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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 697 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

Owner can no longer drive

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Condition average and appropriate for age and mileage. Needs tires and repair of rack and pinon (leaking. Color blue. Cloth interior damaged."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Fantastic Simple Roomy and Comfortable

By on Thursday, November 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,500

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Easy to drive, simple, very roomy, very reliable"

Cons: "Stereo sound limit, location charger socket"

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

"This is my first SUV, I leased it initially for 3 years, and loved it right away. At first I was being careful not to cause any damage to it because it was a lease and had to go back and I didn't want to have to pay extra but then I fell in love, and you just don't damage what you love. I loved the ride, smooth and so much quieter than my other car, and easy to drive and park, its just the right size. I can load gardening stuff in the back one weekend and 3 + me,adults the next weekend, for an 8 hour road trip, no worries, everyone fit comfortably, including snacks, coolers and winter luggage and passengers could even recline a bit in the back seats. Would suggest additional charging sockets in rear, only has one in the front and the cover doesn't open in the right direction, makes it difficult to plug in. I really want to keep this vehicle, but for reasons unexplainable, I have to move on. The CR-V never let me down, always could see at any time, about when oil change would be needed, or low air pressure in the tires, the items that were listed that needed to be replaced at certain intervals were done and it was necessary. The only problem I had, I caused myself, by leaving the lights on when xmas shopping and had a dead battery upon return to vehicle. But a simple jump from fellow shopper had me on the road in no time. I also added the window visors, I want them on every vehicle I own. Being able to open the window a bit when its raining or snowing, and nothing comes in the car, is quite nice and such a simple pleasure. Oh yea, and the two glove compartments was another useful, unexpected addition, as well as the drop down tray between driver and passenger seats. Otherwise, no surprises. Love it, it will be hard to see her go. But life changes."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

After two years I have not had any problems

By on Thursday, November 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good value and easy to drive"

Cons: "upholstery not holding up"

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

"This car has been reliable and easy to drive and maintain. No specific complaints other than the arm rest coverings have already worn out."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Would tell anyone how much I love a Honda...

By on Saturday, October 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

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: "Love driving it and love the sun roof."

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

"I absolutely love my Honda CRV. It drives like a dream. It is so comfortable to drive; whether short or long trips. My last few cars have been Hondas. I had a 2005 new Honda Accord before this. Loved it too but nothing takes the place of my SUV. Love it. Love it."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best. Car. Ever.

By on Friday, September 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Safety, great gas mileage,visibility,storage"

Cons: "Had to replace power steering system @ 100K miles"

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

"I have loved driving this car more more than any I've driven in my adult years! Will definitely buy another when the time comes!"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

I love this vehicle, would probably by another '16

By on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I've been very satisfied with my CRV, however there are now accessories I'd like to have: Back camera, front console which wasn't available in my current vehicle."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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