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2016 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Honda CR-V

By Autolist Staff | August 21, 2018

2016 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V

Automotive Website Analyzed


70%

Satisfactory

Maybe buy it

94%

The Best

You should buy it

Our User's Take

What owners think


91%

Would Buy Again

75 Ratings

100%

Would Buy Again

4 Ratings

What’s better about the 2016 CR-V?

  • It’s cheaper. Because it’s the older fourth generation, it will be cheaper on the used market than the 2017 and newer models. So you could spring for a higher-end 2016 CR-V that has more goodies or fewer miles for the same money as a more basic 2017 CR-V.
  • Plenty useful. While there were many upgrades to the CR-V for 2017, the 2016 model still comes with the same overall practicality and general excellent that has made the CR-V so popular. It’s also plenty reliable.
  • Engine responsiveness. Sure the turbo engine on the 2017 CR-V is nice but there are still plenty of advantages to non-turbos, particularly how they accelerate without any of the dreaded “turbo lag.”

What’s better about the 2017 CR-V?

  • Turbo! This fifth-generation CR-V switches to a more fuel-efficient turbocharged engine on all models except the base LX version...which keeps the 2016 version’s engine.
  • Better styling. This model is arguably much better-looking than its predecessor, both inside and out. Refinement and road manners are improved too (it’s more quiet and responsive).
  • It’s more modern. This means things like a better infotainment system, active safety tech and Apple CarPlay.

Autolist’s take

There’s no bad choice here. Both the 2016 and 2017 CR-V offer the same bulletproof reliability, everyday practicality and reasonable value. While the 2017 model will certainly cost you more, we see it as a worthy upgrade since it promises better styling, a more refined interior and road manners and the new turbocharged engine. We say buy the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Cost of Ownership

2016 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,463
15k miles at $2.828/gal
$1,463
15k miles at $2.828/gal
Fuel Economy

26 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
27 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
33 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
33 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2016 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V

NHTSA Crash Test Results

5 stars
Overall
5 stars
Overall
Safety Features

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Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
-
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
-
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
-
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2016 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V

Interior Features

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Leather
-
Leather
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Heated Seats
-
Keyless Entry
-
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

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Apple Carplay
Standard
Apple Carplay
-
Android Auto
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
-
Navigation System
-
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2016 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V

Powertrain

CVT
Transmission
CVT
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
AWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

185 HP @ 6400 RPM
Horsepower
190 HP @ 5600 RPM
Horsepower
181lb-ft @ 3900 RPM
Torque
179lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
Torque
I4
Cylinders
I4
Cylinders