The 2010 Honda CR-V comes in three trims: the base LX, the mid-range EX and the luxury EX-L. All come with a 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC inline-4 engine, offering 180 horsepower and 161 pounds-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission that is available with front wheel drive or Honda's real-time 4-wheel drive system. MacPherson struts handle suspension in front while a rear multi-link system handles the back suspension. All CR-Vs also come standard with Honda's Grade Logic Control, which helps to reduce gear 'hunting' while on hilly roads.
Standard equipment on the base LX includes cruise control, air conditioning, 17-inch steel wheels, power windows, doors and locks, telescopic/tilt steering wheel and MP3 audio jack and USB connector. The EX adds rear privacy glass, power moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-deck cargo shelf, steering wheel cruise and audio controls, a security system, a 6-CD changer, vanity mirror lights and a digital compass. The EX-L further adds dual zone climate control, leather trim, 10-way power driver's seat, heated seats, heated mirrors, premium audio with subwoofer, satellite radio and auto-on headlamps.
Options available on all trims include rear parking aid, leather-wrapped steering wheel, interior wood trim, remote engine start, fog lamps, interior cargo shade, luggage rack, chrome wheels and running boards. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System is optional only on the EX-L.
Standard safety equipment across the lineup includes Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, daytime running lights, a full array of airbags, to include side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, tire pressure monitoring system, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, and passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System. The 2010 Honda CR-V gets the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating - Good - for front- and side-impact crash tests.
A Compact SUV With Plenty Of Power And Interior Space
Style And Flexibility
Reputation For Reliability
For 2010, the Honda CR-V gets numerous upgrades and improvements: a more powerful engine, a restyled exterior, an updated interior and an improved standard feature list. The liftgate has been redesigned and is now one piece. It opens upward for easy loading and unloading. Wide rear-door openings and a lower height allow for easy passenger entry and exit. The engine has been fine-tuned so that it offers an additional 16 horsepower for the 2010 model year.
Smooth, sleek lines accent the CR-V's refreshed exterior for 2010. The front fascia's upper grille has just one horizontal chrome-style cross bar instead of two from previous years. The hood's sheet metal now flows into the upper grille. The lower portion gets a honeycomb design for 2010, which replaces a 3-bar horizontal cross design. Optional fog lights are now enveloped within the front bumper's painted surface, which now extends lower on the vehicle. In back, the reshaped rear bumper's painted surface area now encompasses the red rear lights.
Inside, the 2010 CR-V has a wider center armrest, a new door handle design with rubberized grip and some new fabric choices. The rear seat now splits 40/20/40 instead of the conventional 60/40 split. Two new exterior colors are available for 2010: Opal Sage Metallic and Polished Metal Metallic.
On the EX and the EX-L, a new center console replaces the retractable center tray table. Both trims get standard restyled 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. Navigation is optional on the EX-L trims.
The Honda CR-V, solidly in the compact SUV category, was the best-selling SUV in the United States in 2008. For 2010, Honda felt it was time for a number of small but important changes. The CR-V's spacious interior and capacious cargo space have always been one of the CR-V's outstanding features. The 2010 Honda CR-V competes directly with the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.