We love hearing about the different reasons people adore the Honda CR-V, but this was a new one.
In this article at TruckTrend.com, focuses mostly on how wonderfully easy the Honda CR-V is park. Seriously! It seems a bit funny at first, but then I thought about my experiences or concerns about driver a vehicle bigger than a mid-sized sedan and parking is right at the top. Who wants to be embarrassed as they try to squeeze into a tiny, downtown parking spot? Or start panicking as they realize that all the room they THOUGHT they had only to start pulling in and realize the vehicle was making it much tighter than it should be?!
Certainly, we’ve all experienced that anxiety, which is why the focus on ease of parking in this article is relevant. Especially to those moms (and dads) who need a vehicle big enough to transport kids and lots of stuff, but not one so big that it makes it impossible to park unless you park yourself away from everyone else.
“The Honda CR-V tends to be the pick families; moms and dads who want a great car for moving the family around,” said Tony Carter, general manager at Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “Families need a good sized car, but not one that feels like a tank driving down Fairhaven or makes it impossible to shop at Bellis Fair around the holidays. This article actually does a really great job of describing an important aspect of why people love driving (and parking) the Honda CR-V.”
How great is the Honda CR-V’s “parkability?”
“The CR-V seems as if was born to park, squeezing into laughably tight, strip-mall spots; shoring up perfectly square to curbs; and swiftly maneuvering through one of Los Angeles’ massive 10-story, subterranean parking garages. You’d almost swear this was Honda’s top priority when conceptualizing the fourth generation of its small ute.”
Stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to take the Honda CR-V for a test drive…and park!
TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Honda Accord was the best-selling car with individual American car buyers in 2013 and was joined by three other Honda models – the Civic, CR-V, and Odyssey – as retail sales leaders in their respective segments in 2013, according to new-vehicle registration data compiled by Polk, which was recently acquired by IHS. The Accord, built in Marysville, Ohio1, also had the No. 1 produced car in America in 2013.
Cumulatively, the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey posted retail sales of more than 1.11 million units in 2013, each earning the business of more than 300,000 individual American car buyers. Excluding full-size pickups, only one other model across the entire industry posted retail sales of more than 300,000 units in 2013.
“Our focus on retail sales to individual buyers has a direct correlation to the high resale value of Honda products, which is a key factor in the value proposition for our customers,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We want to thank car buyers for making four Honda vehicles America’s top choices, purchased one car at a time.”
Additional highlights from the Polk /IHS Automotive data included:
- Honda’s 2013 retail sales rose 8.4 percent from year-ago totals to 1,332,576 Honda cars and light trucks
- Individual sales to retail car buyers made up 98.1 percent of all American Honda sales in 2013, compared to an average of 81.7 percent for all other non-luxury vehicles
- Accord retail sales in 2013 rose12.2 percent to 360,089
- In addition to being retail sales leaders, both the Civic and CR-V ranked as the overall best-selling models in their respective segments for the third consecutive year, and both saw retail sales and registrations jump 8.2 percent in 2013
- The Odyssey also captured an impressive 32.2 percent of the U.S. retail registrations for minivans in 2013, selling nearly 25,000 more vehicles than the nearest competitor in the segment
Honda has been named the Most Trusted Brand by Kelley Blue Book for two consecutive years (2012 and 2013) and the Best Value Brand by Automotive Lease Guide for six years in a row (2008 through 2013), in part due to the consistently high resale value of its products.
KBB.com, the online presence of Kelley Blue Book, has named the 2014 Honda CR-V as the best SUV for less than $25,000, giving the award to the CR-V for the second year in row!
“We chose the 2014 Honda CR-V to lead the pack for the second year in a row because of its well-rounded manner and stellar reliability,” says Jack Nerad, KBB’s executive editorial director, in a statement.
According to this article, “It’s not just about being a cheap ride. Nerad says those on the list were chosen for being stylish and offering the latest technology as well. Fuel economy was also a must.”
And consumers are reacting (and loving) the 2014 Honda CR-V.
“The CR-V is better than ever,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “Over the years the CR-V has really built a name for itself as one of the best SUVs on the market and the 2014 Honda CR-V is certainly a culmination of what Honda learned people want in their SUVs. And it’s an entirely affordable vehicle! To be named best SUV by Kelley Blue Book really says something because it s very well respected.”
Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda in Bellingham, or Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee to find out why the 2014 Honda CR-V is the best in the industry.
Three Hondas were named in the top ten of best-selling vehicles of 2013, more than any other automaker!
- The Honda Accord was the fourth best-selling selling vehicle
- The redesigned Honda Civic was sixth (and there’s a good chance it will rise in the rankings this year)
- The Honda CR-V was eighth
“People love Hondas,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “I think it’s a testament to the fact that Honda has established a reputation of creating cars that people want that are also dependable and have great value.”
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships to find out why these three cars are some of the most popular vehicles in the U.S.
The brand new Honda Vezel will arrive at dealership lots in the U.S., including Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda dealership, some time in the second half of 2014.
It won’t be called the Vezel and we are VERY excited about this new vehicle that will be add some fresh blood to the Honda line up. so what can we expect? “While small, Honda asserts that the new model will have “a coupe-like, high-quality personal space for the front seats and minivan-like elbowroom, comfort and functionality for the rear seats” — an interesting split personality.”
It’s based on the popular Honda Fit and will be 9 inches shorter than the Honda CR-V (only 7 inches longer than the Fit). But we all know size isn’t everything and Honda is the master at maximizing interior space and making it feel bigger than it is with creative and quality design.
“We think this new compact crossover will be a big hit,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda. “It will have a coupe-like feel so people who want a crossover but like that more compact feel will really fall in love with this new yet-to-be-name vehicle.”
Look for more about Honda’s new compact crossover (including it’s American name) in the coming months!
This is a great article about the realities of why people really buy crossovers and how the 2014 Honda CR-V exceeds expectations when it comes what people really want from their crossover: to make life easier.
It’s true. People shopping for a crossover aren’t usually really looking for something to haul an oversized boat or looking to go romping in the seriously rugged territory.
No, what people desiring a crossover really want is space, to have seats fold with the simple tug of a lever, great gas mileage, and available all-wheel drive for when the weather gets bad.
“The standout feature in our opinion is the marvelously roomy back seat, which is easily accessed through big back doors that open nearly 90 degrees. That seat also folds with ease. Pull a fabric tether and — viola! — the cushion tumbles, the seat back folds and a flat load floor is created from tailgate to front seats. That same folding ballet can be initiated with a pair of handy pull handles in the cargo bay. Either way, it creates a generous 71 cubic feet of cargo room.”
The Honda CR-V has been the best-selling crossover in the United States for a decade because people, especially families, recognize that it does what we need. It may not be the most stylish or zippiest on the road, but when it comes of functionality and safety (arguably two of the most important things when its transporting your wee ones), the Honda CR-V can’t be beat, including the 2014 Honda CR-V
It is, in fact, “… a marvelous helpmate in simply getting through daily life.”
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships to take the 2014 Honda CR-V out for a test drive with the kids and see exactly how it can help make your daily life a bit easier.
We have mentioned Honda’s “Start Something Special” campaign and even the commercial about the special role Honda played in the wedding of one lucky couple.
The bride had requested to borrow 3 Honda CR-Vs for the wedding; Honda provided eight. Then flew in family from Ireland for the big day. And Irish step dancers. And the couple’s favorite Irish band. And arranged for $2,000 from Macy’s.
This article (you can watch the commercial at the end of it) stated that the commercial wasn’t moving, that there wasn’t enough tension to make it effective. And that Honda “upstaged” the couple.
We definitely think that is wrong. Sure, it’s not super dramatic and there’s no “tension,” but as we watched it, we were definitely touched and even teared up. A couple’s wedding day is memorable, for sure, but Honda certainly made it more memorable and special.
Take a look at the commercial and tell us what you think. Did it effect you like it did us?
We love the Honda CR-V. Turns out, we aren’t the only ones.
Check out the first paragraph of this review, “The all-new, fourth-generation Honda CR-V debuted late last year with upscale styling, excellent fuel efficiency, and a host of standard convenience features, making it one of the most fun and functional compact SUVs in America. The CR-V returns for 2013 as an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and is distinguished by a NHTSA 5-star Overall Vehicle Score. Along the way, it has also earned awards from Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com and J.D. Power and Associates.”
Yeah. That pretty much sums it up.
But there’s more.
Here are the highlights:
- Body: “aggressive and aerodynamic”, lightweight suspension
- Interior: “The interior of the 2013 Honda CR-V combines a sedan-like driving position with abundant comfort and convenience features, and standout utility and versatility. The CR-V’s “small on the outside, big on the inside” packaging is the key to its appeal. The roomy 5-passenger seating layout provides plenty of space to stretch out, front and rear, and there’s abundant storage, including a large center console.” Also the 60/40 easy fold-down seats for bigger loads.
- Safety: “The CR-V has been named a TOP SAFETY PICK (the highest rating possible) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes.”
- Power: “All CR-V models are powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft. of torque.”
Stop by Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda, or Northwest Honda today so you can take the new Honda CR-V out for a test drive!
While we try to keep things local (or at least national) on the BlogHonda blog, we also like to brag about the accolades given to Honda vehicles overseas. It reminds us that Honda is a globally recognized brand for its excellence, safety, and reliability.
Like this article that tells about how the Honda CR-V has been rated one of the safest vehicles in Europe by Europe’s vehicle safety organization, NCAP. It was just given a 5-star rating! (Five stars is good in anyone’s book, right?!)
The rating was based on the following items:
- occupant protection
- child protection
- pedestrian protection
- availability of driving aids
One thing that stuck out to me in reviewing these was “pedestrian protection.” Here in the United States, I don’t think we worry too much about way of protecting pedestrians that may get struck by a vehicle. I’d be interested to learn about that and how we can better protect pedestrians in the U.S.
“The new CR-V’s top safety rating reflects Honda’s commitment to overall vehicle safety. Honda’s commitment to safety is embodied by the term ‘Safety for Everyone; safety for drivers, but also safety for passengers, pedestrians and occupants of all vehicles. Honda’s car-to-car crash test facility at the Tochigi R&D plant analyses impacts between models of different sizes and weights and develops solutions to mitigate injuries for both passengers and pedestrians.”
Read more about the safety features of the Honda CR-V HERE.
2013 Honda CR-V
Occasionally we write about Honda commercials that are usually entertaining or funny. But this time, we are writing about one that touched our hearts. Why?
Because of grandma.
We LOVE this commercial of a grown grandson driving his grandmother on what appears to be a short road trip to see where grandma grew up, an item on his “leap list.”
We think this tenderhearted commercial speaks to us because we all know how important and special grandmas are. It’s also touching that this young man made it a point to go see where his beloved grandma grew up. And chose the 2013 Honda CR-V to take them to check off an item on his leap list.
Which brings us to this: what is on your leap list? If you had a 2013 Honda CR-V, what are some things you would do that you can’t do with your current vehicle?