The Honda CR-V has been one of the highest selling compact crossovers ever to have been launched in the market. The year 1997 was the breakout year of Honda CR-V, and is currently running its 4rd generation. CR-V was immensely successful when it first launched, and the latest model offers front as well as all-wheel drive with 5-passenger seating.

The Earlier Models
Honda has always been exceptional at launching new cars into the market and when the first generation Honda CR-V was launched it had a 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder engine with 4-speed automatic transmission. It offered 126-hp, which was enhanced to 146-hp by 1998 with 5-speed manual transmission. The car was also highly fuel efficient back in the day, and had an EPA rating of 19mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

The year 2002 marked the 2nd generation of the CR-V, which marked a new era for the compact crossover SUV, as it offered a 2.4-liter inline-4 cylinder engine with 16-valve double overhead cams. It produced 160hp at 6,000rpm with 162lb-feet of torque. Honda made this model a 2WD with automatic transmission, which had an EPA of 20mpg in the city, and 26mpg on the highway.

Third Generation
The third generation Honda CR-V was a completely different beast, since it had to compete with a lot of different automakers now. The crossover SUV market had seen a rise in demand, and Honda had to pull out all the stops for this one. The 3rd generation CR-V had a 2.4-liter 16-valve inline-4 cylinder engine, with double overhead cam engines made from aluminium alloy.

It had a 5-speed automatic transmission, with 180hp at 6,000 rpm and 161lb-feet of torque. This time Honda offered a FWD option in the CR-V with an EPA rating of 21mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway.

Honda also started introducing popular amenities into the vehicle by this time, which included the following:

v  Dual-zone climate control system

v  Bluetooth connectivity

v  Heated leather-trimmed front seats

v  Voice recognition navigation system with a rear backup camera

v  A power moonroof

v  Steering wheel mounted controls

v  Alloy wheels

v  USB audio interface

v  Side curtain airbags

v  Extensive safety features

CR-V Popularity
The Honda CR-V has been made available in 3 different trim levels, and has been a highly popular compact crossover SUV, which is a claim that can be easily backed, since it is also the highest selling compact crossover SUV on the market as well.

The 4th generation Honda CR-V has already broken a lot of records in the automobile industry, since it is not only stylishly designed by offers plenty of amazing amenities and power features. The reason for the success of the CR-V is down to the fact that Honda knows its target market extremely well, and knows how to make outstanding vehicles that leave a mark on the industry.

Our verdict
There are lots of great compact crossover SUVs in the market today, but there is none better than the Honda CR-V. The latest model of the car is definitely one that will make any car driver happy, which is why we recommend it to everyone.