Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Honda CR-V Overview

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KBB.com 2002 Honda CR-V Overview

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The CR-V is all-new for 2002. This second generation CR-V does not stray far from the original concept yet sees vast improvements in power, handling and interior room. The standard engine is now a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces a robust 160 horsepower. The design of the CR-V is still clean and uniform, the traditional Honda look all the way. While some might find the styling a bit mild when compared to the competition, one must remember that Honda never intended the CR-V to be a Jeep; and Honda customers like it that way. The CR-V is available in two trim levels, the LX and EX. LX models can be purchased with either front-wheel or four-wheel drive, while the later is standard on the EX. Under normal driving conditions the CR-V operates as a front-wheel-drive car. On 4WD models, if the front tires begin to slip, the system routes power to the rear wheels, temporarily engaging the 4WD. This system is intended to help the CR-V on wet roads and when encountering snow. It is important to point out that because it lacks low-range gearing and a transfer case, the CR-V is not suitable for off-road adventures.

What the CR-V does offer is a good amount of room in an easily maneuverable package. The new CR-V grows longer by an inch, but gains 2 -inches of rear legroom and 1-inch of shoulder room. Honda has modified the rear tailgate so that the glass rear window opens with the side-swinging rear door or can swing up to allow access to the cargo area when the door is closed. A collapsible picnic table that hides just beneath the rear cargo mat is one of the CR-V's more clever features. Interior upgrades include wider front seats, a redesigned dashboard and 60/40 split-rear seat that can recline as well as slide fore and aft.

In the safety department, Honda has equipped the CR-V with dual front airbags and seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters. Front side-impact airbags are standard on the EX model and optional on the LX.

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