Top-selling Honda SUV adds new SE trim level

Since its introduction in 1997, the Honda CR-V has become the best-selling compact SUV models of all time with more than 3.5 million units sold.

For the 2016 model year, Honda has added a new Special Edition (SE) trim level, positioned just above the base CR-V LX trim level.

The CR-V SE has a starting price of $24,545 (CR-V LX starting at $23,745) and features 17-inch alloy wheels with an exclusive two-tone finish, second-row and rear privacy glass and security system.

Available in front- or all-wheel drive configurations, the five-passenger CR-V is available in LX, SE, EX, EX-L and Touring trim levels.

Powered by a 2.4-liter I-4 engine delivering 185 horsepower and 181 lbs.-ft. torque, it is mated to a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) and has an EPA fuel economy rating of 26 mpg city, 32 mpg highway for front-wheel drive models (25 mpg, 31 mpg respectively for all-wheel drive models).

In addition to being a perennial best seller in the compact SUV segment, the CR-V has also racked up the awards, including:

• 2015 ALG Residual Value Award Best Compact Utility

• 2015 Kelly Blue Book Best Buy Small SUV/Crossover

• Kelly Blue Book 2015 Top 10 Best Resale Value award

• U.S. News & World Report, 2015 Best Cars for Families, compact sport utility vehicle award

• Today/Motorweek 2015 Compact SUV Challenge winner

• Parents magazine and 10 Best Family Cars for 2015 best crossover

• AutoPacific 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Award

While roomy, fuel efficient and top performer, it has also been recognized for safety earning a Top Safety Pick+ honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Standard safety features include Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, vehicle stability assist electronic stability control system, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, front airbags, side-curtain airbags, SmartVent front-side airbags and a front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision.

The Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistive features is also available, including lane watch, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.

It’s also nicely equipped.

For those in the market for a five-passenger compact SUV/crossover, the 2016 Honda is a must for the test drive list.


Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.