2018 Honda CR-V Awards

Cost to Own

Buying a new vehicle is one of the biggest purchases you can make and your Mid-Michigan Honda Dealers want to help you make an informed decision. If you’re in the market for a crossover SUV, you have probably researched the segment’s top models like the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, 2018 Ford Escape, 2018 Kia Sportage, 2018 Nissan Rogue, 2018 Toyota RAV4, and of course, the award-winning 2018 Honda CR-V. With so many great options to choose from, why should Jackson car buyers put the 2018 CR-V at the top of their lists?

When most car shoppers set out to buy a new automobile, it’s safe to say their primary concern is the sticker price. However, since your vehicle is a long-term investment, it’s important to look beyond the MSRP and calculate the cost to own. So what does “cost to own” actually mean? A simple formula can determine the true value of a vehicle: depreciation + out of pocket expenses = your cost to own.

Vehicle Depreciation

  • Mileage
  • Type of Miles (City Versus Highway)
  • Brand Reputation
  • Exterior Color
  • Wear and Tear
  • Interior Cleanliness

Out of Pocket Expenses

  • Fuel Economy
  • Regular Maintenance
  • Repair Costs
  • Financing
  • Car Insurance
  • State Fees

Naturally, there is some overlap between depreciation and out of pocket expenses, but the bulleted items above are the main factors used to calculate a vehicle’s residual value—other variables like comfort, equipment, and tech features will come into play as well. Join us as we explore depreciation forecasts, the types of out of pocket expenses, and how the 2018 Honda CR-V LX FWD costs less to own over a five-year time period than any other small SUV in its class.

CR-V 2018 KBB.com Lowest 5-Year Cost to Own in Central Michigan

Vehicle Depreciation

For almost 50 years, ALG has been the industry standard for successfully predicting residual value that is relied upon by auto manufacturers and lending institutions throughout the United States and Canada. After comparing the most popular crossover SUVs on the market, ALG depreciation forecasts for April 2018 show the Honda CR-V LX retains the highest percentage of MSRP after both 36 and 60 months.^

2018 April ALG Residual Value Percentages

Out of Pocket Expenses

Estimating your out of pocket expenses is a crucial part of determining the cost to own—just remember, where you live will influence everything from gas prices and car insurance to auto financing rates and vehicle registration fees.

Cost to Own - Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy

Great fuel economy is a must for today’s modern driver; however, car shoppers will often times sacrifice power for efficiency. Luckily, the 2018 Honda CR-V LX FWD not only produces up to 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, but it also achieves an impressive, EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.1

Cost to Own - Maintenance


In September of 2017, Clark.com (a byproduct of Clark Howard and his consumer advocacy efforts) shared data from YourMechanic.com that listed the most and least expensive vehicles to maintain. Based on estimates of total maintenance over a 10-year time period, Honda was ranked 27th out of 30 brands. Notably, Ford, Kia, Chevrolet, Subaru, and Hyundai were more costly to maintain, all ranking in the top 20.

Cost to Own - Repair Costs

Repair Costs

Unexpected car expenses are never fun, and major automotive repairs can have an adverse effect on your vehicle’s residual value. Recent results from CarMD’s 2017 Vehicle Health Index show Acura to be the least likely to require an “engine repair check” over the past year, while Honda and Toyota rounded out the top three, respectively.

Cost to Own - Insurance

Car Insurance

Premiums can vary for many different reasons, but one undeniable truth is insurance companies love safe vehicles. Thanks to intelligent engineering and progressive technologies, the 2018 Honda CR-V LX FWD earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),2 leaving competitors like the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, 2018 Jeep Cherokee, and 2018 Nissan Rogue in the dust.

Cost to Own - State Fees

State Fees

State fees include license, registration, and a state’s sales tax. When it comes to registration, some states assess a flat fee, while others use metrics such as fuel economy, the vehicle’s age, or the gross weight of the automobile. If you are unfamiliar with the criteria used by your state to calculate registration fees, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to learn more.

Cost to Own - APR Financing


Assuming 15,000 miles per year and 3.19% APR with a 10% down payment, the 2018 Honda CR-V LX FWD topped all compact SUVs for the lowest 5-year cost to own. Using the formula of depreciation + out of pocket expenses, the 2018 CR-V LX had a best in class 5-year cost to own, edging out the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2018 Ford Escape, 2018 Toyota RAV4, and other sought after brands.

Lowest Cost to Own

The bottom line: knowing the cost to own before you buy will help save you money in the long run. With an outstanding residual value after both three and five years, and less overall out of pocket expenses than its crossover competitors, the 2018 Honda CR-V is a smart investment. Visit any Mid-Michigan Honda Dealers location today to explore the four different trim levels, learn about current incentives, and test drive Motor Trend’s 2018 SUV of the Year, the 2018 Honda CR-V.

2018 Honda CR-V LX

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* Vehicles’ projected resale value is specific to the 2018 model year.

** $24,250 MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, $995.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set their own prices.

^ Residual values based on Automotive Lease Guide, 2009.
Residual values calculated using 15,000 miles annually.
Cost of Ownership and 5-Year Maintenance and Repair Costs source:
2009 IntelliChoice, Inc., www.intellichoice.com
Intellichoice 2009 model year shown.
Residual values as of 4/23/2018.

The contents of this report are from reliable sources, but are not warranted or guaranteed in any way. You are advised to check with each manufacturer or its representatives as the final authority on its products.

[1] 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX with CVT model. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX with CVT model. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. [2] Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA has introduced tougher tests and rigorous new 5-Star Safety Ratings that provide more information about vehicle safety and crash avoidance technologies. Because of the more stringent tests, ratings for 2011 and newer vehicles should not be compared to ratings for 1990-2010 models. Overall vehicle score and frontal crash ratings should ONLY be compared to other vehicles of similar size and weight. For more information go to www.safercar.gov.

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For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.

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2200 Seymour Road
Jackson, MI, 49201 United States
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