The segment's best seller, the Honda CR-V, is one of the better among the small SUV class with good fuel economy, roomy interior and standard safety features.
The CR-V is small enough to navigate through tight parking lots, yet roomy enough inside to comfortably fit five adults. Rear seat room is particularly generous. With the 190-hp, 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the CR-V got 28 mpg in our testing. Most of the time, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) does its job unobtrusively but when merging or climbing, it's a struggle to mask the engine's droning whine.
Handling is capable. The CR-V corners with contained body roll and quick steering, though it's not as sporty as the Mazda CX-5. The ride has a firm edge but is still compliant. The previous generation CR-V's notoriously loud road noise has been significantly reduced, contributing to the current car's more substantial and premium feel.