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2010 Honda CR-V

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2010 Honda CR-V Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car 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 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 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

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.

Driving the CR-V
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.

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.

2010 Honda CR-V Details
2010 Honda CR-V photo Interior

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
2010 Honda CR-V photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard 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.

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

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)

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2010 Honda CR-V Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 707 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

What a great, reliable and economical car.

By on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

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
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "value for your dollar"

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

"Bought new and maintained by dealer service department. My 2011 CRV is reliable and following service schedule is affordable. Just about worry free if you take care of it. Fun to drive and practical. Expect to keep it for at least 200K miles."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great reliable car, practical, useful, efficient

By on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Practical and reliable, great for college students"

Cons: "more powerful engine, not the best looking car"

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

"This car was given to me from my parents after they drove it for some time. My mother used this car to drive roughly about 100 miles of high way driving 5 days a week for about 4 years. I got the car when I started to drive and have been driving it for about 4 years now. It has never broken down once, neither me, nor my parents have had to spend a penny repairing any major parts. Only wear and tear stuff has happened, which will happen to any car. My mother put well over a 100,000 miles on this car in the 4 years she drove it and the car has not had any problems. It is very reliable, practical for a college student, and I have gotten as much as 33 mpg on long drives. The engine is great, would like to see Honda put a V6 in this car but the current engine runs well and despite it being a four cylinder, it has decent acceleration as well."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Many major mechanical problems

By on Thursday, June 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Hate this car, can't think of any pros."

Cons: "major mechanical failures, silver paint scratches"

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

"At about 106,000 miles it started leaking fluid and had to repair the rear main seal which took 2 different visits to the dealer and it took them almost 5 days to repair it. At 119,000 miles had to replace the rack and pinon steering and both ball joints. At 126,000 miles had to replace the AC clutch and coil. Driver seat uncomfortable. Storage compartment on driver side door cracked. The silver paint chips VERY easily and shows every single scratch."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very Disappointed

By on Sunday, June 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Dependable if you can afford to keep it running."

Cons: "Too expensive to maintain"

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

"Things are requiring service that seem to be the result of poor quality components. Over $3,000 in the last year"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Nice

By on Friday, May 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Enough power and rides well."

Cons: "Rear seats do not come out."

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

"Nice car rides well. Very reliable but windshield/wiper system and rear seats could use a redo. Other than that is is a great car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Saturday, April 2, 2016

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great value, low maintenance, roomy interior"

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

"I bought this vehicle brand new in 2008. 8 years later, I have not had a single problem with it. I have regular maintenance (30k, 60k mile check-ups, oil changes, etc.) done at my local Honda dealership. I'm considering upgrading - only because it doesn't have any of the new technology, but this vehicle has been so good to me, I hate to get rid of it! If you are considering getting this vehicle, I highly recommend it!"

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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