Take the practicality and reliability Honda has long been known for, and add some utility a bit of sportiness, and you've characterized the CR-V, a compact SUV that is one of the Japanese brand's most popular vehicles.
The 2014 CR-V is virtually unchanged from the previous model year, and that's fine because no changes were needed.
It's still a terrific five-passenger vehicle that offers a surprising amount of room for passengers, gets great fuel economy and is priced modestly.
The CR-V is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is linked to a five-speed automatic transmission.
The engine makes 185 horsepower, and fuel economy is rated at 23 mpg city, 31 highway with front-wheel drive (which the tester had), or 22 and 30 with available four-wheel drive.
This engine is perfectly suited for this small SUV, delivering more than adequate power, while still providing good gas mileage.
On the outside, the CR-V retains the body styling that was adopted when the vehicle was refreshed a few years ago. This style presents a sporty, angular design that has become popular now among crossovers from several brands.
On the inside, you'll find quality materials that are durable and attractive, while not being gaudy.
And passengers, especially taller folks, will appreciate that Honda's engineers were considerate enough to not design the interior as if it were a sardine can. Whether you're sitting in the front or rear, you should have adequate head and leg room.
And cargo space is pretty good, too, with a nice-sized rear area that is expandable when you fold the back seats.
The CR-V has a solid, smooth ride that's appropriate for a small family vehicle. No, it won't win races, but it probably won't enter too many races, either.
The CR-V is priced starting at around $24,000 and ranging to about $33,000 for a fully loaded model with four-wheel drive.
That's a good value for a vehicle that offers so much in the way of quality, dependability and utility.
If those are characteristics you're seeking in a small family vehicle, the CR-V has you covered.