The Honda CR-V is the best-selling car in Honda’s lineup and it’s held onto longest by its owners. CarFax came out with its 1-Owner Endorsed: Top Cars for Long-Term Satisfaction list and the Honda CR-V is number four on the SUV list and number eight among all cars in America. Subaru and Toyota rank best, taking eight spots in the Top 10 list of vehicles with the longest ownership from model years 2010 through 2019.
How does CarFax score the vehicles?
Every model year from 2010 through 2019 are included in the data from across the country to make sure that “a meaningful number of each of these models are still on the road today.” All are privately owned, so no rental cars are included, they then calculated the percentage that has had only one owner over their lifetime.
CarFax gives the most weight to 2010-2013 models that have been owned from seven to ten years, exceeding the average length of ownership in this country, which is a bit more than 6.5 years, according to the most recent IHS Markit research.
The Honda CR-V scores 93 out of 100 points to claim the highest owner satisfaction of all Honda models. The Subaru Outback scores a perfect 100 points, Subaru Forester scores 99 points, Toyota Avalon, Highlander, and Yaris models all scored 96 points, Toyota Sienna and Prius scored 95, Honda CR-V (93), and Toyota Sequoia and Dodge Caravan both scored 91 points to round out the top 10.
In the SUV category with the highest owner satisfaction CR-V is number four, Outback scores a perfect 100 points, Subaru Forester 99 points, followed by the Toyota Highlander (96), Honda CR-V (93), Toyota Sequoia (91), Mazda CX-9 (91), Hyundai Sant Fe (88), Toyota 4Runner (88), Hyundai Tucson (87), and Toyota RAV4 (87).
Why is the CR-V held onto the longest by owners?
The Honda CR-V is fuel-efficient for a small SUV getting an EPA estimated 28/34 city/highway mpg and 30 combined mpg for the 1.5-liter engine with a CVT automatic transmission. It also offers utility and cargo-carrying ability, generous interior space, it comes with Honda’s reliability, car-like handling and easy maneuverability for urban commuters.
Also recently, the 2020 CR-V scored a win in the Green Car Journal’s prestigious 2020 Green SUV of the Year award. The CR-V again is a Kelly Blue Book Best Buy for 2020 in the compact SUV category.
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