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2016 Honda CR-V Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Honda CR-V was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2016 Honda CR-V’s interior looks contemporary, according to critics. Some say the materials are of good quality, but others find the cabin’s look busy and not up to the level of refinement in some competitors. Reviewers say the cabin is roomy and the seats are comfortable, and they appreciate the many available features. The CR-V has excellent cargo capacity for the class.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The interior still feels busy though, because of all the different textures and hues of greys and blacks; you still have the flimsy high-gloss black door panels, which don't quite blend with the matte-finish dash, as well as silver door trim that's rougher than the brushed console trim, which is also different from the chrome door handles. It's a pleasant place to be in, but the tweaks aren't enough to catch up to the quality of the CX-5 or Escape." -- Yahoo Autos (2015)
  • "Inside the five-place cabin, occupants will note improved textures and materials throughout - think premium." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "Other interior updates include nicer materials and a slightly revised center stack, and these changes go a long way toward improving the CR-V's previously drab interior." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Seating

The five-seat Honda CR-V comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. Reviewers say the front seats are spacious and comfortable, and several note that the rear seats offer ample room for adults. Critics find the cabin relatively quiet, though not entirely noiseless.

  • "The front seats are supportive and properly adjustable, while the rear seats offer plenty of room for adults and easily fold down to sort-of flat for hauling the bigger things of contemporary family life." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • For example, extra sound insulation has resulted in a more tranquil cabin. It's not silent, but it is quieter. There's not much road noise in general, but you will hear every bump in a bad surface." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Don't let its ‘compact crossover’ designation deter you, as the CR-V's interior is unexpectedly cavernous. Short or tall, thin or wide, drivers and passengers of all stature will find the cabin very comfortable and accommodating, whether they sit in the first or second row." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "Honda does a superb job giving passengers a genuinely roomy interior with an airy feel. Pillars are pushed out, headroom is ample and even big folks fit in the back." -- Edmunds (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 CR-V include Bluetooth, a USB port, a four-speaker audio system, Pandora compatibility and a rearview camera. Available features include a power moonroof, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 7-inch touch screen, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, Honda LaneWatch, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and a collision mitigation braking system, which can automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent.

Test drivers appreciate the CR-V’s many available features. They note that the technology features are laid out in a straightforward manner and not cluttered with buttons.

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  • "Although it costs the most, in this case the Touring trim is actually worth every penny. Along with its long list of luxury and in-car entertainment equipment, the Touring trim includes the Honda Sensing system that brings collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning, among other features." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The dashboard flows downwards from either side to the center stack, which features a simple layout with relatively few buttons." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Abundant tech features help the CR-V stand out, though: A rearview camera, Pandora interface, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity are standard equipment on all models. These are options on most competitors and, in some cases, not available at all." -- Edmunds (2014)

Cargo

The 2016 CR-V has 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 70.9 with them folded down, which are excellent totals for the class. A power liftgate is available. Automotive writers say the rear seats fold down easily and that the low cargo floor makes loading items easy, though a few note that the seats don’t lay down flat.

  • The CR-V remains near the top of the segment for cargo space and adds convenient features like the ability to drop its split-folding second-row seatbacks via handles in the cargo area. The seatbacks don't fold completely flat, however." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "All of the competitors in this segment offer a lifting tailgate and folding second-row seats, but a key selling point in the Honda is its very low cargo floor, which eases loading and increases capacity." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "The rear seats flip-and-fold to ‘almost flat,’ allowing plenty of space for most of what you haul from the home-improvement store." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "A large center console storage bin provides enough space to stow a full-size purse, while the 37.2 cubic-foot-trunk aft of the rear seats provides enough room to swallow truly bulky items." -- Left Lane News (2015)

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