The Honda CR-V goes way back. It was one of the first car-based crossover SUVs, tracing its roots to the dark ages of 1995. The simple fact that it’s still a popular vehicle qualifies it for automotive legend status.
In practical terms, the CR-V’s longevity means that Honda engineers have had a long time to get the compact CR-V’s formula right. And right it is, with above-average ride and handling revealing its unexpectedly sporty driving character.
The now-standard 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers spritely acceleration with excellent fuel economy. A continuously variable automatic transmission contributes to those high-mileage figures, but it can occasionally give the engine a droning sound.
Inside, this fifth-generation offers surprisingly ample room for four adults. There’s lots of storage for small items up front, and a positively huge cargo hold—75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded—provides more space than what can be found in some physically larger SUVs.
With this latest model, the legendary status the Honda CR-V has achieved over the past two-plus decades pays big dividends for today’s buyers.
- Lively performance with outstanding fuel economy
- Long list of advanced safety features standard
- Radio sorely needs a separate tuning knob.
- Overeager collision warning/automatic emergency braking
- There’s a reason models such as the CR-V achieve status as legends: they’re that good.
- Base Price: $25,050
- As Tested: $35,845
- 27/32 (1.5L turbo I4/CVT automatic)