Experience the Difference: 2016 vs. 2017 Honda CR-V
Drivers may recall that the 2016 Honda CR-V
comes standard with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that provides 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Many drivers are satisfied by these capacities, but at the same time, there are real limits to what this engine block can do. The baseline LX trim of the 2017 CR-V comes standard with a similar 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, but in contrast to earlier models, this year’s CR-V features a new and improved turbocharged engine in all its other trims! This 1.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine comes standard in the EX, EX-L, and Touring CR-V models and offers 190 hp—plus a smoother driving experience.
The turbocharged engine also gets better gas mileage than its bulkier rival! All 2016 and 2017 CR-V trims are equipped with a fuel-conserving continuously variable transmission, but the turbocharged 2017 version gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.* The 2016 CR-V 2WD models can’t quite keep up, with their EPA-estimated 26 city and 33 highway mpg.**
Safety Features and Honda Sensing
Drivers everywhere recognize that the 2016 Honda CR-V is still one of the safest compact SUVs on the market today, and the 2017 CR-V improves on its winning formula. The Honda Sensing safety package was only offered in the 2016 CR-V’s high-end Touring model, but now it’s a standard feature on all but the base-model 2017 CR-V trim. Honda Sensing provides a selection of smart safety features, including a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Lane Keeping Assist System, and Road Departure Mitigation. These features are controlled by some of the most powerful artificial intelligence programs in operation today, and they help to make the 2017 CR-V even safer than the dependable 2016 model. The 2017 Honda CR-V has not yet been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but drivers everywhere are excitedly waiting for its results to come in! The 2016 CR-V earned perfect 5-star crash test scores, and was designated as a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.*** These are the highest safety ratings that a car can receive, but we have every reason to suspect that the 2017 CR-V will be even more secure.
A Commanding Exterior Meets an Inviting Interior
As we’ve seen, there are plenty of differences between these two models, but thanks to its high-mounted taillights and familiar frame, the 2017 Honda CR-V is still immediately recognizable for what it is. From 2016 to 2017, the notable exterior changes include dual exhaust outlets, higher ground clearance, and a wider wheelbase. These alterations give the CR-V a more aggressive, off-road-ready appearance that’s sure to kindle your love of adventure, and its interior is no less pleasing.
The 2017 CR-V offers more headroom, more rear legroom, and more cargo volume than the 2016 CR-V, but these aren’t the only interior elements that give the newer model an edge. In comparison to the 2016 version, the new CR-V possesses a smaller steering wheel and a much more spacious center console. What’s more, the old CR-V’s gray plastic stylings have been replaced by a combination of black and wood-matte paneling. The 2017 CR-V’s entertainment systems are also much more customizable than those of the 2016 CR-V. In the EX trim and above, the 2017 CR-V offers a wide variety of smartphone-compatible audio inputs, as well as a redesigned Display Audio system. The latter offers programmable touchscreen controls for the features you use every day, and is a significant improvement over the Display Audio systems in previous CR-V models.
*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
***The 2016 Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Accord Coupe with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Civic Sedan Touring, the 2016 Civic Coupe Touring, the 2016 Pilot with Honda Sensing™, and the 2016 CR-V Touring have been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of their superior crash safety performance.