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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