New for 2016

Fresh off a major makeover last year, the 2016 Honda CR-V gets a new SE trim that is positioned above the base LX trim. It adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, a 2-tone finish, and a security system. 

Annoyingly Good

The Honda CR-V is one of those annoying models (for its competitors, that is) that continues to improve year after year. It sports an abundance of quality, and excels in areas that matter most to compact crossover SUV buyers. Available all-wheel drive, cutting-edge safety, and a plush, crowd-pleasing cabin that is fit to do just about any job are but a small number of CR-V high points. And as record sales figures continue to prove, the CR-V’s popularity doesn’t appear to fading anytime soon. 

Performance

The 2016 Honda CR-V is one of the most efficient compact crossover SUVs around. That means you'll spend less time filling up at the pump and more time enjoying all that it has to offer.

The 2016 Honda CR-V is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and borrows some nifty features, like direct injection, from Honda's Earth Dreams family of technologies. The result is 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torquey goodness, making the CR-V more than capable of handling the rough stuff--all while providing a smooth, car-like feel. 

Honda's continued focus on delivering a powerful but efficient ride is perhaps best witnessed with the CR-V's transmission. Mated to the engine is a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) that helps improve gas mileage, and provides smoother acceleration. 

Crossover SUVs aren't typically associated with strong gas mileage, but then again the 2016 Honda CR-V isn't your typical crossover SUV. EPA-estimated fuel economy for front-wheel drive models is 29 mpg combined (26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway),* and 27 mpg combined (25 mpg city, 31 mpg highway) for models with all-wheel drive.* 

Features

The 2016 Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV that starts at an attractive $23,595.** It's available with FWD or AWD and comes in five trim levels: LX, SE, EX, EX-L, and Touring. 

Let's start with the base LX model, which comes with standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink, Pandora® Internet radio compatibility, a multifunction center console storage bin with sliding armrest, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and 16-inch steel wheels, among other useful features.

For 2016, Honda has introduced a Special Edition (SE) trim that includes all the equipment from the LX, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, 2-tone finish, and a security system for added peace of mind. 

Stepping up to the EX model nets a seven-inch Display Audio center-stack screen, LED daytime running lights, and heated front seats with 10-way power adjustment for the driver. A half step beyond that is the EX-L, which adds leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and roof rails, as well as navigation if you specify the EX-L Navi sub-model.

Finally, the top-of-the-line Touring model gets a power tailgate, side-mirror turn signal lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also features several electronic driver aids bundled in the Honda Sensing suite, which debuted on the CR-V last year. 

Design

The 2016 Honda CR-V is one of the most attractive compact crossover SUVs around. The front end features a winning combination of bold grille and sharply styled headlights that seem to borrow more than a little inspiration from the stylish Fit subcompact and the benchmark Accord. That bold face is accented by eye-catching wheel and mirror designs, as well as tall taillights that give the CR-V a distinctive look from behind.

On the inside, the CR-V features a standard multifunction center console, which includes a sliding armrests and rear climate-control vents, while the optional Display Audio screen elevates the standard tech to a new level of sophistication. On the practical side, there’s seating for five with 35.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind them.

Safety

The 2016 CR-V comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, and front, side-curtain, and front-side airbags.

Last year, the CR-V received a serious tech boost. That enhanced capability carries over to 2016, with the CR-V boasting the complete Honda Sensing suite, which is available on the Touring model. This package includes electronic aids like forward collision warning, a collision-mitigation system with automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning.

Verdict 

By now, it should be no secret why the Honda CR-V continues to win over consumers and critics. Its potent mix of style, sophistication, and safety features ensure that it's one of the smartest choices you can make in the crowded crossover SUV segment--and for good reason.

And while words on a screen are a great way to learn about the 2016 Honda CR-V, the complete CR-V experience is truly appreciated behind the wheel.  Contact us at Hall Honda for a test drive.

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $900.00 destination charge and options. 

Image Credit: Honda (Vehicle shown with optional equipment)