Honda CR-V

From Honda press: Introduced to the U.S. market in 1997 as one of the pioneers in the entry sport utility vehicle market, the sporty and fun-to-drive Honda CR-V became the benchmark for this fast growing segment of vehicles. The CR-V broke new ground in the truck/car crossover market with its long list of standard features, competitive price, renowned Honda quality and spirited performance. Not only did the CR-V help establish the new breed of small, smart and functional vehicles, but it also became the best-selling vehicle in the segment.

The CR-V was the first Honda-designed and engineered SUV. It combines 4-wheel-drive capability and utility with passenger-car drivability, comfort and convenience. It introduced innovative features ranging from Real Time™ 4WD to a convenient foldout picnic table.

The desire for excellent vehicle performance and a fun-to-drive feel is an increasingly important factor in the entry SUV segment. Honda engineers developed an all-new 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine that provides an excellent balance of power, fuel economy and low emissions output. The CR-V gains substantially enhanced engine performance for 2002 by increasing the engine size to 2.4-liters (from 2.0-liters) and adding the first application of i-VTEC engine technology to the Honda product line - similar to the system that debuted on the Acura RSX. The new "intelligent" i-VTEC system on the 2002 Honda CR-V generates 160-horsepower at 6000 rpm and a powerful 162-lb-ft. of torque at 3600 rpm - that's a 10 percent peak horsepower increase and 22 percent increase in peak torque compared to the 2001 model. These engine improvements equate to increased acceleration, better performance on long hills and better all-around drivability.

The CR-V uses Honda's latest i-VTEC "intelligent" valve-control system. This technology combines VTC (Variable Timing Control) - which continuously adjusts camshaft phase - with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) that changes valve lift, timing and duration. First appearing on the Acura RSX, this is the first Honda product in North America to receive the i-VTEC system. The result is impressive horsepower and high torque with outstanding fuel economy and low exhaust emissions. The broad torque range allows the 2002 CR-V to offer smooth and powerful performance in all types of driving conditions ranging from in-city to freeway driving to hilly terrain. In addition, the CR-V's transversely mounted engine block has been rotated 180 degrees. As a result, the exhaust manifold is closer to the catalyst for improved light-off and reduced emissions at startup. The engine rotates clockwise.

The 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder design uses 16 valves, a dual-stage intake manifold, and the i-VTEC system (VTC on intake cam shaft) to deliver 160-horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. The engine also has a dual-stage intake. The i-VTEC system represents a new, highly intelligent valve timing/lift mechanism that combines the VTEC mechanism for switching cams between low- and high-speed ranges, along with VTC, which sequentially controls cam phase based on engine speed and load.

Overall, the engine's low to medium power range has improved greatly compared to the previous CR-V's powerplant - resulting in better throttle response at low engine speeds. The 2001 CR-V engine produced 146-horsepower at 6200 rpm and 133-lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 RPM.

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