The surest way to find the SUV that fits your needs is to look for the models with the most trim levels, offering the most variety. Here’s how the trims break down:
2016 Honda HR-V: The newest SUV in the lineup, the HR-V is a compact crossover with three trim levels—LX, EX, and EX-L—each available with front- or all-wheel drive.
2016 Honda CR-V: The CR-V is the middle model and has a total of five trims—LX, Special Edition, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The Special Edition and Touring trims are new for 2016 and bring unique exterior accents and a brand-new top-of-the-line trim to the crossover.
2016 Honda Pilot: Honda’s eight-passenger SUV has five trims available as well: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. The new Elite trim is poised to take on luxury crossovers, influenced greatly by its Acura sibling, the MDX.
As family vehicles, it’s important that these crossovers have plenty of room for the whole family (plus some friends, in the case of the Pilot). While the HR-V is a small crossover, it already beat a top competitor for space in our 2016 Nissan Juke review, and its cabin is just a touch smaller than the CR-V.
2016 HR-V Interior Space: With seating for up to five and as much as 100.1 cubic feet of passenger volume, the HR-V eagerly tosses away the “compact” in its “compact crossover” designation.
2016 CR-V Interior Space: While the CR-V also seats up to five passengers, it does so with more space—up to 104.1 cubic feet of passenger room.
Since many drivers are going to be choosing these models as their family vehicles, we think it’s important to touch on the safety awards from two of the top ranking safety organizations in the business: the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
NHTSA: On their ranking system, the 2016 Honda HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot all earned 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Ratings (that’s the highest NHTSA award available).**
IIHS: 2016 Honda CR-V and Pilot models equipped with Honda Sensing accident prevention features took home a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award.***