Honda goes outside of its car-making comfort zone and produces the 1999 Honda CR-V, a sport utility vehicle that only comes in two models in the same configuration. Both are powered by a two-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 146 horsepower and 133 lb-ft of torque in both models. Both the EX and LX have a standard five-speed manual transmission and an optional four-speed automatic transmission. As with most sport utility vehicles, both models come with a standard all-wheel drive. The LX also comes with the option of front-wheel drive, when then is automatically paired with a standard four-speed automatic transmission.
Body styles: SUV
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Honda CR-V LX, Honda CR-V EX
The 1999 Honda CR-V's horsepower is boosted by 20, and the automatic transmission now has overdrive. Other changes include newly-illuminated power window buttons, an improved spare tire cover, and a newly-installed armrest for the front passenger seat.
The 1999 Honda CR-V's only exterior update is an improved wheel cover on the rear. The exterior comes in one of six color choices and rests on the popular Honda Civic platform. This means the wheelbase measures 103.2-inches, which likens it to a Honda car.
The 1999 Honda CR-V gets convenience features for the interior updates. The buttons that operate the power windows now feature illumination so that it can be seen in the dark. In addition, the front passenger seat now has an armrest. The interior makes it look like a Honda car just as much as the low platform does. It is very roomy and functional. The room may remind the buyer of the Honda Accord. The comfortable bucket seats that recline accommodate five passengers. The three rear seats can also be folded down for added cargo room. If this is done, the massive cargo capacity is upgraded to 62.7 cubic feet. Overall, the interiors of both models are very convenient and well equipped.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Honda CR-V's horsepower has been increased from last year but torque has not. Even though it's not too rough, it is not a very fitting sport utility vehicle. Inside, Honda uses the same double suspension that is seen in other smaller Honda models; this makes it handle very much like a car.
Even though the 1999 Honda CR-V comes with a lot of safety features, like cruise control, only the nicer EX model comes with anti-lock brakes, while the LX model is equipped with power brakes standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda CR-V: 23/25 mpg city/highway
- Roomy interior
- Expandable storage room
You Won't Like
- Small engine
- Too car like
Drives like a car with SUV space.
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