The Honda CR-V arrived in 1995, at a time when the compact crossover SUV was virtually non-existent. Its manufacturer, Japanese behemoth Honda, envisioned it to be a smaller, more convenient alternative to the gas-guzzling beasts that SUVs those days were known as. Dubbed a "crossover" because of the combination of sedan-like driving and handling and SUV styling, it wasn't hard for the CR-V to become extremely popular with buyers.
As of 2015, the Honda CR-V is in its fourth year of generation, with the 2015 model year as the latest iteration. It runs on an economical, fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, which pumps out 185 horsepower. Equipped with an available Eco Assist system and mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission, the CR-V can yield up to 34 mpg on the road. A five seater, the SUV gives up to around 104 cubic feet in passenger volume. The vehicle is split into four trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.
Since inception, customers have been drawn to the CR-V's ample passenger room and cargo capacity, in addition to its comparatively remarkable fuel economy. Not surprisingly, sales have increased with each year. it went from 66,752 units with the first model year (1997) to 335,019 with the 2014 edition. Even though, the CR-V faces much fiercer competition these days with entries from several other manufacturers, it is still one of the most highly regarded compact crossover SUVs in the market. Reputed auto publication Motor Trend crowned the 2015 Honda CR-V "SUV of the Year," while the U.S. News & World Report ranks it number 1 out of 19 Affordable Compact SUVs in the segment.