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2020 Honda CR-V: A Good Bet Worth Every Consideration

Once again, this year’s Honda CR-V, across the board seen as a compact SUV, is tops in the class and should be on your short list if you are looking for a small SUV for your get-around-town Bear needs.

To be sure, there are cheaper starter SUVs on the market. The CR-V starts at $25,150 US and goes up from there for all the fun creature comforts, like sunroof, blind spot monitoring and keyless entry, many of those items which really should be included in the base price. Nonetheless, the CR-V has proven every year to be a reliable car with plenty of kick and lotsa interior room that make this a worthwhile use of your limited funds.

Mileage is a real draw here, coming in at 28 city / 34 highway. New this year is a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, which gives it a quicker acceleration and better response time when needed. That is really incredible, so if you are watching your budget – okay, who isn’t? – this is a feature that should really get your attention. You probably have a close friend or relative or know a man ‘intimately’ who has a CR-V.  Just ask them. The response should be positive. 

The exterior styling is even more attractive this year, and that really does make a difference. I have never felt it was necessary to be in love with your car unless you can afford love; for most of us, a car is a tool of necessity, not a luxury. But when you can afford something a little nicer and a little racier that can also help you with your work, such as the CR-V, well – why not?

(Ya know, it’s like anything else in life: if you can afford beauty in your love life, great. But if you need something that will work hard with you, well, you have to think about the future, if just for the immediate future….)

Some items that most likely upped the price this year (but for good reason) is a whole slew of standard safety features, to include adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. I gotta tell ya, once you have these items, you never want to go back to the old ways of driving. They are truly live savers.

Going up the food chain, you can easily spend north of $35K US on a CR-V, which, if you have that kind of credit line, hey, go for it. There are all kinds of other luxuries to be had, which will also up the price.

As the pandemic gets worse wherever you are on the planet, please protect yourself. It’s going to be a long, cold, harsh winter. 

Here in the United States, we have much to worry about. Fortunately, we have been playing a little Miley Cyrus tune called  Party in the USA.   A lot. 

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