The CR-V is one of the more sensible and competitively priced choices in the small SUV class. Its 185-hp four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic are smooth and responsive. Mileage was a commendable 23 mpg overall in our tests. Despite the slightly vague steering, handling is responsive in ordinary driving, but it doesn't shine at the limits. Braking is excellent. The ride is absorbent and composed but road noise is pronounced. The rear seat is roomy, but the small rear windows restrict the view to the rear quarter and straight back. The interior has large bins and a handy quick-folding lever for the rear seat. A low load floor and standard rear-view camera also help.