Review: Honda CR-V Had a Great Summer

 


Something about the summer air must have gotten drivers thinking about the ideal vehicle for road trips to the countryside, daytime excursions to the beach and long cruises with the windows and moonroof open, because sales of the CR-V skyrocketed.

According to sales figures, the Honda CR-V edged out the Toyota RAV4 in July, making that month the best the CR-V has seen yet – in its 20-year history. Also, the CR-V was Honda’s best-selling model in July.

Then August came, and things only got better for the CR-V when it set a second consecutive all-time sales record.

Why are buyers so crazy about the CR-V? Aside from its streamlined styling and practical size and design, we have a few ideas:

Safety First
The 2016 Honda CR-V aced tests by both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ title, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which gave it top ratings of a 5 Star Overall rating. It comes with a suite of standard safety features to keep your family safe, as well as the new Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitor and the option for lane keeping assistance on the Touring model.

Fuel Efficiency
Drivers no longer consider all SUVs to be gas guzzlers, and the CR-V is helping to support that notion. The front-wheel-drive CR-V gets an estimated 26 MPG city and 33 MPG highway, for a combined 29 MPG*. The useful all-wheel drive model gets 25 MPG city, 31 MPG highway and 27 MPG combined.

Cargo Space
Of course, if you are shopping for a crossover SUV, it’s very likely that space is something you need. The CR-V not only takes passenger comfort into consideration in its design, but cargo space as well.

In the front, driver and passenger seats are comfortable and come with the option for heat for those chilly winter mornings. In the rear, there's ample space for kids, so you'll never feel a kick the back of your seat again, and it can also accommodate taller adult passengers.

Drivers who have stuff to lug around will find the CR-V convenient on multiple levels, least of which being its ample cargo space. With rear seats up, it has 37.2 cubic feet of space. Fold the rear seats down for a total of 70.9 cubic feet – more than almost any other car in its class. Plus, it has a low cargo floor for easy transfer of items and a power liftgate.

Reliability
J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study rated the CR-V as better than most in reliability. Plus, Honda includes a 3-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty, and a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty to ensure years of trouble-free driving.

‡ Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportationʼs New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).  2016 Honda Accord with Honda Sensing ™.
 
*2016 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2016 EPA MILEAGE RATINGS. USE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY. YOUR ACTUAL MILEAGE WILL VARY, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE, DRIVING CONDITIONS, BATTERY PACK AGE/CONDITION (HYBRID MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.

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