Honda’s entry-level crossover just received mid-cycle refreshment in its design which is bound to extend its fourth generation for at least a year or so. 2016 Honda CR-V will be carried over and it is really hard to imagine which changes if any, Japanese manufacturer plans for it.
Styling – Inside and Outside look
CR-V is looking good, especially now after the aforementioned update. Generally smiling front end fascia features nicely designed inverted grille and lower air intake with chrome-bound laid-back headlamps. It’s a nice view looking it from the side as well, but even though thick C-pillars look good, they clearly limit outward rear visibility. Around the back, 2016 Honda CR-V fits tail-lights which stretch all the way to the roof, while bumper at the bottom is quite slim thanks to the large tailgate.
This is one of the most spacious crossovers in its niche. Even though it’s a compact, it easily accommodates five passengers and plenty of their cargo as well. Leather-trimmed seats are standard in top couple of grades, while heated front seats are only unavailable in entry-level models. Steering wheel is wrapped in leather too, the same way seats are, and top grades even offer some wood grain accents instead of basic metallic ones. Center console has a shifter mounted upon it and offers dual screens. 7-inch touch screen display is responsible for infotainment purposes and sits below, while upper one serves as a multi-information display.
Navigation system, voice recognition and Honda HD digital traffic are optional with EX-L models and standard with top Touring ones. HD radio comes with navigation package, while Bluetooth, USB port and auxiliary jack input are standard across the lineup. All models include front, front-seat side and side-curtain airbags, together with stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Rearview camera is also standard across the board, while lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and collision-mitigation braking system come exclusively with top Touring model.
Under the Hood
With that said, it is clear that CR-V will once again be offered in four available grades: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. These trim levels might not share refinement and available features, but they still come with the same powertrain. 2.4L I-4 engine puts up 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque and is tied to a CVT transmission. Even though it is a compact, CR-V offers both front and all-wheel drive, latter one as an option.
2016 Honda CR-V MPG and Price
Fuel economy ratings are more than satisfying as all front-wheel drive models are rated at 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive doesn’t do a lot of damage, lowering both categories only by a single point. Base LX model is available from $23,320, while Touring CR-V costs $31,520 and all-wheel upgrade costs only $1,250.
2016 Honda CR-V is a nice-looking spacious compact crossover with very advanced safety equipment for its class, especially in its top grade. It is highly fuel-efficient and as that, a fine choice for small families that want to save on gas, but still pack a lot of stuff in their ute.