Honda dealers in America actually turned down the original CR-V; that is until it became a huge success in Japan. Then those same dealers couldn’t wait for Honda to engineer a left-hand-drive version of this popular mini-SUV. Now the second-generation CR-V ($18,800 to $21,500) shows improvement in every category. Quieter, with a more rigid body, and a torquey 160-horsepower inline four — all while keeping the list price virtually flat. For more information, log on to