2016 Honda CR-V

MSRP $23,745 - $33,395

Ranked #9 in Suv

8.1

Overall Rating

2016 Honda CR-V Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 2021

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The Honda CR-V was updated last year in 2015 and received a new more modern interior along with a cleaner front and rear fascia. The dash of the car is now simpler however, the infotainment can be slow to respond. For 2016 MY, the CR-V has only one single option of 2.4L inline-4 engine that is coupled to a CVT transmission and it delivers an impressive blend of performance and efficiency.

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Pros

Commodious cabin

Ample Cargo Space

Par-excellence fuel efficiency

Cons

Detached driving capabilities

Lackluster infotainment system

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23745

bodystyle

4dr Crossover

passenger capacity

5

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

181 ft-lbs. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

11.7/12 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

103.1 in.

length

179.4 in.

width

71.6 in.

height

64.7 in.

curb weight

3358 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

70.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 @ 88 mph sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26 mpg/29 mpg/33 mpg mpg

highway range

504.9 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$23,745 onwards

SE$24,545 onwards

EX$25,995 onwards

EX-L$28,445 onwards

Touring$32,095 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Honda CR-V in Basque Red Pearl II color
Basque Red Pearl II

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.7

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.6

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The 2016 CR-V falls into a niche segment midsize SUVs that bear an affordable price considering the space and performance they have to offer. Priced at $23,745 for its base variant, Honda allows the SUV to continue. Consequently, it is still an enticing package that lacks engagement when driven. Considering its price, it falls in the similar segment that houses the Ford Escape, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Kia Sportage.


7.5/10
Features

7.7/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.6/10
Safety


2016 Honda CR-V Features

7.5/10

The 2016 Honda CR-V is offered in five trims with only the option of a 2.4L inline-4 engine. Each trim provides an option to choose from an FWD and AWD setup. As standard, it comes equipped with features like 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, and air conditioning. It falls in a price range that extends from a little under the $24,000 mark to a little over the $33,000 mark.

Trims

LX

SE

EX

EX-L

Touring

MSRP

$23,745

$24,545

$25,995

$28,445

$32,095

MSRP

$25,045

$25,845

$27,295

$29,745

$33,395

Key Features

Hill-start assist

Adds to or retains features of LX

Adds to or retains features of SE

Adds to or retains features of EX

Adds to or retains features of EX-L

 

Multi-angle rearview camera

17-inch alloy wheels

Power moonroof with tilt feature

Heated side mirrors

Power tailgate

 

Daytime Running Lights

Rear privacy glass

Push-button start

Dual-zone automatic climate control system

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Remote entry

Security system

Automatic headlights

Leather-trimmed interior

Driver's seat with two-position memory

 

Cruise control

Cruise control

Driver's seat with 10-way power adjustment including power lumbar support

328-watt premium audio system with 7 speakers, including subwoofer

HD Radio

 

Tilt and telescopic steering column

Tilt and telescopic steering column

Heated front seats

Roof Rails

18-inch alloy wheels

We Recommend

The 2016 Honda CR-V EX-L trim is the go-to option amongst the list of trims. It combines all base features from the LX, SE, and EX trims and adds to the features like leather upholstery, satellite radio, and an improved speaker system. We further suggest opting for the AWD option as it works seamlessly well with the CVT setup and allowing for all-season and all-terrain drivability.

2016 Honda CR-V Engine and Performance

7.7/10

The only engine on the 2016 Honda CR-V is of a 2.4L inline-4 that generates 185 horsepower along with 181lb.-ft of torque through a CVT transmission. The power delivery is smooth like butter which gives it a comfortable and plush ride quality. The acceleration is quite impressive for its class as it takes 8.3 seconds to reach 60mph and can complete a quarter-mile run in 16.6 seconds.

Models

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mitsubishi Outlander

Kia Sportage

MSRP

$23,845

$23,590

$22,995

$22,150

Engine

2.4L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

2.4L inline-4

2.4L inline-4

Transmission

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Horsepower

185 hp

168 hp

166 hp

182 hp

Torque (lb.-ft)

181 ft-lbs

170 ft-lbs

162 ft-lbs

177 ft-lbs

0-60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.2 sec

9.2 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter mile

16.6

16.9 sec

17.2 sec

16.8 sec

Top Speed (mph)

130 MPH

N/A

110 MPH

115 MPH

In comparison, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is the only other SUV in the segment that makes use of a CVT unit. While the Honda is the most powerful engine option on offer, the 2016 Kia Sportage is the closest competitor that produces 182hp and 177lb.-ft of torque. It can complete a 60mph run and quarter-mile sprint in 8.8 and 16.8 seconds, respectively. On the other hand, the 2016 Ford Escape and 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander produce lower outputs and are at least half a second slower than their rivals.

2016 Honda CR-V Fuel Economy

9.0/10

According to the EPA, the 2016 Honda CR-V can do 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined which makes it the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class thanks to the highly efficient 2.4L engine and the CVT transmission. It gets equipped with a 15.3-gallons that helps it to cover 398 and 505 miles in the city and on the highway, respectively.

Models

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mitsubishi Outlander

Kia Sportage

MPG (city)

26

22

25

21

MPG (highway)

33

31

31

28

MPG (combined)

29

25

27

24

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

15.3

15.5

16.6

15.3

Range (miles)

398/505 miles

341/481 miles

415/514.6 miles

321/428 miles

When compared to its rivals, all three contemporary SUVs, the Ford, Mitsubishi, and Kia manage lower efficiencies of 25, 27, and 24 MPG, respectively. While the range covered is lower on the 2016 Escape and Sportage, the 2016 Outlander manages 415/514.6 miles in the city and on the highway, thanks to its voluminous 16.6-gallons fuel tank.

2016 Honda CR-V Interior

8.0/10

The 2016 Honda CR-V sets a standard for interiors in the segment of crossovers. It is one of the most comfortable, simplistic, and user-friendly cabins with everything laid out perfectly. It masks external noise with great aplomb, making it a tranquil proposition. Our only complaint is that the dash design looks immensely minimalistic and might not be as per traditional buyers’ liking. 

The 2016 Honda CR-V can seat five passengers only. The seats are extremely comfortable and are suitable even for long drives. There is ample legroom on offer with rows and even cargo space is also best in class at 37.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats and 70.9 cubic feet of cargo volume if the rear seats are folded.

Models

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mitsubishi Outlander

Kia Sportage

Passenger capacity

5

5

7

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.9/56.0/43.1

40.6/56.6/40.9

39.1/56.7/41.4

Second (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

38.6/56.4/38.3

39.0/55.3/36.8

38.4/56.1/37.3

38.5/55.1/37.9

Third (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity to 3rd row (cu.-ft)

N/A

N/A

10.3

N/A

Cargo Capacity to 2nd row (cu.-ft)

37.2

34.3

34.2

26.1

Cargo Capacity to 1st row(cu.-ft)

70.9

67.8

63.3

54.6

In comparison, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is the only SUV in the segment that can seat seven passengers. However, its additional row of seating does cut into the cargo space with it managing a maximum cargo capacity of 63.3 cubic feet. While the Ford Escape and Kia Sportage have proportionated space for both rows, they fall short due to their trunk volumes of 67.8 and 54.6 cubic feet, respectively.

 Some of the interior features include:

  • Steering Mounted Controls
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Entry
  • Cloth/Leather Upholstery
  • 60:40 split-folding and reclining rear seats

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2016 Honda CR-V?

While the infotainment system on offer with the 2016 Honda CR-V comes equipped with a decent number of features, it lacks the intuitiveness and is complex in its usage. Even from the base variant, the SUV hosts specifications like Bluetooth Connectivity, CD Player, and USB Connection. Some other infotainment features include:

  • 4-speaker sound system
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • MP3 Player
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Satellite Radio
  • Smart Device Integration

2016 Honda CR-V Exterior

8.0/10

The exterior design of the 2016 CR-V resembles the Honda Pilot from some angles and looks quite elegant. The front grille looks futuristic and clean and it does not look like a traditional SUV from any angle which some people may not like. The rear fascia is cleverly designed as it does a great job in hiding the sheer massive size of the tail which is the reason why the cabin is so humungous.

Overall, the design is elegant and tasteful and suits the family-friendly nature of the 2016 Honda CR-V. It is one of the larger SUVs in the segment but is also relatively heavier weighing 3,358 lbs. It is 179.4 inches long, 71.6 inches wide, and 64.7 inches tall. However, it sports the lowest clearance from the ground and has the shortest wheelbase measuring 6.3 and 103.1 inches, respectively.

Models

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mitsubishi Outlander

Kia Sportage

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,358

3,598

3,318

3,280

Length (in.)

179.4

178.1

184.8

174.8

Width (in.)

71.6

72.4

71.3

73.0

Height (in.)

64.7

66.1

66.1

64.4

Ground clearance (in.)

6.3

7.9

8.5

6.8

Wheelbase (in)

103.1

105.9

105.1

103.9

The 2016 Ford Escape is the heaviest SUV in the segment weighing 3.598 lbs, while the Kia Sportage is the lightest having a curb weight of 3,280 lbs. While the Escape also sports the longest wheelbase of 105.9 inches and the Sportage is the widest, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is the longest SUV measuring 184.8 inches, and also has a best-in-class ground clearance of 8.5 inches.

Some of its salient exterior features include:

  • 16/17/18-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome Lining
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Fog Lamps
  • Rear Spoiler

2016 Honda CR-V Safety

8.6/10

The 2016 Honda CR-V is one of the highest-rated SUVs in the segment when safety is concerned. It receives 5-stars in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and also receives top-notch ratings by IIHS. It makes use of a 4-wheel ABS and 4-wheel disc brake system to improve its capabilities. Some of its other safety features include:

  • Blind Spot Information (BSI) system
  • Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Auto High-Beam System (AHB)
  • Driver Attention Monitor
  • Traction and Stability Control

2016 Honda CR-V Final Verdict

The 2016 Honda CR-V may not be the fastest and the best handling vehicle but it surely is one of the most user-friendly and practical SUVs you can buy. Currently, it provides best-in-class cabin space and cargo capacity alongside unparalleled fuel economy. However, it does have its flaws, one of them being its slow-to-respond infotainment system and the simplistic dash design. But the CR-V succeeds in providing the best value for the amount paid, making it an unquestioned choice.