2016 Honda CR-V Changes
The 2016 Honda CR-V SUV is not likely to receive any substantial upgrades and improvements. The changes on the current 2015 Honda CR-V came as a result of a mid-cycle update. When it comes to the 2016 model year, the most significant upgrade will come with a new powertrain option. In addition to the new engine, the new model will offer a longer list of standard and optional equipment. The model’s premiere is scheduled for the 2015 Geneva motor show, although without much hype and excitement. Not surprisingly since the 2016 model will be virtually identical to its predecessor.
The basic difference between the US and European versions lies in the CR-V SUV’s engine lineup. Besides that, a more demanding European market is the reason for a longer list of features and more advanced technology. The 2016 Honda CR-V modela will carry over unchange when it comes to exterior styling. The current model features a prominent new front grille as well as a number of revised elements on both the front and rear ends. Its athletic design is further underlined by the new wheels and distinctively shaped rear-view mirrors. The new shape of the sheet-metal is responsible for improved aerodynamics and consequently enhanced fuel-efficiency.
2016 Honda CR-V Specs
According to Motor Trend’s awards, the 2015 Honda CR-V was the best Sport Utility Vehicle of the year. As for the 2016 Honda CR-V, it is expected to follow in its footsteps when it comes to quality and design. The Japanese company can count on high sales figures in the near future even without major investments in the CR-V’s improvement. The fact that Honda hasn’t changed its engine lineup for a while is a proof of high quality and efficiency of the available powerplant options. The EarthDreams technology together with highly reliable DOHC engines have proven as quite a successful formula. The 2016 CR-V will retain the 2.4-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine with direct injection. This unit has been tweaked in order to deliver the standard 185 horsepower but with a boosted torque from 163 to 181 lb-ft. However, the automaker plans to offer a new powerplant for the European market. It is a 1.5-liter unit with a turbo compressor which is supposed to replace the 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine. Honda has already introduced a 1.6-liter diesel version in Europe that turned out to be a great success with its impressive fuel efficiency estimated at 4.3 l/100 km. All engine options come standard with continuously variable transmission (CVT).
2016 Honda CR-V MSRP
The 2016 Honda CR-V sold in the US will be offered with four different trim levels. All of the trim levels include both front-wheel drive as well as all-wheel drive versions. The price varies depending on the trim level. The 2016 model is expected to retain the same pricing as the current model. The entry-level LX trim with 2WD costs $23,320, while the AWD requires $24,570. The EX trim level with 2WD starts at $25,420 or $26,670 with AWD. The 2016 CR-V EX-L with 2WD costs $28,020, while the CR-V EX-L with AWD begins at $29,270. The 2016 Honda CR-V Touring will be the range-topping model. A 2WD should start at $31,520, while the 2016 Honda CR-V Touring AWD will cost $32,770.