• (4.5) 31 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $941–$7,677
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 23
  • Engine: 146-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2001 Honda CR-V

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2001 Honda CR-V Reviews

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 SE’s 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.

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).

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 there’s 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.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews


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Best and most reliable Car I ever owned!

by FirstGenerationCR-VGirl from Orlando, FL on December 8, 2017

I love this car! From the sporty design, to the Fun driving it, yet practical and big cargo Space (ask how many friends I helped moving!), it’s the best car I ever owned! Gas mileage is also reasonabl... Read Full Review

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2001 Honda CR-V Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda CR-V EX

Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda CR-V EX

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Head Restraint
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NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda CR-V EX

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda CR-V EX

Overall Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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