2016 Honda CR-V review

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Honda CR-V highlights

Customer rating


  • Exceptional EPA-estimated fuel economy for this type of vehicle
  • Plenty of passenger space in the front and rear


  • Touchscreen control is a bit finicky
  • Some of the interior materials look and feel cheap

Mileage (EPA estimate)

25 city, 31 highway, 27 combined

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2016 Honda CR-V is a top compact crossover SUV pick

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.

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What is new for the 2016 Honda CR-V?

  • The CR-V is available in a new trim called the SE.

2016 Honda CR-V trims

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  • Includes a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming, cloth seats, a multi-angle rearview camera, cruise control, a 160W four-speaker sound system, and more.

  • View all Honda CR-V LXs in stock





5 reasons to buy the 2016 Honda CR-V

1. Comfortable interior

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When taking family or friends out on the road, comfortable seats and a spacious interior can make a big difference. The 2016 Honda CR-V has soft, couch-like cloth seats in the LX, SE, and EX trims. Heated front seats (EX, EX-L, and Touring) help you stay warm on cold days, and dual-zone automatic climate control (EX-L and Touring) keeps the cabin at just the right temperature. Leather seating (EX-L and Touring) and driver's seat memory (Touring) add a touch of luxury.

2. Five feature-packed trims

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There's a 2016 Honda CR-V for every budget, thanks to five different trims. Depending on the features you want, pick from the LX, SE, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. The base-model 2016 Honda CR-V LX has Bluetooth® connectivity, cruise control, and a 160W four-speaker sound system. The trim-topping Touring offers premium features like leather seating, a power tailgate, and adaptive cruise control. The 2016 Honda CR-V EX sits in the middle, offering an attractive blend of tech and features.

3. Useful tech

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The 2016 Honda CR-V Touring is equipped with a suite of driver aids called Honda Sensing®. This suite includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and lane-departure warning. Forward collision mitigation braking sounds an alarm and applies the brakes to help avoid a potential collision. Plus, every 2016 Honda CR-V model comes with a multi-angle rearview camera.

4. Go farther between fill-ups

2016 Honda CR-V Review: Engine | CarMax

A 185-hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine and CVT power every 2016 Honda CR-V. That's more than enough power for around-town driving and highway cruising. But you can expect to stretch trips to the pump in the FWD 2016 Honda CR-V, with an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway.

When you include the EPA-estimated 26 mpg city, the FWD 2016 Honda CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.

5. Flexible cargo space

2016 Honda CR-V Review: Cargo | CarMax

Being able to adapt to real life is one of the 2016 Honda CR-V's strengths. There's an impressive 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats—more than enough for a trip to the furniture store. You can use the 60/40 split-folding rear seats to customize the cargo space while keeping some seating in the rear. Finally, the 37.2 cubic feet of storage in the trunk can handle daily trips to the grocery store, day trips, and other adventures with ease.

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Built to conquer everyday life, the Toyota RAV4 is packed with the functional space and features you want. Every 2017-2018 Toyota RAV4 has a suite of driver-assistance features and Entune audio. In addition, a kick-activated tailgate is available on the Limited and Platinum trims. If you want the best traction in a variety of conditions, choose a model with AWD.

Standard features on the 2017-2018 Toyota RAV4 include:

  • Suite of driver aids

  • Rearview camera

  • Automatic high beams

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2016 Honda CR-V has great fuel economy and cargo room.

RepairPal gave the Honda CR-V an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Honda CR-V 6th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Honda CR-V features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.3"/R 38.3"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 38.6"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



2016 Honda CR-V FAQ

More about the 2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V Review: Top Colors | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Alabaster Silver Metallic

  • Basque Red Pearl II

  • Copper Sunset Pearl

  • Crystal Black Pearl

  • Kona Coffee Metallic

  • Modern Steel Metallic

  • Mountain Air Metallic

  • Obsidian Blue Pearl

  • Urban Titanium Metallic

  • White Diamond Pearl

Interior colors:

  • Beige

  • Black

  • Gray

Interior details

A functional and comfortable interior awaits you in the 2016 Honda CR-V. Cloth seating with support for long trips comes in the LX, SE, and EX trims, while soft leather-trimmed seats add a luxurious touch to the EX-L and Touring trims. In addition, there's up to 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats provide flexible cargo configurations. Finally, heated front seats (EX, EX-L, and Touring) will keep you warm on cold morning starts.

Child seat details

There are three positions for child seats in the 2016 Honda CR-V's second-row seats. In addition, you'll find two upper and lower anchor sets on the outside positions. These anchors are compatible with LATCH-style forward and reverse-facing child seats. Because the lower anchors sit lower in the seats, they may be challenging to locate and use. However, connecting a child seat doesn't take much force, which should help make installation easier. While you can use the middle position with a LATCH-compatible child seat, there aren't enough lower anchors for three at the same time.


Powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that makes 185 hp, the 2016 Honda CR-V uses a CVT to get smooth acceleration without the feeling of shifts between gears. The engine provides enough power for a full load and an estimated 1,500 lbs of towing capacity, when properly equipped.

The AWD 2016 Honda CR-V hustles from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds (according the manufacturer, when new)—a quick time for an SUV.


According to EPA estimates, the 2016 Honda CR-V's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 309 grams per mile on FWD models and 326 grams per mile on AWD models.

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