1996 Honda CRV
When Honda created its first crossover, the CR-V, it was a sales success. The model was heralded as a more spacious year-round option to a sedan, yet shared many parts with the Civic making it inexpensive to own and service. This 1996 is finished in a stately Cypress Green Pearl (G82P), the body is accessorized with tinted rainguards and 15" seven-spoke alloys. Aside from some minor nicks, chips, and dings the body is in good shape and was cared for in Japan. Offered with a mere 38k verified and documented miles, this unique and practical Japanese Classic is turn-key and ready to roll. For those who value ease of ownership, top-notch ergonomics, and impeccable Honda build quality, this affordable crossover might just be the ticket!
The cabin is clean, spacious, and logically laid out. The view of the road ahead offers more visibility than a sedan and the dash is in good shape, lacking any weather-related cracking or distortion. Extra dash storage is located above a large glovebox is handy for nick-nacks and even the Japanese owner's manuals are still present. The gray cloth upholstery is soft to the touch and comfortable on long trips. The material lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. The climate control systems are simple to use and provide heat for winter and cold A/C. The OEM audio is located adjacently and works like a charm. Power windows, locks, and mirrors are standard equipment and operate well aside from the power-folding function. The headliner, door cards, and carpets lack any major abuse and all the switchgear is at an arms reach.
The mechanicals are nearly identical to US models so ownership is as seamless as it gets. The B20B is fresh off an oil and filter service, and the four-banger turns over promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. The RD1 idles with confidence and power is sent through a slick-shifting automatic gearbox to all four wheels. Acceleration can be described as peppy and the CRV easily gets up to and sustains highway speeds. The suspension is compliant and the brakes are more than capable of slowing this lightweight CUV down to manageable speeds. The all-season tires are deep in tread and the spare out back is handy if you get into a pickle. The nice thing about this Honda is that you treat it just like any other car you operate. You can hop in and know it's dependable, capable, and even a bit fun to drive!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.