2012 Honda CR-V: The Right Size
February 27, 2013
I've driven a lot of crossover SUVs, ranging from small ones like the Kia Sportage to biggies like the Chevy Traverse. Of them all, the Honda CR-V seems to strike the best balance between being small enough to be fuel efficient and easy to park, while being large enough to provide a spacious rear seat and generously sized cargo area.
With an overall length of 178.3 inches, the CR-V slots in between the truly compact Hyundai Tucson (173.2 inches) and the more midsize than compact Chevy Equinox (187.8). Rear leg room is good for all, as it measures 38.3, 38.7 and 39.9 inches, respectively among the three.
In maximum cargo space, however, the Honda beats them soundly with 70.9 cubic feet against the Tucson's 55.8 and the Equinox's 63.7 cubes. It also boasts the highest fuel economy as well, rating 25 mpg in combined driving to the Hyundai's 23 and the Chevy's 23.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor