What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
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Almost identical to mine: Mojave Mist on steelies. Photo from usedcarsgroup.com
Almost identical to mine: Mojave Mist on steelies. Photo from usedcarsgroup.com

What is it? 2002 Honda CR-V, the 2nd generation and first evolutionary step towards the bloated, mini-van-esque CR-V we have today. It came with a 2.4L DOHC transverse four cylinder engine, an automatic gearbox, and all wheel drive. With its approximately 160 HP and torques, it had a towing capacity of 1500 pounds. That’s just enough for the average pop-up camper or Midwestern family of four.

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Photo from motorauthority.com
Photo from motorauthority.com

Pros: Reliability; utility; interior room; decent in the elements; spare tire on the rear door where it should be; (i)VTEC, yo

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Cons: Serviceability; reverse sounds like an RC car; seats don’t fold flat; the first gen looks better

The seats fold down or flip forward like shown, but they are never really out of the way for large cargo. Photo from Forbes.com
The seats fold down or flip forward like shown, but they are never really out of the way for large cargo. Photo from Forbes.com
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Recommendation: The CR-V perfectly demonstrates the practicality of small SUVs. Are you a suburban mother that hauls kids and groceries? It is safe and reliable. Are you a college student going on a road trip with all your buddies to Burning Man/PCB/Electric Forest? It is spacious and comfortable. Are you an inexperienced driver in a scary, snowy climate? It has AWD and a decent ride height. Are you an adventure enthusiast that enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and other annoying physical activities? Those things that fit in your Subaru Forester could also fit in a CR-V. It’s annoying from a gearhead’s perspective, but it just does anything that most people need and it does it well.

Matte black aside, this isn’t too bad. See? It’s not just your mom’s car. Photo from hondasuv.com
Matte black aside, this isn’t too bad. See? It’s not just your mom’s car. Photo from hondasuv.com
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