Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
1998 Honda CR-V OVERVIEW
In addition to booming, the sport-utility market is also evolving, and the new Honda CR-V is yet another proof. Like a number of current sport-utility vehicles, this appealing little four-door wagon wasn't designed to tackle tough terrain. That's because most sport-utilities rarely leave the pavement, let alone venture into tough terrain. For most of us, a little extra ground clearance and four-wheel traction are enough to satisfy our SUV needs--a trek to a summer cabin, battling winter slush and/or running family errands. That's what the CR-V is all about--lots of utility, all-wheel drive traction, car-like driveability. Do you hear minivan attributes here? Yes, you do. The CR-V combines SUV style and image with minivan usefulness. And it does so very effectively.