Best compact SUV/crossover
2006-11 Honda CR-V

A used five-passenger SUV is basically what a used wagon/minivan/honkin' SUV was to families of other generations: automotive gold. They're spacious, they're reliable and they're ubiquitous enough that an older one won't necessarily stick out in the pack.

Around 2006, U.S. drivers were just getting used to a vehicle that didn't suck away all their gas and money and take up all of their parking space. The CR-V's second generation started in 2002, and its upgraded 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with 160-horsepower became a standard closely followed by competitors.

The spacious headroom and legroom remained steady through much of this run, as did the 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats in place and 74 cubic feet when they're down. Tucked into all that space is air conditioning, power windows and locks, a one-touch up-and-down driver window, a CD player, rear-seat heater ducts and two 12-volt accessory outlets for gadgets that were yet to be invented when the 2006 first hit the market.

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