2021 Honda CR-V

Rating7.0

Ranked #15 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$25,350 - $35,150

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Key Spec of 2021 Honda CR-V
fuel economy

28/31/34

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

190 hp @ 5600 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2021 Honda CR-V Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 12, 2022

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The 2021 Honda CR-V is the brand's best-selling vehicle, of its stylish trim options, an available hybrid powertrain, and top-rated safety features. Since Honda gave the current-generation CR-V a significant mid-cycle update last year, the 2021 model is mostly unchanged. This Honda's midsize crossover is a versatile and family-friendly car that delivers an attractive interior, a fuel-efficient 190 hp 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, plenty of cargo room, and poised driving dynamics. The 2021 Honda CR-V boasts an interior with a roomy passenger and cargo area, as well as a number of drive-enhancing amenities. The CR-V Touring AWD model goes to 60 in 7.8 seconds, not that quick but fun to drive. In terms of engine performance, the EPA rates the Honda CR-V with up to 28/34 mpg city/highway gas mileage.


2021 Honda CR-V For Sale

The 2021 Honda CR-V starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $25,350 for the entry-level LX which comes with a good number of active safety features. Stepping up to the next-in-line EX trim which starts at $27,860. while to get premium add-ons like leather seats and navigation, you'll have to look at the CR-V EX-L starting at $30,450 or the top-range Touring trim that begins from $33,650. Prices for the used 2021 Honda CR-V range from around $25,800 to $44,988, depending on the vehicle mileage ranging from 14 to 95,421. You can lease a new Honda CR-V for $299 per month for 36 months with $3,599 due at signing.

2021 Honda CR-V Buying Advice

If you're considering an older model, check out the 2019 and 2020 models which are part of the same generation revamped in 2017. Honda gave the 2020 CR-V an exterior facelift and added the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features as standard equipment. Based on the listings, most shoppers paid an average price of around $32,245 for the used 2020 Honda CR-V. Go for the CR-V EX which adds a touch-screen infotainment system, smartphone integration, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, and a moonroof.

2021 Honda CR-V Latest Updates

  • Jun' 23, 2022 : Honda Gives A Glimpse At The Next-Gen 2023 Honda CR-V SUV's Interior After Teasing Its Exterior Read More »
  • May' 26, 2022 : 2023 Honda CR-V Teased, Full Reveal By This Summer Read More »
  • May' 21, 2022 : The Top 10 Cheapest Honda Cars To Buy In 2022 Read More »

The Honda CR-V is a compact SUV positioned above the subcompact HR-V and below the midsize Passport and Pilot in the Honda's lineup. The 2021 Honda CR-V's competition includes top-rated crossovers such as Toyota RAV4 and the Mazda CX-5. Read the Expert Review to make an informed buying decision.


ProsConsWhat's New

Extremely fuel-efficient

Offers less towing capacity than most rivals

No major changes for the 2021 model

Spacious and practical cabin 

Lacks some modern features

Stunning interior quality

The infotainment system needs to be updated

Snappy and quick turbocharged engine

Lots of standard safety features

Excellent handling

Over All Rating

7.0

Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.00
Engine and Performance7.00
Fuel Economy8.00
Interior7.50
Exterior5.50
Safety9.00
Competition6.00
Notable Rankings

#15 in Compact Suv

#21 in Suv


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Trims

LX$25,350 onwards

  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM stereo, Radio
  • Automatic Front air conditioning
  • Cloth Seat trim

EX$27,860 onwards

  • 1St row Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated mirrors

EX-L$30,450 onwards

  • Leather Seat trim

Touring$33,650 onwards

  • Honda Satellite-Navigation System with voice activation
  • Rain Sensing Windshield wipers

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2022 Honda CR-V6

2022 Honda CR-V EX

EX 4dr Crossover AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Dealer Price
$30,380
Est. $412/mo
Good deal
$2,070 Below market
RMV: $32,450
Daytona Beach, FL
MSRP $31,380
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2021 Honda CR-V6

2021 Honda CR-V Touring

Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Dealer Price
$34,001
Est. $461/mo
Good deal
$2,324 Below market
RMV: $36,325
Estero, FL
MSRP $37,845
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2021 Honda CR-V23
Price Drop, $287
Previous Price: $2893727 Apr 2021

2021 Honda CR-V EX

EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Dealer Price
$28,650
Est. $388/mo
Good deal
$1,935 Below market
RMV: $30,585
Frederick, MD
MSRP $30,480
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2021 Honda CR-V6

2021 Honda CR-V EX

EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Dealer Price
$28,708
Est. $389/mo
Good deal
$1,877 Below market
RMV: $30,585
Owings Mills, MD
MSRP $30,535
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2021 Honda CR-V32

2021 Honda CR-V EX

EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Dealer Price
$28,705
Est. $389/mo
Good deal
$1,880 Below market
RMV: $30,585
Marion, OH
MSRP $30,535
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2021 Honda CR-V23

2021 Honda CR-V SE

SE 4dr Crossover (1.5L 4cyl 190 hp CVT)

Dealer Price
$26,550
Est. $360/mo
Good deal
$1,620 Below market
RMV: $28,170
Grapevine, TX
MSRP $26,550
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2021 Honda CR-V6

2021 Honda CR-V EX-L

EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Dealer Price
$29,925
Est. $406/mo
Good deal
$1,750 Below market
RMV: $31,675
Dallas, TX
MSRP $31,625
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2021 Honda CR-V6

2021 Honda CR-V EX-L

EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Dealer Price
$31,424
Est. $426/mo
Good deal
$1,751 Below market
RMV: $33,175
Savoy, IL
MSRP $33,125
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2022 Honda CR-V6

2022 Honda CR-V LX

LX 4dr Crossover (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Dealer Price
$26,975
Est. $366/mo
Good deal
$1,465 Below market
RMV: $28,440
Grapevine, TX
MSRP $26,975
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Colors and Styles

2021 Honda CR-V in Basque Red Pearl II color
Basque Red Pearl II

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2021 Honda CR-V is a part of the fifth generation introduced for the 2017 model year, in which Honda made a lot of big and small changes to the car. This five-seat CRV is a fuel-efficient, affordable, comfortable, and safe choice in the compact crossover segment. The 2021 Honda CR-V interior complements its powerful and fuel-efficient performance wonderfully. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to enhance your driving experience. You’ll benefit from more cabin space for everyone to stay relaxed during long commutes, and enjoy advanced technology and amenities exclusive to each trim level.  

The class rivals like Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 offer different flavors. Like the CX-5 offers dashing looks and athletic performance around the corners while the RAV4 is spacious and offers a better hybrid model. How good is the 2021 Honda CR-V actually? Let's check the article below.

2021 Honda CR-V Pricing:

Prices for the 2021 Honda CR-V starts at $25,350 for the base LX model with a front-wheel-drive configuration, plus a destination fee of $1,120. With AWD, the LX model starts at $26,850. The more popular EX costs $27,860 and is a better-equipped model. If you want leather seating and the other premium amenities, the EX-L begins at $30,450, while a top-line CR-V Touring edition is the most equipped model, starting at $33,650.

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover front view
2021 Honda CR-V Crossover rear view

Buying Advice

The 2021 Honda CR-V comes in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. All trims come standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and a front-wheel-drive. All-wheel drive is optional in every trim for $1,500. 

We recommend stepping up to EX trim which has a strong value statement, thanks to standard features like a 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system, smartphone integration, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, and a moonroof. For premium amenities and equipment like leather upholstery, you'll have to get the EX-L trim or above.

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Features

Just like the previous year, Honda offers the CR-V in four trims, starting from the base LX trim and going all the way to the top Touring trim. All the trims come with an optional AWD system which costs extra. The base trim starts with an MSRP of $25,350 for the standard FWD CR-V. Honda has cleverly divided the trims so you get exactly what you want, and it sure does come within budget. 

Trim

LX

EX

EX-L

Touring

MSRP (FWD)

$25,350

$27,860

$30,450

$33,650

MSRP (AWD)

$26,850

$29,360

$31,950

$35,150

Key Features

Honda Safety sensing and Driver Assist suite

Addition/Replacing the features of LX

Addition/Replacing the features of EX

Addition/Replacing the features of EX-L

 

Auto high beam headlights

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Power Tailgate with programmable height

Hands-free remote tailgate

 

18-inch alloy wheels

Adaptive cruise control

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

19-inch alloy wheels

 

LED daytime running lights

7-inch touchscreen display

Automatic dimming rearview mirror

Roof rails

 

5-inch infotainment screen

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Leather upholstery

Premium 9-speaker audio system

 

Remote entry system

 

8-speaker audio system

 

 

Manually adjustable driver’s seat

 

 

 

A host of safety and comfort features are available right from the base trim, and as you progress through the trims, you will see the addition of better tech and comfort features. Even the base trim comes with a host of features, so you will not be disappointed. One thing worth noting is that smartphone integration features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available from the EX trim and are absent in the base trim.

Engine and Performance
7.0/10

The 2021 Honda CR-V is powered by a standard 1.5L turbocharged engine paired with a CVT transmission across the range. The turbocharged engine puts out 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque, which is adequate for the size of the CR-V. The whole power is directed to the front wheels as standard, with an AWD system available as an option. The 2021 CR-V LX FWD goes from 0-60 MPH in 9.3 seconds while the AWD models are quicker with an estimated 7.8 seconds 0-60 mph time. This compact SUV has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, the lowest in the class. There is a hybrid trim available, which is slightly up on power with a 2.0L engine combined with an electric motor.

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover engine bay

There is no lack of fun while driving the 2021 Honda CR-V. While the engine might not be able to reach high-top speeds, it sure is quick off the mark and would keep up with the traffic at highway speed with ease. The transmission does a pretty good job of keeping the engine at the right revs all the time, and Honda has been well praised for their CVT. At the same time, the CR-V's turbocharged engine is a blessing to your pocket, as it is one of the most fuel-efficient engines in the class.

Models

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Ford Escape

2021 Kia Sorento

MSRP

$25,350

$26,150

$24,885

$26,690

Engine

1.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.5L Inline Four-Cylinder

1.5L Turbocharged Inline Three-Cylinder

2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

190 hp @ 5,600 RPM

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

181 hp @ 6,000 RPM

185 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

179 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

190 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.3

9.1 

8.4

9.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16

16.6

16.1

17

Top-Speed (MPH)

127

130

130

123

With the improvement in the body, Honda also gave attention to the suspension which now gives a more plush and comfortable ride around town. The suspension does a pretty good job of flattening out bumps and imperfections on the road. Honda has also made the cabin even quieter and less road noise now enters the cabin, giving you a smooth and sound ride. 

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover handling

Even the base trim of the CR-V comes with a standard FWD system with an optional AWD system that is more focused on keeping the car under control and providing better traction at all times. It does not have the biggest brakes, but they sure do a perfect job of stopping the car in time. The brake pedal has a sharp response, and the brakes offer quite a bite. It takes 128 feet to stop the CR-V from 60 mph to a standstill, which is very decent for the segment.

Ford is the quickest to 60 with the Inline-3 engine and also offers a top speed that matches that of the Toyota RAV4, which has a bigger engine and offers more power. Honda has better power output than Ford and Kia but offers less torque than Ford and Toyota. In short, Kia is the worst performer among them all, while the others stay ahead of each other in one way or another in terms of performance. 

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

With the standard FWD drivetrain, the 2021 CR-V returns EPA estimated 28/34/30 MPG for city/highway/combined cycles. When you opt for the AWD drivetrain, the figure will dip slightly to 27/32/29. Honda equips the CR-V with a 14-gallon fuel tank that offers a range of roundabout 420 miles in mixed driving conditions. In the class, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 offer unmatched fuel efficiency. There are hybrid versions available that take the MPG figures even further than what the standard engine on offer, which is already very impressive.

Models

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Ford Escape

2021 Kia Sorento

MPG (City)

27

27

26

22

MPG (Highway)

32

35

31

29

MPG (Combined)

29

30

28

25

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

14

14.5

14.8

18.8 

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

378/448/406

392/493/435

384/459/414

414/545/470

Honda has the highest fuel economy, with Toyota offering identical MPG figures, or even better on the highway with a bigger and more powerful engine, something which makes the Honda look bad. But Honda makes it up with better performance compared to Toyota. Kia Sorento has the biggest fuel tank which allows for way more range than the others.

Interior
7.5/10

While the 2021 Honda CR-V might not have the most luxurious interior you would get to sit in, it sure is the most practical interior. The CR-V's interior is roomy with one of the best passenger and cargo spaces, and its build quality is also very refined. Moving up to the higher trims, you also get leather upholstery which completes the overall look of the interior and gives a slightly upscale feel to it. The design remains minimalistic which would handle the rough use it would go through while carrying around a small family with children for a long time to come. The compact SUV manages to offer a cargo capacity of 39.2 cubic feet, which is the best in class.

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover front seats

No matter where you are seated inside, you have ample space at your disposal, and even on long trips, you won’t feel tired. The overseas market for the CR-V has a seven-seater trim, but the one available in the U.S. is a five-seater trim which feels more practical considering the size of the CR-V

Models

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Ford Escape

2021 Kia Sorento

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.1/57.9/41.3

37.7/57.8/41

40/57.6/42.4

39.5/59.1/44.1

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.5/56.4/37.8

39.3/56/40.7

39.3/58/39.4

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

36.3/52.8/31.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

39.2

37.6

33.5

11.3

The CR-V, without a doubt, has the most cabin space, followed by the Ford. The RAV4 lacks in terms of cabin space and also has a smaller trunk than the CR-V. Kia, on the other hand, offers seating for up to seven with the third row of seats suited for children. This, in turn, reduces the standard trunk space. Some of the highlights of the interior include the following:

  • Front Bucket Seats with 6-way manual adjustable driver's seat
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat
  • 60-40 Folding Split Rear-seats
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

One thing that Honda needs to look after is their infotainment system which has now started to look and feel a bit dated, and rivals have better systems on offer. The LX trim lacks a lot in terms of infotainment features as it comes with a standard five-inch screen and four-speaker sound system with basic Bluetooth connectivity, whereas features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard features in most other rivals. 

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover infotainment screen

Moving up to the CRV EX trim, the screen size increases to seven inches and this system is available in the top trim as well. The sound system also gets better on the upper trims, with the EX-L getting a better 8-speaker system and the top Touring trim boasting a premium 9-speaker system. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system include the following:

  • 7” touchscreen system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (available from EX trim)
  • 9-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM 
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 12-volt power outlet

Read more about the 2021 Honda CR-V interior >>

Exterior
5.5/10

Honda has a typical design language that is a no-nonsense smooth flowing design for their cars, although the Civic is an exception. With a refresh last year, the 2021 Honda CR-V offers a flat-lined roof, which also provides more headroom. Features like LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, and LED fog lights are available in all the trims except the LX. The wheel sizes are also different for different trims, while the base trim has to make do with 17-inch alloy wheels, the top-end Touring trim comes with 19-inch wheels, and both the middle trims have 18-inch wheels. The base LX trim comes with multi-halogen headlights, while all the rest of the trims come with standard LED headlights. The crossover weighs 3,455 lbs and stands 8.2 inches above the ground.

2021 Honda CR-V Crossover

The 2021 Honda CR-V complements the sleek and sophisticated exterior design. Honda offers the same palette of exterior colors on every trim level of the CR-V including striking pearl and metallic hues. There are 8 different 2021 Honda CR-V colors you can choose from including Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, and Aegean Blue Metallic.

Models

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Ford Escape

2021 Kia Sorento

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,455

3,370

3,298

3,810

Length (inches)

182.1

180.9

180.5

189

Width (inches)

73

73

74.1

74.4

Height (inches)

66.1

67.0

68.6

66.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

8.4

8.6

7.3

Wheelbase (inches)

104.8

105.9

106.7

109.4

Ford Escape is the lightest of them all. The Kia Sorento is the heaviest, longest, and widest, which explains the more seating inside the car. The extra length and width, however, would make it slightly harder to fit in tight garages or parking spaces. The Honda CR-V is a perfect balance of not being too heavy and offering generous space for the passengers and cargo. Some of the highlights of the exterior include the following:

  • 18” or 19” alloy wheels
  • Integrated roof rails
  • Automatic projector headlamps with LED DRLs
  • LED Brakelights
  • Active Shutter Grille
Safety
9.0/10

NHTSA gave the 2021 Honda CR-V the highest five-star safety rating in their crash test, while the IIHS gave it it's a top rating of ‘Good’ in all the crashworthiness categories. The higher Touring models with the LED headlights managed to grab the ‘Top Safety Pick 2021.’ Honda has given extra attention to the safety quotient of the 2021 CR-V. All CR-Vs include the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist active safety tech as standard which includes automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.  

Some of the standout safety features are as follows:

The standard list of safety features includes traction control, stability control, ABS and EBD, and six airbags.

  • Forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection
  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Lane Departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

Read more about the 2021 Honda CR-V Safety >>

Competition
6.0/10

2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 gives a tough competition to the CR-V. It costs almost a grand more than the CR-V, and for the extra money, you get a more powerful engine, more infotainment features as standard, whereas the Honda offers better driving dynamics, costs less, and comes with more safety features as standard, and offers a more spacious and comfortable cabin.

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Ford Escape

Ford Escape and Honda CR-V both come at a similar price and have almost every feature. There is no lack of safety or infotainment tech in either of the cars. The only thing that separates these two is the thought of personal choice and the fact that Honda has been deemed more reliable than Ford. If we have to choose, we’ll choose Honda’s reliability.

2021 Ford Escape

2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento is the only car that offers three rows of seats, but that doesn't make it any better than the rest, nor does it justify the price which is just shy of the $30,000 mark. Honda is affordable, spacious, and offers everything that the Kia does at a less price. If you want three rows of seats, then the Kia Telluride would be a better option than the Sorento, and it also falls in the same price range as the Sorento.

2021 Kia Sorento

 

Final Verdict

The 2021 Honda CR-V is an affordable, fuel-efficient, and comfortable compact crossover that offers tough competition to the class. The list of drawbacks is pretty small when it comes to the CR-V, and with slight improvements, it might just become the best-selling crossover. A lot of it can be attributed to the fact that it already has surpassed the sales of the automakers' sedans. All in all, the 2021 Honda CR-V is one of the best choices to buy in the compact crossover SUV class.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$33650

body style

4dr Crossover

engine type
displacement

91 cu in

horse power

190 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

179 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

dimensions
length

182.1 in

wheelbase

104.8 in

width

73 in

curb weight

3452 lbs

Height

66.1 in

Ground Clearance

7.8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

102.9 cu ft

cargo volume

75.8 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

28/31/34 mpg

highway range

476.00 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Honda CR-V 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$28,602
5 Year Cost To Own
$39,686
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $39,686
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$3,364$1,948$1,795$2,136$2,054$11,297
Insurance$1,069$1,094$1,100$1,219$1,183$5,665
Fuel$1,573$1,610$1,677$1,704$1,823$8,387
Maintenance$221$786$537$1,905$1,561$5,010
Repairs$-15$-26$176$328$435$898
Financing Interest$1,739$1,411$1,079$658$266$5,153
Taxes and Fees$2,455$189$242$169$221$3,276
Total Cost-To-Own$10,406$7,012$6,606$8,119$7,543$39,686
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