The 2000 Honda CR-V is not specifically engineered to handle tough terrains. The car manufacturer knows that most sport utility vehicles (SUV) do not even leave the comforts of paved city roads. But those craving an SUV will be satisfied with the bit of ground clearance and the four-wheel-drive setup offered by the CR-V.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Honda CR-V LX, Honda CR-V EX, Honda CR-V SE
The 2000 Honda CR-V introduces the SE model. This special edition comes with a cabin lined in leather.
The 2000 Honda CR-V is an SUV that is built using a car chassis. It is actually based on the popular Honda subcompact, the Civic. It features the familiar grille and a steep windshield that permits good visibility. It has a very boxy appearance and remains this way because consumers love it, and it allows the designer to maximize the volume of the interior. The spare tire is stored in a rack that is linked to the tailgate. The rack, though, is positioned low enough so it will not hinder rear vision. The tailgate comes in two pieces. The glass upper portion can be lifted up while the lower gate swings open. It is quite inconvenient though, since the door and glass portion are opened using a key, and it will not be the easiest thing to do when someone is carrying a good load of groceries or luggage. The rear window must be opened first before the door. There also is a button on the side of the driver that can open the rear window.
The 2000 Honda CR-V is quite simple, yet very functional. The design is well thought out and executed using durable materials. The bucket seats in front offer a good amount of support and space for the driver and passenger. The rear seatback can also be reclined. The big rear window allows good visibility. The instrument panel gives the necessary feedback to the driver through logically arranged and straightforward gauges. The secondary controls also are easily recognizable and manipulated. The power window controls on the left lower portion of the dashboard, though, are quite awkward. The shifter is oddly located on the steering column for a vehicle that wants to live by the reputation of a sport utility ride. The CR-V’s layout puts a space in between the front seats that somehow mimics the style of a minivan. The manual transmission version, of course, does not have this space. Right in between the front seats, the occupants can easily snap in a tray that has built-in cup holders. There are more cup holders just below the climate controls for models with automatic transmission. There is also a generous amount of bins and pockets around the cabin. The best quality of the interior is its spaciousness. The occupants have a ton of headroom and legroom for both the front and rear portion of the cabin. Behind the rear seat is a generous amount of cargo space.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Honda CR-V boasts a smooth ride quality. The springs easily absorb the irregularities in the road without compromising handling. This may also be somehow due to the long wheelbase, pegged at 103.2 inches. It is not as quick as the other similar SUVs in the market, but is still very potent. It does not have a good torque on the lower rev range. The peak of the torque is at around 4500 rpm. This results in a sluggish run from a stand still. Once it gets to highway cruising speeds, it can outpace the competition. It is powered by a 16-valve, four-cylinder engine with dual overhead cam that can give out 146 horses and a torque of 133 lb-ft. The engine runs quietly during most of the rev range, but the ride comes with some wind noise. The all-wheel-drive system transfers the power to the front wheels but feeds it to the rear wheels in case of low traction on the front wheels. The steering is precise and gives the driver a lot of road feedback.
The 2000 Honda CR-V has airbags for both the driver and passengers. The EX models come standard with an anti-lock braking system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda CR-V 4WD: 19/23 mpg city/highway
Honda CR-V 2WD: 20/23 mpg city/highway
- Cargo room
- Build quality
- Spacious interior
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Offers the toughness of an SUV sans capabilities of the big boys.
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