The Honda CR-V was not only one of the first crossover suvs, but it is also one of the most popular. And there is good reason for that. The CR-V has matured into one of the most versatile and useful vehicles you can buy for less than $25,000. Though it has the tall profile of a traditional SUV, it rides on a car-derived chassis. Because of that its ride quality and fuel economy rival that of its close cousin, the Honda Civic. But the CR-V’s “two-box” design and hatchback configuration enable it to haul prodigious amounts of cargo. These days, most CR-V trims use a potent 190-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that also gives it an extra dose of fun-to-drive.
So the CR-V is extremely popular. But that doesn’t mean it is the only compact crossover to consider. A wealth of other fine vehicles also populate the segment, and the following pages will give you a good look at them.