After a sizable refresh for 2015, the Honda CR-V is unchanged for the 2016 model year. This compact crossover SUV certainly isn't flashy, but its pragmatic mix of qualities puts it near the top of the pile among stiff competition. A Mazda CX-5 or Ford Edge offers a better, more engaging drive, while Toyota's RAV4 has a more stylish interior, but the CR-V counters with loads of passenger and luggage space for five people, great EPA-estimated fuel economy, a smooth, refined drive, and ample standard equipment even in its entry-level model. The only real criticisms with the CR-V are the lack of engine choices, a less-than-perfect touchscreen interface, and no option for a third row of seats if you have a big family.
All CR-Vs are powered by a 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission that drives the front wheels as standard, with all-wheel drive as an option. Overall, the Honda CR-V offers a smooth drive that's pleasingly agile for a compact crossover SUV. Passenger space is superb, as is the trunk capacity, but the interior, while sturdy, feels a little cheap in places. The CR-V is a great all-rounder for family buyers that’swell worth your consideration.