In the film “National Lampoon’s Vacation” Chevy Chase drives his family across country in a station wagon that was called The Family Truckster. At the time that this movie was made most families in the United States still used traditional station wagons as their preferred method of transport. But fast forward to today and it is clear from the sales charts that the compact SUV has replaced the station wagon as our nation’s modern day Family Truckster.
Now, given its bulletproof reliability record and seemingly never ending popularity with the buying public, one would assume that the favorite compact family SUV Truckster in the United States would have to be the Honda CR-V. Everyone knows that the recently restyled 2012 Honda CR-V is a truly idiot proof compact SUV choice no matter if you need it to haul around your kids, your friends or just your semi-over indulged pets. It is solidly built, has a proven reliability record, class leading fuel efficiency and is also one of the most fun to drive offerings in its market segment.
But we at Autobytel believe that before you buy any new vehicle you should always see what else is out there. A good rule of thumb is to test drive at least three different models in the vehicle segment you are most interested in and if it so happens you are looking for a compact SUV then you are in luck because there are many fine competitors vying to steal away CR-V sales. But the question is, are they as good as the 2012 Honda CR-V?
Well, we road test a lot of compact SUVs for you just so we can answer that question for so as follows are the five best alternatives you should consider test driving before buying that new CR-V. We aren’t saying you won’t wind up buying the Honda as so is the case with so many compact SUV shoppers but rather we only want to make sure you feel truly confident with your decision.