Used Honda CR-V 4x4 2002 - 2006 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Our recommendations

2002 - 2006 review
Honda CR-V 4x4 (02 - 06)
  • Honda CR-V 4x4 (02 - 06)
  • Honda CR-V 4x4 (02 - 06)
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Which used Honda CR-V estate should I buy?

The CR-V has never been a particularly extensive range, and it was only in early 2005 that a second engine, the 2.2-litre diesel, joined the range. Until then, all you could have was a 2.0-litre petrol.

Mind you, even after that, the petrol remained the best buy. Sure, the diesel is more fuel-efficient and delivers much stronger pull at low revs, but its refinement is a real disappointment, especially given how good it is in the Accord - and, because the diesel costs more to buy, you'll need to do a lot of miles before it makes financial sense.

Likewise, you only have a limited choice of trims, but there's no need to spend more than on the basic SE. This has air-conditioning, all-round electric windows and good safety kit. Sport upgrades the air-conditioning to climate control and adds alloy wheels, while Executive adds leather upholstery and sat-nav, but they're not worth the extra expense.