2016 Honda CR-V vs. Its Competition

2016 Honda CR-V
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Honda CR-V blends the features families want—comfortable seats, lots of space for people and cargo, and a wonderfully clever folding rear seat—into a package that sells well year after year.

It's much less stylish inside and out than the more rakish Ford Escape, which also has excellent handling, but the CR-V gets far better fuel economy in real-world use.

Closest to the Honda, in fact, is the latest redesign of the Toyota RAV4, which is also far from stylish, perhaps even less exciting, but also offers good interior space and carefully calibrated trim levels.

The slightly smaller Kia Sportage gives up interior space without gaining any gas-mileage benefit, though it drives more like small cars.

The new Hyundai Tucson is still a bit smaller than the CR-V, but refinement is way up--though we're not fans of its dual-clutch transmission.

Finally, the Chevrolet Equinox wins for its sliding second-row seat, along with refinement, but the design is getting old now and it's neither as versatile nor as large inside as the Honda.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Honda CR-V has its priorities in the right place, with lots of space and features—but performance takes a back seat.
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has one of the most spacious, quiet, and versatile interiors among smaller crossovers, and it loads on the value.
The 2016 Ford Escape gives up a little comfort and utility in its quest to be the most exciting crossover SUV to drive.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson caters to drivers that put styling and features at the top of their crossover-SUV wish list.
The 2016 Kia Sportage offers good looks, a quality interior, and the fun of available turbocharged power, but it is small inside and it's falling behind in safety ratings.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a competent crossover utility with a new Hybrid model this year, updated safety systems, and lots of interior space.
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Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door LFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door LE (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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