When it comes to building cars, Honda seemingly does no wrong. Roundly praised for its engineering prowess, Honda is one of the “Blue Chip” Japanese auto manufacturers doing business in the United States. Leading the charge is the company’s ubiquitous Civic. One of the most desirable cars available, Honda’s Civic enjoys a huge following and fittingly, many derivative automobiles have been fashioned off its platform over the years.
One of those vehicles, the CR-V, enjoys near cult status in it’s own right. Produced in response to the burgeoning demand for such vehicles engendered during the SUV boom of the latter years of the 20th century, the first Honda CR-V came to market in the United States in 1997. There have been varying explanations of the acronym CR-V, with some saying CR-V stands for Civic Recreation Vehicle. According to others, it’s Compact Recreational Vehicle, and still others claim Comfortable Runabout Vehicle. Wherever the truth resides, the fact of the matter is the CR-V has been a resounding sales success for Honda.
Three generations of the compact SUV have been offered since it was launched.