2002 Honda CR-V Standard 2.4 four cylinder from Australia and New Zealand
A perfect all rounder
This is a great car - amazingly practical, performs well and excellent value for money.
Ideal for either long trips (the kids love it) or around town. Looks OK too.
The torque steer I read about in reviews, hasn't been a problem at all.
It is a bit noisier than expected though, and the front wheels spin pretty easily on take-off unless you're careful.
Before buying the CRV I tested a Nissan X-Trail and a Mazda Tribute V6 - both were pretty good, but I certainly haven't regretted buying the Honda.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st May, 2003
20th Jan 2009, 17:19
I am the writer of the original review and still own the car 7 years later. In that time it has been problem-free, so if my experience is typical, I can certainly recommend the CRV for reliability. I'm not that keen on the look of the current shape CRV, so when I replace it in the next couple of years I'll probably be going for a Nissan X-Trail. However, we have just bought another Honda - a Jazz GLi manual - to replace a Toyota Echo as our second car.
22nd Jan 2013, 16:11
Great to see your feedback after 7 years mate. NZ new cars in general have been lot more reliable compared to many others. I just bought one, and looking at 2002 review freaked me out. Then I started looking up for NZ/Aus reviews, and I'm glad to hear they have been reliable.
6th Jan 2015, 22:12
I've got one in NZ, and it has been trouble free. Most of the reviews here are from the US or Europe, which seem to be more problematic. I think NZ and AUS weather is just the right type for these vehicles. I know lots of people who own them, and no one has ever complained. They are as good as Toyota RAVs.