I'd venture a guess that Honda wouldn't design a auto-open back hatch for safety reasons (e.g.: someone accidentally releasing the hatch while in motion, causing kids and groceries to spill out). That's probably why the CRV release button operates only the back window and not the entire hatch.MarkC said:I thought I had read in the features for the 2002 that it had an autio-open rear hatch button. Can anyone with a 2002 confirm this? Is this button operational?