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    2002 Honda Civic - LX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: road handling, engine performance

    Cons: brakes and road noise

    Advice: overall good value; excellent resale value; consider EX if price is not too excessive for your pocketbook

    For a Honda product, it is somewhat enigmatic: excellent in most areas, but strangely lacking in others. The exterior features are attractive, trunk is spacious and accessible, and it performs well in driving tests. However, braking is below average, and road noise is noticeable: a very unusual trait for the usually silent Honda! Some minor trim defects, but overall a solid value.

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    2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 LX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Styling, resale value, reputation

    Cons: blind spots! black is very hard to keep clean!

    Advice: take your time and shop all of the honda dealers in your area.. let them know you are

    Too bad they don't offer the manual transmission with the V-6 Accord, but other than that i think that it is really a great car. I just purchase the 4cyl Accord Sedan and loved it. After trading in a 1997 Accord that i loved, i think they really did a great job. Was very unhappy with the dealership that i bought it from, but at least i have the car and no longer have to deal with the sales dept. Still a great buy.

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    2002 Honda CR-V - EX (M5) 4x4

    Pros: Nothing stands out as a Excellent feature

    Cons: Gear shift lever placement and CD changer location

    Advice: It is a good buy, not a great one, nothing to get excited about.

    It rides much like a car, needs more power on steep or long up hills. Interior is roomy for it's size. The rear seats don't fold down flat has a slight incline. Not as easy to load long items alone. The automatic shifter is awkward needs to be moved. CD changer sits in direct sunlight. The air and vent controls are large but mounted too low. The body does not sound as solid as the RAV4.

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    2002 Honda CR-V - EX (M5) 4x4

    Pros: Value for the dollar!

    Cons: Just to nitpick I'd say Honda should offer 16 inch wheels and tires as an option.

    Advice: Buy the EX before Honda realizes it is underpriced!

    Before the 2002 was released in November, I read every review I could find. I expected an improved version of the old CR-V design, and what I got was a wonderful surprise! This car is small (relative to my Q45) outside and very roomy (relative to my Q45) inside! Its 4 cylinder engine outperforms ALL small SUVs on the market and many of the 6 cylinder ones. It even gives some of the big V8s a surprise!This performance is delivered by a silky smooth automatic. It handles and brakes like a car, and in a recent mishap with a drunk driver, demonstrated excellent emergency handling. It is comfortable and economical for long trips, and the 4wheel drive is great in the snow. I love this car! My married son just bought one too!

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    2002 Honda Civic - LX (M5) Coupe

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Seats need more cushioning

    Advice: Order optional armrest

    Have 5000 miles on it & no complaints at all. Adequate power (manual trans) & fun to drive. Good mileage (mid-30mpg) and all the room I want for two people & occasional grandkids. Great parkability in the city.

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    2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 LX (M5) Coupe

    Pros: Good gas mileage.

    Cons: High price, low value, unreliable.

    Advice: Honda's reputation for quality and reliability is a joke. You couldn't make a bigger mistake than buying this car.

    The biggest mistake I've made this year was buying this car. After a horrible experience at the dealership, I ended driving home a car that was a different color than I wanted, had more options (and thus a higher price) than I wanted, and broke down on the way home. Turns out, the transmission was not filled to specs by the factory and the transmission locked up. Since then, (the dealer did replace the transmission) I have had various dashboard lights come on on a daily basis. I will never make the mistake of buying a Honda again.

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    2002 Honda CR-V - EX (M5) 4x4

    Pros: Power

    Cons: Lack of foot rest

    Advice: Get the EX

    This is our forth Honda. We've had two Accords, a Prelude and now the CR-V. All have been great cars. The CR-V is by far the roomiest and is just as quiet as the rest. The fit and trim is excellent and the visibility is very good. The ride is a little stiffer than expected, but will probably help when we load it up for camping. I always liked the left foot rest in the past cars and is missed on this one. But I do see a fifth Honda in the future when this on is finally paid off. Keith W.