The second-generation 2002-06 Honda CR-V sticks very closely to the formula described by the original CR-V, however includes even more power, more indoor area and also more designing. Although the 2002-2006 Honda CR-V SUV is bigger and heavier compared to the previous generation, gas economic climate stays the very same as well as horse power is actually enhanced. This is because of an extra effective 2.4-liter engine with variable valve timing, along with a modified five-speed transmission presented in 2005. Early version Ex Lover trims provide anti-lock brakes and also side curtain airbags, 2 safety and security features that would later on become conventional on 2005 and also newer models. Various other tiny SUV’s competing with the CR-V consisted of the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Ford Getaway and the Mitsubishi Outlander. Obviously, just the Toyota RAV4 can match the 2002-06 Honda CR-V’s superb resale and reliability scores, adhered to very closely by the Subaru Forester.
Why You Desired It
In the compact SUV class, the 2002-06 Honda CR-V is our preferred used car pick. It’s cute, small, and also very spacious, with a ton of rear seat legroom, enough headroom as well as a generous cargo hold that can be expanded by flipping and also folding the rear seats ahead. Creative features, like the hidden fold-out outing table speak to the CR-V’s enjoyable and also versatile side, while its vivacious 160 horse power engine is greater than sufficient to draw a crammed CR-V to the coastline or, with the offered Live 4WD, to a mountain ski hotel. The CR-V excels on gas too, although on the open freeway compared to in around town driving. And also, aside from a couple of popular small issue areas, the 2002-2006 Honda CR-V is very reliable made use of car get that holds its worth well even as its mileage pushes past the 100,000-mile mark.
Remarkable Characteristics & Options
The base 2002-06 Honda CR-V trim is the LX. Available with front-wheel- or 4-wheel drive (4WD) and also a selection of 5-speed guidebook or 4-speed automated (5-speed automatic after 2005), the LX trim is well furnished. Included on the LX trim are black bumpers as well as mirrors, 4-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, power home windows, detachable fold-out picnic table, a back wiper/washer, tilt wheel, 15-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, power locks, cruise ship control and also an AM/FM/CD/ Cassette stereo. The Ex Lover adds color keyed mirrors, anti-lock brakes, front side airbags, remote keyless entry, a power moonroof, alloy wheels and also a 6-disc CD changer. After 2005, all designs gain anti-lock brakes, digital grip and also security control, front side-impact airbags and also side curtain airbags. Both trims are powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine teamed to a 5-speed handbook transmission. 4WD is also available on both trims. In 2005, the SE trim is added bringing heated pole positions, natural leather inside, heated side mirrors, shade keyed bumpers, mirrors and also door takes care of as well as color keyed side molding as well as a tough extra tire covering.
2003 – Besides a CD case-friendly facility console upgrade, there are no major adjustments for 2003.
2004 – A passenger side power door lock button is included, and a brand-new tan interior option is made available for both trims.
2005 – The CR-V obtains a moderate face lift and a brand-new 5-speed transmission (changes the previous year’s 4-speed vehicle). New typical safety and security functions consist of anti-lock brakes, digital traction as well as security control, front side-impact air bags, and side drape airbags. The SE trim is additionally presented this year.
2006 – No major changes for 2006.
Engines as well as Efficiency
The 2002-2006 Honda CR-V offers only one engine choice: A 160-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. Geared up with Honda’s VTEC (variable valve timing and lift) modern technology, the 2.4-liter provides outstanding power, smooth procedure as well as great gas economic climate. The typical five-speed manual is a rarity in the field, and also typically tough to discover as many proprietors opted for the automated. Honda’s Actual time 4WD alternative is a part-time system that involves when the front wheels slide, but there is no two-speed transfer instance or securing reduced gear, so off-roading is off the table. On the road, the CR-V feels balanced and positioned. Regardless of having virtually 7-inches of ground clearance, the CR-V rounds corners with the self-confidence of a tiny car. The guiding is direct and also extremely responsive as well as the transmission changes smoothly with little gear searching or sudden equipment modifications. We discovered the CR-V’s brakes to be good, but the brake pedal feels a little bit soft and has a long travel. Inside sound degrees are alright, with a bit of tire and also wind noise slipping in at highway rates, yet not obtrusively so. The EPA rates the front drive Honda CR-V with a hands-on transmission at 20 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway. The 2005 and also new CR-V’s with the five-speed auto and also AWD are ranked at 20/25 (19/24 with the 5-speed guidebook).