The 2001 Honda CR-V is a small SUV primarily designed for dropping the kids off at school and heading to work. If you want to have a family picnic, then you can leave the road behind to take a slow drive down to the lakeside. Just don't encounter any obstacles. The CR-V’s design does not focus on off-road travel.
If you're more interested in carlike handling, good features, and dependability than traveling the path never taken, the 2001 Honda CR-V makes a good option for you.
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
Child seat anchors come standard on all trim levels. The EX and SE add floor mats. Honda introduces a darker shade of silver. Otherwise, the 2001 Honda CR-V shows no significant changes since 2000.
The 2001 Honda CR-V has a classic SUV style that doesn't stand out as anything special. You have to look inside to discover why many people enjoy this small SUV. The exterior does, however, have a chrome-plated grille (when you choose the SE version) and an aerodynamic front that lets you take charge on the highway. Given its relatively small size, you could mistake it for a station wagon on really tall wheels.
People who have driven a Honda before feel at home inside the CR-V. Honda focuses on functionality but maintains a cohesive aesthetic that makes its vehicles look like members of the same family.
Inside the 2001 Honda CR-V, drivers discover well-placed controls and gauges that you can read even while paying close attention to the road. The CR-V also comes with comfortable seats that make long drives easy. The interior materials look a bit uninspired though. That's hardly a deal breaker, especially when you consider how many features come standard, even with the base LX.
The LX includes standard air-conditioning that features an air filtration system. You also get cruise control, power door locks, power windows, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player. You even get a folding picnic table that covers the cargo area.
If you want a few more features, then move up to the EX. It comes with a CD player and a remote entry system. The SE adds leather trim and privacy glass in addition to the features included at lower trim levels.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Honda CR-V comes with a 2.0-liter, DOHC, four-cylinder engine. The engine offers 146 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque, so it doesn’t win any racing competitions whether they take place offroad or on paved surfaces. Still, it meets the needs of most drivers. The four-wheel drive handles slick and uneven surfaces better than the front-drive version.
Not surprisingly, the small SUV drives like a car. It doesn't feel heavy in the slightest. You could be sitting behind the wheel of a Civic. It also has a double-wishbone suspension system that offers a smooth ride. Most drivers love the way the CR-V handles and feels despite the lack of power.
The 2001 CR-V gets good ratings from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. The NHTSA gives it five out of five stars in passenger, front side-impact, and rear side-impact crash tests. The CR-V earns four stars in driver crash tests and three in rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety doesn't have as much to say about the 2001 Honda CR-V. For frontal-offset crash tests, the IIHS gives it a ""Marginal"" rating.
The 2001 Honda CR-V includes a good list of safety features, including electronic brakeforce distribution, four-wheel ABS, ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, and front seat belt pretensioners. Those features in combination with the NHTSA ratings should help you feel confident on the road, even when you have your family with you.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda CR-V LX: 20/23 mpg city/highway
Honda CR-V EX: 19/23 mpg city/highway
Honda CR-V SE: 19/23 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Great ride on the highway
- Honda's commitment to quality
You Won't Like
- Noise at high speeds
- Can't go offroad
- Low torque
Doesn't offer as much power as some competitors, but a versatile mini SUV.
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