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2002 Honda CR-V

2002 Honda CR-V

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Sport Utility
5 Seats
23-25 MPG
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2002 Honda CR-V Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Several newcomers have entered the compact sport utility vehicle market since Honda launched its car-based CR-V as a 1997 model. To help combat that assault, Honda totally redesigned its compact SUV, which went on sale in November 2001. The 2002 CR-V has a cleaner, freshened appearance and gains both interior space and additional room behind the rear seats. A new 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder i-VTEC engine replaces the previous 146-hp 2.0-liter, and torque output has grown by 22 percent.

Honda sought a “major leap forward,” says Chief Engineer Takahiro Hachigo, noting that customers had criticized three things about the initial CR-V: engine power, cabin space and cargo room. Interior space has grown by approximately 3.65 inches in front and an inch in the rear, for an 8-cubic-foot increase — and the cargo area is about 3.8 inches longer than before. Headroom has grown by 2 inches, and front-seat cushions are bigger.

The first-generation CR-V became the most popular car-based model on the market. Honda sold 118,260 units in 2000, which was a slight drop from the 1999 sales figure, according to Automotive News. Rivals include the Toyota RAV4, the more recent Mazda Tribute and the Ford Escape, which currently is the segment sales leader. The latest CR-V will be produced both in Japan and, starting in 2002, England. About 70 percent of CR-Vs will have an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

Exterior
Increased slightly in exterior dimensions, t...

Vehicle Overview
Several newcomers have entered the compact sport utility vehicle market since Honda launched its car-based CR-V as a 1997 model. To help combat that assault, Honda totally redesigned its compact SUV, which went on sale in November 2001. The 2002 CR-V has a cleaner, freshened appearance and gains both interior space and additional room behind the rear seats. A new 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder i-VTEC engine replaces the previous 146-hp 2.0-liter, and torque output has grown by 22 percent.

Honda sought a “major leap forward,” says Chief Engineer Takahiro Hachigo, noting that customers had criticized three things about the initial CR-V: engine power, cabin space and cargo room. Interior space has grown by approximately 3.65 inches in front and an inch in the rear, for an 8-cubic-foot increase — and the cargo area is about 3.8 inches longer than before. Headroom has grown by 2 inches, and front-seat cushions are bigger.

The first-generation CR-V became the most popular car-based model on the market. Honda sold 118,260 units in 2000, which was a slight drop from the 1999 sales figure, according to Automotive News. Rivals include the Toyota RAV4, the more recent Mazda Tribute and the Ford Escape, which currently is the segment sales leader. The latest CR-V will be produced both in Japan and, starting in 2002, England. About 70 percent of CR-Vs will have an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

Exterior
Increased slightly in exterior dimensions, the 2002 CR-V is sleeker in shape than the previous version. It features a short, sharply raked nose and high-visibility rear lights. The CR-V measures 178.6 inches long overall, rides a 103.2-inch wheelbase and stands 66.2 inches tall.

Traditional SUV styling continues to conceal the CR-V’s passenger-car platform. Bending rigidity is 30 percent better than before, while torsional rigidity has improved by 50 percent. LX and EX models are offered, and the latter is equipped with a moonroof and privacy glass.

Interior
The CR-V continues to offer seating for five occupants: bucket seats up front and a three-place rear bench that folds flat. New reclining-sliding, 60/40-split “fold and tumble” rear seats also have been added. Interior width has grown by 3.6 inches, and interior volume now amounts to 106 cubic feet. Cargo volume is 72 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down and 33.5 cubic feet with the seats up. The automatic-transmission shift and parking-brake levers are now positioned below the instrument panel; prior models placed the gearshift on the steering column.

Under the Hood
A new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with i-VTEC “intelligent” valve control replaces the prior 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Developing 160 hp — an increase of 14 hp — the new engine produces 162 pounds-feet of torque, which is 29 pounds-feet more than before. Nitrous oxide emissions are down to one-eighth of the prior level, and the CR-V meets 2004 Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV2) standards.

The engine mates with either a five-speed manual or a new four-speed-automatic transmission with “intelligent” grade logic. Front-drive and four-wheel-drive models are available. Honda’s Real Time 4WD system engages automatically to maintain traction.

Safety
All-disc brakes are new for 2002, and antilock brakes with Brake Assist are standard on the EX model. Side-impact airbags are standard on the EX and optional on the LX. A bumper beam has been added to all models to match the height of passenger car bumpers.

Driving Impressions
From the first moment, the new CR-V feels like a completely different vehicle — quiet, smooth, refined and classy. Neatly stable, it stays easily on course and maneuvers crisply, which yields an enjoyable road experience. Although the ride is not wholly gentle, it’s smooth most of the time. Occupants can feel the bumps, but few are annoying.

Pleasantly peppy with a manual transmission, the CR-V isn’t quite as vigorous with the automatic gearbox during steep, demanding upgrades. Downshifts under hard throttle are less abrupt than before, and engine blare when pushing hard on the throttle is reduced but not gone completely. The manual gearbox shifts easily and teams with a well-behaved clutch.

Firm but well-cushioned seats have a snug side bolstering. The protruding automatic-transmission lever is different — a bit reminiscent of the lever used on Chrysler vehicles in the 1950s — but it operates as easily as the previous steering-column shift. The parking-brake lever also protrudes from the instrument panel and matches the grab handle on the other side.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
53 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

.Best car ever!!

by Doubledaisy from Sparks, NV on March 6, 2020

I bought my car with 50,000 miles on it and I have driven it for ten years. Best car ever.. gas mileage can’t be beat.. looks good.. drives great..storage is amazing.. even comes with that cute table ... Read full review

(5.0)

beatiful

by Stanley CRV-EX from El Monte on February 21, 2020

Meet all need used reliable car, keep in very good condition always. Still using everyday good engine and body, good tires, sun roof folding desk at real cargo. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2002 Honda CR-V currently has 15 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2002 Honda CR-V LX

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CR-V received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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