1998 Honda CR-V Review

1998 Honda CR-V - Winning personality.


The CR-V (Comfortable Runabout Vehicle) is sized and priced between smaller sport/utes such as the Toyota RAV4 and mid-size sport/utes such as the Honda Passport--really a Honda-badged mid-size Isuzu Rodeo. Based on a Honda Civic, the CR-V has unibody construction--not a trucklike body on frame setup.

This Honda's base prices go from $18,350 to $21,050. All models are well-equipped and come with only four doors. New for 1998 are an entry level two-wheel-drive model and five-speed manual transmission.

The CR-V's nifty all-wheel drive isn't for rugged off-road use, but automatically shoots power from the front wheels to all wheels if slippery roads are encountered.

All models have a small 126-horsepower four-cylinder engine that provides lively performance below 50 m.p.h., but average acceleration above that. The fuel-stingy engine is loud when pushed. It gives the best performance with the manual tranmission, although the four-speed automatic shifts efficiently. Fuel economy is 22 m.p.g. city and 25 highway with either transmission.

Accurate steering, decent handling, a supple ride and good braking make the CR-V fun to live with. Occupants sit high in the quiet interior, which has well-placed controls, sturdy cupholders and good room for four tall adults--or five on short trips. But drivers with long fingernails might dislike the small, dashboard-mounted power window controls. A fold-forward rear seat greatly increases the otherwise-average cargo area space.

The CR-V is conservatively styled, inside and out, but has a winning personality.

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Dan Jedlicka joined the Chicago Sun-Times in February 1968 as a business news reporter and was named auto editor later that year. He has reviewed more than 4,000 new vehicles for the Sun-Times--far more than any newspaper auto writer in the country. Jedlicka also reviewed vehicles for Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Autos Internet site from January, 1996, to June, 2008.

Jedlicka remained auto editor at the Sun-Times until October, 2008, and continued writing for the newspaper's AutoTimes section, which he started in 1992, until February, 2009. While continuing his auto writings at the Sun-Times, he served as assistant financial editor of that newspaper from 1970 to 1973, when he began his automotive column.

He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NBC's "Today," ABC's "20/20" and "The CBS Evening News." He was a host, consultant and writer for Fox-TV Channel 32's 1991 New Car Preview show and that Chicago-based station's 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 Chicago Auto Show Previews.

Jedlicka's auto articles have been printed in national magazines, including Esquire and Harper's. His auto columns have been reprinted in U.S. government publications and economic textbooks and he is profiled in the "World's Greatest Auto Show" history book about the Chicago Auto Show. In late 1975, Jedlicka was host and technical advisor for three one-hour television specials, "Auto Test 76," which aired nationally on PBS and were the first nationally televised auto road test shows.

In 1995, Jedlicka was the recipient of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Inc.'s Consumer Education Award, given annually to a person who has gained distinction in the field of consumer education. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Media category and inducted into the Legends of Motorsports Guild at the Carquest World of wheels custom car show in Chicago in January, 2006.

Jedlicka was a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury, composed of a select number of auto journalists from throughout the country, from 1995 until 2009. From 2010 to 2012, he was a member of Consumer Digest magazine's auto experts panel that gave Best Buy new vehicle recommendations.

He is a 1987 graduate of the Bob Bondurant Race Drivers School and later of the BMW "M" and Skip Barber Advanced Driving schools. He was a member of the U.S. team that participated in the 1987 1,000-mile Mille Miglia race/rally in Italy and has been a race winner at the Chicago area's Santa Fe Speedway.

Jedlicka has owned 25 classic cars, including 1950s and 1960s Ferraris and 1950s and 1960s Porsches, a 1965 Corvette, a 1967 Maserati and a 1957 Studebaker supercharged Golden Hawk. Jedlicka resides with his wife, Suzanne, in the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district of Oak Park. They have two children, James and Michele.

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