In 2016, there are many exciting brands and models competing for dominance in the SUV category. Since the early ‘80s, the SUV has been providing drivers with additional cargo with a two-box design and shared passenger volume capacity, rather than the typical lower-height trunk cargo space featured on most makes and models.
In other words, SUVs provide a variety of services and capabilities that other cars simply can’t. Other traditional SUV features include high H-point seating, a higher view angle, and folding rear seats. Whether you need more room for larger loads, want to do a little off-roading, or simply want to drive to the grocery store in style, the SUV can do it all.
As was already mentioned, the 2016 model year features many exciting SUVs. Here is our list of the best:
2016 Honda CR-V
For ages, he CR-V has been known for competency, reliability, and versatility, and it really shows—especially in the reliability category. Just take a gander at a local car repair shop. You likely won’t find any CR-Vs, because they are simply one of the most durably built vehicles around. However, something that they are less-well-known for—but don’t fail to deliver—is luxury. A firm and comfortable ride coupled with supportive seats make this SUV truly a luxury item.
Every year, Honda is an industry leader in safety and very often scores high in categories such as “Top Safety Ratings”—and this year’s model features some of the newest safety gear in the industry, including automated emergency braking.
In addition, the CR-V features a 185 hp, 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine and a CVT, and generally comes in front-wheel drive—though all-wheel drive models are available. Also, the CR-V gets about 24 miles-to-the-gallon—which is some of the best mileage around in the SUV category. Otherwise, the CR-V’s infotainment system is quite intuitive and easy to use. This rig simply offers some of the best features on the market at the best price.
2016 Honda Pilot
There is a reason why Honda is featured twice on this list: they simply know how to make great SUVs. The Pilot is, for sure, one of the top 2016 model luxury SUVs in the world. It simply is one of the most useful, stylish, and trouble-free SUV rigs around. Under the hood, the Pilot offers a 280 hp, 3.5 liter, V6, and comes in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive models.
Traditionally, the Pilot comes off the lot as a six-speed. However, the Elite Trim package offers customers the total option of nine speeds. Otherwise, this vehicle handles like a dream. This is mostly due to the car’s unique torque vectoring—which works especially well in mud, snow, or sand. In addition, the Pilot’s three rows create quite a bit of space for passengers. Also, a plethora of safety features is offered on this model of the Pilot including “active-safe tech” availability.
2016 Lexus RX
Just take a look at a picture of the Lexus RX, and you’ll see why it is considered one of the most luxurious SUVs around—its sleek look and body style are simply astonishing. The engine is a V6, 295 hp, eight-speed, automatic transmission with front and all-wheel drive availability. Manufactured with rich-looking interior design materials, the cabin features a stunning and stylish design and offers very comfortable and supportive seating.
Otherwise, the standard RX model gets about 22mpg. However, this model also comes as a hybrid—for those so inclined towards cost efficiency—which get about 30 miles to the gallon. As if the typical RX model wasn’t great enough, it also comes with an F Sports package option which features flashy design additions including black side-mirror caps, restyled front fascia and rear bumper, and adaptable variable suspension.
2016 Toyota Highlander
As one of the more sensible and least conspicuous SUVs on our list, the Toyota Highlander is a rugged, practical, and very comfortable user option. It is designed to easily haul to eight passengers. The typical Highlander comes with an 185 hp, 2.7 liter, four cylinder engine. However, the Highlander can also come with a 270 hp, 3.5 liter, V6 engine. Both versions provide excellent carrying capacity, driving experience, and accurate steering.
While this rig is generally focused on storage and interior design, it does provide great gas mileage—near 30 mpg—and much technological innovation. The new tech in this offered in the Highlander includes blind-spot warning, pre-collision prevention, lane-departure warning, and rear traffic alert. Altogether the Highland is an excellent SUV. Though it may not be as fun as the Honda CR-V or as luxurious and the Lexus RX, it is a well developed and finely tuned machine that is sure to satisfy any driver with its superior functionality.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Among the first SUVs put on the market, The Cherokee is one of the most famous off-road SUVs around and this year’s model doesn’t disappoint. Less luxurious than other models on the list, the Cherokee provides some of the best fun on the market. The model comes with a 295 hp, 3.6 liter, V6, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Also, the Cherokee is the only standard rear-wheel drive SUV featured on this list—which, combined with its engine capabilities, makes it one of the rowdiest SUVs we’ve discussed.
The Cherokee also comes in V8 Models, with a few other additional higher power options made available. Otherwise, one of the most unique features of this SUV is its wi-fi capabilities. Jeep makes internet connection available wherever you can get a 4G or 3G wi-fi signal. Also, the cabin features a touchscreen infotainment interface. For decades, the Cherokee has been a highly unique and innovative rig and that is still true in 2016. Whether running errands or fording rivers, this vehicle simply provides one of the best driver experiences around.
2016 Toyota Rav4
This is another highly functional and very well designed SUV. Under the skin of the body design of the Rav4, you’ll find a highly intuitive, practical, comfortable, and easy to drive rig. With its sharply creased bodywork and angled headlamps, the frame and style of the Rav4 is internationally and historically famous. Under the hood, the car features a 176 hp, 2.5 liter, four cylinder engine and a six-speed transmission. Hybrid models are also available.
Otherwise, the cabin features a cloud-based and app capable 6.1-inch infotainment system, while special Rav4 packages and limited models offer the 7.0-inch unit option.