2016 CR-V New Car Test Drive
The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV that's space-efficient, fuel-efficient and comfortable. The back seat easily folds down and lifting cargo in is made easier with the CR-V's low floor. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional for all-weather operatioseatn.
Redesigned for 2012, the CR-V was updated for the 2015 model year, acquiring a reworked interior as well as fresh styling. Honda's 2.4-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine makes 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). That combination is EPA-rated at up to 26/33 mpg City/Highway, or 25/31 mpg with all-wheel drive.
The suspension is tuned to yield a softer ride, rather than crisp responses. Steering is even and predictable.
The Honda CR-V competes against the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, and Toyota RAV4. Judged by exterior dimensions, the CR-V qualifies almost as a midsize model. In addition to roominess, passengers can expect a pleasant ride, and even the back seat is impressively comfortable.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given it Good scores on each test. The rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2015 model sunk to four stars in the frontal-impact test, but 2016 testing brought those ratings back up to five stars.
Additional safety benefits come in the form of standard and available features. All trims but the LX model include Honda's clever LaneWatch camera, mounted in the right-hand mirror. Whenever the driver activates the right turn signal, a dashboard display shows the view to the right rear, highlighting the blind spot. It's the kind of feature that should be on every vehicle. Active-safety systems, including lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control, are available, but only for the top-end Touring trim level.
The 2016 Honda CR-V comes in five trim levels: LX, Special Edition, EX, EX-L with leather, and Touring. All-wheel drive ($1,300) is optional.
CR-V LX ($23,745) has power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; rearview camera; four-speaker audio; and 16-inch steel wheels. SE ($24,545) adds privacy glass, a security system, and 17-inch alloy wheels. EX ($25,995) adds LaneWatch, a 10-way power driver's seat, pushbutton start and keyless entry, heated front seats, and a sunroof.
EX-L ($28,445) comes with automatic climate control, leather seat and steering-wheel trim, satellite radio and upgraded audio. EX-L w/Navi ($29,945) has all-wheel drive and navigation.
Touring ($32,095) adds a power tailgate; 18-inch alloy wheels; driver's seat memory; and a package of safety technologies including forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.
Six airbags and a rearview camera are standard.