From Honda press: An all-new Honda CR-V emerges for 2002 with a new chassis, body, engine and interior that deliver impressive amounts of functionality, refinement, performance and safety. The new CR-V elevates Honda value to a new level with more standard features, more power, the latest enhanced safety technology and incredible amounts of all-around utility for an entry-level SUV. Inside, the CR-V seats five passengers comfortably in a quieter cabin with significantly increased interior volume and more standard luxury features.
The 2002 CR-V is powered by an all-new 2.4-liter, 16-valve, dual overhead cam 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine. Representing the cutting edge of Honda's famed engine technology, the i-VTEC system (the "i" stands for "intelligent") combines Honda's patented VTEC system with Variable Timing Control (VTC) to produce 160-horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque - an increase of 10 percent more horsepower and 22 percent more torque compared to the 2001 model.
Additionally, low- and mid-range torque have substantially increased to deliver better overall acceleration. Even with the increased power output of the i-VTEC engine, fuel economy has improved to an estimated 22/26 mph city/hwy. All 2002 CR-Vs are certified to meet the new LEV-2 emission standards.