2002 Honda CR-V

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2002 Honda CR-V Review

A ""soft roader"" of the mini-SUV segment that improves.

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Overview

The 2002 Honda CR-V was among the most popular compact SUVs until 2001, which only extends popularity with the yearly updates and changes. The overall package has not been compromised, nor the exterior size. An engine addition contributes assistance in overcoming the low power level fault. The 2.4-liter, 16-valve four-cylinder generates an adequate 160 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The on-road comfort continues as one of the CR-Vs best strengths. In fact, the utilization of its Global Compact Platform allows more torsional rigidity and an improved bending rigidity. These assets add to the ride quality and crash safety aspects, as well as producing less vibration and noise. The 2002 newly-freshened appearance also gains interior space and more room beyond the rear seating without sacrificing exterior size. Taking consumer request very seriously, the engineers increase overall space by eight cubic feet. The cargo area extends 3.8 inches longer, headroom increases two inches, and overall cabin size grows 4.65 inches. Considering the new changes, it tops the segment of car-based SUVs.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Honda CR-V LX, Honda CR-V EX

What's New

Main changes for the 2002 Honda CR-V include interior space improvement, increase in passenger protection, and more power.

Exterior

The 2002 Honda CR-V includes features such as a rear defogger, cargo tie-downs, side-hinged rear door, flip-up manual liftgate window, chrome grille, and matching full-size spare tire. Each model rides on 15-inch wheels, while the LX has steel wheels, and the upper-level EX wears alloy wheels. Additional exterior features are intermittent wipers on the front and one wiper for the rear window. The wheelbase is 103.2 inches, and the overall length is 178.6 inches. The EX also has privacy glass and a moonroof.

Interior

The 2002 Honda CR-V has a luxurious interior with its seating capacity at five passengers with bucket seats in front and a bench seat in the rear. The bench seats are three-passenger with a flat-folding functionality. A new feature is the ""fold and tumble"" seats in the rear, which has a 60/40 split and is reclining-sliding. The interior volume also increases to 106 cubic feet. With the seats folded, cargo capacity is 72 cubic feet. There is 33.5 cubic feet to store items without the seats folded.

The 2002 Honda CR-V's standard features include cloth front bucket seats, rear ventilation ducts, air-conditioning, cruise control, front and rear cup holders, folding center armrest, power steering, cargo area light, interior air filtration, and front reading lights. The upper-level trim adds floor mats for front and rear with a better stereo system. The LX comes with a standard four-speaker single-disc in-dash CD player system, while the EX steps up to a six-speaker in-dash six-disc CD player system.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Honda CR-V gets the ""intelligent"" i-VTEC valve control 2.4-liter four-cylinder takes place of the original two-liter four-cylinder. The new engine makes 160 horsepower, which is a 14-hp increase and an additional 29 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is new as well, and now has Grade Logic Control. The automatic four-speed feature allows an instinctive downshift when climbing steep grades. There are two transmission options, a manual five-speed, or an automatic four-speed. All models can further choose between four-wheel or front-drive systems.

The 2002 Honda CR-V offer excellent driving and handling capabilities that are new qualities. Feeling like an entirely different vehicle, it's refined, smooth, classy, and quiet. The CR-V has a very enjoyable road experience while maneuvering crisply and taking turns confidently. Downshifts are less abrupt, and engine blare under hard throttle is less noticeable.

Safety

The 2002 Honda CR-V EX comes with standard safety features such as side airbags, anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, electronic brake force distribution, and all-disc brakes; these are all optional on the LX.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda CR-V LX: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Honda CR-V EX: 20/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior
  • Highly versatile
  • Handling is stable
  • High-test ratings
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • V-6 unavailable
  • Off-road ability is limited

Sum Up

A ""soft roader"" of the mini-SUV segment that improves.

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