Top SUVs for Mid-Michigan Drivers

  • 2016 Honda HR-V

    With three different vehicles to choose from, we think the sheer variety in the Honda lineup paints the 2016 Honda HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot as top SUVs in Central Michigan. Whether you’re looking for a spacious cabin, advanced connectivity features, a powerful and capable engine, or just a safe and dependable family vehicle, Honda has you covered.

Trim Levels

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

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

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

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.


Each of these SUVs has a package of standard features that helps set it apart from the competition as well as a variety of available upgrades to bring the vehicle even more in tune with your needs.

  • Standard Amenities: While each of these three crossovers is distinct, they all have a significant overlap in standard features. Each model has a multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio, and an in-dash infotainment system.
  • Tech Upgrades: The upgrades help make Honda’s top SUVs even better with feature like a Display Audio touchscreen (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), built-in navigation, and even a rear DVD entertainment system on select Pilot models.
  • Comfort Features: There are certain classic comfort and luxury features that some drivers simply can’t do without, and the EX-L and higher trims of these crossovers outfit them with leather as well as heated front seating. The Pilot even has heated second-row captain’s chairs on the Elite trim.

Interior Space

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 Honda HR-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 Honda CR-V

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.

2016 Honda Pilot

The Pilot is the largest of Honda’s SUVs and seats up to eight passengers with as much as 152.9 cubic feet of passenger space.

Performance and Fuel Economy

From the 1.8L 4-cylinder of the HR-V to the 3.5L V6 of the Pilot, Honda’s SUVs deliver on both power and fuel economy, and the larger models can even tow a trailer or a boat.

  • 2016 HR-V Performance Specs: The 1.8L 4-cylinder powering the HR-V kicks out 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque, with FWD CVT models earning an EPA-estimated 35 highway mpg.*
  • 2016 CR-V Performance Specs: A 2.4L 4-cylinder engine gives the CR-V an edge over the HR-V on power at 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque while remaining more efficient than the Pilot at an EPA-estimated 33 highway mpg on front-wheel drive models.* The CR-V can tow as much as 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.
  • 2016 Pilot Performance Specs: A 3.5L V6 powers the Pilot, letting it tow up to 5,000 pounds (3,500 on front-wheel drive models) thanks to the 280-hp V6 with 262 lb-ft of torque. Power like this usually comes at a price, but the Pilot remains efficient, with front-wheel drive models earning an EPA-estimated 27 highway mpg.*

Each of these three crossovers can be equipped with Honda’s Real Time All-Wheel Drive for improved performance and control on uneven or slick terrain.

Safety Awards

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).

2016 Honda HR-V

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).**

2016 Honda Pilot

IIHS: 2016 Honda CR-V and Pilot models equipped with Honda Sensing accident prevention features took home a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award.***

Test Drive a Honda SUV

We think it’s clear that Honda makes some of the top SUVs on the market, but you should see that for yourself. Visit a Mid-Michigan Honda Dealer near you today to get behind the wheel of a 2016 Honda HR-V, CR-V, or Pilot and see what they have to offer firsthand.

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.
**Safety matters most, and the 2016 CR-V, Accord, Fit, Odyssey, HR-V and Pilot earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
***The 2016 Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Accord Coupe with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Pilot with Honda Sensing™, and the 2016 CR-V Touring have been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of their superior crash safety performance.

Mid-Michigan Honda Dealers

2200 Seymour Road Jackson, MI

Phone: 866-927-1280
42.278566 -84.378236
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Mid-Michigan Honda Dealers
Mid-Michigan Honda Dealers
2200 Seymour Road
Jackson, MI, 49201 United States
Mid-Michigan Honda Dealers 42.278566, -84.378236.