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2014 Best Cheap SUVs

Honda CR-V

Apply Honda’s great reliability ratings and high resale value to a compact crossover with terrific interior packaging and fine fuel economy and you get the deservedly popular CR-V. Styling is clean and modern, if middle-of-the-road. The sole engine, a 185-horsepower four-cylinder complements the five-speed automatic transmission to furnish readily accessible performance and a 25-mpg combined rating. With comfortably firm seating, airy sightlines, solid materials, and smartly designed dashboard, the roomy cabin is a cut-above. Cargo volume is well above average, too. So are the road manners, which make the CR-V the driver’s ally in most any situation without being overtly sporty. Our Cheap champ would be the midline EX AWD model. It comes with perks like alloy wheels, power moonroof, fog lamps, and a cargo shade, for $27,125. Close behind for value and still within our budget is the $29,775 EX-L AWD. It adds to the EX leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, a power driver’s seat, and automatic climate control.

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This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]