The 2016 Honda CR-V is one of the most popular compact crossovers in the United States, partly because of its expertly designed interior. With prices starting at around $24800, the 2016 Honda CR-V is a great option for those looking for a comfortable and practical crossover. There are no major changes in the 2016 CR-V, except, a new Special Edition (SE) trim with 17-inch wheels that slot right after the base LX trim. The 2016 CR-V's interior has a generous 104.1 cubic feet of passenger volume that haul five passengers and a big cargo dimension rated at 71 cubic feet of volume. The CR-V also offers a host of comfort features to let you enjoy your drive. Inside the four CR-V trims, the cabin amenities go from basic to luxurious. Some key interior features available on the 2016 Honda CR-V include a power tailgate, leather-trimmed interior seats, a 10-way power driver's seat, a push-button start, a 7-inch touchscreen display, 18-inch wheels, and dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, and Honda Lane Watch.
However, the downside of the 2016 Honda CR-V is that the car hasn’t been upgraded or tweaked all that much for the last 4 years. As a result, the CR-V's interior seems dated from the newly designed crossover SUVs in the class. The CR-V tries hard to keep up with its competition with a strong value statement, strong fuel economy ratings, and a capacious interior loaded with a generous amount of standard features. Practicality and reliability have been the hallmark of this brand and particularly this vehicle. In its price bracket, the Honda CR-V competes with the 2016 Toyota RAV4, 2016 Subaru Forester, and 2016 Chevrolet Equinox. Honda introduced the CR-V back in 1997, much before the craze for crossovers kicked in and since then it has been selling like hotcakes.
"The 2016 CR-V’s interior strikes us as entirely functional without being boring and completely modern without being weird, and that’s a nice blend, day-in, and day-out." - Kbb.com
2016 Honda CR-V Interior Design, Dimensions, and Comfort
Step inside the 2016 Honda CR-V and you’ll find a familiar overall design and styling with a big 7-inch Display Audio System, upgraded trim and textures, a large center console, and rear A/C vents. While the cabin is practical and functional, the CR-V's interior design feels a bit dated and boring. The gray, black and beige color interior palette goes well in contrast with the premium exterior paint options. The layout of the dashboard also looks dull with plenty of hard plastics in the base LX trim. That being said, the quality of materials, fit and finish are decent. But when it comes to overall passenger space and comfort, the 2016 CR-V doesn’t disappoint.
The 2016 CR-V can carry 5 adults in two rows of seating - with no passenger feeling fatigued or cramped at all even on long journeys. The front seats are supportive and offer adequate adjustability. The rear passengers will enjoy the plenty of room in the rear seat that easily folds down to flat for hauling the bigger loads. There’s ample head and legroom on both the rows. The seats are also quite comfortable and they hold you well in place.
Coming to the features, as standard, you get cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats with driver seat height adjustment, and a 60/40-split-folding and reclining rear bench seat. But as you move up the trim ladder, you will get leather upholstery, an 8-way power driver seat with 2-way power lumbar support, and heated front seats for more convenience and comfort.
2016 Honda CR-V
2016 Toyota RAV4
2016 Subaru Forester
2016 Chevrolet Equinox
Interior Passenger Volume (ft³)
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
The refreshed 2016 Subaru Forester has the most spacious cabin in the competition. The Forester offers better space than the CR-V does and it also feels quite fresh and upscale on the inside after the refresh. The Chevy Equinox on the other hand has the least passenger space on offer while the RAV4 offers slightly more space than the latter. However, we found the CR-V’s interior design outdated compared to all the others in the segment. The interior needs an extensive upgrade to keep up with its competition, slated to be redesigned for the 2017 model year.
2016 Honda CR-V Infotainment Features
The base 2016 CR-V doesn’t get as many standard infotainment features but moving to EX and above adds more high-tech amenities. The LX comes with a 4-speaker, 160-watt audio system, AM/FM radio, CD player, USB port, auxiliary audio jack, and Pandora Internet radio compatibility. Stepping up to the CR-V EX gets a bigger 7-inch touchscreen with HondaLink smartphone app integration and a 6-speaker audio system. The EX-L trim adds a 328-watt, 7-speaker audio system along with a subwoofer and satellite radio. The top-spec 2016 CR-V Touring adds a navigation system and HD radio apart from the above.
The base infotainment setup is pretty barebones like the ones you can find in a pickup truck but the 7-inch touchscreen unit is really intuitive and nice to use. But again, other vehicles in the competition do offer better infotainment systems and features.
Key Infotainment Features
7-inch touchscreen with HondaLink smartphone app integration
The 2016 Honda CR-V clearly scores big in terms of practicality. It has the highest cargo capacity in the segment behind the second row. But when the second row is down, the Forester has the highest amount of luggage space in the competition at 74.7 cubic feet. The Chevy Equinox has the lowest cargo on offer in the competition.
Additional Interior Storage Spaces
Honda hasn’t created any smart storage spaces on the inside. There’s an average-sized glovebox at the front and there are two cupholders in the center console. There's a storage cubby below the front center armrest and large pockets on all 4 doors. At the back, the center seat folds down as an armrest and the armrest has two cup holders for the rear passengers to store their drinks.
2016 Honda CR-V Interior Features and Creature Comforts
The base 2016 CR-V's interior is bare-bones in terms of standard interior features - the cabin features manually adjustable seats, manual air-conditioning, 60/40-split-folding and reclining rear seat, and cloth-fabric upholstery. The new CR-V SE trim adds rear privacy glass and a security system. The CR-V EX's interior adds a sunroof, retractable cargo cover, keyless entry and ignition, 8-way power driver seat, and heated front seats.
The EX-L trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and leather upholstery. The 2016 CR-V Touring's interior adds features like a power liftgate and driver-seat memory settings. So, if you crave a feature-rich car, the top-trim level is the one to go for.
2016 Honda CR-V Interior Verdict
The 2016 Honda CR-V may seem like a comfortable and practical vehicle but it is actually a bit dated. Yes, it does get a few luxurious features inside the CR-V's top trim level. However, the 2016 CR-V is as accomodating and functional as always but the 2017 CR-V's redesigned interior is bigger, more loaded and premium.