The Crew sadly got a little lost towards the end of last year. It came out in a crowded Q4 where many were trying to get through all the massive AAA releases. Stories of troubled online server's didn't help either.
If you were ever curious about the CarPG though, now would be the time to act. You can try out the game for free on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One today. It's only for the first two hours, but it should at least give you an idea of if you are into the game or not.
All your progress will carry over into the main game if you do decide to jump in and buy it.
I'm already behind on games from this year, so I likely won't get to ever touch The Crew, but I know one or two people who are really into it. Go have a blitz on it and see if you are too.