2015 Honda CRV Motor Trend SUV of the Year
Motor Trend is one of the biggest, most respected magazines in the automobile industry. Since its first publication, it has been naming one vehicle the the Car of the Year annually, and through the year as other segments become more and more popular they’ve been adding other awards categories. For instance, 1999 saw the Lexus RX300 named the inaugural Sport/Utility of the Year, and the award has been a big deal ever since. And this year? The magazine named the 2015 Honda CRV the Motor Trend SUV of the Year.
Motor Trend put several vehicles through extensive testing to determine which vehicle would be named the SUV of the year. The 2015 Honda CRV beat out other sport utility vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Lexus NX, and Jeep Cherokee among fifteen other vehicles to crowned the Motor Trend SUV of the Year. The CRV saw many enhancements for the 2015 model year, and these definitely helped the CRV out when it came to naming the SUV of the Year. Things like the continuously-variable transmission and complex safety systems went into giving the CRV the award.
Motor Trend’s Ed Loh had this to say about the testing of the CRV:
“The 2015 Honda CR-V impressed our judges with its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements. Our editors were especially impressed by Honda’s responsive and efficient continuously-variable transmission and sophisticated safety systems – particularly the smart and seamlessly integrated Lane Keeping Assist system. Efficient, practical, and a joy to drive; the 2015 Honda CR-V does virtually everything well.”
Rather than comparison testing, Motor Trend puts vehicles through a comprehensive three-stage process to test vehicles. The first stage is a full tech checks and track testing, then phase two consists of three days of driving in different conditions and terrains, and then the final stage is when the judges get together and deliberate a winner. Categories that make up their criteria for the winner include design advancements, engineering excellence, performance of intended functions, efficiency, safety, and value.
We’re extremely excited about the 2015 Honda CRV winning this award, and we can’t wait for it to arrive on our lot. We still have several 2014 models available, so feel free to check them out if you’re interested to see where the SUV comes from. Be sure to give us a call with any further questions or to place an order for a new 2015 Honda CRV, the Motor Trend SUV of the Year!