These popular SUVs go head-to-head.
Since its initial debut in North America in 1997, the Honda CR-V has been a customer favorite in the compact SUV class. If you've been considering a used crossover SUV for your next vehicle purchase, the CR-V as a great option. When it comes to model years, both the 2016 and 2017 CR-Vs are popular due to their ample standard features and available configurations.
Not sure whether the 2016 or 2017 CR-V is right for you? Our comparison of the Honda CR-V 2016 vs. 2017 can help you get a better idea of the pricing, features, safety ratings, and more offered in each model year.
2016 Honda CR-V Overview
There wasn't much in the way of 2016 Honda CR-V changes when compared to previous model years, although this year did see the introduction of a new Special Edition (SE) configuration.
2016 Honda CR-V Configurations
The 2016 Honda CR-V is available in five configurations:
Standard features on the base LX include:
- 16-inch wheels
- rearview camera
- Bluetooth® connectivity
- full power accessories
Upgrading to the top-of-the-line Touring configuration adds features like a convenient power liftgate, driver seat memory settings, roof rails, leather upholstery, and more.
The average price for 2016 Honda CR-Vs, based on inventory at CarMax locations in September 2018, is less than $24,000.1
From a powertrain standpoint, the 2016 Honda CR-V comes equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine on all of its trims, along with a continuously variable transmission. You also have the option of upgrading to all-wheel drive on any configuration. In all trims, the 2016 CR-V is able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, which is a little faster than many other vehicles in its class.
Fuel Economy: What Can You Expect?
Fuel economy is important for most people buying a compact SUV these days, and the 2016 CR-V delivers. Specifically, the 2016 CR-V base LX with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive gets an estimated 29 mpg combined (26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway).2 Opt for all-wheel drive and your fuel economy will suffer slightly at an estimated 27 mpg combined (25 city and 31 highway).2
Some entertainment features come standard on the 2016 CR-V base LX configuration, including a four-speaker sound system with AUX port, as well as Pandora® and Internet radio capabilities. This vehicle is also equipped with a standard CD player and USB port, as well as Bluetooth connectivity for easy streaming and hands-free calls.
Upgrading to the EX trim will get you some additional entertainment features, including a larger seven-inch touchscreen display and Honda's own smartphone integration system, HondaLink™. This configuration also boasts an upgraded seven-speaker sound system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2016 Honda CR-V an overall safety rating of five stars. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.
2017 Honda CR-V Overview
There was a 2017 CRV redesign for this model year, with substantial changes including a new engine option and a completely redone interior. It is also worth noting that the 2017 Honda CR-V ground clearance is 1.5 inches higher than the 2016 model year, making it a better option for off-roading.
These upgrades and more made for a highly anticipated 2017 Honda CR-V release date in December of 2016.
2017 Honda CR-V Configurations
This model year saw the removal of one of the previous model year's configurations, the SE. The 2017 CR-V is available in four configurations:
When compared to the 2016 CR-V, standard features on the base configuration are almost identical. As you upgrade to other configurations, however, you'll see more available features not offered in the 2016, such as:
- programmable power liftgate
- dual chrome exhaust
- ambient interior mood lighting
The average price for 2017 Honda CR-Vs, based on inventory at CarMax locations in September 2018, is less than $28,000.1
Like the 2016 CR-V, the 2017 CR-V comes with a standard 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine on all configurations. Unlike the 2016, however, the 2017 CR-V also has an optional turbocharged 1.5-liter engine in its EX and above configurations. Both powertrains are available in driver's choice of front-wheel (standard) or all-wheel drive.
Fuel Economy: What Can You Expect?
In its base EX configuration with 2.4-liter engine with front-wheel drive, the 2017 CR-V gets an estimated 28 mpg combined (26 city and 32 highway).2 This is actually a slight decrease compared to the same configuration in the 2016 model year. Upgrade to the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine in any configuration, however, and you'll enjoy an estimated 30 mpg combined (28 city and 34 highway).2
The 2016 and 2017 CR-V offer similar entertainment features, including standard features such as a four-speaker sound system and Bluetooth connectivity. Upgrading to the EX configuration will add a 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, as well as available satellite radio.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2017 Honda CR-V an overall safety rating of five stars. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.
The Bottom Line
Both the 2016 and 2017 Honda CR-V are excellent choices when you're shopping for a used crossover vehicle. If you're looking for a little more power behind the wheel or a sleeker and sportier design, you might opt for a 2017 CR-V with a turbocharged engine. Otherwise, the 2016 CR-V may suit your needs at a potentially lower price.
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1Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Unless stated otherwise, fuel economy figures are for vehicles with automatic transmissions.Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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