Honda CR-V has been one of the major players in compact crossover market since it was introduced. Fourth generation models are on the streets since 2012, and after last year’s facelift, 2016 Honda CR-V will be carried over with insignificant changes.Here are the first details, some predictions and estimation about price and engine range. As far as launch date, this vehicle should be on the market in early 2016 year.
The Engine range – estimate
There is only one option under CR-V’s hood and this is not going to change. 2.4L I-4 engine develops 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque while being mated to a CVT gearbox. Moreover, CR-V offers both front-wheel drive and real time all-wheel drive configurations. Even though compact crossover buyers don’t really look for flair and speed, and Honda’s compact certainly doesn’t offer that, adding a turbo four engine could make CR-V much more appealing.
Styling – Inside and Outside look
Exterior design offers more flair as of last year. Facelifted models pack new front and rear fascias with futuristic set of wheels. Headlights are also sharper and laid back, plus there’s much more chrome going on from the outside as well. Rear end with upward-trekking tail-lights has been kept, but chrome garnish is now much thicker and better-looking.
Interior is filled with much more soft-touch plastic than before and console has been remodeled, together with controls. LX, EX, EX-L and Touring are trim levels for 2016 Honda CR-V as top of the line has been supplemented by the new, Touring grade. Leather-trimmed seats are available in top couple of grades, while entry-level models still offer cloth bucket seats. Top models also have a slight wood grain touch to the dash which is free of any sharp angles. 7-inch touch screen display is available in all but entry-level models, while navigation (together with the touch screen) is standard in new, Touring trim.
HondaLink infotainment system is responsible for all related purposes, but only comes with previously mentioned touch screen. Base LX models suffer in most categories and they also get a single USB port while rest of the line gets couple of them. At least Bluetooth streaming is offered across the board and so is Pandora compatibility. 2016 Honda CR-V considers safety quite seriously, and even though it is a compact, still offers plenty of advanced electronic options here. All models get a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, while base models get standard guidelines. Honda LaneWatch displays passenger’s side blind spot and comes again in all but entry-level models. Top models, on the other hand, now offer standard lane departure warning and collision mitigation braking system.
2016 Honda CR-V Price details
Front-wheel driven models are rated at 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel drive lowers the ratings by a single point in all categories including combined ratings. Base model will be available for around $23,500, just like this year’s model is, while top Touring grade costs little bit more than $31,500. As you can see, price is very close to the previous model, for this year, 2015. edition.
Potentially competitors are: Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Ford Edge and Toyota Rav4.
2016 Honda CR-V will continue where its predecessor left off and shouldn’t bring anything significantly new to the table. Still, this is now quite advanced compact crossover in terms of technology, and should continue like this for another year or so until Honda decides to introduce fifth generation of CR-V.