Any news on 2003 Honda CR-V?
I might be interested in purchasing a CR-V when the 2003 models come out. Already own a 1998 and think it is great. Any news when the 2003 models will be available or even the specs. on the new models? Anyone have interesting data to compare among the CR-V, Suzuki XL-7 and the Hyundai Santa Fe?
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The Honda's made here state side are always available a month or 2 before the models made in Japan.
The '03's will not have any changes made to them.
How about PRICE?
Anyhow, this late in the game, with dealers not really dealing, at least you'd have one less model year of depreciation on the '03...
I can probably limp on out till November with my beater...
I am not sure if it will make it to the US for '03, or ever. Seems AHMC doesn't want to get too "non-macho"...
Personally I do not like the lighter colored CR-V with black trim, but Black, Blue and even Red look OK...
No offense to hondaguy700 BUY I have learned that SALEPEOPLE are the LEAST reliable sources of info--I wouldn'y put it past 'em to fake a color chart!
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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For more information and downloadable high-resolution images of the Honda CR-V and other Honda vehicles, please visit www.hondanews.com. Consumer information is available on www.honda.com.
Its a matter of taste. I REALLY like the look.
The CR-V is far superior in snowy, icey road conditions. The 4Runner needs to have its 4wd manaully activated. This type system is not a real advantage on road. The 4WD Low range on a 4Runner is nice to have, and you can pull other vehicles out of ditches, but for DRIVING on all but zero-traction surfaces the CR-V wins. The worst slipping in snowy conditions often occurs when starting out from a dead stop, with the CR-V such spinning is quickly brought to a halt, all with ANY driver interaction...
If you want to look at another (used) Toyota product that has a drive system that compares to the CR-V, you should consider the Lexus RX-300.
(It is possible that Toyota will be equipping the 2003 top-of-the-line 4Runner LTD with a full time AWD system, but it will be the Pilot or MDX price range)
Prices are approx. $100.00 more than 2002.
She drives a Jeep and was looking at the new
Jeep models, as she wanted something she feels
safe, driving, especially in winter.
Wife test drove the Jeep Liberty Limited and
was thinking about buying a new Jeep.
Now that the 2003 CR-V is out, would you
opt for this vehicle, or the Jeep, and why?
Got a call from my dealer today - I have the VIN and CRV will be here in 2-3 days. Am getting 5 Speed EX - Chianti Red. Paying $800 over invoice.
Can't wait for vehicle to get here. Am planning on adding the woodgrain accents to the dash and doors as well as the cargo cover through Handaaccessories.com.
wow, you got a good deal.
We will get ours on Monday or Tuesday.
We pay $580 less than MSRP($22,860), and that was the best deal around.
We get Red also. My kids like Blue, my husband likes Tan... so I picked Red
My dealer is giving me a price of $20,150(w/destination charges,tag and tax.
I don't want any dealer accessories because I can get them at a better price and installed by a honda dealer mechanic.
They are including all of the interior and exterior special coatings pkg.
Is this a good deal?
Tne dealer should split out the amount they are discounting.
Generally, the demand for the CR-V is good, but the 2WD is NOT popular in the winter (except maybe in Sun Belt states...). You should be getting a discount of at least $300-500 dollars from the MSRP of $19150 before one could consider this a "good deal". Edmunds has the detsination charge listed as $460. WE NEED TO KNOW the amounts "left out".
Tax is 6.5% (Florida)
Tag is $135 (transfer fee)
The sticker price on this car is $19.300
Good deal or not?
Sounds like the selling price (including destination charge, which in IL should have sales tax applied...) is around $18800
That looks to be over $500 off the MSRP -- a pretty good deal!
Can you do better? Who knows... I doubt this is "as low as they can go", but if you are happy it might not be worth grinding out an extra $100-200 buck.
Dealers are not yet slashing $1000s off any 03 CR-Vs, and I doubt that will happen unless something tragic happens to the economy.