Honda CR-V

The 2011 Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V is no newcomer to the crossover scene, having been marketed as a small SUV since the 1990s. It was never really meant for off-roading, though, and the crossover segment seems to fit it well. The two-wheel-drive Honda CR-V gets better mileage than the four-wheel-drive version, with an EPA rating of 21 miles per gallon (8.9 kilometers per liter) city, 28 miles per gallon (11.9 kilometers per liter) highway and 24 miles per gallon (10.2 kilometers per liter) combined. That's with a four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower, room for four adults, and a spacious cargo area behind the back seats.

The small size, SUV styling, and great gas mileage have made the Honda CR-V the best-selling SUV for four years in a row -- starting its streak before the crossover category had even gained traction. The base model, which gets the best gas mileage, starts at about $21,500 [source: Honda.com].