When you’re in the used vehicle market, an SUV is usually an excellent choice. They are popular for a reason, offering a comfortable driving experience, safety and capability, and plenty of storage room. The Honda CR-V has always been one of the most popular compact SUVs on the road, and according to Consumer Reports, 2 model years for the Honda CR-V are especially good choices.
The CR-V is recommended by Consumer Reports
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Consumer Reports recommends both the 2016 and the 2019 Honda CR-V. In order to be recommended, used vehicles must have received a good review on Consumer Reports road test when they were brand new and have above-average reliability. The average price of a used 2016 Honda CR-V is $13,675 – $20,050, while the average price of the 2019 Honda CR-V is $19,750 – $28,235.
2016 Honda CR-V
What’s not to love about the 2016 Honda CR-V? The compact SUV received Consumer Report’s highest reliability rating possible. They also loved its generous cargo space and rear-seat room.
The CR-V handles well and is easy to park in tight spaces. In 2016, it is powered by a 2.4-liter engine mated to a smooth-shifting CVT. Although the redesign in 2015 made for stiffer handling and a little less road noise than CR-V drivers are used to.
For 2016, the Honda CR-V boasts excellent technology, such as a standard back-up camera. While it does come with a system that alerts drivers to what’s on the right side of the car, you have to upgrade to Touring to get the real advanced safety features. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are both available at the top trim level.
Consumer Reports favorite things were the spacious interior and roomy second-row, compact dimensions, and easy front and rear access. They also liked Honda CR-V’s solid reputation for resale and reliability, as well as it’s standard rear camera and optional advanced safety equipment.
2019 Honda CR-V
Consumer Reports also had high praise for the 2019 Honda CR-V. Things they like the most were the roomy interior, responsive handling, and the advanced safety equipment that is standard on EX and up. They thought it was well-equipped for the price and loved the fact that it boasts best-in-class fuel economy. A few things they didn’t appreciate were the firm ride and a glitchy entertainment system.
Under the hood of the base LX model is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 184-horsepower, which reviewers found satisfactory. The impressive fuel economy comes partly from the small displacement, turbocharged 1.5-liter engine in EX models and up. This puts out an early 190-horsepower, giving reviewers plenty of power for daily driving.
The suspension is stiff, and they disliked the whiny noise coming from the engine. In fact, road and engine noise are two of the top complaints from Consumer Reports for all Honda CR-Vs.
Inside were all the amenities you expect in a 2019 model, including some upgrades like a matte wood trim in everything but the base model. They also get an infotainment system controlled by a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Advanced safety features aboard EX and above include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, land-keep assist, and automatic emergency braking. Forward-collision warning is also included.
The Honda CR-V is always a great choice when used car shopping, and according to Consumer Reports, 2 of the best years you can buy are 2016 and 2019. They have all the outstanding characteristics the CR-V is known for, and that something extra that earns them Consumer Report’s coveted recommendation.