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Pros: The 2014 Honda CR-V is a well-designed, solidly built compact CUV with excellent driving dynamics. It's quiet, comfortable, and roomy -- both for passengers and their luggage. Proven reliability and strong residual value are other highlights, here.

Cons: Of course, the CR-V isn't perfect. There is no larger engine upgrade, and the automatic transmission lacks a manual mode. The interior has some questionable plastics, particularly in the cargo area, and the rear bench seat no longer slides fore and aft. As for fuel economy, you can find better.

2014 Honda CR-V Price: You can buy any of six CR-V trim levels in 2014 including:
• LX-2WD at $25,990;
• EX-2WD at $29,190;
• LX at $28,290;
• EX at $31,290;
• EX-L at $33,490;
• Touring at $35,390.
Honda CR-V 2014
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2014 Honda CR-V Fuel Economy: In all cases, expect your new Honda CR-V to burn an average of 7.8L/100km in 2WD version or 8.1L/100km with AWD -- provided you've pushed the ECON mode button.

Improvements and Changes: This model is a carryover.

2014 Honda CR-V Powertrain: The lone engine option is a 2.4L i-VTEC inline 4-cylinder producing 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is of the automatic type, but with five gears instead of six like many competitors. As mentioned, power can be sent to the front wheels only or, optionally, to all four wheels thanks to Honda's Real Time AWD system with Intelligent Control.

Cargo Capacity: Possibilities abound inside the 2014 Honda CR-V whether the 60/40 split-folding rear seat is up (1,054 litres) or down (2,007 litres). There are multiple storage compartments and cup holders throughout the cabin, as well.

Safety: Boasting a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA, the CR-V obviously cares a lot about occupant protection. ABS, brake assist, vehicle stability assist with traction control, hill-start assist, active front head restraints, and six airbags all come standard.

Comparing the 2014 Honda CR-V: In the compact SUV/CUV segment, you'll find plenty of alternatives including the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.