Your writer drove the 2014 CR-V Touring AWD last winter, on winter tires, through some real craptastic weather, for about 10 days.

I’ll sum it up from several perspectives.

From a winter driving perspective, I left the machine impressed with its light and communicative steering, the feel of the road beneath enabled by that, and the lack of an artificially heavy feel characteristic of many crossovers, and the way this gave the driver the ability to feel the road, the current level of traction, and the immediate onset of a skid, as it was happening. There’s no false sense of security here: when the going gets greasy, the CR-V tells you what’s up, rather than making you feel like you’re driving a piece of military equipment.

Slip or slide, and an expertly tuned stability control system helps keep things in line. Skid, and your initial reaction to ease off of the throttle or apply some light braking results in a predictable regaining of control. And though the AWD system is a bit slouchy about sending power to the rear, I never noted any serious issues getting up and going when I needed to.

The nutshell: if your preference in winter driving is to feel well set up to drive carefully, to feel the road, and to know what’s happening just beneath the tires, the CR-V hits the mark.

From a pet owner’s perspective, I also left the CR-V loving the low floor height, lack of a rear-seat floor-hump, and the knee-high cargo load surface. My pup had plenty of room in the rear seat floor, and in the cargo hold, and the lower-than-average height of both meant he could haul his clumsy self on board with no hesitation.

From a disorganized vehicular pack-rat’s perspective, I loved the plethora of at-hand storage compartments, gigantic centre console and numerous door-mounted cubbies. No issues staying organized on the go, here.

Further, last year’s CR-V also had good headlights, a commanding view of the road, and a discreet, quiet and smart ABS system that turned in drama-free, straight-line stops almost no matter what, even on challenging split-traction surfaces. Fuel mileage was on the better side of competing machines for where and how I drive, too.

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