Honda Motor Company is known for making a wide variety of passenger vehicles. The Japanese auto manufacturer’s parent company also makes automobile components, powersports equipment, industrial equipment, and commercial vehicles. Honda Motor Company is the parent of the Acura brand, which makes and sells luxury vehicles that are usually based on Honda’s vehicles. Among the vehicles in Honda’s portfolio are a popular lineup of Honda sport utility vehicles. Honda SUVs have helped propel Honda Motor Company to be the second largest automotive manufacturer in Japan, and one of the most popular vehicle brands in the world. Honda passenger cars, including Honda sport utility vehicles, are sold in a wide variety of global markets, and are produced in manufacturing plants around the world. Though there are a lot of past and present Honda SUV models, a few in particular are good examples of why Honda sport utility vehicles are so popular.
The Honda CR-V is an early example of the compact sport utility vehicle category that evolved to the current crossover market. Honda has been manufacturing the CR-V since 1995, although it was not introduced in North America until the 1997 model year. The original version of this Honda sport utility vehicle got its origins from the Honda Civic compact car. The CR-V is a four door vehicle with a front-mounted engine, available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The first CR-Vs rolled off the line at production facilities in Japan and the United Kingdom, although Honda expanded CR-V production in 2007 to sites in the United States and Mexico, and to Canada in 2012. A partnership with Dongfeng Motor Corporation produces CR-V vehicles in China specifically for the Chinese market. For most of the CR-V’s life, it has held the status of the entry level vehicle in the Honda SUV lineup, although the Honda Element briefly held that distinction. The Element was a crossover that was in the Honda SUV lineup from 2003 until 2011. It was a five-door hatchback-style SUV that was produced in Honda’s Ohio assembly plant, and it was designed specifically for the United States and Canadian markets. Though the Element seated just four occupants, the large cargo area made the vehicle more versatile and appealing. The Pilot is a Honda sport utility vehicle slotted above the Element and CR-V. The mid size Pilot has been produced since 2003, and, like the Element, was designed with North American consumers in mind. A rebadged version is available in the Middle East, though, and small runs of the Pilot are allocated to other select markets.