5 Big Things Wrong with the 2015 Honda CR-V
The 2015 Honda CR-V has just arrived at dealerships and already there are five problems worth pointing out. See if you agree. Honda introduced its top-selling SUV to the motor press in New England the night before it was unleashed to the general public. (That's similar to movies producers release without advance review copies.) It's being hailed as a significant midcycle refresh. Maybe mid-cycle catch up is more accurate. RELATED: See the Honda CR-V Concept for What Could Have Been
1. It's America's Top Selling SUV
Seriously? This is the SUV/crossover that American's can't live without? Maybe that's not so much Honda's problem as it ours. We have become "sheeple" people. Lambs being sacrificed at the altar of mass-market blandness.
2. The Great New CVT Isn't
Honda bills its CVT as "seamless and sporty … for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency." Stomp on the accelerator on a highway onramp and it has the same rubber band of every other CVT on the market. It’s the status quo when it comes to CVTs.
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3. Honda CR-V Meet Hyundai Tucson
Ten years ago Korean engineers were accused of copying the Japanese. My first thought when seeing the new CR-V? It's the Hyundai Tucson grille with a few styling tweaks.
4. The Right-Hand Blind Spot Camera
OK, so this was first introduced on the Accord but it's still a problem with the CR-V. Flick on the right turn signal and your center-stack monitor displays what's on your right. It's designed to show you your blind spot when changing lanes. (Adjust your mirrors correctly and you wouldn't have blind spots.) It's distracting as hell and works poorly at night. If you can't change lanes in a crossover without a camera, you shouldn’t be driving.
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5. The $59 Map App
Instead of shelling out big bucks for a navigation system, Honda will let you pay $59 for a map app. Or, do what I do and use Google Maps on my iPhone with the sound turned up for free.
And, just to be fair, there are 5 things to like about the new CR-V:
• Torque is up 11%
• The ride is quieter
• The new wheels are stunning
• Seats flip and fold with ease; and,
• It's not a RAV4.
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