2016 Honda CR-V Review & Price

2016 Honda CRV – the new SUV coming, and it has been presented a few days ago. Honda’s compact crossover is going strong through its fourth generation, and stronger even after the recent mid-term facelift.  SUVs are one of the most popular types of cars in the world. Every major manufacturer has at least one model in its line up (most of them have 2-3 models) and these cars are significant part of sales every year.

UPDATED HISTORY

UPDATED 10/6/2015:  2016 Honda CR-V doesn’t bring a lot of news, but it does offer a new trim level, or sub-level which slots between the base LX and next in line EX grades. Called a Special Edition (SE), it doesn’t quote as high as some would have expected, but it positions itself where it matters the most as majority of CR-V buyers are likely opting for the similar price range models. Why else would Japanese position it where they did; right?

The Engine range

No matter which CR-V you decide to go with, engine is the same. Every 2016 Honda CR-V is powered by the good old 2.4L 4-cylinder unit which yields 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Every single model gets direct injection and Eco Assist system, together with CVT gearbox. While most of driving fun loss can be credited exactly to the CVT transmission, at least CR-V gets great fuel efficiency out of this.

That is the way which Honda’s engineers have chosen, and numbers add up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. That works for standard front-wheel drive at least, while optional all-wheel drive lowers the numbers to 25/31 mpg.

Design – Inside and Outside look

Design is another one of 2016 Honda CR-V’s solid points, but we wouldn’t give it as high grade as that of engine’s. While Japanese compact crossover exhibits modern cues all over, some would find its overall styling odd, to say the least. While frontal end features all of the modern cues one crossover could, rear end is where things become peculiar. Large tailgate with upward reaching tail-lights isn’t that bad by itself, but thanks to crossovers’ flat and long roofline, the car becomes rather bulky when looked upon from afar.

That same long roofline makes 2016 Honda CR-V one of the most spacious crossovers in the niche. Even without third row of seats, Honda’s compact is able to simply devour 5 passengers and their earthly possessions – plus it features great seat folding mechanism. After the recent facelift, CR-V features more refined cabin with top grades getting leather upholstery and metallic accents. Everything looks solid, but gearbox stick is rather high which might bring those unwanted minivan comparisons to mind. Above mentioned SE trim level gets almost no advantage over the base LX level. There are only tinted windows, 17-inch wheels, two-tone paint job and a security system. Speaking of security and safety, CR-V offers forward collision warning, lane departure warning and collision mitigation braking, but only with top Touring trim.

2016 Honda CR-V Price

Prices for the 2016 Honda CR-V start from $23,595 for front and from $24,895 for all-wheel drive LX models. Mentioned Special Edition costs either $24,395 or $25,695, while the most expensive Touring grade warrants a sticker of at least $31,945. Touring models with all-wheel drive cost at least $33,245, however.

2016 Honda CR-V features a fine combination of engine specs, design and price. It’s well-fitted with features, especially if you decide to go with the upper tiers, and price tag isn’t that high for such a versatile, efficient and spacious crossover.

UPDATED 6/25/2015:

2016 Honda CRV Rumors

When Honda first introduced CR-V it was a really interesting model and it was an instant hit. Reviews were great and customers loved it. The 2016 Honda CR-V is the fourth generation of this popular SUV and, although the Japanese manufacturer did not reinvent the CR-V, this update is very important and should bring lots of changes when it goes on sale.

The 2016 Honda CR-V is not a new car, instead, it is an upgrade to the current model. Most of the changes can be seen on the outside and inside the cabin, while the rest of the car will remain pretty much the same. This is something that Honda did on purpose – the current model is really popular and it is selling really well, and they did not want to change too much something that is doing good.

The interesting thing is that this car has great sales in Asia, Europe and North America and according to survey, people choose it because it is reliable and cheap to buy.

2016 Honda CR-V Redesign

Exterior 2016 Honda CR-V

Since the 2016 Honda CR-V is a facelift of the current model, all the changes on the exterior can be easily spotted. The next generation model will have new grille, new headlights, completely redesigned front bumper and 17-inch alloy wheels, with design that goes great with this car. The back of the car is reserved for new luggage door, which has more elegant design, which fits better than the one on its predecessor.

On the other hand, most of the exterior will remain the same – the wheelbase, the height and the current placement of doors, side skirts and windows.

2016 Honda CR-V front view

Interior – changes

On the inside, the 2016 Honda CR-V will have a new and redesigned dashboard, more oriented to driver, than in the current model. The infotainment system should have integrated Bluetooth and satellite navigation. According to the manufacturer, new materials will be used for the interior and they should make the cabin appear more elegant and comfortable than before.

The major change on the inside will be the amount of features and equipment that will be featured on the base model, which should help the 2016 Honda CR-V stand out from the crowd.

Spy photos from test drive:

The Engine range

Depending on the market, the 2016 Honda CR-V engine offer will vary. CR-V should be offered with 1.6l i-VTEC engine that produces around 118 horsepower, 2.0l i-VTEC engine that produces around 148 horsepower and 2.2l i-VTEC which should produce more horsepower than the 2.0l, but it is yet unknown how much.

More details about performance and features are not available, yet. For now, only spy photos are available, from the test drive.

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2016 Honda CR-V Price

The manufacturer did not announce the price of the fourth generation Honda CR-V, but it is expected to be similar to the price of the current model. The previous edition, 2015 CR-V costs around 24,000 dollars, depeding of the trim levels.

Release date
The latest reports suggest that the 2016 Honda CR-V should be released in the spring of 2016.

Competition: Ford Edge, Toyota Rav4 and Mazda CX-5.

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Summary

When Honda first introduced CR-V it was a really interesting model and it was an instant hit. Reviews were great and customers loved it. The 2016 Honda CR-V is the fourth generation of this popular SUV and, although the Japanese manufacturer did not reinvent the CR-V, this update is very important and should bring lots of changes when it goes on sale.

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