It takes a lot to win Motor Trend Magazine’s coveted “SUV of the Year” honors and last year Honda’s stylish and capable 2015 CR-V crossover SUV did it with an impressive victory over many notable contenders.

“After two hours of contentious debate, the CR-V’s stellar value, engineering, and safety features combined with the cheerful way it performs its intended functions earned Honda the win,” said Motor Trend.

A Successful Formula

Fortunately, not much has changed with the new 2016 version of the championship-caliber CR-V and that’s a good thing. If anything, the 2016 CR-V is even better than last year, thanks to the new Special Edition (SE) version that adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, and a new security system.

So what makes the CR-V an award-winner that’s one of Honda’s best-selling cars in its lineup? First of all, let’s check out the new CR-V’s recently revamped exterior. It’s fresh, modern, and contemporary. The front fascia has been updated, along with a new chrome-accented front grille enhanced by projector-beam headlights framed with available LED lighting.

Walk around to the back and you’ll immediately notice that Honda has smartly retained the CR-V’s signature vertical tail lights. Not only are they stylish, but they’re more visible day or night. And if you’re carrying a load full of groceries, you’ll certainly appreciate the available Power Tailgate on the upmarket Touring model with hands-free operation.

Performance & Handling Take The Prize

When awarding the “Golden Calipers” to the 2015 CR-V, Motor Trend’s judges praised the new Honda for its handling, performance, versatility, fuel economy, and style stating that “Honda takes another swing at its fourth-gen CR-V and connects.”

They singled out the CR-V’s new Earth Dreams 2.4-liter, direct injection 4-cylinder engine that makes a lively 185-hp and 181 lb.-ft. of torque as well as its excellent “G-Design Shift Logic” continuously variable transmission.

“This unit employs a torque converter and a “G-design Shift Logic” strategy that combine to feel completely “normal” in gentle everyday driving — no rubber-bandiness. But nail the gas to pass and the transmission delivers a snappy downshift to a ratio near the power peak,” enthused the magazine’s judges.

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Thanks to Honda’s innovative fuel-efficient engineering the new 2016 CR-V also delivers exceptional fuel economy, achieving an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway/26 mpg city. And the CR-V also gets high marks for its ride and handling, too. As one 2015 SUV of the Year judge enthused “This feels like a Honda should, with light steering, great feedback, and competent handling chops. It’s way more fun than any compact crossover ought to be.”

The Last Word On Versatility

One of the main reasons folks by an SUV is to have the versatility to transport both lots of gear and passengers from Point A to Point B. The 2016 Honda CR-V excels at this task with a remarkably spacious and versatile interior that Motor Trend says “The second-row legroom and load space are excellent in relation to the vehicle’s footprint.” Moreover, the CR-V offers a substantial 104.1 cubic feet of total interior volume with 35.3 cubic feet of space behind the 2nd-row seats that expand to 70.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.

You’ll also appreciate the many convenient features Honda’s built into the new 2016 CR-V such as large cup holders, plenty of storage space, a 12-volt power outlet, and handy USB audio interface. Plus, Honda’s SmartEntry system on EX and above models lets you unlock your doors and start the CR-V without the key fob leaving your pocket or your purse. You’ll also love the fresh breezes of the available power moonroof, as well as the comfort of the available 10-way power driver’s seat.

The High Tech You Want

Technology is at your command when you get behind the wheel of the new 2016 CR-V for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers. Honda makes tech work for you to enhance your driving pleasure with a large 7-inch touchscreen display that controls many of the vehicle’s advanced entertainment, navigation, connectivity, and communication functions.

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You’ll enjoy plugging into your latest playlists with Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and Pandora’s® extensive music library. Upmarket models like the EX-L and Touring add SiriusXM® Radio and HD Radio® to your music mix. You can also use the Bluetooth Hands-Free Link® to send and receive calls without taking your hands off the steering wheel. It’s an added safety bonus that helps to keep your eyes on the road.

Your Safety Matters Most

Safety is always at the top of Honda’s list, so it should come as no surprise that the 2016 Honda CR-V comes with an array of standard and available safety features that earn it top industry safety awards.

“Passive” safety features such as an ACE™ body structure designed to distribute the force of a frontal impact throughout the frame, a standard multi-angle rearview camera, and multiple dual-stage airbags with available SmartVent® front side airbag technology, you can also equip your CR-V with Honda’s latest suite of advanced “active” features called “Honda Sensing.”

These cutting-edge driver-assistive technologies include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Forward-Collision Warning. Taken together, this outstanding collection of advanced safety features give you peace of mind knowing that you’re driving a car that takes your safety seriously.

An Award-Winning Choice At Your Valley Honda Dealers

The new 2016 Honda CR-V for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers is an impressive choice for an all-around family hauler that offers all of the features that today’s cost-conscious and tech-savvy automotive consumers crave. And Honda’s legendary resale value and longevity are also a plus. In fact, a recent IHS-Polk survey notes that after 25 years, more than 75% of all Hondas are still on the road today. We invite you to take the new, award-winning 2016 Honda CR-V for a test drive at one of our conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers. Wherever you live in the Valley of the Sun, there’s a Valley Honda Dealer near you.

Sources:

www.automobiles.honda.com

https://www.autoblog.com/2015/03/10/2015-honda-cr-v-review/

https://www.motortrend.com/news/2015-honda-cr-v-is-the-motor-trend-suv-of-the-year/