The "C" in Honda's "CRV" stands for "comfortable." The complete phrase is "Comfortable Runabout Vehicle." The original concept of the vehicle was to provide a model with "more active utility," according to Honda.
With the CRV, Honda's goal was to bring the comfort of a passenger vehicle to the size and protection offered by an SUV. The company also aimed to improve cargo space and crash safety with the model. When the model was released in 2001, the CRV offered the most cargo space of its class and one of the best all-around crash safety performances of any vehicle in the world.