11 Honda CR-V Statistics You Should Know (Facts & Numbers)

Honda started manufacturing the Honda CR-V in 1995 and then launched it in the North American market in 1997.

A published article by Honda claims the “CR-V” stands for “Comfortable Runabout Vehicle.”

The Honda CR-V is classified as a compact crossover SUV, putting it a notch above the Honda HR-V and a level below the Honda Pilot. Through five generations and over 25 years, the Honda CR-V has cemented its place as one of Honda’s best offerings.

Why don’t we look at the statistics and numbers that put the CR-V up there with the famous ones?

Here we go.

How Many Honda CR-V Have Been Sold Per Year in the U.S.?

While Honda started producing the Honda CR-V in 1995, it didn’t launch in the U.S. market until 1997.

Since then, the Honda CR-V has always earned respectable year-end numbers, indicating its popularity amongst U.S. buyers.

In fact, the CR-V was the best-selling SUV in the U.S. for several years, before being dethroned by the Toyota RAV-4.

The table below contains exact yearly sales figures for the Honda CR-V in the U.S.

Year Total Sales
1997 66,752
1998 100,582
1999 120,754
2000 118,260
2001 118,313
2002 146,266
2003 143,909
2004 149,281
2005 150,219
2006 170,028
2007 219,160
2008 197,279
2009 191,214
2010 203,714
2011 218,373
2012 281,652
2013 303,904
2014 335,019
2015 345,647
2016 357,335
2017 377,895
2018 379,013
2019 384,168
2020 333,502

Adding up these numbers reveals that the Honda CR-V has sold exactly 5,412,239 units since 1997. Note that figures for 2021 will not be available until the year end.

The table also denotes a yearly increase for almost every year, with a few exceptions here and there.

It crossed the 300,000 mark in 2013 and hasn’t gone below that ever since, not even in the pandemic-struck year that is 2020.

Check also what Honda CR-V years to avoid.

Engine Size Per Year

If you’re looking for engine sizes and facts on towing power for the many Honda CR-V models we have an article specifically on that.

Go here to learn about engine size per Honda CR-V generation and model.

What Year Did Honda Start the CR-V Models?

Honda started the CR-V models back in 1995 and in 1997, it launched the vehicle in North America.

The first generation covered the 1997-2001 models.

The 2002-2006 models belonged to the second generation and the 2007-2010 models fell under the third generation.

The fourth generation kicked off with the 2011-2016 and the fifth generation covers every CR-V model since 2017.

Please also read our article about the Honda CR-V and lights.

How Is the Fuel Economy on the Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V has a decent fuel economy for a vehicle of its class. Not to mention its hybrid variant which offers a massive reduction in fuel costs.

Below is a table containing three CR-V variants and how they stack up against the competition.

Model City MPG Highway MPG Combined MPG
Honda CR-V FWD 28 34 30
Honda CR-V AWD 27 32 29
Honda CR-V AWD Hybrid 40 35 38
Toyota RAV4 AWD 27 33 29
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD 41 38 40
Subaru Forester AWD 26 33 29
Chevrolet Equinox FWD 26 31 28
Nissan Rogue AWD 25 32 28

The table reveals that the CR-V either has a higher combined MPG than many other models or is equal to them.

However, the Honda CR-V hybrid loses a little ground to the only other hybrid variant on the list- the Toyota RAV4 AWD Hybrid.

Without a doubt, the Honda CR-V uses less fuel than many other vehicles and even more so with its hybrid variant.

Fueleconomy.gov estimates that you save $750 in fuel costs over five years for the FWD variant and $500 for the AWD variant. The Honda CR-V Hybrid also saves you $2500 in fuel costs within the same period.

How Quickly Do Honda CR-V Depreciate?

Every car’s depreciation rate matters to owners because it determines how much value their vehicle is likely to lose within a specific period.

For the Honda CR-V, Car Edge estimates it will depreciate by 38% after five years.

This means if you got it for $35,657, you might be able to sell it for up to $22,143 in five years. Auto Padre also corroborates this 38% estimation.

That’s pretty good, especially when compared to another Honda model like the Honda Pilot which drops by 47% in five years.

Make sure to also read our article about how long Honda CR-V lasts.

Did Honda Recall Any of the CR-V Models?

Virtually every model of the Honda CR-V has been recalled at one time or the other.

The table below details how many recalls have been issued for every CR-V model starting from 1997.

Model Year Number of Recalls
1997 2
1998 3
1999 3
2000 2
2001 1
2002 18
2003 16
2004 15
2005 16
2006 15
2007 11
2008 10
2009 11
2010 14
2011 12
2012 3
2013 1
2015 2
2016 2
2017 3
2018 2
2019 8
2020 1

The table shows Honda issued no less than 10 recalls for all model years between 2002 and 2011.

Recalls for CR-V model years have since dipped starting from 2012 with just three recalls. No model year has hit double-figure recalls since then.

How Much Do the CR-V Models Pollute?

The Honda CR-V has won no “Green Car of the Year” awards and neither has it come close. While it isn’t the best example of an environment-friendly car, it isn’t the worst either, especially its hybrid variant.

Let’s look at the numbers.

The 2021 Honda CR-V FWD model has a Greenhouse Gas Emissions rate of 294 grams per mile and 4.4 metric tons per year. It also has an energy impact score of 11.0 barrels of regular gasoline and a 7/10 EPA smog rating. 

The AWD model takes some steps back with a Greenhouse Gas Emissions rate of 305 grams per mile and 4.6 metric tons yearly. It has an energy impact score of 11.4 barrels and a 6/10 EPA smog rating.

The Honda CR-V AWD Hybrid gets a Greenhouse Gas Emissions rate of 234 grams per mile and 3.5 metric tons per year. It also has a stellar EPA smog rating of 8/10 and an energy impact score of 8.7 U.S. barrels.

The hybrid variant of the Honda CR-V is the greenest model in this line-up.

Also read our article about the Honda CR-V in snow and winter driving

How Much Can the CR-V Models Tow?

The most recent model of the Honda CR-V weighs in at 3,337 lbs. and can tow up to 1,500 pounds of weight with proper equipment.

It also has a payload capacity of 850 pounds.

How Much Cargo Space Does A Honda CR-V Have?

Here is the number for the 2022 model:

Length 182.1 inches
Height 66.1inches
Width 73 inches
Wheelbase 104.8 inches
Cargo capacity with seats 39.2 cubic feet
Cargo capacity with seats stored 75.8 cubic feet
Curb weight 3337 pounds
Towing capacity 1500 pounds
Roof rack weight capacity 165 pounds

You can check the cargo capacity for each Honda CR-V generation and model here.

How Reliable Is a Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V has been deemed reliable and up to expectations by several consumers.

U.S. News & World Report through compilation of research from various sources gives the CR-V a reliability rating of 8.8 out of 10.

J.D. Power gives the CR-V a reliability rating of 79 out of 100 and a total consumer rating of 81. It sits at the ninth position on J.D. Power’s list of Top 10 Consumer Rated SUVs.

How Safe Is a Honda CR-V?

The latest Honda CR-V gets a massive 9.7/10 rating on the U.S. News & World Report score card.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards the CR-V an overall five-star rating. It also got a 5-star rating for all other categories except Rollover where it gets four stars.

4th gen Honda CR-V from rear side.

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety(IIHS) rates the CR-V “good” in virtually every category except two. The CR-V was rated “Marginal” for headlights tests and “Superior” for front crash prevention tests.

Below are some of the CR-V’s most notable safety features:

  • Airbag (Front Head, Rear Head, Front Side, Driver, Passenger)
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Traction Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Seatbelt Pre-tensioners

Note, none of the Honda CR-Vs have 3rd row seating.

What Is the Typical Buyer Demographic for this Model?

Data from J.D. Power shows women make up about half of the CR-V’s buyer demographic while 55% of buyers are men.

CR-V buyers have a median age of 62 and an annual household income of $94,483, both of which are higher than the segment average.

Only 27% of CR-V buyers belong to Gen X or Gen Y, which is lower than the 39% for the segment.

This buyer demographic is concerned about maintenance costs and reliability. They also want their vehicle to have the latest safety features.

Honda CR-V Theft Numbers

The Honda CR-V is one of the most frequently stolen cars in the United States.

It was stolen a total of 10,094 times in 2019 and ranked tenth on the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s Hot Wheels Report.


 2021 Honda CR-V | jdpower.com

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