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Why New Honda CR-V Is The Hottest Compact SUV

The 2019 Honda CR-V is a popular vehicle in the brand’s lineup. See why it’s the hottest compact SUV.

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Honda is riding high with the brand making sales history with its best month ever, gaining a robust 19.6 percent on sales of 158,804 vehicles in August. Of those sales, the 2019 Honda CR-V accounted for an impressive 44,235 units that were delivered to customers. CR-V was up 27.8 percent in August which is an all-time monthly record.

American Honda also reported they set four all-time monthly sales records, including overall brand, total trucks, and model bests for CR-V and the new 2019 Passport that recently scored Top 4 on the American-Made Index. The top-selling compact Honda Civic and Accord sedan also had a hot August, with Civic (+25.8 percent) and Accord (+14.3 percent) each topping 30,000 units in sales.

2019 Honda Passport

Why is the CR-V the hottest compact SUV? It has to do with reliability and resale value. The 2019 CR-V will likely be worth more than the competition when you sell it or trade it in, and you will take it to shop less for unscheduled repairs.

Honda beat Toyota #2, Subaru #3, Hyundai #4, and Lexus #5 who were the top-5 most-awarded brands by Kelly Blue Book. In addition, four Honda models, the 2019 Honda Civic compact, compact CR-V SUV, Accord sedan, and Odyssey minivan all scored Kelley Blue Book's 10 Most Awarded Cars 2019 list, more than any other brand.

Honda CR-V

The 2019 Honda CR-V is also an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. CR-V also gets Honda Sensing safety suite that includes collision management braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition systems. Honda has other driver-assist tech like Lane Watch, blind spot information, cross-traffic monitor, and auto high-beam headlights for added safety.

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It doesn’t hurt customers when they can get the CR-V at a lower price this year than in 2018. The price of a new 2019 Honda CR-V has dropped over last years sales figures according to a new report from TrueCar. That’s good news for all Honda car shoppers who may be looking to buy a new Honda now.

Not only are 2019 Honda CR-V prices down, but the Japanese automaker also raised incentives. The average transaction price for Honda vehicles in 2019 is $28,056 and $28,264 in 2018 down 0.7 percent year-over-year. As the 2019 models are still on dealer lots, they want to move inventory before the new 2020 CR-V models arrive.

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Herman Allmaras (not verified)    September 5, 2019 - 8:20PM

The 1.5 liter turbo Honda put in their CR-V is a nightmare for some owners due to fuel getting into the oil. Google it for more info. Buyer beware.

Digitaldoc (not verified)    September 5, 2019 - 11:36PM

In reply to by Herman Allmaras (not verified)

So called oil gas dilution is a serious issue on this 1.5T engine, used on the CR-V, Accord, and Civic lines (among other choices). I drove the engine on a test drive and it drives nicely. However, users that send their oil in for analysis have exceeded 2% gasoline in their oil, the recommended max, in some cases up to 15 to 20%- which places the engine at risk to catch on fire, and premature failure due to poor lubrication. I would not buy any Honda with this engine until we know that it is fixed, and so far no indication that it is.

jay (not verified)    September 6, 2019 - 7:25AM

In reply to by Digitaldoc (not verified)

Kudos digitaldoc, yes i am just a day old from dropping buying a 2019 honda crv after deciding to sleep on it overnight i stumbled upon this gas in oil dilution and was horrifiec to the implications. More than the issue(no car is perfect) is the extreme dodginess honda has shown at the corporate level in owning it up. This is as serious an issue as the bridgestone/firestone and the runaway acceleration issues of a few years back. I read that drivers are stalling on the highway.

Digitaldoc (not verified)    September 6, 2019 - 11:54AM

In reply to by jay (not verified)

Similar situation happened to me with a 2018 CR-V, and I dropped the purchase after I learned of the issue. Ended up buying a Mazda CX-5, and have been quite pleased with it if that gives you a new direction.

Yes, Honda offering a minimal warranty extension is pretty crappy solution to a much bigger problem. Also scary is that they continue to use this engine unfixed. Some say the problem does not effect all vehicles, but I doubt they ever check their dipstick so who knows.

Frank. Vitale (not verified)    September 6, 2019 - 8:00AM

I own a 2019 c-rv. and paid almost. $50,000.00 !!
I keep reading or hearing about gasoline going into the oil !!
I hear that this can cause serious damage to the engine !!
I hear that damage can happen once my warranty expires !!
Can you tell me more about this !!

DJ Gladding (not verified)    September 6, 2019 - 8:54AM

I own a 2019 CRV but will be trading it in soon for 2 reasons. First, and by far most importantly, it has an unacceptable blind spot on the rear passenger side. This has almost caused 2 accidents for me in the past year. I am a cautious driver and always turn my head to check for vehicles to my rear right, instead of relying on mirrors. The blind spot is due to the worthless rear side window and thick pillar. Second is the lack of sound insulation resulting in unacceptable road/tire noise.

Lisa Williams (not verified)    September 6, 2019 - 10:22AM

I just purchased my 2019 Honda CRV TURBO.
I have always owned a honda,and I love them!!!
They are the best name out there,Honda makes an awesome vehicle!!
I will not drive anything else!

Peter Poten (not verified)    September 6, 2019 - 2:33PM

Over the last 3 years Honda sold heaps of the cr-v in China. The Chinese government MADE Honda take them all back. Not a recall, a full refund. The 2.0 naturally aspirated engine doesn't blow gas past the rings. The only thing worse than the 1.5 engine is also having turbo. This will be Honda's ultimate downfall in reputation. They won't take responsibility for it. Excuses like a software update fixing the problem is bs. Change one parameter (GDI pressure) you have to correct the fuel/air ratio. Honda needs to step up...

Karen Mack (not verified)    September 6, 2019 - 4:27PM

I own a 2018 CRv and I LOVE IT!! No car is withoit it's isdues and I have not experienced an issue with mine. Love the car. #teamHonda