2001 CR-V New Car Test Drive
Honda's CR-V hauls cargo and kids, battles bad weather, and is easy to drive. Honda knows most sport-utilities rarely leave the pavement, and the CR-V was not intended to tackle tough terrain. Its extra cargo room offers some of the usefulness of a minivan, but the CR-V was based on a car platform and retains car-like drivability.
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.
Three trim levels are available, LX, EX and SE. Retail prices: 2WD LX ($18,750); 4WD LX ($19,150); 4WD EX ($20,750).
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. Top of the line is the 4WD SE model, available only with the four-speed automatic, at $22,800.
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. SE gets a leather interior and steering wheel, a three-in-one AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo, body colored side moldings, a hard cover for the spare tire, and chrome accents on the grille.