Lacks acceleration, but a great compact SUV
Heat shield on the catalytic converter rattles due to a rusted screw. I fixed it myself.
Some lights behind controls (Climate Control and Instrument Cluster) periodically go out, but come on after hitting a few bumps.
The previous owners of the car had all of the maintenance records... none of them indicated any repairs that were out of the ordinary.
1. A more powerful engine
2. Leather interior.
Lacks acceleration in fourth gear with an automatic. Holding speeds above 80 MPH with the cruise control is impossible with a headwind. For those with some money to spare, adding a supercharger to this car increases the horsepower and torque by FORTY percent. Almost equivalent to the Honda V6 you'll find in Accords and Pilots.
Since this was the first year this car was offered in the states, I understand the few downfalls. However, these small issues are FAR outweighed by the advantages of this car.
I keep referring to my CR-V as a car, because it handles like the Accord and Civic I've owned in the past. The quality of the ride is far superior to any other SUV I've driven.
Automatic transmission shifts smoothly, but a little shy to respond to increases in throttle.
Seat padding is a little squeaky when shuffling around, but very comfortable.
Interior is surprisingly roomy. The other compact SUV's I've driven (RAV4 and Escape) don't feel as spacious.
AWD functions well, took a little getting used to in the snow. Possible to spin out on curves if AWD engages while in the curve.
A/C is a little underpowered for the size of the car... but with tinted windows, it provides enough cool air to keep you comfortable.
For car stereo enthusiasts... a typical sized 4-channel or large 2-channel amplifier will fit under both front seats.
Drivetrain pulses a little while accelerating hard in corners... but stops soon as the wheel is straightened out.
Removable table forms floor in back. Turned lots of heads at a homecoming tailgating.
I'm a college student, and at times I drive this car pretty hard. For city driving, this car is GREAT. Highway driving, it's average, mainly due to the underpowered engine.
Passenger armrest needed! Please Honda! Put them in all your other cars while you're at it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th April, 2004