"Comfortable Runabout Vehicle" or "Compact Recreational Vehicle"? You can decide, but either way the CR-V is Honda's first unique entry into the crossover and compact SUV market - the first was their re-badged Isuzu Rodeo called the Passport. Debuting in 1997, early models were derivatives of the Civic. But today, Honda CR-V parts and components are almost all completely unique. For added versatility, Honda CR-V models were equipped with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Initially, the first design didn't earn high ratings for safety, however now both the NHTSA and IIHS give it good reviews. Sales figures show just how popular this vehicle is; total sales in the US are well over 2.5 million.