A lot of car manufacturers have almost moved on from developing Baja 1000-ready Sports utility vehicles. It’s not that there isn’t still romance on the adventure of crashing over boulders at high speed and getting caked on the dust of desert competition. It’s only that modern car-based crossover Suvs such as the Honda CR-V, having its improved driving position; 70-plus cubic feet of freight space (with the rear seats down); friendly fuel economy, ride, and handling; and available four-wheel drive, offer just about everything today’s buyer needs in this car.
Indeed, as the CR-V first broke cover in 1997 as a Civic-based high-roof wagon, Honda was rebadging Isuzu Rodeos as Passports plus the number-one-selling Sports utility vehicle in the states was the truckulent body-on-frame Ford Explorer. But Americans, notoriously dismissive of hatchbacks, have embraced the Sport utility vehicle cum wagon cum crossover with the freeway load, and those vehicles have become any superior, bestselling body style-better than compact sedans, mid-size sedans, as well as pickup trucks. Including the top of that heap is the CR-V, which was the highest-selling crossover/SUV inside the Us. in 2014.