2014 Honda CRV AWD

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Honda’s CR-V remains the best selling crossover SUV on the market.

After spending a week with one, it’s not hard to see why.

You get genuine 5-passenger room, the slightly elevated driving position that everyone seems to want today, the utility of a rear hatch with 37 cu ft storage with the rear seats up….and almost 71 cu ft with the rear seats down, plus 22-31 mpg economy on regular gas…and the name “Honda”.    What’s not to like?

Price?    It’s possible to get into a CR-V for under 25K.   They start at $23,775 including destination fees…and even the base LX gives you a backup cam.

Spring for a loaded EX-L and you might think you’re driving something with a three-pointed star on its hood….and you’re still around 30K.

Honda just keeps raising the bar with their CR-V…and because of that, the whole category just gets better and better.    Nissan is chasing the CR-V with its new Rogue….and Toyota just re-designed it’s RAV 4….not to forget Ford’s recently re-designed Escape and Hyundai’s Tucson, Mazda’s 5 and more.

Yes….there’s a lot to choose from in this crowded field…and they all seem to get better each year….and they’re all still chasing the CR-V.

The CR-V comes with a 2.4 liter, 185 HP 4-cylinder and a 5-speed auto….regardless which model you choose.   I thought it was a 6 the first time I hit the gas.   Plenty of low-end torque for your around-town squirts through traffic.    Plus the brakes and suspension handle emergency moves and potholes with aplomb.

Our test CR-V was a top-of-the-line EX-L all-wheel-drive with nav and voice recognition and stickered at $31,275.   The AWD only knocks down the CR-V’s  23 city / 31 hwy / 26 average down one MPG across the board.   We got an average of 27 in mixed city / hwy driving….and might have done even better with a 2-WHD model.

But….with memories of our “snowjam” fresh in mind, the extra $1,250 for all-wheel-drive looks like it just might be money well-spent!

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