The Honda CR-V has won "Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year" for 2015.
"The 2015 Honda CR-V impressed our judges with its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements," said Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh, according to the automaker. "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."
The CR-V claimed the title thanks to a long list of vehicle enhancements for 2015, including its improved fuel economy and "uncompromised" driving dynamics, which includes Honda's Earth Dreams Technology powertrain, the launch of an all-new Touring trim and the debut of Honda Sensing assistive and driver safety technologies.
Honda's vehicle beat out eighteen other all-new or significantly updated SUVs were also nominated for the Sport/Utility award.
"It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from the expert staff at Motor Trend," said Jeff Conrad, SVP & General Manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co, Inc, according to the automaker. "Our engineers, planners, and dealers work hard to deliver class leading products to our customers, and it's extremely rewarding to be recognized for that hard work. This award from Motor Trend reaffirms for us that we're meeting that goal."
Only all-new or upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in the past 12 months from Nov. 1 of the previous year can be considered for the away.
Motor Trend's editorial staff conducted an exhaustive three-phase testing process to judge each contender.
Phase one involved a full tech check and weigh-in, then full track testing to establish baseline data, braking, acceleration and handling. Phase two included three days of road loops offering a number of road surfaces and traffic conditions in order to elevate ride and handling, engine and transmission smoothness. An off-road section tests stability, braking control systems, and traction.
The third phase judges debate and deliberate. Criteria included value, efficiency, engineering excellence, safety, and design advancement.