Motor Trend has named the ever-popular Honda CR-V as its 2018 SUV of the Year. The 2018 CR-V, which is the second model year of the completely reimagined fifth-generation of Honda’s compact SUV, beat out 25 contenders in an exhaustive evaluation by 11 of Motor Trend’s top editors, writers and testers. The refreshed fourth-generation Honda CR-V previously took home Motor Trend 2015 SUV of the Year honors.
“The Honda CR-V has earned its place as America’s most popular SUV over the past two decades by providing customers with just-the-right balance of features, capabilities, fun-to-drive performance and outstanding quality.” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of Automobile Sales & general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., “We are incredibly honored to earn this recognition from the experts at Motor Trend in a very competitive and crowded field.”
Calling it “the swankiest interior ever seen on the CR-V”, Motor Trend chose the CR-V because Honda paid attention to a wide range of details including advancement in design, safety performance features, engineering excellence, efficiency and value. To be eligible for the Motor Trend SUV of the Year award, a vehicle must be “all-new” or “substantially upgraded” and have been on sale within twelve months from the previous November.
The 2018 Honda CR-V is manufactured at three Honda plants in North America, in East Liberty, Ohio; Greensburg, Indiana; and Alliston, Ontario. Its 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and automatic transmission are manufactured by Honda in Anna, Ohio and Russells Point, Ohio, respectively1. Honda has sold more than 4.2 million CR-Vs in America since its U.S. introduction in 1997, making it the top selling SUV in America over the course of 20 years. The new CR-V has collected numerous other accolades including a Kelly Blue Book “Best Overall Buy” in the Small SUV/Crossover category, U.S. News & World Report‘s “2017 Best New Car for Teens” and Autotrader’s “Must Test Drive” Award, as well as a top-in-segment score in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 U.S. APEAL Study.
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
1 The CR-V, its 1.5 liter turbo engine and transmission are made from domestic and globally sourced parts.