I love my 2002 CR-V. Anyone who wishes a quiet and more comfortable ride try the Goodyear Assurance Comfort Tread Tires. These tires are quiet. And they are not called comfort tread for nothing. My wife and I both notice a difference in the ride and handling.
Pros: Door height - I don't bump my head getting in/out. Good little engine - strong, reliable Comfortable for around town driving Cons: 1. Air conditioning has gone out twice in last year. Bad compressor and dealer didn't offer me any deal, only a $3500 estimate. 1st time seals blew out, 2nd time bearings failed. 2. Black paint has white undercoat so every little scratch shows and it scratches VERY easily, despite frequent waxing. 3. Back seat legroom limited; OK for kids, tight for adults. 4. Has irritating rattle since new, especially when turning right. Dealer couldn't find cause under warranty. 5. If quality is so good, why does Honda have the worst warranty in the business?
- Strong 4-cylinder engine - Good door height - Still tight (except one rattle since new) and drives well - Good gas mileage 26-28 in town up to 31 on highway at 70 mph
Better paint - Redesign air conditioner compressor or use reliable one from Pilot, or Acura - Add lumbar support for front seats - Make it quieter! It's so noisy, I can't even hear the CD player on the highway, in spite of buying some of the quietest rated tires on the market.
We've had our 2002 CR-V for nearly six years and over 100,000 miles and have been quite satisfied with the car. It is incredibly roomy for such a small car, a decent road trip car and economical to operate. BUT Honda's a/c compressors for the CR-V and Element for 2002-03 were badly designed and fail catastrophically, requiring every bit of the a/c system to be replaced at a cost around $3,200. Our first such failure was under warranty at about 70,000 miles in September 2006 and the 2nd 18 months later. We paid $800+ plus labor this time since it's out of warranty. Doubtless, if we keep the car, we'll replace it again in 18 months or so.
Large amount of space, fold down seats. Cargo area can be very comparable to station wagon.
Fix the bad compressor design for the a/c. Get rid of the crappy, lightweight tray table between the front seats.
Bought certified used @ just over 50k miles counting on legendary Honda reliability. Pleased with majority of vehicle, including tire and brake wear, so on with the bad. As of yesterday, 2nd A/C compressor failure. First at around 55k under certified warranty, second 104,500, no warranty, but Honda is covering parts only. Blower control switch has dead spots, not covered when found under certified period, not worth $ for control panel yet. Intermittent auto up and down driver side window. Paint chipping off hood rapidly. Overall potentially the most expensive to maintain and repair out of 35 vehicles (4 have/had 120 - 210k miles w/out A/C problems) I've owned save for the cert. warranty.
Higher driving position than passenger car gives good view of the road ahead. Cargo area surprisingly comparable to my 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which loses points for having the spare in the cargo area. Fairly nimble in traffic for a street only SUV.
Variable speed front windshield wipers, reliable A/C compressor, more usefulness to folding table beside drivers seat - underneath essentially wasted, more mid range torque - downshifts quickly on hilly terrain at 55-70, but not at 75 on the same hills when cruise engaged. Paint adherence.
Purchased vehicle new in January 2002. Currently have 60k miles and have been pleased with the overall performance and reliability. No mechanical issues except the a/c compressor mentioned in other posts. However, our mechanic (Honda of Fredericksburg, VA) did a little research and found this problem to be occurring with more frequency; called corporate Honda and replaced the a/c free of charge. This when the car already had 50k on the odometer (and no extended warranty). It's worth the time to question Honda on this one. The one complaint would be that, although Honda makes a great, reliable vehicle, they seem to go light on interior design quality.
Fun to drive; great storage for a small SUV; customer service makes for an easy decision to own a Honda.
Gas mileage is not what we expected (low 20's); tires needed replaced at 30k; Honda only put outside air temperature display in Canadian models; no standard roof-rack;