The Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan X-Trail all have quite a bit in common.

They’re all SUVs, they are all similarly priced, and they all sold more than the Honda CR-V this year.

In fact, after those three (in that order) plus the Hyundai Tucson and Mitsubishi Outlander, the CR-V falls in fifth position on the pantheon of Australia’s highest selling SUVs. No doubt, Honda wold like to close that gap and edge back toward the podium, reclaiming its once proudly held spot among Australia’s top three selling SUVs.

So, Honda did some research and found customers wanted a CR-V for under $30k. A tough ask, considering most SUVs start at $30,500 plus, but not impossible, as Honda is now offering the car reviewed here.

It’s a Honda CR-V Vi, and it comes in at an impressive-sounding list-price of $28,290. But has Honda stripped too much out of the CR-V to get it under the magic $30k number? Read on to find out.