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1997 Honda CR-V Review
A car in SUV disguise.
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The Honda CR-V is designed as an economic option for drivers that want the interior space of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) but are less interested in using it as a true off-road vehicle. The final result fuses the handling and interior features of a car with the interior space and extra power of an SUV. While it does not have the same off-road capabilities as a full-size SUV, it does handle better off road than most cars.
The 1997 Honda CR-V provides the large interior of an SUV without the limitations most people come to expect from those vehicles. The CR-V is faster and more responsive when driving on paved roads and streets. The interior is better appointed than more utilitarian SUV designs. As an added bonus, the fuel economy for the Honda CR-V is about the same as a six-cylinder sedan.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Honda CR-V
The 1997 Honda CR-V is a brand new model.
The 1997 Honda CR-V is a four-door vehicle with a rear lift gate. With a full length of 177.6 inches, the CR-V is smaller than most similarly-designed vehicles and even some sedans and coupes are longer than the CR-V. The spare tire is mounted on the rear of the vehicle. The 16-inch tires give good traction in harsh conditions. Rear wipers are a standard feature on all models, while a roof rack is available as optional equipment.
The 1997 Honda CR-V interior is extremely large, despite the relatively short overall length of the vehicle. The LX comes standard with cruise control, AM/FM radio, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, and air-conditioning. The EX also has keyless entry and a CD player as standard equipment. There is virtually no optional equipment beyond a cassette player available for the LX.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Honda CR-V handles very similar to most crossover sport utility vehicles (SUV). It is based more heavily on a car body than a sport utility vehicle, resulting in a vehicle that handles very well on streets. The larger size makes it a little less responsive than an actual car, but the difference is not that noticeable. The only negative aspect of the vehicle is the lack of a six-cylinder engine option. The four-cylinder engine handles decently, but the acceleration is slightly weaker than a car's.
While the 1997 Honda CR-V does not experience the same negative qualities of an SUV on the road, it does sacrifice some of the positive aspects of that class of vehicle as well. It can outperform most cars off road, but it does not handle off road as effectively as a full-size SUV.
The 1997 Honda CR-V has front and side airbags standard for the driver and passenger and side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants. The driver and passenger seats come with anti-whiplash head restraints to provide further protection in the case of a collision. In addition, four wheel anti-lock brakes are a standard feature on the Honda EX.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good handling
- Large interior
- Optional all-wheel drive
- Low price tag
You Won't Like
- Underpowered engine
- Not well suited for off-road driving
- No manual transmission option available
A car in SUV disguise.
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