Honda CR-V
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Overall

The CR-V combines style, practicality and comfort into one attractive five-passenger package. Honda won’t change any of this winning formula for 2014.

Drivetrain

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 185-horsepower ad connects to a five-speed automatic transmission; all trim levels can be had with all-wheel-drive.

The current edition of Honda’s popular Civic-based wagon is now three years old and continues to maintain its popularity despite new or updated segment rivals including the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. Honda claims that the CR-V’s attractive shape reduces fuel-robbing aerodynamic drag by eight percent when compared to the previous CR-V. The interior is an equally attractive spot for passengers and delivers a decent amount of cargo space. Maximizing the load floor is a snap with the standard Fold-Down Rear Seat that operates by flipping a pair of levers located just inside the tailgate. The rest of the cabin is standard Honda fare, which translates into an uncluttered (albeit plasticky) dashboard, comfy, supportive seats and generously sized storage compartments, including a large floor-console bin that can hold a purse or other bulky items. Under the hood is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. Fuel performance is rated at 23 mpg city and 31 highway for front-wheel-drive models (22/30 for AWD models). Honda claims that by activating the “ECON” button that alters the transmission and air conditioning functions, drivers can further improve on these numbers. As for function, the lift gate is wide and tall while the cargo area extends more than five feet from the rear with the back seat folded. In base LX trim, the CR-V comes with a significant amount of standard equipment, while the EX includes a power moonroof, fog lights and a few other niceties. Popping for the EX-L adds leather seat covers, 10-way heated driver’s seat, up-level audio system and access to the optional navigation system.

Base price (incl. destination): $23,800
Type: Four-door compact sport-utility vehicle
Engine (hp): 2.4-liter DOHC I4 (185)
Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 23/31 (FWD)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; stability control; traction control
Weight (lb.): 3,300