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2016 Honda CR-V Review

The 2016 Honda CR-V sits near the top of our compact SUV rankings. It’s one of the most spacious vehicles in the class, offering roomy, comfortable seating and ample cargo room.

Pros & Cons

  • Generous rear-seat legroom
  • Abundant cargo space
  • Very fuel-efficient for the class
  • Not very exciting to drive

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Honda CR-V's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2016 Best Compact SUV for Families award and a finalist for our 2016 Best Compact SUV for the Money award. Currently the Honda CR-V has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Honda CR-V Overview

Is the 2016 Honda CR-V a Good Used SUV?

The Honda CR-V consistently ranks among the best compact SUVs. It's a practical vehicle that meets the needs of a broad range of people. It has plenty of space, good fuel economy estimates, and impressive safety scores. We named it the 2016 Best Compact SUV for Families. Some class rivals offer sportier handling.

Why You Can Trust Us

We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, expert reviews, and ownership costs. We researched and analyzed 59 Honda CR-V reviews to give you a complete picture of its strengths and weaknesses.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept pricey gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside company handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Honda CR-V?

Expect to pay between $18,600 and $29,000 for a used 2016 Honda CR-V. That range is based on more than 2,100 2016 CR-V listings on our site, with the average price sitting at around $23,500. Keep in mind that the mileage, condition, features, and location of a used car affect the price.

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How Much Does the 2016 Honda CR-V Cost to Own?

While you may spend a little more money on the front end to buy a used CR-V, its lower ownership costs mean your monthly expenses should be less than they would be with some other crossover SUVs. Over five years, the average CR-V will cost you about $20,800 in gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. That's about $500 less than estimated ownership costs for the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CR-V?

The 2018 CR-V is part of a different generation than the 2016 model, so there are considerable differences between the two. The 2018 CR-V has a roomier and more stylish interior than the 2016 model. Newly added goodies (like Apple CarPlay) and select active safety systems are available in 2018 models but not 2016s.

The 2018 CR-V also sees performance gains over the 2016 model. Every 2018 CR-V beyond the base model features a turbocharged engine that's noticeably perkier than the naturally aspirated engine from 2016. The 2018 model also brings improved handling, with sharper steering and a more comfortable suspension system.

The catch is the cost. A 2018 CR-V starts at $24,150 – about $5,500 more than the average starting price of a 2016 CR-V – while upper trim levels with the better turbo engine start at $26,950. If you can swing the higher price of the 2018 CR-V, we think you should go for it. However, if that sticker price is too steep for your budget, rest assured knowing that the 2016 CR-V is still a great pick.

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For less than the average price of a used 2016 CR-V, you can buy a new 2018 Hyundai Tucson. This 2-row SUV is an excellent value, thanks in part to its lower-than-average starting price ($22,550), decent reliability projections, and long warranty (longer than a new CR-V's). Thanks to its quality and value, it was a finalist for our 2018 Best Compact SUV for the Money award.

By purchasing a new SUV, you'll get longer warranty coverage than with a used SUV. Car companies also frequently offer cash-back bonuses or low interest rates, which can bring the cost of a new vehicle more in line with what you'll pay for a used SUV.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Honda CR-V?

The 2016 Honda CR-V has an above-average reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Honda CR-V Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2016 CR-V had two recalls. The first relates to the driver's side air bag. The second affects vehicles that may have been built with incorrect pistons and need an engine replacement. Before buying a used CR-V, search by VIN number to see if these recalls affected the vehicle you're considering.

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Which Model Year of the Honda CR-V Is Best?

The 2016 Honda CR-V is part of this SUV's fourth generation, which spans the 2012 through 2016 model years. Every model in this generation earns an overall score of 8.3 (out of 10) or better. That means all are very good SUVs to consider, and you may be able to save money by shopping for an older CR-V. That said, Honda improved the CR-V's handling, suspension, and sound deadening for 2015, so you'll likely be most satisfied with a 2015 or 2016 model in this particular generation.

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Which Used Honda CR-V Model Is Right for Me?

The Honda CR-V has five trims: LX, SE, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The base CR-V LX model comes with Bluetooth and a rearview camera. The SE comes with a security system and 17-inch wheels. The EX adds a moonroof and heated front seats, and the EX-L adds leather upholstery and available navigation. For more driver assistance features, go with the CR-V Touring model; it includes forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, and more. In every model, front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2015 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2019 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the CR-V?

The 2016 Honda CR-V has one of the highest safety ratings in the class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. It earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 CR-V the highest score of Good in all five of its crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick+. Depending on the trim, its headlights received the second-highest rating of Acceptable or the second-lowest rating of Marginal for forward visibility.

The CR-V, like many compact crossovers, comes standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, Honda LaneWatch (a passenger-side blind spot camera), lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a collision mitigation braking system.

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2016 Honda CR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda CR-V or 2016 Honda HR-V?

If you like the Honda CR-V's styling but want it in a smaller, less expensive package, consider the 2016 Honda HR-V, the CR-V's subcompact sibling. The HR-V is less spacious than the CR-V, but it offers more cargo space than its subcompact competitors, and it has especially roomy rear seats. The HR-V's four-cylinder engine is less powerful than the CR-V's, but it delivers outstanding fuel economy estimates of 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway when paired with the available continuously variable automatic transmission. The HR-V's smaller dimensions also make it more fun to drive on curvy roads. However, the HR-V doesn’t offer as many available safety features as the CR-V, and its audio and climate controls are complicated.

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda CR-V or 2016 Mazda CX-5?

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. It offers precise steering, maneuvers around sharp corners with little body roll, and remains comfortable for daily driving. However, the CX-5's base engine has 30 less horsepower than the CR-V's. The Mazda offers better overall performance, but the Honda is more practical for those who need lots of cargo space.

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda CR-V or 2016 Ford Escape?

In terms of performance, the 2016 Ford Escape has more to offer than the Honda CR-V. While both SUVs have modest base engine power, the Escape is available with two turbocharged four-cylinder engines – one delivers excellent fuel economy and the other produces strong acceleration. The Ford Escape also has carlike handling. The Escape comes with voice recognition and is available with a hands-free power liftgate and parallel park assist, which the CR-V doesn’t have. Still, these two finish close in our rankings, so we recommend test-driving both.

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2016 CR-V Performance

How Does the 2016 Honda CR-V Drive?

The CR-V offers a comfortable ride, communicative steering, and confident handling. Its four-cylinder engine (which is mated to a continuously variable transmission, also known as a CVT) gets up to speed quickly and easily. Overall, the CR-V is a capable daily driver, but it lacks the Mazda CX-5’s agility.

Does the 2016 Honda CR-V Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its EPA rating of 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, the CR-V is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in our 2016 affordable compact SUV rankings.

2016 Honda CR-V Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2016 CR-V has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

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2016 CR-V Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 CR-V Seat?

There are five seats in the CR-V. The front seats are comfortable, and the back seats have plenty of head- and legroom for adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Honda CR-V?

The CR-V has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard back seats. The rear middle seat has an upper anchor, a lower anchor, and the ability to borrow one lower anchor from an outboard seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the CR-V's LATCH system a Marginal rating – the second lowest score – for ease of use.

2016 Honda CR-V Features

The Honda CR-V's cabin has a modern look, with a straightforward layout and quality materials. It comes with a competitive number of standard features, including Bluetooth and a rearview camera. Available features include navigation and a 7-inch touch screen.

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2016 Honda CR-V Dimensions

Honda CR-V Cargo Space

At up to 70.9 cubic feet, the CR-V’s cargo capacity is one of the highest in the class.

Honda CR-V Length and Weight

From end to end, the 2016 CR-V measures almost 15 feet long. The base CR-V weighs 3,358 pounds, while AWD Touring trim levels tip the scales at 3,624 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Honda CR-V Built?

Honda built the 2016 CR-Vs in Mexico.

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