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2016 Honda Cr-v
Select a Different Model (12 Available): EX 2WD
Fair Market Price $ 18376
MPG (EPA) 26 CTY /32 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 37/71 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2016 Honda CR-V MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Smooth CVT
  • High safety scores
  • Great value

You Won't Like

  • Lacks a volume knob
  • Aged navigation system
  • Only one engine option

New for 2016

Honda adds a new Special Edition (SE) trim with 17-inch wheels that slots right after the base LX trim. Preparing for the redesigned 2017 model, Honda kept the changes simple for this model year.

Vehicle Summary

The CR-V is positioned right in the middle of Honda's SUV lineup after the HR-V but before the Pilot in both size and price.

Overview

The 2016 Honda CR-V comes equipped with a 2.4-liter I-4 engine that churns out 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to a continuously variable transmission. The compact SUV delivers 25/31 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive and 26/32 for the front-wheel drive model. In Motor Trend testing, the 3,591-pound 2015 Honda CR-V AWD hit 60 mph in a respectable 8.5 seconds.

The CR-V has a generous amount of optional features that include a power tailgate, power moonroof, Smart Entry (unlock the doors without using your key fob), leather-trimmed seats, 10-way power driver's seat, push-button start, 7-inch touchscreen display, 18-inch wheels, and dual-zone climate control. A 7-speaker 328-watt sounds system, satellite radio, navigation, LED daytime running lights, rearview camera, Honda Lane Watch (a rear-facing camera mounted on the passenger side-view mirror), and Pandora compatibility are additional available features. The 2016 CR-V comes available with a long list of accessories and some include various rooftop attachments (ski, snowboard, surfboard, bike, and kayak attachments), backup sensors, and a remote engine start system.

Safety

The IIHS awarded the 2016 Honda CR-V the institution's highest honor of Top Safety Pick+ for 2016 for receiving the highest score of "Good" in all crash evaluations (small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats) and the highest score of "Superior" for the front crash prevention evaluation. The CR-V received the highest score by avoiding a 12 mph collision and reducing the speed of a 25 mph collision by 21 mph with the available automatic braking feature. If you'd like your CR-V to perform the same way make sure you order the optional Collision Mitigation Braking system that is part of the Honda Sensing suite of driver assist technologies. Honda Sensing also includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist system, adaptive cruise control, and Forward Collision Warning. The NHTSA issued the highest score of five stars for the SUV's overall rating.

What We Think

In a First Test review of the refreshed-for-2015 CR-V AWD, we appreciated the new extra power and acceleration, smoothness of the CVT, and the improved ride, handling, and stopping power. "It's good to see Honda stepping up to invest so much expense and effort in a mid-cycle refresh when there appears to be no compelling sales reason to do so — the CR-V remains the top-selling vehicle in its class and ranks as the best-selling entry CUV of all time."

The Honda CR-V was awarded the 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year out of 19 individual contenders and 30 total vehicles, we said, "After two hours of contentious debate, the CR-V's stellar value, engineering, and safety features combined with the cheerful way it performs its intended functions earned Honda the win." "A careful rework of a best-seller, executed with typical Honda thoughtfulness."

"The CR-V isn't the most fun to drive, most efficient, or most feature-rich car in its segment, but very few five-seat crossovers do as many things as well as this Honda. It's not perfect, but even in the second half of its life, the CR-V is worth considering for most buyers," we said after our one-year long-term review of the SUV. Small gripes include the lack of a volume knob and the aged navigation system.

Cool Fact

When you floor the CR-V, it doesn't waste time going through fake gear ratios like other CVTs do; the transmission goes straight for peak power.

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2016 HONDA CR-V SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter Earth Dreams Technology™
Transmission Name
Transmission, Continuously Variable Automatic Mode Select
Trim
EX 2WD
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
185@6400
Standard MPG
26/32
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter Earth Dreams Technology™

Std Std

Transmission, Continuously Variable Automatic Mode Select

Std Std

Exterior Color, Obsidian Blue Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Mountain Air Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, White Diamond Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Alabaster Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Crystal Black Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Modern Steel Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Basque Red Pearl II

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Urban Titanium Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Kona Coffee Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Copper Sunset Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bike Attachment-Roof Mount (Dealer)

Opt $679

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cargo Tray (Dealer)

Opt $114

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Entertainment Display Screen

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Cargo Net (Dealer)

Opt $51

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Engine Start System II (Dealer)

Opt $399

Ski Attachment (Dealer)

Opt $631

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Handsfreelink, with Phone

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 5.048

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 15.3 Gallon

Std Std

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Short Roof Box (Dealer)

Opt $989

Body Side Molding (Dealer)

Opt $225

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Chrome Exhaust Finisher (Dealer)

Opt $51

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Edge Film (Dealer)

Opt $47

Door Edge Guards (Dealer)

Opt $84

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Sill Trim - Illuminated (Dealer)

Opt $365

Running Boards - Full-Size (Dealer)

Opt $564

Kayak Attachment (Dealer)

Opt $666

Running Boards - Multi-Width (Dealer)

Opt $478

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [SGS] Splash Guard Set (Dealer)
Std Std

Nose Mask (Dealer)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [HAD] Hood Air Deflector (Dealer)
Opt $167

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Rear Bumper Appliqué (Dealer)

Opt $71

Roof Rails (Dealer)

Opt $491

Splash Guard Set (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
Opt $104

Snowboard Attachment (Dealer)

Opt $637

Sunroof, Glass Power

Std Std

Surfboard Attachment (Dealer)

Opt $570

Tailgate Spoiler (Dealer)

Opt $296

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Crossbars (Dealer)

Opt $721

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Floor Mats, All-Season (Dealer)

Opt $143

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Door Visors (Dealer)

Opt $184

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Console; Doors And Instrument Panel

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

LED Lights

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Automatic-Dimming Mirror (Dealer)

Opt $323

Body-color driver and passenger power door mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Cargo Liner (Dealer)

Opt $202

Cargo Organizer (Dealer)

Opt $78

Hood Air Deflector (Dealer)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [NSM] Nose Mask (Dealer)
Opt $172

Moonroof Visor (Dealer)

Opt $152

Tent (Dealer)

Opt $382

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Back-Up Sensors (Dealer)

Opt $530

First-Aid Kit (Dealer)

Opt $30

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Lanewatch™

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Multi-Angle Rear View Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Black Fabric Cloth

N/C N/C

Driver Seat, 10-Way Power Heated Bucket; Passenger Seat, Heated Bucket

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Gray Fabric Cloth

N/C N/C

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Rear Seat Covers (Dealer)

Opt $239

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Antenna

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P225/65TR17 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 17-Inch 10-Spoke Alloy (Dealer)

Opt $1516

Wheels, 17" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std

Wheel Locks (Dealer)

Opt $56
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4