No matter what future tasks you might take on, the 2016 Honda CR-V is a vehicle which will always have your back. It was engineered with a small footprint, meaning you can park where plenty of other SUVs won't even begin to fit. At the same time, the interior provides loads of legroom on both rows of seating, so adults can sit comfortably anywhere. Cargo space is also excellent, and loads of standard features are included in each of the five trim levels.
Performance is surprisingly good with the 2016 Honda CR-V. One of the central components is the strong 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It uses direct fuel injection, a drive-by-wire throttle and i-VTEC to maximize fuel and acceleration. The engine is rated at 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. Hill start assist is standard, along with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and two-wheel drive. A real time all-wheel-drive system with intelligent control can be added to any of the trims.
Anyone who spends enough time behind the steering wheel learns quickly that the 2016 Honda CR-V handles itself well on the road. The unit-body construction combines with a MacPherson strut front suspension and reactive link double wishbone rear suspension, plus ABS disc brakes for all four wheels to make an incredibly balanced approach. All but the base trim also come with alloy wheels, adding some serious style to the SUV.
Numerous active safety technologies are bundled into the 2016 Honda CR-V, helping to avoid accidents before they can happen. The ABS brakes combine with brake assist and electronic brake distribution for maximum control during panic stops. Vehicle stability assist with traction control takes automatic action to correct for anything which could lead to over- or under-steer. With the standard multi-angle rearview camera, drivers can always be aware of any obstacles behind the vehicle, before backing into them. Among the optional technologies is forward collision warning, lane departure warning and a collision mitigation braking system.
Unfortunately, not all accidents can be avoided. The good news is the 2016 Honda CR-V is designed to provide maximum protection in any scenario. Upon impact, the airbag system, deploys to place a protective layer in several strategic areas. The SmartVent front side airbags detect when a person is in the way, so they don't inflate all the way. All three seats in the rear are outfitted with LATCH anchors, a big plus for parents and guardians.
Quite a few conveniences and technologies can be loaded into the 2016 Honda CR-V. A power tailgate is activated with the touch of a single button, making loading items into the rear a breeze. Soft leather upholstery can be paired with front seat heaters, a nice addition for the cold weather. The optional Display Audio system includes a 7-inch full-color touchscreen, putting a number of connectivity and entertainment features literally at the driver's fingertips. SiriusXM satellite radio, Pandora, HD radio and Bluetooth streaming audio are all available as well.