The Honda CR-V is a star seller and essentially the leader in its segment. Its combination of manageable size, fuel-efficiency and versatile cargo space has made the CR-V a winner, and Honda hasn't let it wither on the vine; the CR-V receives updates for 2010.
The most noticeable change is the freshened looks for 2010. The front fascia has a new grille and bumper design, and the hood is more sculpted, too. A single chrome bar sets off the grille now, and the hood flows into the grille more smoothly. The rear bumper is nipped and tucked to match the front and a new alloy wheel design arrives for EX and EX-L models.
Inside the CR-V's cleverly flexible interior, there's still the space efficiency that packs a large sedan's worth of interior volume onto a 103-inch wheelbase that's easy to drive and a snap to park. New seat fabrics and door handles with a rubberized grip are the most noticeable changes to the CR-V's interior beyond revised controls for the radio and new trim panels on the dashboard and steering wheel. The Multi-Information Display gets blue backlighting for 2010, as does the audio system, which gains a USB interface as standard equipment in EX-L models.
The changes may sound minute, but when an interior is as fastidiously designed for comfort and usability as the CR-V's, there's no need to make sweeping changes for the sake of change. Front-seat passengers get wider folding armrests on their respective seats, and the sliding 60/40-split rear seat offers a flexible 40/20/40-split seatback. The rear seat also folds and tumbles to create more cargo options to suit your payload. EX and EX-L trim level CR-Vs have a slick two-level shelf in the load area that helps recapture space lost above oddly-shaped items. You won't have to pack your produce around your umbrella stroller any longer. Stroller on the bottom, groceries atop, off you go.
The CR-V's uncannily smooth 2.4-liter four-cylinder gets power and efficiency upgrades for 2010. The compression ratio is significantly increased, from 9.7:1 to 10.5:1, resulting in a 14 hp increase to a total of 180. Other engine updates include larger valves, reduced internal friction, updated fuel injectors with a finer spray pattern and a higher-flow exhaust system round out the changes. Despite the additional power, fuel economy increases to 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway for two-wheel drive models. CR-Vs with Real-Time 4WD are rated at 21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, an increase of one mpg for both metrics.
The CR-V is available in three trim levels with front-wheel-drive standard and Real-Time 4WD available across the range. The CR-V LX is the entry-level model, well equipped with standard features like air conditioning, remote entry, a tilt/telescope steering column, cruise control and power windows and locks. Moving up to the mid-level CR-V EX bolsters the equipment level with a power moonroof, rear privacy glass, an in-dash CD changer with six speakers and a security system. EX-L exteriors get dressed up with 17-inch alloy wheels to set them apart.
The luxuriously trimmed EX-L is the top of the CR-V heap. Heated leather front seats add luxury to an interior that's also contented-up. An available Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and a rearview camera, a premium seven-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel all fill out an impressive list of options.
Safety is enhanced by the strength of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure, and Vehicle Stability Assist is standard. Side-curtain airbags and active head restraints are highlights of a safety-gear arsenal that also includes antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution. The vehicle’s front is designed with an eye toward pedestrian safety, so even if you're not an occupant of the CR-V, it does its best to keep you safe. All the safety equipment is further enhanced by available four-wheel drive.
The Honda CR-V is among the top 10 best-selling cars in the United States, and its high quality level and precise assembly are evident with a quick glance. The 2010 Honda CR-V’s reasonable price (MSRP $21,545) and stellar reputation make it a top contender for your consideration. If you try it, you'll likely buy it.
Based on 2010 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.