Here’s something you probably didn’t know: From 1997 to 2006, every single Honda CR-V included a folding picnic table tucked away under the cargo area. I am completely serious. If you were out drivin’ around in your CR-V and you wanted to have a picnic, all you had to do was consult your cargo area, and BOOM! Picnic table. See the used Honda CR-V models for sale near you
There were no chairs.
To understand the origin of the CR-V picnic table, you have to look back to when the Honda CR-V first made its debut in 1997. Back then, Honda had no idea what the SUV market would want. This thing was a trailblazer in the literal sense; it was one of the very first compact SUVs on the market. The Ford Escape was 4 years away. The Nissan Rogue wouldn’t come out for more than a decade. So Honda got creative.
The result was a small SUV with steel wheels, a standard stick shift, a rear-mounted spare tire and a picnic table — four things we’d never see in a small SUV today. Although I’m not sure if any CR-V owner in recorded history ever actually used the picnic table, which was fairly flimsy and primarily made of plastic, I do know one thing: There are tons of them on eBay, relics of a bygone area when a former CR-V owner put the table in the garage, forgot about it and then decided to make a couple of quick bucks during spring cleaning.
Speaking of the early CR-V’s unusual characteristics, another thing we’d never see in a small SUV today: The first-generation CR-V’s lone engine made only 126 horsepower, which resulted in an 11.3-second 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time. Today, even subcompact SUVs such as the Buick Encore have more juice — and, of course, nearly all subcompact SUVs feature a better transmission than the CR-V’s optional 4-speed automatic.
But none of them have that picnic table. Find a used Honda CR-V for sale
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