New Honda Ratings
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2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 VP (A4) Sedan
Pros: Quiet ride.
Cons: Weak engine.
Advice: Find a good dealer. There are some rogue ones out there...Although the Accord VP has the weakest engine of the Accord lineup (as does the DX), it has just enough punch so as not to feel weak. And that engine is the weakest part of this otherwise great, albeit bland looking car. The construction quality, the general feel and truly quiet ride are terrific. Although the plain cloth seats are not the most comfortable, the price - similar to that of a souped up Civic, is worth it. Go for it!
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 pocketbookFor 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.
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 areToo 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.
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.
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!
2002 Honda Civic - LX (M5) Coupe
Cons: Seats need more cushioning
Advice: Order optional armrestHave 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.
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.