The Honda CR-V has built a reputation for being a steady, reliable vehicle for crossover buyers. Debuting in Japan for the 1996 model year, the five-passenger compact utility vehicle Honda CR-V was introduced to North America in early 1997. The Honda CR-V first appeared solely as a four-wheel drive model powered by a 126-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. In 1998, the Honda CR-V expanded to offer a lower-cost two-wheel drive model. Engine output was improved on the 1999 Honda CR-V as the four-cylinder powerplant climbing to 146 horsepower. The Honda CR-V was completely redesigned for the 2002 model year providing a new i-VTEC engine and greater cargo space. A refreshed appearance for the 2005 Honda CR-V added a new headlight design and standard 16-inch wheels. Significantly redesigned for 2007, the Honda CR-V received a conventional liftgate and a five-speed automatic transmission. Engine power for the 2007 CR-V was rated at 166 horsepower and was upgraded to 180 horsepower during a 2010 vehicle refresh. A new grille design and increased convenience equipment was also part of the 2010 Honda CR-V. The Honda CR-V received a new aerodynamic look as part of a brand-new fourth-generation model.