It's a manual transmission, excellent shape. I didn't find a deficit in horsepower (126) with the B20 engine, seemed fine for me with the 5 speed. It ran/drove excellent, smooth and easy shifting unlike the manual transmission 2002 Toyota Camry I test drove with a slipping clutch. The only thing I didn't like as suspected was the low 5th gear. There wasn't a highway nearby, so the highest speed I could get up to was about 62 mph. At the speed the engine was at about 3200 rpm, and was loud. Does anyone here have a Gen 1 5 speed manual? I wonder if that's something you got used to. I know the engines are designed to run like that all day long. I'd like to convince myself I'd get used to it too as I really liked that CR-V. For a 20 year old vehicle it seemed solid. I don't do a lot of highway driving. Looking at other vehicles, but it's still on the list.