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If you’re shopping for a new vehicle with many choices, you might consider a Honda SUV. Honda has long been known for producing quality vehicles that are comfortable, fuel-efficient, reliable, and safe. They also usually have good resale value.

Which are the best Honda SUVs to consider? We’ll review the top three and cover what put them at the top of the list.

The rise of SUVs

A blue 2023 Honda CR-V parked on a blacktop ground.
2023 Honda CR-V | American Honda Motor Co., Inc

For the last several years, most of the vehicles you see on today’s highways are SUVs. And with the high demand for SUVs, few sedans are produced now. Why are consumers so crazy about SUVs?

Versatility is a big selling point for SUVs since they can be used for various activities and tasks. SUVs are great for family outings, off-road adventures and can even help on the job. They usually have a good deal of space for both passengers and cargo, which makes them perfect for long road trips and vacations.

Many feel SUVs are safer than cars because they are bigger and heavier. It’s a notion that’s put forward in advertising campaigns that emphasize how rugged and sturdy today’s SUVs are. It doesn’t hurt that the driver’s seat in many SUVs is higher, so drivers have a better view of the road. 

If you’re concerned about gas mileage, automakers have been working hard on making today’s SUVs more fuel efficient than ever.

1. The 2022 Honda CR-V

MotorTrend named the Honda CR-V the best compact SUV for the 2022 model year and gave it a rating of 9.1 out of 10. 

The team at MotorTrend likes the CR-V’s winning combination of innovation, practicality, and a good driving experience. It works well as a family vehicle with thoughtful touches like back doors that almost open 90 degrees for better accessibility and levers for folding down the back seats from the cargo area. And as family-oriented as it seems, it’s surprisingly fast.

The 2022 Honda CR-V is an all-around good choice and at the top of the class when it comes to fuel economy. It drives well, earned strong safety ratings, and offers great value.

2. The 2023 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new in 2023, and it earned a rating of 8.3 out of 10 from MotorTrend. The new version of this subcompact SUV has new styling, better standard safety and infotainment features, and increased power. 

MotorTrend particularly liked the interior design, which borrows the horizontal vent design and honeycomb styling cues on the dash from Honda Civic. They’re not fond of the new powertrain but still find this small SUV fun to drive due to its fully independent rear suspension and its Civic-like body. Speaking of body, it does a good job of keeping body roll to a minimum and absorbs the blows from the road like a champ.

3. The 2022 Honda Pilot

MotorTrend gave this three-row SUV an 8.3 out of 10. While the Honda Pilot has been around for a while, it offers great value for a three-row SUV. It has a thoughtful interior design, impressive performance, and a comfortable ride that’s hard to beat.

The 2022 Honda Pilot has a standard V6 under the hood paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that offers good acceleration. Even with its size, the ride is smooth, and it’s easy to navigate thanks to its precise steering.

Inside, the 2022 Honda Pilot is roomy and yes, adults can fit in the third row of seats if needed. The back row of seating is easily accessible since the middle row slides forward, making it easier to climb in. With its generous safety features, an abundance of space, and practicality, it’s a great vehicle for families.


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