The first generation Honda CR-V was very popular: more than 1 million copies of this model were sold worldwide. With her appearance, she set a new bar in the development of compact SUV-style cars. The changes, as a result of which the second generation CR-V appeared, affected, first of all, the characteristics of the body than the chassis. Although the external dimensions of the car remained practically unchanged, it was possible to achieve an increase in the internal space due to a new, lower threshold design. The car interior offers a very functional and rich interior for a compact SUV.
The second-generation Honda CR-V, put into operation in 2001, as before, even in the basic version is very well equipped. Both front seats have armrests. In the front panel there are numerous compartments for storing trifles. The luggage compartment in its volume and equipment belongs to the highest class and allows you to place many small items in a variety of small niches, which is very convenient. The rear door glass opens separately.
On models equipped with automatic transmission, the gear knob is located directly on the console, which frees up additional space. In addition to the standard options, you could choose a car with a leather interior, six speakers, 16 ”alloy wheels, and a navigation system. After restyling in 2004, the model received a new grille, front and rear bumpers, the engine and four-wheel drive system underwent modernization. Since 2005, new options have appeared: rear-view camera, navigation system with HDD, a number of decorative improvements have been made.
Until 2004, the car was equipped with only a 2-liter inline 4-cylinder 158-horsepower DOHC i-VTEC engine of the K20A model, which is the pride of Honda, with it the Honda CR-V is considered one of the most economical SUVs and has a low level of toxicity of exhaust gases. The engine has a timing chain drive (instead of a belt drive) and a fundamentally new i-VTEC system that allows you to use different software settings that provide a choice between economy or dynamics. Since 2004, it was replaced by a more advanced K24A engine in terms of traction “on the bottoms”, which with a power of 160 forces produces a maximum torque of 224 Nm at 3600 rpm, while at K20A this figure was 194 Nm at 4000 rpm . Thus, the updated Honda CR-V feel more confident on the road.
In the domestic market, the model was offered both with a mechanical 5-speed gearbox (until 2004) and with a 4-speed automatic. Compared with the previous generation, dramatic changes have occurred in the suspension: the front double-lever was replaced by MacPherson struts, which ensured simplicity and ease of maintenance; The rear suspension design has been simplified. The second-generation Honda CR-V was produced in front-wheel and all-wheel drive (Real Time 4WD) versions. Under normal conditions, the all-wheel drive system transfers torque to the front wheels, and if necessary, the rear axle is automatically connected.
In a series of crash tests, the Honda CR-V 2001 model year has repeatedly received good results. Five stars for frontal and lateral tests according to the NHTSA method. Evaluation of “good” in the standings of the frontal crash test, performed according to the IIHS method for the North American market. Since 2004, two airbags have been installed standardly, ABS with EBD, and Brake Assist. Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control, side airbags and side curtain airbags are available as options. The disc brakes on all four CR-V wheels provide excellent braking. Honda CR-V is a reliable and unpretentious car that has more than enough cross-country ability for an urban SUV, demonstrates good handling, economy, and a high level of comfort. Successful design, high technical characteristics and at the same time quite favorable price position make this generation CR-V one of the favorites in the secondary market.