Which way does the blade slice in the case of Honda's CR-V EX? To find out, we hitched a revamped-for-2002 edition to a ShoreLand'r trailer hauling two waterbikes and headed down a few southeastern Michigan highways. Even though the payload was 100 pounds beyond rated capacity (1,500 pounds), the CR-V EX's torquey four-cylinder engine shouldered its task without a whimper. The 160-hp Honda hustled to 60 mph in 14.1 seconds with the trailer and bikes in tow and made the same sprint unladen in only 8.7 seconds. Equipped with disc brakes and ABS, it ad no difficulty slowing its load, needing only an extra 36 feet to stop the 1,600-pound load.