Along with Toyota's RAV4, Honda created the "cute ute" SUV genre when it introduced the CR-V for the 1997 model year. Currently in its third model cycle, the CR-V starts at $21,245 for a two-wheel-drive LX variant with most all the bells and whistles any driver should need. If your tastes run to having supple leather, the latest navigation hardware and four-wheel drive, the EX-L starts at $28,945. Either way, with Honda's legendary reliability and resale value, your money will definitely be wisely spent.
Written by James Hamel