Getting to know the 2016 Honda CR-V Touring.
If you’re paying any attention at all as you’re driving down the highway you’ll notice a lot of Honda CR-Vs. I’d always wondered about this phenomenon and why anyone I asked gushed about their CR-V. Then I got to drive a 2016 Honda CR-V Touring for a week and I understood the love affair. This is one crossover I wouldn’t mind owning!
For one, the Honda CR-V is just the right size for a small family. It’s larger than a sedan, which makes it easier to get kids in and out of the vehicle (less stooping over to buckle) and makes it more roomy for road trips. We were so comfortable in the CR-V! It’s also (slightly) smaller than a mid-size SUV making it easier to park and better on gas mileage. All around it made sense.
What You Need to Know
18-Inch Alloy Wheels
Honda Sensing™ Feature Suite
starts at $32,095 (model we drove: $34,145)
What I Loved
Lane Keeping Assist
Adaptive Cruise Control
Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
Mega Cargo Space
The 2016 Honda CR-V Touring has ALL the safety technology
From one geek to another, this isn’t your ordinary family car. In fact, it’s the closest thing I’ve experienced to autonomous driving. The Honda Sensing Feature Suite is incredible. It not only warns you when you’re departing from your lane, it assist you in getting back into your lane if you’re not paying attention. My husband tested this while we were on an open highway. He let go of the steering wheel for short periods of time to show me how it was sensing the lane departure then correcting the steering all on its own. Now, you couldn’t actually count on this to work all the time because it’s not perfect, but it was a really cool feature that impressed us. No wonder the 2016 Honda CR-V achieves the highest overall score for collision safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
I also loved the camera mounted in the passenger side mirror that senses when your right turn signal is on, then displays the view on your screen. It’s really helpful with the blind spot on that side, especially when you’re changing lanes. Between these features, the adaptive cruise control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Forward Collision Warning, it’s clear that safety is a top priority for Honda and that made me feel really good about driving the CR-V.
With the 2016 Honda CR-V you get both brains and beauty
While the CR-V isn’t the boldest, most eye-catching car on the market, it is beautiful. I’m usually not a fan of hatchbacks and find that cars designed for families lack in the cool department. But Honda has taken great care to make a beautiful crossover that doesn’t scream “mom car” and feels classy enough for a girl’s night out.
I really liked the copper sunset pearl exterior and beige interior of the Touring we drove. It wasn’t brown, but it wasn’t red either, and it was super shiny.
Nothing lacking on the 2016 Honda CR-V interior
From leather trimmed seats to dual automatic climate control, the interior of the CR-V comes well equipped. We were very happy about the memory driver’s seat for the 10-way positioning. It simply worked, first try. Usually we have to read a manual to figure out how to set our preferences. But not in the Honda.
The center console was neat and tidy with a spot just for your cell phone, and ports for everything hidden away in the arm rest.
There is a 7-inch touch screen for navigation and entertainment, plus steering wheel controls so you can keep your eyes on the road while you drive.
The cargo area really impressed me. We travel a lot, so the first thing I check for is whether or not we could fit everyone AND their luggage. The CR-V has a whopping 37.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row. Fold down the second row (60/40 split), and it expands to 70.9 cubic feet. Yep, you’ve got room for everything!
If I were replacing our family sedan, the 2016 Honda CR-V would be at the top of my list of vehicles to consider. I couldn’t find a single thing I didn’t like about it!