Car of the Week - June 3, 2002

2002 Honda CR-V

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The popular CR-V cruises into 2002 with a bevy of improvements - first and foremost, engine performance. Think a compact SUV needs a V6? Think again after you drive the CR-V's 16-valve 2.4-liter four-cylinder beast with the largest displacement four-cylinder Honda has ever offered to the American market - 160 hp at 6,000 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. This new i-VTEC engine, also found in the 2002 Acura RSX sport coupe, increases engine output and while satifying LEV-II emission standards. We enjoyed the pick-up-and-go of this new engine and its civilized nature at highway cruising speeds. And they achieved a well insulated quiet ride as well.

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By modifying the front and rear suspensions (bye bye wishbone) they increased the interior room by a noticable 8% - thus, 72 cubic feet for cargo - and very good rear legroom. The rear cargo floor that doubles as a picnic table is even bigger for 2002. We like the new instrument panel with easy-to-read white-on-black instruments, large climate control knobs and a high-mounted audio system. We also applaud the emergency brake handle as a pistol grip-shaped lever integrated into the dash - just below the automatic transmission shifter. All in all, you'll probably be as impressed as we are with the 2002 CR-V.

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- Editor

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