2010 Honda CR-V Expert Review

You'll Like The 2010 Honda CR-V If...

Few vehicles do as many things as well as the 2010 Honda CR-V. As practical as a backpack, this benchmark crossover is an easy, stylish one-size-fits-most car choice.

You May Not Like The 2010 Honda CR-V If...

There's little pizzazz in practical. If you chafe in sensible shoes, a compact crossover may not be the right fit for you. If you're looking to venture off-road, the CR-V's part-time 4WD system is no match for the Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system found in the more capable Subaru Forester.

What's New

For 2010, the CR-V receives a freshened front end, hood and rear bumper. Engine output is up 14 horsepower to a respectable 180 horsepower; also new are 10-spoke alloy wheels, a USB audio interface (EX-L trims only) and the addition of Bluetooth cell phone connectivity to navigation-equipped models.

Interior Features

The 2010 Honda CR-V's defining feature is a highly flexible floor plan. Split rear seats fold easily and tumble forward. Doing so increases cargo capacity from a generous minimum of 35.7 cubic feet to a maximum of 72.9 cubic feet. Lift-over height in back is low. Second-row seats also recline slightly and the headrests have been designed for a visibility-enhancing low profile when not in use. Rear-seat travel is adjustable fore and aft, but long-legged folk may find the front seats don't have enough travel to fully accommodate them. All trim levels benefit from wider fold-down, inside armrests. Rear-seat legroom is not as generous as in pervious generation CR-Vs, but those under six feet can still fit front and rear simultaneously. The CR-V's dual-dial dash is an easy read, controls and switchgear are all within arm's reach and simple to operate and inside storage areas abound.

Exterior Features

The first two generations of the CR-V made their marks by combining exceptional utility with enviable reliability. They were high function, but low fashion. The current CR-V, however, has turned all that around. Honda aims to lay claim to that portion of the new buyers flocking to this segment who are style-conscious; to that end, the 2010 Honda CR-V's still-practical package is wrapped in a decidedly fashion-forward design. The side view is dramatically different than most boxy SUVs, with an elliptically-shaped greenhouse. Up front are slash-cut headlamps and a laid-back windshield, while around back is a large rear hatch with no hatch-mounted spare tire to complicate entrance. Ground clearance is a generous 6.7 inches.

Driving Impressions

On the road, the 2010 Honda CR-V has a well-integrated feel. The four-cylinder engine is right-sized for daily driving duties and the automatic transmission shifts smoothly. The only interruption to the quiet inside the cabin is some noise from the engine in high-demand situations, such as when the transmission kicks down to a lower gear for passing. Beyond that, there's not much road noise and little wind noise, even when the moonroof (standard on EX and EX-L) is open. The CR-V has a cushioned ride that belies its size and handling is stable and predictable. Visibility is good in all directions, even to the rear. The four-wheel-drive system is automatic, requiring no input from the driver, and shifts up to 70 percent of available torque from front to rear wheels as needed for improved traction.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for a two-wheel-drive CR-V LX starts just over $22,000, while the 4WD EX trim starts around $26,000. A fully-loaded EX-L with leather and navigation tops out close to $30,500. A look at the Fair Purchase Price shows the typical transaction price others are paying for the CR-V in your area, so be sure to check it out before you buy. Among the models cross-shopped with the CR-V are the Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander and the Jeep Compass. All compare favorably with the CR-V on features per dollar, but can't match the track record for reliability that the Honda enjoys. The CR-V retains the best five-year resale values in the segment.

Notable Equipment

The 2010 Honda CR-V is offered in three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L. Standard across the board is a tire-pressure-monitoring system, 17-inch wheels, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, an MP3/auxilliary audio input jack, speed-sensitive volume control and a "conversation mirror" on the back of the sun visor. LX and EX models have a retractable center tray table between the front seats, while EX-L versions have a fixed, floor-mounted console. Two covered storage containers are included – the larger of which is big enough to hold 24 CDs. EX and EX-L models gain a folding, removable, dual-level shelf in the cargo bay for added storage options, while the EX-L has a 10-way power driver's seat including power lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control and an upgraded audio system, with 270 watts of power, a six-disc, center console-mounted CD changer, seven speakers (including subwoofer), USB input and a digital audio-card reader.

Notable Options

Honda's Real Time four-wheel-drive system is available on all trim levels. A GPS navigation system with a large, six-and-a-half-inch screen, voice recognition, Bluetooth and rearview camera function is offered on EX-L models.

Favorite Features

Refined Ride Quality

A compact car with a big-car ride, the CR-V has a composed feel, easily rolling over rough roads without ruffling the passengers.

Sensible Size, Flexible Floor Plan

Right-sized, real-world dimensions and a highly adaptable interior are two reasons why the CR-V is Honda's biggest seller worldwide.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Honda CR-V has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower and delivers its 161 pound-feet of torque across a wider power band than previously. The four-cylinder engine is linked exclusively to a five-speed automatic transmission. The loss of an available five-speed manual transmission – formerly standard equipment on previous generation CR-Vs – may be lamented by mileage maximizers, but Honda says that the demand for stick-shift CR-Vs among buyers was just too low.

2.4-liter in-line 4

180 horsepower @ 6800 rpm

161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 (2WD), 21/27 (4WD)

Editors' Notes

When the Honda CR-V first appeared in 1997, the CUV landscape had a far different look than it does today. Then, the market offered very few compact four-wheel-drive wagon/CUV crosses, and the new Honda was the head of a very small class. These days, small crossovers are all the rage, offering the tall ride height and cargo carrying ability of a mid-size SUV, ample ground clearance and the sure-footed traction of all-wheel-drive. Yet, while many of its competitors have grown larger and thirstier, the CR-V remains true to its roots, which may explain why it continues to top the compact CUV sales chart year after year.

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Owner Reviews


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Great vehicle with a couple glitches.

Overall, I love my Honda CR-V! However, those consider purchasing one in the 2010 year model deserve to know that air conditioner problems are common. Mine went out last summer when I was 8 months pregnant and we had to pay $700+ to have it fixed at the local Honda dealership. Also there is a weird feature on the anti theft system that if you turn the car off too quickly after putting it in park, you'll be like locked in and the car alarm will go off. I nearly had a panic attack when this happened to me!! Other than these two flaws, I couldn't imagine a better vehicle. I definitely plan to have another CR-V in the future.

- Brooke B

I will always recommend the CR-V!

I have owned my Honda CR-V for 5 years now and still am as happy with it as I was on day one! I did experience factory recalls for something to do with the oil and on the airbags, but they were simple fixes and taken care of on Honda’s dime. We've driven my CR-V thousands of miles to different vacation destinations and have always gotten there without any trouble and remained comfortable. We also use the CR-V for hauling any larger items, as long as they are not bigger than the car. I’d recommend the CR-V to anyone looking for something affordable, reliable, and versatile. They will not regret it!

- Rachel S

Perfect vehicle for a busy family or single driver.

I enjoy driving my car now just as much as I did when I first bought the car in 2013. The built in navigation is very useful. In the winter months, the seat warmers are extremely useful since it has leather seats. I also enjoy having the 6 disc changer plus a built in CD player behind the navigation screen. I am a very busy mom of 2 children, so the storage space in the back is very helpful, whether we're going on vacation or just going to the grocery store. It also has extra storage space available on top of the car with luggage racks. I am very happy with my purchase of the Honda CR-V!

- Amanda W