Many of the more utilitarian-focused vehicles that are part of the Motor Trend and Truck Trend long-term fleet live a life of labor, as opposed to the hard-driven, but also pampered and preened life of the long-term sports cars and high-dollar luxury cars.

The generous cargo and passenger space of our long-term CR-V quickly endeared it to our photography staff, which enlisted Honda's best-selling small crossover to photograph a trio of high-powered droptops in southern Utah. Although not outwardly that sumptuous, our CR-V is well-equipped with seat heaters, dual-zone climate control, and an almost endless number of storage nooks and crannies sprinkled throughout the interior.

The CR-V had only a fraction of the horsepower of the convertibles it was chasing, but despite the power deficit on paper, some determined driving by staff photographer Mike Shaffer never left the Honda too far behind the big dogs, and prolonged waits at road turnouts by the photo subjects proved largely unnecessary.

Although capable of being driven under the whip, the copious amount of howling and squealing from the tires trying to keep up with the testers, and the 185-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 buzzing away in lower gears trying to keep pace made it clear this vehicle was made for more sedate suburban kiddie-shuttle duty. In all, the CR-V lives up to the reputation it has earned as a capable, practical all-around compact crossover.

Our Car
Service life 9 mo/17,173 mi
Average fuel economy 26.6 mpg
CO2 emissions 0.73 lb/mi
Energy consumption 127 kW-hr/100 mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $74.04 (oil change, tire rotation)
Normal-wear cost $0