I recently bought a used Honda CRV (2000), automatic transmission, 4 cylinder, all wheel drive, and I've noticed that 3rd and 4th gears (especially 3rd) seems to be really "short" on this vehicle...I hope that's the right term.
They aren't slipping or anything, it's just that when in those gears, it seems that the transmission stays
in those speeds for longer than the other speeds; the rpm's peak and stay at around 4500 for a longer period than others before it switches to the next gear (5th) where the rpm's drop back down to around 2500. The result is an audible high rpm "rev" that stays longer than when other gears around it are switching.
I've had transmission fluid checked, there's no audible slipping, no other signs beyond what I've mentioned that would point to a problem.
I'm NOT a "car guy".. beyond being able to change my own oil , replace spark plugs, etc. I'm not very knowledgeable. Also, this is the first vehicle I've ever owned that is all wheel drive, so I don't know if this is normal behavior or not.