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The Honda CR-V, a compact crossover SUV with lots of room for passengers and cargo, was all new for 2017, so for 2019 it’s mostly unchanged. CR-V’s driving dynamics are appealing, and it’s relatively refined and isolated from road turmoil. The Honda’s main rival is the Toyota RAV4, but the compact crossover field is crowded with good cars.

CR-V LX models uses a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.

All other models use a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet. That’s a mere six horsepower difference on paper, but the turbo feels much stronger. All models use a gearless continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available, including on the LX. When road conditions warrant, the all-wheel-drive can distribute greater power to rear wheels for more stable handling and greater all-weather capability.

The fuel mileage is high, from 27 to 30 miles per gallon depending on the powertrain. A front-drive LX is EPA-rated at 26/32 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive lowers that estimate to 25/31/27 mpg City/Highway/Combined. A turbo with front-wheel drive is EPA-rated at 28/34/30, while the all-wheel-drive version lops 1 mpg off each figure.

All models except the LX (about 75 percent) include Honda Sensing, a suite of safety technology including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning. If the CR-V starts to drift, lane-keep assist can nudge the CR-V back where it belongs. The system determines drift by the driver not using the turn signal to change lanes, so if you start to change lanes without using the turn signal, the steering wheel will resist. Honda Sensing also includes road departure mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic high beams.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CR-V five stars overall in crash testing, with five-star scores in each test with contact, and four stars for rollover prevention, typical for crossovers and SUVs, which are taller than sedans.

Top ratings also were given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which awarded the CR-V a Top Safety Pick+ for those CR-Vs with Honda Sensing and LED headlamps.

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