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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 682 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
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Most reliable & high quality car I've ever owned

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,477

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Roomy & great for hauling items, fun to drive"

Cons: "None really. Has no fog lights but not important"

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

"Mileage: 90,477 4-Cyl VTEC 2.4 liter Automatic 5 speed w/overdrive 4WD Traction control, stability control, ABS wheels. Air conditioning, Cruise control, Power windows, Power steering, Programmable Power door locks, Tilt heel, Dual air bags, Side air bags, Premium AM/FM Stereo & CD Player that cranks, cup holders, back window washer, Allow wheels with brand new tires 100% tread all way around, clean title, one owner, 100% verifiable service records and regular maintenance, Engine compartment is clean and has no leaks, rubber cargo trunk bay liner still looks like new, all seats in great condition, clean throughout and no cosmetic damage to interior, small minor dent in trunk panel only. 20 miles city/26 miles hwy. Honda owner reliability 8.7 out of 10. Am a huge Honda CR-V fan, and this one is a winner with hard to find Green Tea Metallic color."

This is an excellent vehicle , always serviced and

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Besides the standard features, it also has extras. (1) cargo liner $200 , (2) mud flaps $75.00 (3) added tow and wiring for towing behind another vehicle $1000.00"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

An OK car, Not a great car

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "drives well. good resale, fun to drive."

Cons: "lousy seats. too much road noise."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I've owned a 2006 and a 2010 CR-V. They both shared two disturbing things in common. The road noise is awful and the seats are as bad as you can find. This an OK car around town but a torture to drive on any road trip of an hour or more. The plus side is the cars have been very reliable. My 2006 Honda had brakes only replaced in 60000 miles and my 2010 has had a starter and front rotor replaced in 60000 miles. I live in a very mountainous area so the brake wear is understandable. I might add the breaks in my opinion are really outstanding. my only complaint power wise is from a dead stop until you hit 3500 RPM it is really sluggish. Once up to speed the power is fine and passing reasonable. This is my wires car and she loves it. If Honda would instal a better seat and cut down the road noise, I would love it too. Now, not so much."

dependability

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfort, MPG, AWD, handled good"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Very good SUV especially in winter travels. I enjoy this car and the MPG was very good. Hwy got up 31-34 based upon ideal conditions."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Good experience in 4 months of ownership

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Space, Resale value, Quality, Engine Power"

Cons: "Comfort Slightly less than Nissan Altima"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Fuel economy: For good driver, City 20mpg and Freeway 28mpg. Space: No other car in this price category can beat this. Comfort and Driving experience: Slightly less than sedan car, I compare with Nissan Altima as I have driven this more. Very good for Family with Kid."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Poor Quality

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,600

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "4wd is excellent in the snow"

Cons: "a 4 year old car shouldn't be rusting through"

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

"This CR-V is 4 years old and already a rust bucket. perforation rust on the tailgate and the bottom of the doors. This is my 10th and last Honda as the last two have been nothing but problems. And the local dealers are dishonest."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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