Looking to buy my first Honda since 1978 Accord. Guess I got lost in the wilderness of Volvo, Toyota, and VW. We now have a German Shepard and need to be able to put her sturdy but large & heavy crate in the back of the vehicle without blocking visibility and with easy tie-downs. After much looking the 2018 CR-V was the hands-down winner. After April 15 will be looking for best offers on a blue EX-L in the northern California region. Lots of great information on the buyers' thread so will be posting there. I thank all in advance for the generous advice I am sure will be offered.