Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Rick Popely
May 3, 2001
Vehicle Overview Honda introduced a Special Edition (SE) model of the CR-V in the spring of 2000 as a midyear addition designed to perk up sales of this car-based SUV. For 2001, the SE becomes part of the regular CR-V lineup. Leather seats; a CD player; and body-color bumpers, side moldings and a hard spare tire cover are among the SEs standard features.
Derived from the previous generation Civic platform, the CR-V has been the most popular car-based SUV, but it faces increased competition this year from the redesigned Toyota RAV4, the new Ford Escape and the Mazda Tribute.
Honda plans to redesign the CR-V for the 2002 model year. It will be built off the new Civic platform but will have a more powerful engine.
Exterior The CR-V is a four-door wagon with classic SUV styling that hides its passenger-car origins. The overall length of 177 is 4 inches longer than the Ford Escape. Access to the cargo area is through a two-way tailgate: The window flips up, and the tailgate swings open to the right (with the outside spare tire attached).
Interior CR-V has the typical SUV seating arrangements of two front buckets and a three-place rear bench that folds flat for maximum cargo room of 67 cubic feet. Among the unique touches is a plastic cargo cover that folds out to create a picnic table. Also unusual for a Japanese brand vehicle is that the automatic transmission lever is on the steering column instead of the floor.
Under the Hood A 146-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is used on all models and comes with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Front- and four-wheel-drive models are available, and the Real Time 4WD system engages automatically to maintain traction. Honda describes the CR-V as suited for light-duty offroad adventures and not serious off-roading.
Driving Impressions The CR-V is the best-selling car-based SUV because it offers ample room in a manageable size, good fuel economy and the security of 4WD in a vehicle that looks like a sport ute. The engine lacks a strong punch for passing, and theres too much noise at highway speeds, but the CR-V is a smooth, capable performer available at reasonable prices. The new Ford Escape emerges as formidable competition, however.