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2009 Honda CR-V

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2009 Honda CR-V Review

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When the Honda CR-V first appeared in 1997, the SUV landscape had a far different look than it does today. Then, the market offered very few compact four-wheel-drive wagon/SUV crosses, and the new Honda was the head of a very small class. These days, rising gas prices have chased many drivers out of their large SUVs and, in the hopes of downsizing, into smaller, more fuel-efficient transportation. As a result, the roads are now becoming thick with crossover utility vehicles, but the third-generation CR-V continues to prove a resilient competitor.

You'll Like This Car If...

Few vehicles do as many things as well as the 2009 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 This Car 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 only Honda hadn't dropped the available manual transmission, there might be some sporty salvation.

What's New for 2009

No major changes for 2009.

Driving the CR-V

Driving Impressions On the road, the 2009 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.

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.

2009 Honda CR-V Details
2009 Honda CR-V photo Interior

The 2009 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, front seats have enough travel to accommodate taller folks and all trim levels benefit from fold-down, inside armrests. Rear-seat legroom has been reduced by about an inch compared to the previous generation, but six-footers can still fit front and rear simultaneously, though it's a tad tighter in back now. 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

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. This time around, Honda aims to lay claim to that portion of the new buyers flocking to this segment who are style-conscious. Toward that end, the 2009 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 7.3 inches.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 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/auxiliary 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 an eight-way power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and an upgraded audio system, with 270 watts of power, a six-disc, center console CD changer, seven speakers (including subwoofer) and a digital audio-card reader.

Optional Equipment

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 and rearview camera function is offered on EX-L models.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Honda CR-V has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 166 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
166 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (2WD), 20/26 (4WD)

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2009 Honda CR-V Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 623 Ratings for the 2007 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

To the store and back

By on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, drives perfect, one owner, low milage"

Cons: "??????"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After my mother was in a head-on collision while driving her 2004 CRV and walked away with no-life threatening injuries, she decided the only car she ever wanted again was a CRV. She purchased this 2007 one year prior to retiring and since then it hasn't been driven much. With very few exceptions, she pretty much only drove it to church, shopping for groceries, to the doctor, and back home. The car has always been dealer serviced and has great tires and breaks. Never been in any major accidents. Comes with wheel locks, automatic start with alarm, and all weather mats."

Does the job with some class

By on Sunday, July 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "drives well, cold A/C, no timeing belt, easy maint"

Cons: "drives like a car, small family focus"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Those of you who are buying a CR-V are looking for it in as a tool - why do I want this car compared to others. There are a few ways to look at the 2010 CR-V, and one way that I commonly refer to is the "mommy car." I am not a mother, do not have kids, and do not use it to dive kids around. I feel there are a lot of features in this vehicle that would be great for a small family, but I use it for travel and for space. I used to own a 2007 Kia Sportage, but they had plastic parts in the engine that broke and ruptured the radiator and melted the wiring harness so I got the Honda for its reliability. It was a 100% step up. One of the features I wish the CR-V had that the Kia has are its completely fold-able back seats seats that lay flat and have a plastic back. The Kia had much more "trunk space," and as I used the vehicles to lug my bikes around across the state from race to race the room was great and much needed. Where the Honda stands out is its reliability (have not had any issues yet), and ability to be an affordable SUV that will last and make you feel like you are driving something awesome. The sound system is great, I really like the aux plug in being in the center console with an outlet to charge my phone. The car drives and responds really well on the road, plus it can handle most city hauling. I went to uhaul and installed a hitch to move from Arizona to California and had no problem pulling their mid sized trailer (I believe it was 5x6). The CR-V dives more like a car than a truck and the seats could be a little higher, but all in all it is a great vehicle. I haven't had any issues with mine for the 30k miles I put on it living in 3 states and having done two cross country trips from Cali to Florida and then to Texas. I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone who wants more space than a car, wants something that drives like a car, someone who has a small family, or someone who likes to be a little higher off the ground. I do not recommend this vehicle for someone who is interested in hauling big things or going off road (unless you get the AWD CR-V)."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Best value best quality and fun to drive

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great quality, value, styling and fun to drive."

Cons: "No premium engine options"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Cute styling, options like metallic paint, leather and AWD MAKE THE CRV feel like a premium SUV. It's quick where I need it to be between 0-35mph. I've owned mine since new (2009) and have had no problems mechanically or electronically and zero defects."

under powered, under amenitied, but fine, reliable

By on Monday, July 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Reliable, comfortable, handles well"

Cons: "underpowered, no variable windshield wipers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"A fine, reliable performer. Underpowered, no variable windshield wiper, driver compartment a bit cramped, (I'm 6'1" & 250lbs) no temperature-outdoor,"

best car ever!

By on Friday, July 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "dependible smooth easy to drive comfortable great"

Cons: "my only con is the surprise of depriation"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"step in and out, reliable, smooth ride, comfortable, roomy by far the best car I have owned and I used to be a Toyota fan. The CRV is incredible, I love it, but have to sell due to financial struggles."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Always Reliable Cars

By on Sunday, June 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "always reliable, minimal maintenance"

Cons: "make a Hybrid CRV!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I have relied on Hondas for many years. This is my 3rd one. It is roomy inside, but looks small outside. Cargo/trunk features continue to improve. I just wish they would make a hybrid CRV."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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