Posted Oct 16th 2014 2:30PM
Motor Trend has announced the results of its 2015 SUV of the Year competition, and from a field that included some of our own personal favourites like the new Porsche Macan, Cadillac Escalade, Subaru Outback, Chevrolet Tahoe and BMW X5. But, the buff book has awarded the top spot to... wait for it... the 2015 Honda CR-V. If that result surprises you just a little, well, get to the back of the line.
The list looked at six different categories ranging from overall design to efficiency – both fuel economy and carbon footprint – to safety and value to pick its winner, singling out the refreshed Honda while paying particular praise to its new 2.4-litre Earth Dreams four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. A tighter steering ratio was also cited as a big source of improvement.
"There was a lot of contentious debate," Motor Trend Technical Director Frank Markus told Autoblog, indicating that nearly half the judges approached the final round of voting with an eye towards the redesigned Jeep Cherokee. "This year's field included some pretty fancy and fast iron, but the thoughtful changes made by Honda to hone its best-seller entry in that crowded compact cross-over segment really did the trick."
What are your thoughts on Motor Trend's decision? Based on the full list of top 15 SUVs of 2015, would you have chosen the Honda CR-V? Click here to view the full list of contenders and finalists, then tell us what you think on our facebook page.