Back in 1995 and 1996, Honda and Toyota were at the forefront of what is now considered by many as the crossover segment. Since then, Toyota has launched three versions of the RAV4, and Honda is not far behind with their third-generation CR-V for 2007 model year. Where Toyota chose to grow RAV4 enough for a small third row and added an optional V6, Honda has stayed close to the second-generation’s overall size.
The “official” auto show introduction is at the Paris show in September/October, around the time sales begin in the States. Honda has released initial information, and even has a site where you can sign up for updates. Here are first impressions from VehicleVoice and contributors from AutoPacific, though we haven’t yet driven the vehicle Honda hints you will CRAVE.
Buyer’s Market for Compact SUVs
It is a good year if you’re in the market for a compact SUV. Along with the CR-V, new and updated entries include the Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Suzuki SX4. (Click for VehicleVoice drive reviews of Compass, Outlander, and Santa Fe.) Beyond all-new products, the segment is full of vehicles with recent minor or major updates. Compact SUVs are less thirsty, but have enough utility to haul a significant amount of stuff. Further sweetening the pot, safety and convenience features from more expensive segments are popping up here, too.