2017 Honda CR-V: No Better Than Accord & Civic

Since it first arrived as a 1997 model, the Honda CR-V has not failed to spearhead Honda as the brand’s most popular model. Now that its fifth-gen model has just arrived, nothing has changed. In fact, the recent boom in SUV demand has only reinforced that status quo.

The automaker isn’t so keen on playing up the CR-V too much though, saying that the mid-sizer isn’t any better than the Honda Accord or Civic in its books.

According to General Manager Jeff Conrad, as per Auto News, Honda never held the mindset of the CR-V being the division’s sales leader ahead of its other offerings, namely its sedans.

Conrad might have a point, seeing how well the Accord and Civic have performed with consumers in spite of the considerable decline faced by the sedans these past couple of years. While the latest data from Edmunds reveal that the CR-V is yet again the most researched vehicle on the website, its two sedan siblings have caught up.

The Civic was 10th in the ‘most researched’ list in 2015, but for 2016 it has leaped all the way to 3rd spot. As for the Accord, it moved up from 3rd to 2nd on the list, displacing the Mazda CX-5 (now 7th) and completing the total domination of the top three spots by one brand.

The mid-size sedan is going to be a whole lot more popular when its tenth-gen model finally shows up next year as a 2018 model. It could potentially overtake the CR-V at first spot as well. Sedans are in a bit of a pickle now, so let’s hope for that.