Why New Honda CR-V Is The Hottest Compact SUV
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.
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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