2002 Honda Civic - LX (M5) Coupe
Pros: The stereo is nice.
Cons: No power !
Advice: Stay away. You get much more in a Focus or Golf.I first test drove a Ford Focus and really loved it. My friends pressured me into looking at the Civic. The dealership strong armed me into a vehicle that I really didn't want and know I'm stuck for 3 years. The Focus is more powerful, has many more features, lots more room, costs less, and is just more fun to drive. After leaving the dealership, the check engine light came on and I've had it back 4 times with no luck. So much for Honda quality. I will be trading in this Civic in a few years.
2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 SE (A4) Sedan
Cons: slightly bland styling
Advice: test drive both the L4 and V6 before you decideI drove the Camry, Accord, and Altima. The Camry & Altima were all new for 2002, but even though the Accord is 4 model years old it blows away the Toyota & Nissan in ride, comfort, and performance. Plus resale value is typically higher. If the 2002 Accord is still good enough to beat brand new designs, I can't wait until the all new 2003 model arrives!
2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 LX (M5) Sedan
Pros: All the power accessories standard on the LX model
Cons: Nothing comes to mind
Advice: Wait for special deals (we saved $3,000 off sticker)The wife needed a new car since the old one she had been driving finally died. I was ready to buy the car without test driving since we had owned Honda cars before. The salesman insisted that I drive it (remember the car was for the wife). I was pleasantly surprised at the responsiveness of the engine even with the automatic transmission. We were so pleased with the dealership that we returned two weeks later to buy a used Honda for our twenty year old college student.
2002 Honda Civic - EX (M5) Sedan
Pros: Price with ABS & Moonroof taken into consideration
Cons: Parts broken so easily. Need to buy Honda specific coolant & engine oil supplies.
Advice: Okay everyday car.Handling and brakes are good. Got used to the ventilation controls. Radio reception not good.The lights are bright enough for night driving. The button on the seat belt broke off and the H logo infront was broken by an errant shopping cart.
2002 Honda CR-V - EX (M5) 4x4
Pros: The roomy back seats; really fun to drive
Cons: no color molding, no arm rests in standard transmission
Advice: If you want an SUV that doesn't feel like a truck, this is the right choice.When I was searching for reviews on the CRV, I couldn't find any on the standard transmission, and I really wanted to hear what people thought. We now have an EX standard, so I thought I would do this favor for other standard transmission review seakers. We test drove both and the standard just seemed so much more fun to drive. The gear shift has a sporty short stroke, which is really nice. We gave up the arm rests for the standard (which I think they should have put in it, at least for the passenger)and haven't really missed them so far. I really haven't ever wanted an SUV, but we needed a bigger car for travel, and I love that when you are in the CRV you don't feel like you are driving a 'truck'. My son loves the back seat. There is a lot of room back there, and the reclining back seats and cup holders are a nice touch. I definately think spending the extra for the EX is worth it. The moonroof and 6 disk in-dash CD player are great extras, not to mention Alloy wheels and ABS. We did a lot of research before buying the CRV, and looked at a lot of other SUVs. This one best fit all our criteria. I am so glad we waited for it, I love this car.
2002 Honda CR-V - LX (M5) 4x4
Pros: awesome in the snow
Cons: no arm rest for the passenger
Advice: Buy one you will not be sorry. Great vehicle, we are getting anotherMy husband and I have a 2000 and have had it for a year. We live at a ski resort so we get lots of snow. It is awesome in the snow and we have not gotten stuck at all. It just plows through 1-2 feet of snow without a problem. We have studded tires so we do not have any problems on compact snow and ice roads. I feel very confident driving this vehicle in bad weather and road conditions. I just wish the passenger had a arm rest.
2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 LX (M5) Sedan
Pros: smooth, good looking, comfortable
Advice: do some research before purchaseI love my 2002 Honda Accord. We got a good retail price. The car looks beautiful and runs great. So far at 2000 milage the MPG is about 22/30. The ride is smooth and comfortable.