The Honda CR-V range first hit the UK in 1997 and was greeted with mild confusion at the time, because it seemed to be at once a 4x4 and not a 4x4.
Honda wanted to cast the CR-V as an off-roader with four wheel drive which nevertheless worked well as an all-round family vehicle.
It had cleverly worked out that most people are not really interested in the off-road credentials of such a car, but simply want a boosted driving position and the kind of big-boned aesthetics that outwardly imply safety and substantial presence on the road.
The original version of the used Honda CR-V lasted until 2002, with two trim options and the distinction of actually being built at a UK plant.
The second generation represented a major overhaul, although diesel engines remained sorely absent, which in part explains its modest sales figures.
The third-gen second hand Honda CR-V arrived in 2006 to a much changed market, because by this point most of Honda's rivals had worked out that producing this kind of compact, affordable 4x4 that is more of a lifestyle statement than a thoroughbred off-roader could be quite profitable.
A focus on even more family-oriented features and a better quality of ride and handling than its predecessors helped the new Honda CR-V to shine. Diesel was also on the menu for the first time, giving it a better chance of facing off against the likes of the Toyota RAV-4 and Nissan X-Trail.
The most recent iteration of the approved used Honda CR-V hit in 2010, adding a facelift and a new automatic gearbox option to the already excellent groundwork of the 2006 model.
A 2.2 litre diesel engine was also on offer, which gave drivers a bit more power to help it out on the tarmac and, god forbid, the actual dirt!
Bang for your buck
You got a good deal of kit as standard in the original first-gen Honda CR-V, including air con, power steering and even a removable picnic table, which was a family favourite.
Full electrics on the windows, mirrors and sunroof were also included, with only the ES Executive getting a CD player in place of the standard tape deck.
The second-gen model enhanced the luggage room and also gave you more space for passengers. Flexible seating also enhanced its functionality, making it more practical for those who want to chuck their skis, golf clubs or hiking gear in the back, while even the picnic tablet was back in the fray.
For the Honda CR-V's third iteration, Honda made big, bold alloy wheels a standard feature while ditching the spare wheel being mounted on the tailgate and made the mechanism for opening the boot far less convoluted.
Further enhancements to the rear seating bench means you can fit two full size mountain bikes inside, which is quite a feat.
The same applies to the 2010 used Honda CR-V, although more attention has been paid to the quality of the interior, with nice premium touches on the dash and sound damping across the cabin helping to minimise road rumble and exterior bellows.
What you'll pay
An early Honda CR-V for sale can set you back under £1000, although by this point you will be looking at some high mileage first generation options.
Second generation models will cost two to three times this amount, depending on their year and trim level.
If you want a third-gen Honda CR-V from around 2006-07 then you will pay closer to £9,000, although there are some bargains to be had out there.
The most recent models sell for £12,000 or more on the used market and this is where you'll find those with the lowest mileage and least wear and tear, as you would imagine.
What to check
The Honda CR-V for sale can cover 150,000+ miles without missing a trick, if the used market is any kind of indication of reliability. As with any second hand car you should check the service history and generally seek out models that have been looked after by a main dealer.
Although the CR-V is rarely taken off the beaten path, that doesn't mean that some people haven't put its 4x4 credentials to the test, so be on the watch for any obvious damage that this may have caused the exterior.
First generation headlamps will cost £105, while newer models are costlier to replace at £200 or so. Thankfully the brake pads will only cost £50 a pair no matter which you choose.
How it drives
The used Honda CR-V has become stiffer and more toned over the years, although all models are well suited to road driving, if not quite as well equipped for off-road jaunts.