Trucks & SUVs

Now Is The Time To Buy A Used Honda CR-V

When it comes to buying an affordable and reliable family vehicle, many SUV fans turn to the Honda CR-V. They have a history of reliability, they are spacious enough to be practical, and they are priced well-enough that the average consumer doesn’t have to worry about oversized monthly payments. As the new 2021 model years begin to come to the market, the opportunity to buy the now older, used models becomes more affordable, and the Honda CR-V is the used SUV you should be looking at.

What the Honda CR-V has to offer

The Honda CR-V is a popular option for many families, but it’s also a reliable choice for a teenager’s first car, a daily driver, or even your weekend car to travel for soccer games and ballet recitals. Whatever the reason, now might be the best time to buy a used CR-V.

You can find used CR-Vs on the market for lower than $10,000 in good condition depending on the model year, and newer used models can even be found for less than $20,000 in good condition. This means smaller down payments and more affordable monthly payments for many people.

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The CR-V is by no means a sports SUV or a luxury SUV. It doesn’t have impressive off-road capabilities or hidden features that you’ll be dying to show off – but at its core, it wasn’t designed to. The CR-V was designed to give owners everything they need, at a price that is both affordable upfront, and affordable down the road. They are inexpensive to maintain, low-cost to repair, and for a majority of the time won’t require any major trips to the mechanic as long as routine maintenance is kept up.

Which years to buy

For the past ten years, Consumer Reports has given their recommendation for buying the Honda CR-V over and over again. This SUV ais consistently reliable, and even if it might not be as sporty and luxurious as SUVs like the BMW X4, it still has a lot to offer. Depending on your preference in style and what safety features and infotainment features you are looking for are the best way to guide which used model year of CR-V you should look at.

The 2017 Honda CR-V on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show
2017 Honda CR-V | Abdulselam Durdak/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

A good place to start is to determine which generation of CR-V you want to look at, as the generations will encompass several model years and will be a good guide for pricing as well as seeing how comparable different years are. For example, there are very few differences between the 2011 through 2016 model years of the CR-V because they are all part of the same generation.

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There are many factors you should take into consideration when you are looking at a used car. Mileage, condition and previous accidents are the most common things that people look for when purchasing a used vehicle. Service records can also help you see what type of maintenance the car has had, and when any major repairs have been done, though this isn’t always something that people keep perfect track of.

The best thing about buying a used Honda CR-V is that they have been known to last for a substantial amount of miles with just standard maintenance and few repairs, reportedly lasting as much as 200,000 miles and over by current owners.