The CR-V is available in three well-equipped trim levels. LX, the most basic trim, comes with air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, remote entry, a 160-watt 4-speaker audio system, a multi informational display in the dashboard and electronic power steering.SE models include larger 17-inch alloy wheels, additional window tinting and an alarm. EX trim upgrades the stereo to a 6-speaker system, while adding rear privacy glass and a 1-touch power moonroof with tilt controls. The top of the line EX-L adds leather seats, dual-zone climate control, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a 328-watt 7-speaker audio system with XM Radio, heated mirrors and halogen headlights. Options available on the EX-L include a navigation system or a rear seat entertainment system. All versions of the CR-V are available in front-wheel-drive or with Honda's Real-Time All-Wheel-Drive with Intelligent Control system.
The interior of the CR-V contains several pleasant surprises. The 60/40 folding rear seats are easy to operate and fold down nearly flat against the cargo floor. The multi informational display in the dashboard (i-MID) displays multiple camera angles while reversing the CR-V and the vehicle can even link up to compatible cell phones to read aloud text messages over the audio system. Pandora internet radio with iPod connectivity is also a brand-new option on the CR-V.
The CR-V's engine is a 2.4L unit that produces 185 horsepower and 163 lb-feet of torque. An Eco Assist system helps teach good driving habits by indicating to the driver when they are operating the vehicle in a manner conducive to fuel efficiency.
Safety is of the utmost importance, and the CR-V delivers with plenty of standard features. Anti-lock brakes with brake assist and stability control are, of course present as are front and side curtain airbags. The CR-V also features front seats that are designed to help reduce the severity of neck injuries in the event of a rear end collision while the front of the vehicle utilizes an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure to disperse energy through the vehicle in the event of a head-on collision.
The Honda CR-V gets a new trim level for 2016. The SE trim slots in between the base LX trim and the uplevel EX trim. Available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, prices for the SE start at $23,395.
Honda has a successful formula for their compact SUV and they see little reason to deviate too much. All CR-Vs come with a capable 4-cylinder engine, a cleverly designed interior and compact exterior dimensions. This is all wrapped up in attractively designed sheet metal and sold with available all-wheel drive at a competitive price. While some competitors have allowed their vehicles to balloon in size, features and price, Honda has steadfastly stuck to the winning formula that has made every generation of CR-V a success.