Last year, the Honda CR-V received several noticeable upgrades—specifically, a tweaked exterior. For 2016, it carries over unchanged, with the exception of a new model: Honda adds an SE trim level, positioned just above the entry-level LX. SE stands for “Special Edition,” but don’t expect fancy graphics or trim: The model merely adds a security system and rear tinted glass, and replaces the LX’s 16-inch steel wheels with 17-inch alloys for an $800 premium.
Pricing for the 2016 CR-V starts at $23,595 for a front-wheel-drive LX, $150 more than last year’s—identical—model. Like all CR-V’s, the LX is fitted with a 185-hp 2.4-liter four and a CVT . Here as in the rest of the lineup, all-wheel-drive adds $1300 to the tab.
The CR-V LX comes with essential goodies like air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, and even a rearview camera; the SE, with the aforementioned and largely cosmetic enhancements, starts at $24,395.
The next step up is the CR-V EX, which will set you back $25,845 with front-wheel drive. It aims to assist drivers: On top of the SE, this model adds dynamic guidelines in the rearview monitor, Honda’s Lane Watch system, and auto-on-and-off headlights. But it also packs body-color mirrors and door handles, a better stereo system, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, and push-button ignition.
The EX-L, priced from $28,295, adds leather seats and a further upgraded audio system; dual-zone a/c, roof rails, and an auto-dimming mirror. Honda’s navigation system ups the tab by another $1500 to $29,795.
At the top of the lineup, Honda offers the CR-V Touring, which costs a still-reasonable $31,945. It packs a power tailgate and the full driver-assistance package, including forward-collision warning and automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control—and it’s the only CR-V to come with 18-inch wheels.
We like the CR-V, with its responsive engine, firm ride, and fine build quality; it remains one of the best compact crossovers on the market. To us, the EX seems to be an especially good deal; it represents a good combination of looks and content, at a relatively small premium over the LX and the SE.