1996 Honda CR-V Crossover
Available for: $10,295
90's Honda's were nearly too good to be true. They set benchmarks for efficiency and reliability, all at an affordable price point. To add to the lineup, designers envisioned an AWD product that resounded with clients like the Civic and Accord but offered year-round capabilities. This 1996 CR-V is the fruit of the brand's labor. This Cypress Pearl example (G82-P) is offered with a mere 108k documented and verified miles. The body is in good shape, accented by some Carving Wilcox HRE five-spoke alloys, OEM chrome rear spoiler, and smoked rainguards. There is some loss of gloss and a few minor dings and chips to note but nothing you wouldn't expect from a vehicle of this age. Recently serviced, this trusty and roomy five-seater is simple to work on and known for low cost of ownership. For a fun-size SUV that doesn't slurp fuel and is still fun to drive, this Japanese Classic RD-1 is a can't miss option!
The cabin is way bigger than the exterior dimensions would lead you to believe. The headroom is cavernous and Honda's top-notch ergonomics are on full display. Storage options are everywhere and the dual glove box and folding center console are helpful to have. The view of the road ahead is commanding and clear and the dash lacks any cracks or distortion. The center stack includes a functional Alpine headunit and automatic climate control. The sound quality isn't half bad, and it adds some visual appeal to the nearly stock cabin. The a/c blows cold currently and the heat is on hand for the winter ahead. The carpets and door cards have resisted major damage and the headliner lacks any sagging or other major blemishes. The seats are upholstered in a soft gray textured cloth. They lack and major rips, stains, or tears and are in good shape overall. Power windows, door locks, and mirrors are all standard and work as they should, save for the power-folding function. Even the original owner's manual and maintenance booklet are included in the sale, safely residing in the glovebox. Rear privacy tint keeps the harmful rays of the sun off the back seat and cargo area and the boot even includes the famous OEM picnic table.
The drivetrain is largely the reason why there are still so many of these CUVs still around. The RD-1 is powered by a B20B four-cylinder that is fresh off an oil and filter service. It starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery installed since it arrived to us. It idles smoothly thanks to two replacement motor mounts, and the 2.0L is connected to an automatic gearbox. The transmission shifts seamlessly and sends power to all four wheels. The suspension feels predictable and offers plenty of ground clearance. Our trained techs have refreshed it with a new right front inner and outer tie rod and a new front sway bar endlinks. She tracks straight and the structure is good, although we did want to note some prior front-end repair history in this car's prior life in Japan. It breaks nicely for a CUV and the Honda has had new brake rotors installed up front. The little ute is ready to rock and steers where you point it. The Carving Wilcox alloys are all wrapped in new tires that have quieted the overall ride down a touch. These all-season units will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and deliver premium year-round grip.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.