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#1 of 39 Honda CR-V
Jul 25, 2002 (8:27 am)
I might be interested in purchasing a CR-V when the 2003 models come out. Already own a 1998 and think it is great. Any news when the 2003 models will be available or even the specs. on the new models? Anyone have interesting data to compare among the CR-V, Suzuki XL-7 and the Hyundai Santa Fe?
Jul 25, 2002 (9:20 am)
The CR-V was all new for the '02 model, which is currently on sale. Since the '02 is totally new, the '03 model will probably only get some very minor detail changes, like maybe some new paint colors. Just go to Edmunds.com and look at the specs for the '02. Compared to your '98, it's slightly larger, has a bigger engine.
#3 of 39 2003 Model
Jul 25, 2002 (9:45 am)
I was interested in buying a CR-V and went to check out availability at local dealership. Supposedly, those made in Sept. 02 should be the 03 model. If that is the case and you assume 6 weeks delivery, expect the 03 model to show up at the dealers in Oct. sometime. Can anybody else comfirm this? Thanks,
#4 of 39 2003 Model availability
Aug 08, 2002 (6:10 am)
The '03's will not be available until late November or early December.
The Honda's made here state side are always available a month or 2 before the models made in Japan.
The '03's will not have any changes made to them.
#5 of 39 richbrave -- Based on??
Aug 08, 2002 (12:17 pm)
Is there any official word out that '03 will have NO, ZERO, NOT A ONE, changes?
How about PRICE?
Anyhow, this late in the game, with dealers not really dealing, at least you'd have one less model year of depreciation on the '03...
I can probably limp on out till November with my beater...
#6 of 39 No Color Changes
Aug 10, 2002 (4:13 pm)
rerenov8r, my salesperson showed me a color chart with no color changes for the '03 CR-V. As for price and availability, he stated that Honda won't release prices until the cars are released for shipment to the dealers, but he does not expect any content or significant price changes (when pressed he guessed about 1%). Also he stated that he expects the '03s to begin arriving in October. While I'm not sure where he got this info, I will trust him until I hear otherwise from Honda. Hope this helps.
#7 of 39 Maybe not
Aug 13, 2002 (11:53 pm)
What about that pretty iced aqua that appears in the German show? The one with the big sun roof? And no black trim, and larger wheels? I can't get a word out of my salesman...who says "no changes" but I tend to think otherwise. If anyone hears anything please post it.
#8 of 39 Body color trim...
Aug 14, 2002 (9:10 am)
Is the norm on the European market CR-Vs.
I am not sure if it will make it to the US for '03, or ever. Seems AHMC doesn't want to get too "non-macho"...
Personally I do not like the lighter colored CR-V with black trim, but Black, Blue and even Red look OK...
No offense to hondaguy700 BUY I have learned that SALEPEOPLE are the LEAST reliable sources of info--I wouldn'y put it past 'em to fake a color chart!
#10 of 39 HONDA NEWS RELEASE
Sep 02, 2002 (6:34 am)
2003 Honda CR-V Ranks High in Crash Safety, Performance and Value
Torrance, Calif. 08/16/2002 -- The second-generation Honda CR-V entry-level sport utility vehicle, which set an all-time sales record in 2002 and grabbed a spot on Car and Driver Magazine's "5Best Trucks" list, returns for 2003 with additional interior enhancements.
The CR-V boasts more standard features, more power, enhanced safety technology and all-around utility for an entry-level SUV. Inside, the CR-V's spacious interior seats five comfortably and features more standard luxury features.
The 2003 CR-V is powered by a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, DOHC 4-cylinder, "intelligent" i-VTEC engine. The i-VTEC system takes Honda's patented VTEC system to the next level by combining it with Variable Timing Control (VTEC) to produce 160-horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. or torque. Low- and mid-range torque was increased to deliver better overall acceleration. Even with the increased power of the new engine system, fuel economy remains an impressive EPA estimated 22/26 mpg city/hwy. All 2003 CR-V models are certified to meet the new LEV-II emission standards.
Inside the CR-V, the designers and engineers went to great lengths to introduce the highest level of innovative standard features and amenities. The cargo area of the CR-V measures a spacious 72.0 cu. ft., and with the exclusive fold-and-tumble rearseats stowed, the CR-V now accommodates two full-size mountain bikes with ease - something rarely seen in this class of vehicle. The reclining 60/40 rear seat moves independently and features a center armrest with drink holders, and all rear passengers have three-point seat belts and headrests. The larger rear cargo floor also doubles as a picnic table. For 2003, rear coat hooks have been added. In front, the center console-mounted storage area has been enlarged to better accommodate items such as CDs and cassettes.
The CR-V features a newly developed chassis with increased torsional rigidity and bending rigidity. Additional safety features include advanced dual-stage driver's and front passenger's airbags, standard side airbags on EX models (available on LX), front seatbelts with load limiters and buckle pre-tensioners. For added safety, the lower front side frame and lower bumper beam have been specially engineered to engage the structural elements of cars, trucks and SUV's in the event of a crash. These advanced features, and more, helped the CR-V earn 5-star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for both front and side impact, the highest rating possible. In addition, the CR-V received a "good" designation, also the highest rating possible, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and was named a "Best Pick" following the agency's frontal offset crash testing of the vehicle.
The CR-V employs a 4-wheel independent suspension system. This system utilizes a Toe Control Link MacPherson Strut suspension in the front for outstanding handling, ride and packaging. In the rear, the CR-V is equipped with a reactive compact double wishbone suspension that helps provide additional cargo space.
The 2003 CR-V is available in well-equipped LX, LX 4WD, and EX 4WD trims. All models feature dual power mirrors, intermittent front and rear window wipers and washers, air conditioning with Micron Air-Filtration, power windows with auto down and up driver's window, power door locks, floormats, and engine immobilizer and anti-theft system, cruise control, two-texture seating surfaces, sunglass holder, and a front driver and passenger armrest (on automatic models). The LX trim includes an AM/FM/cassette/CD player with four speakers. The EX trim adds standard Real Time‰ 4WD, AM/FM/cassette/6-CD changer with six speakers, a power moonroof and rear privacy glass. New colors for 2003 include a black interior color scheme available on models with Taffeta White exteriors.
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