Exterior

The CR-V may be an SUV, but it's no boxy truck. Rather, it's all smooth curves, flirty looks and just enough sport to make it more than just another pretty face. The profile is rounded, with a cute snub nose. The windows slope more than the actual roofline does, so the CR-V appears to be really sleek.

In the front, the body slopes sharply beneath the bumper, giving the CR-V better clearance in steep driveways than the previous generation. The large headlights dwarf the small grille, but the Honda badge is more prominent than before. Horizontal chrome strips echo the grille's horizontal lines and add some sparkle. Bold sculpting spreads in a V from the outside of the grille to the side mirrors. The CR-V's rear has more edges that the rest of the vehicle. The taillights run vertically all the way up to the roof.

The CR-V is just a super-cute little SUV. It's the kind of cute that makes my voice go up an octave or so, just like when I'm talking to a baby. But even better than being cute is it works. There's tons of headroom, which is less about my head and more about my kids climbing around inside. While the CR-V sits a bit higher off the road than a sedan, it doesn't require a major climb to get into it. A flat step-in area makes it easy for little legs to get into this SUV.

The liftgate opens easily, and an interior handle makes it a cinch to close, too. It opens high enough to walk under without being out of reach. The CR-V's dual-level cargo space is meant to stow a full-size stroller on the bottom, while the removable shelf provides a place for light items or an easy, clean place for diaper changes on the go. The cargo area will also hold two golf bags beneath the shelf, but who has time for golf?

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Excellent

Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Good Times

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