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Here are the best fourth-generation Honda CR-V trims to buy used

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As the name suggests, the Honda CR-V (Comfortable Runabout Vehicle) is best known for its spacious and comfortable interior. The owners also report that this Japanese vehicle offers plenty of space for campers. In addition, it has received many compliments for its handling and ease of driving; some would say it’s almost like driving a toy car.


The new 2022 Honda CR-V comes with redesigned styling, a more spacious interior with a more aggressive design language. However, many will rather compromise the better looks and sacrifice some space for a better price tag by getting their hands on a used model.

Fourth generation Honda CR-Vs, which had a 4 year production run (2012-2016), offer great value for money in the used market. While many people might prefer a fifth-generation CR-V instead, opting for a used fourth-generation CR-V is still a great option. Nevertheless, the CR-V, like any other vehicle, has had its fair share of problems and headaches over the years. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the most eye-catching trims on the CR-V that you can buy second-hand.

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Best Performance: The 2016 Honda CR-V Touring comes with a powerful inline-4 engine

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If you’re looking for performance and luxury, you should set your eyes on the 2016 Touring trim. Honda offers a handy 2.4L 4-cylinder, producing 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque at 3900 rpm. The engine transfers power to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that sends power to all four wheels.

According to official ratings, the 2016 CR-V’s Incline-4 engine burns a gallon every 25 miles in the city and 50 miles on the highway (27 MPG combined). For an engine that packs such a good punch, the CR-V’s mileage is pretty decent.

The CR-V touring has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, enough to tow a motorcycle or a snowmobile for weekend getaways to snowy mountains.

For entertainment purposes, the Touring trim includes an AM/FM stereo with 180-watt audio output and HD radio with a total of six speakers connected to a large seven-inch audio system for those who refuse to drive unless they listening to their favorite jam. In addition, the screen also offers a navigation system for the drivers.

Finally, the Touring trim adds features such as a power tailgate and memory settings for the driver’s seat. So if you crave a feature-packed car, the highest trim level is the way to go.

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Most Cost Effective: The 2013 Honda CR-V covers many of your needs at a low cost

2013 Honda CR-V in red
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Although a Honda CR-V made in 2012 costs a few dollars less than a 2013 model, due to a higher number of customer complaints, we recommend avoiding the 2012 model year. This is reported by the website Car Complaints, the 2012 model has 284 customer complaints. Compared to a 2013 CR-V, we can assure you that buying a used 2013 model is the safer option.

Many owners of a 2012 model have complained about the electrical system. Most of these complaints suggest that the battery drains relatively quickly. As a result, the engine will not start and the only option is to replace the battery. In addition, there have been several complaints about the powertrain making a horrible grinding noise when starting the car. Some reports suggest that this problem can be fixed by repairing the actuator valve, which can cost you a few hundred dollars.

The 2013 model has fewer complaints and is overall a more reliable CR-V to buy used. The base model of a 2013 model comes with a straight-four engine that produces 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. So horsepower-wise, you get the same power as a 2016 CR-V Touring. For the transmission, it has a five-speed automatic that sends power to the front wheels by default.

According to Kelley Blue Book pricing, the price of the 2013 Honda CR-V is about $23,500 to $28,500.

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Best Value: 2016 Honda CR-V SE comes with a FWD and the same engine as the Touring trim

2015 Honda CR-V front view
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While the touring trim has an AWD system, the CR-V SE’s FWD system offers better throttle mileage. You would think the touring trim offers more power than the SE trim. However, this model also features an Inline-4 engine rated at 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. So you don’t have to worry about being slower in a race than in a touring trim.

Based on the estimates of the Repair Pal website, the 2016 CR-V SE costs about $326 to maintain in a yearwhich is significantly lower than the other SUVs on the market.

According to several sources, the 2016 CR-V can easily cover 200,000 miles in its lifetime and with enough care and attention, it can reach up to 300,000 miles, meaning it can last for many years as your dependable SUV.

You can find a 2016 CR-V SE on the used market for about $24,645 around the average for other SUVs from the same year. But before completing your purchase, consult a professional mechanic to make sure the engine and transmission are in good working order.