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    Honda HR-V vs Honda CR-V: What’s the Difference?

    Honda has been producing great vehicles for years, which is why the CR-V continues to get produced and upgraded each year. The smaller HR-V is becoming a popular vehicle as well, so you’ll need to know what the difference is when shopping between the two.

    The HR-V has a 1.8-liter engine with four cylinders that generates 127 pound-feet of torque and 141 horsepower. The two basic trim levels have a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The upper-level trim model has a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and all-wheel drive can be added on to that.

    The standard CR-V model has a 2.4-liter engine with four cylinders that can crank out 180 pound-feet of torque and 184 horsepower. The top trim levels have a 1.5-liter engine capable of creating 179 pound-feet of torque and 190 horsepower. Continuously variable transmission is the only option, and front-wheel drive is standard. However, all-wheel drive can be added to any model.

    The HR-V and CR-V are similar when it comes to technology. Both standard models have Bluetooth connectivity, a five-inch color screen, and a stereo with four speakers. You can upgrade to a sound system with six speakers, a navigation system, and a seven-inch touchscreen in the upper trim levels. However, the upper trim levels in the CR-V offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which is not offered in any trim level of the HR-V.

    Each trim level of the HR-V has air bags in the front, side curtain, and side as well as stability control and traction systems. The upper two trim levels also have a system for blind spot monitoring.

    The CR-V has all of this as well, but it also has an option to add Honda Sensing to it. This has multiple driving aids that help with things like collision mitigation, which automatically brakes if it detects an upcoming crash. The system also has road departure mitigation to let the driver know through audible and visual warnings if the car starts to go off the road.

    The HR-V has an analog instrument cluster and three-spoke steering wheel inside. There is a center stack that has the climate control panel and touchscreen with the infotainment system. On the outside, it has sharp headlights and character lines in the side panels to decrease visual mass. The HR-V is 169 inches long from bumper to bumper, is 63.2 inches tall, and is 69.8 inches wide.

    The CR-V has a more modern design, with the front end looking more muscular than the HR-V. There is a more minimalist design inside than the HR-V, and some models have a wood trim as well. The CR-V comes in at 180 inches from bumper to bumper, is 66.1 inches in height, and is 73 inches in width, making it larger than the HR-V.

    Looking for a new or pre-owned Honda? Visit us at Honda of Roanoke Rapids to see our inventory and talk to our staff to find the best vehicle for your lifestyle.

    *Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit

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    Some Popular Ways to Pay for Your 2018 Honda Purchase

    Even if you don’t have the entire amount saved up in cash, there are other ways that you can purchase a 2018 Honda vehicle. You can finance the purchase, use credit cards, or combine a cash purchase with either financing or using credit cards. Whichever option you choose, it’s imperative to determine what financial situation works best for your budget and future plans before signing on the dotted line. Keep reading to learn more about your payment options.

    When shopping for a 2018 Honda, opt to pay in cash if you have enough money saved and won’t end up broke. You might receive a discount on the price if you mention that you’re paying the entire amount in cash. The biggest benefit from paying in cash is that you avoid paying interest. For instance, if you were to finance a $20,000 vehicle with a five-year payment plan at 6 percent interest, you would end up paying more than $3,000 in interest.

    Credit Cards
    Using a credit card to purchase your 2018 Honda is a great way to take advantage of rewards such as airline miles or cash back. Using the $20,000 vehicle as an example again, think about what benefits you would receive by using a credit card. If a particular card offers 1 percent cash back, you would earn $200.

    Just like paying with cash, it’s vital to have the money available to pay off your credit card when the payment is due. If you fail to do so, then it doesn’t make sense to use credit cards as a form of payment since you will end up paying more in late fees or interest.

    Before using your credit card to pay for the vehicle, you should know the credit limit on each of your cards, particularly if you plan to split the payment between two or more cards. You can also contact each credit card company to see whether you can get an increase in your credit limit. It may take a few days for the increase to take effect, so make sure you do this a few days before you plan to make your purchase.

    When you finance your Honda, you have to pay interest on the money you borrow. Keep in mind that, depending on your credit score and how much you finance, you might end up paying thousands of dollars in interest. It’s best to have a monthly car payment that is 20 percent or less of your disposable income. You can always use a car affordability calculator to determine how much you can afford to spend based on your budget.

    Going back to the $20,000 vehicle option, if you finance the Honda for five years at 6 percent interest, you will have a monthly payment of $387; however, over the course of the loan, you will end up paying more than $3,000 in interest. Further, if you spread out the payment over 10 years, your monthly payment drops to $222, but you will pay more than $6,000 in interest.

    You have several options when it comes to paying for your 2018 Honda. To speak with someone about purchasing one of these vehicles, reach out to the professionals at Honda of Roanoke Rapids.

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