2016 Honda CR-V Overview
Pros & Cons
- Generous rear-seat legroom
- Abundant cargo space
- Very fuel efficient for the class
- Above-average predicted reliability
- Somewhat dull to drive
Notable for 2016
- SE trim added
Honda CR-V Rankings and Research
The 2016 Honda CR-V ranking is based on its score within the Compact SUVs category. Currently the Honda CR-V has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2016 Honda CR-V Review
The 2016 Honda CR-V is among the highest-ranking compact SUVs and SUVs with 2 rows. Our analysis of automotive writers’ reviews shows that they appreciate the CR-V's excellent fuel economy and large cargo area. The CR-V also offers comfortable front seats and spacious rear seats. While the engine has adequate power, the CR-V isn't as sporty as some competitors.
The CR-V's starting price (around $24,000) is a little bit above the class average, but it measures up well against both cheaper and more expensive competitors. You may have to pay more for the CR-V to get all the options you want, however, as many of the tech features are only offered on higher trims. Still, even if you opt for the CR-V's top-of-the-line Touring trim and get it fully loaded, the price tag (mid-$30,000s) is lower than that of some class rivals like the Jeep Cherokee. And thanks to the CR-V's above-average reliability and three-year warranty, you won't have to shell out a ton of money to keep it on the road while you own it.
Modern styling gives the CR-V's cabin a pleasing look, but the overall materials quality may not quite measure up to what you'll find in some competitors, like the Ford Escape. The front seats are comfortable, and heated front seats are available to keep you warm on winter mornings.
In some compact SUVs, the rear seats are cramped or confining, but the CR-V has no such issues. There is ample back-seat room for adults, and there is plenty of headroom, even for taller passengers.
Outstanding Cargo Space
The CR-V ensures that you'll have plenty of space for all of your stuff. It provides 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 70.9 cubic space with them folded, which is more than nearly every class rival (only the Toyota RAV4 has higher capacities). That's plenty of space for your vacation luggage, or most anything else you might need to haul, family-wise. The CR-V's low cargo floor means that you won't have any trouble loading items, and there's a power liftgate available.
There are plenty of features to choose from in the CR-V. It comes standard with Bluetooth and Pandora compatibility, allowing music lovers to connect their smartphones and listen to their favorite songs. Those features are options on many other compact SUVs, and many don’t make Pandora available at all.
Available features like a moonroof, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control give a more luxurious feel to the CR-V, although you'll have to step up to at least the EX trim to get some of these features.
The CR-V offers high-end entertainment features as well. Audiophiles will appreciate the satellite radio, HD Radio, and upgraded sound system. There's a 7-inch touch screen to make controlling audio and climate functions easier, and people who travel frequently to unfamiliar areas may want to add the navigation system.
Options, Trims, and Pricing
The CR-V is the most highly rated car in our compact SUV rankings, but its starting price (around $24,000) is only slightly above the class average.
There are five trims in total for the CR-V, all of which have standard front-wheel drive but are available with all-wheel drive for an additional $1,300. If you want many of the available features besides all-wheel drive, you'll have to move up to at least the EX trim, which starts around $26,000. The EX is the lowest trim that offers comfort features like a moonroof and heated front seats.
If you want more high-end tech features like voice-activated navigation, leather upholstery, and automatic climate control, you'll need to move up to the EX-L trim. It starts around $28,500, but note that the navigation package will add another $1,500.
Buyers who want the full suite of driver assistance options will have to spring for the highest trim, the Touring. It has a starting price around $32,000 and includes features like forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The CR-V has a four-cylinder engine that is one of the most fuel-efficient in its class, and it’s mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is a type of automatic. The CR-V gets an estimated 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which are better ratings than almost any other non-hybrid rival. The Mazda CX-5 has similar fuel economy ratings, as does the Nissan Rogue. Acceleration is fairly quick in the CR-V, even with a car full of passengers. However, its overall power isn't that impressive, which could leave you wanting more during highway passing maneuvers.
While class rivals like the Mazda CX-5 offer a sportier driving experience, the CR-V is plenty capable as a daily driver. It has responsive steering and composed handling, giving you confidence in traffic or on winding roads. The ride is pretty smooth over any road condition, but it still transmits a few bumps into the cabin now and then.
Safety and Reliability Summary
The 2016 Honda CR-V has some of the highest safety ratings in the class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the CR-V a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned a rating of Good in all five crash test categories, the highest rating possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CR-V a five-star overall crash test rating.
The CR-V isn't just safe, it's reliable. It has above-average reliability ratings for the class, and should you need it, Honda covers the CR-V with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
The only standard driver assistance feature on the CR-V is a rearview camera, but plenty more are available. On the highway, options like lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and Honda LaneWatch (which is a blind-spot camera system) help you make safe lane changes and stay out of harm's way. In your neighborhood, features like forward collision warning and collision mitigation braking can alert you when something is in your path and even apply the brakes if you don't react in time, potentially helping you avoid a crash.
Other SUVs to Consider
The Mazda CX-5 is arguably the most fun-to-drive vehicle in the class. It has impressive handling abilities and sharp steering that make navigating curvy roads a fun challenge instead of a chore. The CX-5 has good safety ratings, and it's on the short list of cars that get better fuel economy than the CR-V. The interior has an abundance of high-end materials, making it one of the more nicely appointed cabins in the class. Both rows of seats have enough room to fit adults, and the CX-5's infotainment system is incredibly user-friendly.
If you want a comfortable cruiser that costs a few thousand dollars less than the CR-V, then the Hyundai Tucson could be for you. The Tucson's ride is pleasantly quiet and remains smooth even over rough roads. The front seats remain comfortable whether you're on your daily commute or a long road trip, and the rear seats are among the roomiest in the class. The Tucson has more standard features than the CR-V, and it has a lengthy list of available features, including many driver assistance options.
Details: 2016 Honda CR-V
The 2016 Honda CR-V seats five and comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. The CR-V comes in five trims: LX, SE, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The CR-V was redesigned in 2012 and sees no major changes this year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2016 model years.
Standard features in the 2016 CR-V include Bluetooth, a USB port, a four-speaker audio system, Pandora compatibility, and a rearview camera. Available features include a power moonroof, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 7-inch touch screen, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, Honda LaneWatch, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a collision mitigation braking system, which can automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent.
- "Honda's 2016 CR-V seems to excel in every area that means the most to compact-crossover SUV consumers. Detractors will rightly point out that, unlike the Subaru Forester, the CR-V can't really go off-road, and that cutting-edge safety features are only offered on the most expensive trims. But consumers don't seem to mind these slights, and record sales numbers year after year appear to confirm it." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Honda's numerous upgrades to the popular CR-V have resulted in a compact crossover that's better positioned than ever to do battle in this competitive segment. The refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V checks all the boxes for compact-crossover shoppers, and no other competitor offers such a well-rounded package as this more efficient, more refined, and better-equipped CR-V does." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
- "Honda's CR-V is already known for its efficiency and utility and the 2015 CR-V enhances those qualities. The refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V gets a new engine and transmission aimed at further improving efficiency plus new safety, comfort and convenience features. If you're shopping for a top-shelf compact SUV, the CR-V remains one of your best bets." -- Edmunds (2015)
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