The Honda CR-V was named the winner of Kelley Blue Book's 2012-2013 Compact Crossover SUV comparison test.
Kelley Blue Book, which provides information on new and used cars, compared five of the top crossover vehicles, including the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. Those cars have undergone recent redesigns, while the other two models tested, the Chevy Equinox and the Toyota RAV4, have more consistent designs.
Examining characteristics such as cargo holds, fuel economy, vehicle maintenance and even down to details like window stickers.
"The Honda CR-V emerged as the clear winner and demonstrated why it has become one of the best-selling vehicles in America in recent years." said Jack Nerad, an executive at Kelley Blue Book. "The Honda CR-V takes first place for its blend of smooth ride and power, competitive fuel economy, outstanding assembly quality, first-rate materials, quiet operation, exceptional comfort and excellent value story."
Sales of compact crossovers have grown by more than 50 percent since 2007. Truck Trend reports that the CR-V alone saw a sales increase of 44 percent over 2011's figures thus far.
As fuel prices remain high, more Americans are reassessing their needs when it comes to SUVs. With better mileage than most large Sport Utility Vehicles and adequate storage space, compact crossovers are an attractive option.