2015 Honda CR-V - Exterior

With an all-new powertrain that delivers more torque, better performance and more refinement, plus available new premium features, the 2015 CR-V is both more ruggedly athletic and smarter. These themes are expressed in the compact SUV’s exterior styling with design changes to the front and rear, the mirrors and wheels. The overall impression these changes provide is aggressive and bold with a wide, solid and planted look, accentuated by premium details and features for a unique Honda style. Available exterior features include brilliant LED daytime running lights (DRL), LaneWatch™1 and distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels. Included in the changes is a power tailgate on the new Touring trim, a first for the CR-V.

Key New Exterior Features

  • Newly designed front fascia including grille, headlights, bumper and skid plate
  • New rear fascia design with changed license garnish, fascia sides and bumper
  • Available LED daytime running lights
  • Available projector beam low beam headlight
  • Two new alloy wheels designs, include new available 18-inch wheel
  • Upgraded mirror design with available heater and integrated turn signal
  • Power tailgate – first time available on CR-V
  • Available Smart Entry (see Comfort and Convenience section)

Exterior Styling
The bold front fascia’s unified design blends the solid grill and upper air intake with the four-lamp, multi-reflector halogen headlight arrays in a smart upward sweep. This dynamic grill shape is inverted below by the aggressive-looking lower air intake/skid plate design, in contrasting silver, and fog light pods to create a deep, multi-dimensional look. Commanding horizontal lines at the rear and the contrasting silver colored skid plate design continue the wide, planted look of the new CR-V. The 2015 CR-V’s body retains the aerodynamic efficiencies of the previous version, with numerous design elements such as a long roofline and integrated rear spoiler that assist in producing a low coefficient of drag. The EX-L and Touring trims are equipped with roof rails that start at the A-pillars and sweep along the roofline toward the rear end of the vehicle (available as an accessory on CR-V LX and EX). These rails provide an attachment point for an accessory rack, while also providing a dramatic visual element. The rails are fully functional, with three anchor points per side. The Touring trim also receives special badging with black debossing on a chrome background.

Both the 17-inch wheels, on EX and EX-L trims, and the 18-inch Touring trim wheels—both aluminum alloy—have offset multi-spoke aero designs that imply movement even at a standstill and accentuate their large diameter. The angular cast-surface of the 17-inch wheels sport a silver monotone color, while the 18-inch alloy wheels have a sharp-cut style with a gloss black and brush aluminum-like finish. Both the 17- and 18-inch wheels are 7 inches wide, 0.5 inches wider than the previous CR-V’s 17-inch wheels. The LX model rides on 16-inch, five-spoke steel wheels.

Door Design
When the doors are open, the side-sill garnish covering the rocker panel creates a more direct pathway to the ground when entering or exiting the vehicle. This design creates a lower step-over distance for better comfort and a reduction in the likelihood of leg contact with the side of the vehicle.

Distinctive multi-reflector halogen headlights grace the 2015 CR-V. On EX and higher trims, the headlight arrays include a dramatic and premium-looking Light Emitting Diode (LED) daytime running light (DRL) strip. For the LX trim, the halogen low beams serve double-duty as the DRL. The top-of-the-line Touring trim has multi-reflector and projector headlights, together with LED DRLs for a brilliant and sophisticated look. All headlights include an auto-off feature with EX and above trims also including auto-on capability. Fog lights are included on EX and above trims. The CR-V’S taillight array features incandescent taillights and outboard brake lights, and attention-grabbing LED illumination for the Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL) that is embedded in the rear spoiler.

Side Mirrors
Newly-designed power side mirrors have a complementary horizontal design and are aerodynamically optimized to reduce wind noise and minimize turbulence. Side mirror housings on the CR-V LX model are black and those on the EX and above trims have a body-colored upper and black lower. The Expanded View Driver’s Mirror is standard with passenger side Honda LaneWatch™ included on EX and above trims. The CR-V EX-L and Touring trims add heated side mirrors and the Touring trim also adds integrated turn indicators. The side mirrors can be manually folded in for greater convenience in tight parking situations. For more information on the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror and Honda LaneWatch™, see the Safety and Driver Assistance section.

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines
All CR-V’s include a multi-angle rearview camera2, visible on the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) on the LX model and on the 7-inch Display Audio screen on all other grades. The camera can show a top view, 130-degree view or 180­-degree rear view when the transmission is in Reverse. The camera is located just above the license plate on the tailgate. Guidelines help drivers gauge how close they are to an object. The dotted line indicates the closest distance that the tailgate can be opened. On EX and above trims, dynamic guidelines indicate the projected vehicle path based on steering wheel position.

Visibility and Glass
The 2015 CR-V provides superior outward visibility having excellent front and rear sight lines for the driver, including a commanding eye point level and a short forward invisible length (the distance a driver needs to look to see the ground in front of the vehicle). The CR-V’s windshield and all windows are made with UV-resistant glass that filters UV light and results in less interior fade over time, lower cabin temperatures on hot days, and more efficient interior cooling. On EX and above trims, the rear windows feature dark-tint privacy glass.

Power Windows
Power windows, with an auto-up/down driver’s window, are standard on all CR-V models. Individual controls are located on the armrests. Pressing a master switch on the driver’s control panel deactivate the individual controls for the front and rear passengers.

One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
The CR-V EX, EX-L and Touring trims have a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature that will fully open or close with a single touch of the switch. The moonroof mechanism was purposely designed to provide ample headroom. The moonroof has a sliding sunshade that opens with the roof and can be closed to block sunlight. To tilt or slide the moonroof, the driver or front passenger needs only to fully press the ceiling-mounted switch once (instead of pressing and holding it for several seconds). The moonroof fully opens or closes automatically. However, if the operator wishes to only partially open or close the moonroof (such as to achieve partial ventilation), a lighter touch yields fully manual control. The moonroof can also tilt to provide ventilation. An auto-reverse feature is built in, helping to ensure that the moonroof will not forcefully close if someone's hand or arm is positioned in the path of the glass. If an obstruction is detected, the moonroof mechanism will reopen the moonroof.

For the first time on a CR-V, the 2015 model includes the convenience of an available power tailgate. On the CR-V Touring trim, the tailgate can be effortlessly opened and closed by pressing buttons in the vehicle or on the remote smart fob. An interior power tailgate "open/close" button is located on the front console to the left of the steering wheel and a "close" button is positioned on the underside of the tailgate that is accessible with the tailgate open. The remote smart fob also has an "open/close" button. A manual exterior "open" button is located under the tailgate handle. The tailgate can be manually closed at any time during open or close operation. As a safety feature, the tailgate has an auto-detection system that will reverse direction if it detects an obstruction (in the form of resistance against the tailgate drive motor). The power tailgate’s drive unit is located within the left D-pillar.

On the CR-V LX, EX, and EX-L trims, the manual tailgate features twin gas-charged hydraulic struts that ease opening and a single pull-down handle located on the right side. The tailgate can be unlocked with the remote or by pressing a button inside the driver’s door.

The tailgate has a 360-degree gasket for a tight seal against the intrusion of water, dirt and wind noise. In addition, the rear aperture of the CR-V body is specially reinforced to strengthen the tailgate opening, which is the largest opening on the vehicle body. This increased rigidity at this critical location improves ride and handling, as well as interior quietness. The tailgate automatically locks whenever the CR-V is locked.

Windshield Wipers
Having the 2015 CR-V’s windshield wipers positioned behind and below the rear edge of the hood line keeps them below the driver’s normal sightline for improved forward visibility. In addition, the wipers are positioned out of the airflow over the hood to reduce turbulence that can contribute to aerodynamic drag and interior noise. For pedestrian safety, the wiper arm pivots are deformable. (Please see Safety section for more information.) A rear windshield wiper is also included as standard equipment.

The front windshield wipers have two speeds with intermittent and automatic intermittent operation available. The rear wipers have on and intermittent operation as standard.

Operation of the windshield wipers is intuitively simple using the stalk positioned next to the steering wheel; pushing the stalk up or down operates the front windshield wipers, and twisting the outside part of the stalk operates the rear windshield wiper.

Exterior Colors
Three new sophisticated exterior colors have been added to the CR-V’s palette, Modern Steel Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl and Copper Sunset Pearl (a CR-V exclusive color) to provide 10 color options. All colors are available on all trim levels.

Crystal Black Pearl
Basque Red Pearl
Copper Sunset Pearl*
Obsidian Blue Pearl*
White Diamond Pearl

Kona Coffee Metallic
Urban Titanium Metallic
Alabaster Silver Metallic
Modern Steel Metallic*
Mountain Air Metallic


2015 CR-V Accessories
A line of Honda Genuine Accessories was developed simultaneously with the 2015 CR-V to provide vehicle personalization options for the owner. Like all Honda Genuine Accessories, the CR-V accessories are covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty if installed by the dealer at the time of original vehicle purchase.

Available accessories include:

Back-Up Sensors
Engine Block Heater
Remote Engine Start System II
All-Season Floor Mats
Automatic-Dimming Mirror
Cargo Liner
Cargo Net
Cargo Organizer
Cargo Tray
Door Sill Trim-Illuminated
First Aid Kit
Rear Seat Cover
Bike Attachment–Roof Mount
Body Side Molding
Door Edge Film
Door Edge Guards
Door Visors
Exhaust Finisher, Chrome

Fog Light
Hood Air Deflector
Kayak Attachment
Moonroof Visor
Nose Mask
Rear Bumper Applique
Roof Box–Short
Roof Rails
Running Boards
Ski Attachment
Snowboard Attachment
Splash Guard Set
Surfboard Attachment
Tailgate Spoiler
Trailer Hitch
17-in 10 Spoke Alloy Wheel
Wheel Locks


Exterior Features

Exterior Feature





16-inch steel wheels




17-inch alloy wheels



18-inch alloy wheels




One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature


Roof-mounted antenna

Roof rails



Power tailgate




Security system


Smart Entry system


Multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto-off




Multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto-on/off



Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto-on/off




Fog lights


Body-colored, power side mirrors including Expanded View Driver’s Mirror




Heated, body-colored, power side mirrors including Expanded View Driver’s Mirror and integrated turn indicators




Rear privacy glass


2-Speed/intermittent windshield wipers




Variable intermittent rear window wiper/washer


Reverse-linked intermittent rear window wiper/washer

Body-colored door handles


1 Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes.

2 Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rearview camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle.

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