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.
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.
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|
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 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.
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
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.