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Honda by Jim Gorzelany (9/17/2004)


If you were looking for a compact, car-based SUV back in 1997, things were a lot simpler than they are today. There were only a handful on the market to choose from in those days, with the major players being Toyota’s just-launched RAV4, the Subaru Forester, and the Honda CR-V.

These little runabouts offered buyers a way to get many of the desirable “real world” attributes of a compact SUV, including higher ride height, versatility, and the availability of a sure-footed all-wheel-drive system, without the gas-pig appetite for fuel and clunky handling of a traditional, truck-based sport-ute. It was a great idea, and others quickly caught on.

Since ’97, the market for these user-friendly “crossover” SUVs has grown like well-tended kudzu in a Georgia hothouse. Today, there are more than a dozen of these things available to choose from. Some, like recent entries from Kia and Hyundai, are a lot less expensive (or better-equipped for the dollar) than the CR-V, which starts at $20,195 for the entry-level LX with front-wheel drive and runs to $25,250 for a Special Edition with heated leather seats and all-wheel drive. Others, like the hugely popular Ford Escape, offer more interior room, as well as brawny V-6 engines and decent pulling ability, which the four-cylinder-only, light-duty CR-V simply can’t match. But the CR-V remains true to the basic concept that started it all: a fuel-efficient, agile, and easy-to-drive cross between a traditional small sedan and a compact (but gas-thirsty and clumsy handling) SUV.

Civic pride

The CR-V’s Accord-sourced 2.4-liter engine may “only” offer up 160 hp, but it’s enough to run the CR-V to 60-mph in about 8.5 seconds. And it can tickle 30 mpg on the highway. Many buyers don’t realize that a modern four-cylinder engine such as the CR-V’s has power comparable to what a much larger six-cylinder engine put out in years past. If you haven’t driven a new vehicle lately, don’t dismiss the CR-V because it “only” has a four-cylinder engine. This one’s more than adequate for normal driving and decently responsive, as well as fuel-efficient.

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Friday, April 22, 2016
2005 Honda CR-V 2WD LX AT

Good vehicle

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The CR-V has 230000 miles and has been a excellent car. We have had to have very few repairs and mainly has been normal repairs.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2005 Honda CR-V 4WD EX AT SE

A very basic,but very capable car.

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We bought this car with 65k on it, it was like new. We have put about 25k in 2 years. It has operated perfectly. I would buy this car again and again.
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Monday, April 13, 2015
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It isn't great at any one thing, but good at so many things.

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We bought this car new in 2004. The car now has 172K on it. It hasn't been trouble free, but the things that have gone wrong have been more than acceptable for a car this age. Even though the ratings I put... + More »
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