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Honda CR-V Estate review

1997 - 2001 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £15,340 - £20,135
Road tax cost £325 - £395
Insurance group 19 - 21
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 357 - 370 miles
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons


Versatility; value; reliability; optional fridge and shower!


A bit thirsty; not totally convincing off-road

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


You won’t see publicity shots of CR-V trekking across the Kalahari, out-running elephants in Kenya or tackling the mud of the Thai rainforest. Despite 4×4 looks and some off-road capability, CR-V is a family lifestyle choice rather than a Land Rover wannabe – but that doesn’t worry Honda. That’s because it’s been a hit with its core market, aspirational families with active lifestyles.

They appreciate the roomy, practical, well-specced interior and good all-round visibility. The second-generation model, launched in March 2002, has a more sophisticated and developed look, but the proposition remains the same.