basis to generate sales on specific models. These incentives are sometimes referred to as "spiffs," and they can touch off competition among dealers to move slower-selling stock.

For instance, a dealer incentive may kick in when a certain sales target is reached, with each subsequent sale resulting in a higher factory-to-dealer rebate.

How can you benefit from that?

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