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#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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#11 of 39 FEW CHANGES
Sep 02, 2002 (6:50 am)
From the Honda news release for the 2003 CRV, which seems to be a rehash of the news release of the 2002 CRV, there are few significant changes.
#13 of 39 Buy a 2002 or wait for a 2003
Sep 08, 2002 (8:01 am)
After reviewing the 2002 brochure and the hondanews.com site on the 2003 CRV they are virtually the same. My question is: Should I wait to buy the 2003?
#14 of 39 Buy a 03 if you have to pay MSRP
Sep 08, 2002 (10:40 am)
#15 of 39 "Realtime 4WD vs AWD
Sep 10, 2002 (6:31 pm)
I live in Reno NV area & travel icy, snowy roads in winter to get to local ski areas. Currently lease a Subaru Outback wagon that is a stellar performer in these conditions. Question is; lease is up soon & I'm considering purchase of 2002 Honda CRV. Can I expect good performance with Honda's 4WD system in these conditions? Anyone drive a CRV in snow? Do I need studded tires? Help!
#16 of 39 Snowy icy roads...
Sep 11, 2002 (5:50 am)
I have driven with friends in their previous generation CR-V (not yet had a chance to take the 02 in bad weather) and have found it to perform well. Whether it is equal to the Outback, depends on details. For instance, the Outback ALWAYS gives some power to all wheels, and the CR-V needs wheelspin before it redirects power -- if you know this and plan/prepare for the CR-V wheels to spin abit it is no big deal, but if you are used to the continuos power of the Suburu (and its low-end grunt) you may not be entirely happy. It is a detail that is important enough to test out on your own before you pay your money.
#17 of 39 monochrome crv
Sep 16, 2002 (6:25 pm)
I saw a monochrome CR-V about two days ago,in gold.Is this new for 2003?Monochrome?Looked very strange........hmmmmmmmm,Bumbers in gold.....i don't know,what do y'all think?
Sep 17, 2002 (2:04 pm)
It was probably a Canadian car. Body colored bumpers etc. are available there on the 2002 but not in the U.S.
Its a matter of taste. I REALLY like the look.
#19 of 39 Honda CRV (new) vs. Toyota 4 Runner (used)
Sep 22, 2002 (3:55 pm)
I need a new vehicle and living in snowy, icy winter climate, I need all wheel drive. I'm interested in the CRV, but they never have any in stock. Does anyone know when the 2003 models will be out? Also, I looked at a 2001 Toyota 4 Runner (top of the line). It was a leased vehicle, driven by one person and has 45,000 miles. Since the prices on the vehicles are very close, I'm wondering if anyone has any advice for me as to which is the best buy.