Conceptualized as a ‘Comfortable Runabout Vehicle,’ the CR-V debuted in 1995, on the heels of the first-generation Odyssey. The bodywork, penned by Hiroyuki Kawase, was inspired by hiking shoes. It’s a symbolic gesture for an ‘active mover’ that combined sedanlike comfort, wagon-like utility, and SUV-like mobility into a compact package. A column-mounted shifter allowed for a walk-through cabin and impressive interior space. ‘Real Time’ all-wheel drive provided extra traction only when needed, From these humble beginnings, the CR-V has become the best-selling ‘SUV’ in the world, shipping over 700,000 units a year.