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1998 Honda CR-V Review
SUV capability, sedan efficiency.
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The 1998 Honda CR-V provides an economic option for drivers who want the interior space of a sport utility vehicle, but care less about using it as a true off-road vehicle. This results in the CR-V, which offers handling and interior features similar to a car, but 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 handles better offroad than most cars.
The main selling point for the Honda CR-V centers on its large interior without the limitations most people expect from SUVs. The CR-V proves faster and more responsive when driving on paved roads and streets. The interior comes better appointed than the more utilitarian SUV designs. As an added bonus, the fuel economy for the Honda CR-V remains about the same as a six-cylinder sedan.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Honda CR-V LX, Honda CR-V EX
The 1998 Honda CR-V offers a front-drive version of the LX model. The CR-V EX now comes with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, a CD player, and keyless entry as standard equipment. A five-speed manual transmission provides a new option.
The 1998 Honda CR-V uses a four-door design with a rear liftgate. With a full length of 177.6 inches, the CR-V remains smaller than vehicles and even some traditionally smaller vehicles, such as sedans and coupes, out-length the CR-V. The spare tire comes mounted on the rear of the vehicle. The 16-inch tires give good traction in harsh conditions. Rear wipers come standard on all models. The LX offers power windows, power locks, and power mirrors. A roof rack provides optional equipment.
The interior for the 1998 Honda CR-V interior looks extremely large, despite the relatively short overall length of the vehicle. The CR-V LX comes standard with cruise control, an AM/FM radio, and air-conditioning. The CR-V EX also has keyless entry and a CD player as standard equipment. No optional equipment beyond a cassette player enhances the CR-V LX.
Performance & Handling
The Honda CR-V handles similarly to most crossover sport utility vehicles. It looks more like a car body than an SUV, resulting in a vehicle that handles very well on streets. The larger size makes it a little less responsive than a car, but the difference doesn’t seem that noticeable. The only negative aspect of the vehicle concerns the lack of a six-cylinder engine option. The four-cylinder engine handles decently, but the acceleration feels slightly weaker than in a car.
While the 1998 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. It can outperform most cars offroad, but it does not handle offroad as effectively as a full-size SUV.
The Honda CR-V includes 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 case of a collision. In addition, four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard on the 1998 Honda CR-V EX.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda CR-V four-wheel drive with automatic: 19/23 mpg city/highway
Honda CR-V four-wheel drive with manual: 20/24 mpg city/highway
- Good handling
- Large interior
- Optional all-wheel drive
- Low price tag
You Won't Like
- Underpowered engine
- Not well-suited for off-road driving
SUV capability, sedan efficiency.
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