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New Honda CR-V, What Owners Say About The SUV

The 2020 Honda CR-V gets some new exterior styling but Honda doesn’t want to mess with its success. See what owners say about the CR-V.


Honda added new LED fog lights, the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is standard and safety technology is now standard across the 2020 CR-V lineup. But Honda doesn’t want to mess with success as the CR-V is still one of the hottest compact SUVs. The CR-V is a vehicle that’s easy to live with and it should be at the top of your shopping list.

But what’s better than to hear from owners of the CR-V to understand what the vehicle is about and what they like most and least? According to a study by J.D. Power, Honda CR-V owners picked the small SUV for the brand’s reputation for reliability and they want a vehicle with low maintenance costs. Quality of workmanship not only ranks high with its owners, but it’s the number one reason they chose the vehicle.

2020 Honda CR-V

Honda owners are more likely to pay extra and want the latest safety features. Honda CR-V now comes standard with Honda Sense which features the latest crash-prevention technology and also an adaptive cruise control. More buyers are wanting better fuel economy as well, and CR-V owners have this at the top of their shopping list. Honda now offers the all-new CR-V Hybrid model.

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CR-V owners don’t need the most responsive handling SUV and couldn’t care less about powerful acceleration. They also don’t need a vehicle with rugged good looks that will stand out from the crowd and they don’t care if they get noticed.

2020 Honda CR-V

The study reveals CR-V owner's favorite attributes include its driving dynamics, exterior styling, storage and space, seats, and interior design. Buyers said their least favorite things about the CR-V are the vehicle’s visibility and safety, engine/transmission, climate system, infotainment system, and fuel economy.

Who is buying the CR-V?

While women buy half of all compact SUVs, a higher percentage of Honda CR-V buyers are men (55%). The median age is also older, 62 vs 58 years of age for the segment. CR-V owners also enjoy a greater annual income ($94,483 vs. $91,270). You won’t find many Generation X or Gen Y age group (born 1965-1994 driving a CR-V either.

Watch this week as you are driving, and you will see many Honda CR-V vehicles on the roads and check out the drivers too. They are a bit older, a bit wiser, and they don’t care if you notice them. The 2020 Honda CR-V will likely remain one of the top-selling compact SUVs in America.

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Sonja Watral (not verified)    October 10, 2019 - 4:42PM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

Just traded in my 08 jeep wrangler I owned for almost 12 yrs for a new crv. Well it definitely has more power than my jeep an room.. so far I like it an great on gas. An I'm only goin to be 50 yrs old. Wait an see what future holds for this crv. Hope it gives me alot yrs ..

Joanne H. Smith (not verified)    October 10, 2019 - 2:21PM

I'm 69 years old and I just bought a new 2019 Honda CR-V about 2 months ago. I've been driving a Honda Accord that I bought new in 2001 and have had no problems with it, so I was very confident in buying a Honda again. So far I'm loving my new CR-V and hoping that I have the same great experience with it that I had with my accord. The CR-V is so easy to drive and with all the newest technology in it makes it even sweeter to own and operate. I wouldn't hesitate for a minute in encouraging my friends and family members to own one. I tried out quite a few other SUVs before deciding on the CR-V, and none of them road nearly as smooth and quiet as the Honda. I am definitely satisfied with my new purchase and have a lot of faith that I will be driving my Honda for another 18 years. Thank you Ken Garff for another great vehicle.