These days, virtually all SUVs have an automatic transmission — but, of course, that wasn’t always the case. Just a few years ago, it was common to have base-model SUVs offer a manual transmission — and that even applied to the Honda CR-V, which offered a stick shift for its first two generations of existence.
This is one such manual CR-V, and it’s probably the nicest example around. It’s a 2002 CR-V with a stick shift, and it’s a 1-owner car with just 62,000 original miles. It’s also desirable because it’s an all-wheel drive CR-V, meaning it can cover all the rough terrain you can expect from a CR-V. Plus, it’s an EX model, meaning it’s a rare top-of-the-line manual, which is an especially unusual quality, as manual models are usually stripped-down base versions.
This CR-V is offered by Cape Cod Auto Connection in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, and it checks all the boxes for the true CR-V enthusiast looking for the needle in the haystack. Of course, it’s unlikely that very many "true CR-V enthusiasts" exist, but it’s still a cool car — and worth bringing up here on Autotrader Find, even if only to remind you that it exists at all. Find a Honda CR-V for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.