Whatever you may have thought about “compact SUV” as a low-line hauler for baby strollers and potted plants doesn’t apply to the new
Honda CR-V, as its...
... driving experience far exceeds common expectations for “utility vehicle.” Enhancements in suspension details, wheels and tires deliver remarkable ride comfort and handling precision. The ride quality is smooth on good surfaces and well-controlled on bad, and the new CR-V takes corners with predictable certainty and direct feedback through the steering, even when driven enthusiastically. Special mention goes to the direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and its continuously variable automatic transmission. Many CVTs feel as if the engine is connected to the drive wheels by a big rubber band. But the CR-V’s CVT behaves more like a “normal” automatic, and that’s a compliment. For a drive across the town or the country, Honda’s new CR-V is about as good as a compact SUV gets.