8. Honda CR-V – Hard to Beat
Green Score: 42
Fuel economy rating (EPA city/highway combined): 29 mpg
Base price range: $24,150-$33,600
Freshened with assorted styling updates for 2015 that help give it a bolder new look, the CR-V remains one of the top entries among compact crossover
SUVs for its solid overall performance and longstanding reputation for reliability. It packs Honda
’s 2.4-liter “Earth Dreams” direct-injected four-cylinder engine that generates an energetic 185 horsepower; it drives either the front or all four wheels (with AWD) via a gearless CVT automatic transmission. A refreshed – but still sufficiently roomy – interior features a new configurable center console and an available 7-inch touchscreen interface for the audio and other systems that works like a tablet computer. As before the vehicle delivers well-balanced, though not particularly sporty driving dynamics. The CR-V can be loaded up with leather upholstery and heated front seats to create a near-luxury crossover
, though it cracks the $30,000 mark at the top end of the line. It can also be fitted with an array of newly added safety features for 2015 that include adaptive cruise control, a lane-keeping system, and a forward collision warning system that will automatically apply the brakes if the driver isn’t reacting quickly enough to help avoid or lessen the effects of a crash.