The Japanese Champion
The Honda CR-V isn't the most popular compact SUV in Canada. That title goes to the Ford Escape. However, the diminutive Honda has been #2 in its segment for the past few years. Sign of its ongoing popularity, for which the rising fuel prices are no doubt partly responsible, it's ahead of the Toyota RAV4, the Jeep Patriot and the Nissan Rogue.
Which may surprise some, as the CR-V maintains its popularity despite its lack of a V6 engine. Contrary to several manufacturers, Honda is banking on a 4-cylinder mill that may not be the strongest of the bunch but that's suitable for a family calling.
It's the CR-V's undeniably reasonable side that has ensured its success. Since its introduction in 1997, the CR-V has remained a practical and pleasant vehicle.
This third generation is no exception. The cabin comfortably accommodates four adults thanks to generous head and legroom both in front and in back.
Access to the cargo area is by way of a very light tailgate, the edge of wich is almost at floor level. And its volume doubles in size once the asymmetrical rear seat backs are folded down, accomplished in no time at all.
This third generation CR-V has also dropped the rear door of the previous models, which opened onto the street and required too much free space behind the vehicle.
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