Putting Honda’s first turbocharged engine, a 1.5-liter unit producing 190 horsepower, in a CR-V shows that the automaker put in the time and effort required to create a vehicle worthy of our highest commendation. The CR-V has a relatively low towing capacity among compact crossovers, coming in at just 1500 pounds.

Two efficient engine options are presented for the CR-V. Gas-only front-drive vehicles get 28/34 mpg in the city/highway, while AWD versions get 27/32 mpg in the city/highway. As part of our comprehensive testing protocol, we put a CR-V with all-wheel drive through its paces on our 75 mph highway fuel-economy route, and it achieved 28 mpg.

The CR-interior V’s is elegant and roomy, making for a cool and pleasant setting. The familiar layout and high-quality materials create a modern aesthetic. The Touring model we drove had an especially elegant interior because of its sophisticated combination of faux-wood accents, chromed plastic, and brushed-satin finishes.

Honda’s annoying infotainment system marred an otherwise flawless presentation. The LX trim level comes standard with a 5.0-inch color radio screen, while the other trim levels get a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio; navigation and a nine-speaker audio system are both available as add-ons.