2000 CR-V New Car Test Drive
Honda's CR-V was not designed to tackle tough terrain. Honda knows most sport-utilities rarely leave the pavement, let alone venture into real rough stuff. For most of us, a little extra ground clearance and four-wheel traction are enough to satisfy our SUV needs: running family errands, battling winter slush.
The Honda CR-V offers utility, car-like driveability and full-time four-wheel drive. These first two are attributes minivans are designed to address and the CR-V offers the usefulness of a minivan.
CR-V is available with front- (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 146 horsepower powers all models.
Two trim levels are available, LX and EX. Retail prices: 2WD LX ($18,650); 4WD LX ($19,050); 4WD EX ($20,550). The 2WD LX comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. The 4WD LX and EX models come standard with a five-speed manual gearbox. Automatic transmission adds $800 to the bottom line.
CR-V LX models come standard with air conditioning, an AM/FM/cassette stereo, cruise control, map lights, a rear window washer-wiper, and power windows, mirrors and locks. To this, EX models add ABS, remote keyless entry, dual power color-keyed mirrors, CD stereo and alloy wheels.
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