Your Best Midsize SUVs in Metro Detroit

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    By its nature, the auto market is highly competitive, but we think we’ve narrowed down the best midsize SUVs for our Metro Detroit drivers. While many automakers make compact and midsize SUVs, we’ve had a tough time finding any that can stand up to the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2016 Honda CR-V.

    If you’re not familiar with these two crossovers, we’ve got an overview of what makes them special. Of course, the best way to learn about the HR-V or the CR-V is to visit a Detroit Area Honda Dealer near you for a test drive, but this should tide you over until you get time behind the wheel.

The 2016 Honda HR-V

The 2016 Honda HR-V debuted with this model year, giving drivers a smaller, sportier option than the 2016 CR-V (detailed below). The HR-V is built on the platform of the Honda Fit and borrows much of its sleek profile while giving drivers the elevated ride height they love in an SUV.

Learn More About the Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V

Cabin Space: Don’t let the “compact crossover” designation fool you, this five-passenger family vehicle has plenty of room, offering up 100.1 cubic feet of passenger space on LX models. When you don’t need to fill those seats, the cargo can expand from 24.3 cubic feet to 58.8.

Honda HR-V

Fuel Economy: The 2016 HR-V 2WD LX with CVT earns an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway,* which led Green Car Journal to name it their 2016 Green SUV of the Year.**

Honda HR-V

Features: Standard amenities on the HR-V include Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, a multi-angle rearview camera, an in-dash infotainment system, and more. Available features like navigation and a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen allow for plenty of upgrade options.

Honda HR-V

Available Trims: Three trim levels give drivers a range from well-equipped and practical to practically luxurious. Optional upgrades and other features let you customize the HR-V to fit your needs.

Honda HR-V

Performance: Under the hood of the HR-V is a 141-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with 127 lb-ft of torque. Its peppy response will help make up for lost time when you’re running late in the morning.

Honda HR-V

Safety: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2016 Honda HR-V a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating.***

With stats and specs like these, we hope you expect the 2016 HR-V to be bringing home praise and awards from critics. We already touched on the Green Car Journal and NHTSA award; here’s what a pair of critics think:

  • Automobile Magazine branded the HR-V a trend setter with their review, saying “The HR-V is quieter and feels more planted on the highway than the Fit it’s based on … the HR-V is responsive and agile, which makes it ideal for darting around town and scooting into tight parking spots.”
  • Kelley Blue Book said if you’ve “been craving a smaller Honda that splits the difference between the Fit and CR-V, you’ll find it in the HR-V. The HR-V also has a value-conscious price … yet it offers an interior and features that feel more premium than what’s found in the Fit.”
2016 Honda HR-V

That’s a lot of praise for a car in its first model year, and we only expect it to increase as more and more drivers discover the HR-V. Of course, you don’t need to know any of the critics’ thoughts to be impressed by the HR-V; you need only look at its specs and features.

The 2016 Honda CR-V

The HR-V hasn’t even had a full year on the market and is earning high praise; clearly it learned quite a bit from the Honda CR-V. The 2016 Honda CR-V is the latest in a long line of crossovers that has been on the road for years, and it’s been building and improving on that reputation from day one. The new model seats five, has five different trim levels (all-wheel drive available on each), can tow up to 1,500 pounds, and has already started adding to the CR-V’s collection of accolades.

Learn More About the Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

Cabin Space: The CR-V has been known for its family vehicle status for years, and that means giving the kids enough room to get comfortable. This five-passenger crossover has as much as 104.1 cubic feet of passenger space and an easily expandable cargo hold (capable of up to 70.9 cubic feet).

Honda CR-V

Fuel Economy: The 2016 CR-V 2WD LX is rated at an EPA-estimated 33 mpg on the highway.* Drivers who upgrade to all-wheel drive will be happy to know that 2016 CR-V AWD models are still remarkably efficient at an EPA-estimated 31 highway mpg.*

Honda CR-V

Features: Like the HR-V, the CR-V has the latest in standard amenities, including a multi-view rear camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, and an in-dash infotainment system. Honda also makes the new Honda Sensing features available for advanced safety amenities.

Honda CR-V

Available Trims: Building the right CR-V just got easier—the 2016 model has five different trim levels. The top-of-the-line Touring trim sports heated front seating, leather upholstery, and an array of tech features that feels practically futuristic.

Honda CR-V

Performance: Each CR-V is powered by a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine paired to a CVT. Whether you drive two- or all-wheel drive models, you’ll have 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque at your disposal.

Honda CR-V

Safety: Not only is the 2016 CR-V one of the best-equipped cars in its class, drivers can depend on its safety record as well. In addition to a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating from the NHTSA,*** the CR-V with Honda Sensing has earned a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS.****

Find the Best Midsize SUV for Your Needs

We think that both the HR-V and the CR-V can hold their own among the best midsize SUVs on the market, but we want to know what you think. Visit a Detroit Honda Dealer near you today for a test drive of a new crossover.

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**The Honda HR-V was named 2016 Green SUV of the Year™ by Green Car Journal. This award recognizes the class-leading efficiency and low emissions of the HR-V, highlighted by its top fuel-economy rating of 35-mpg highway. The Green Car Journal is an award-winning publication that focuses on the relationship between automobiles, energy and the environment. This award represents Honda’s continued environmental leadership, and commitment to producing efficient, low-emission vehicles. For more information see
***Safety matters most, and the 2016 CR-V, Accord, Fit, Odyssey, and HR-V 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.

Detroit Area Honda Dealers

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