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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Honda CR-V (97-01) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Versatility; value; reliability; optional fridge and shower!

CONS

A bit thirsty; not totally convincing off-road

PROS

Versatility; value; reliability; optional fridge and shower!

CONS

A bit thirsty; not totally convincing off-road

Honda CR-V rivals

Toyota
RAV4
3 out of 5 3.0

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 4x4 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.

Honda CR-V rivals

Toyota
RAV4
3 out of 5 3.0