2010 Honda CR-V

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Honda CR‑V. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • High-quality interior
  • Quiet ride
  • Smooth transmission
  • Value for the money

The Bad

  • Base model's seat fabric
  • No V-6 engine offered
  • Folding design of backseat

Notable Features of the 2010 Honda CR-V

  • 14 more horsepower
  • Mileage ratings up by 1 mpg
  • Standard stability system
  • FWD or AWD

2010 Honda CR-V Road Test

Bill Jackson

The compact crossover field is one of the most competitive vehicle segments in the market, with many automakers — both luxury and non-luxury — playing in that field. Against that backdrop, saying the Honda CR-V belongs on your "must test-drive" list no matter what small SUV you're considering would be strong praise. So, here it is: You owe it to yourself to try out the CR-V.

The CR-V is available in LX, EX and EX-L trim levels, each with available all-wheel drive. I tested a front-wheel-drive EX and found it to be very capable and easy to live with.

There are some small flaws (and one big one) that may keep you from putting your money down on a CR-V, but I don't think you'll regret checking it out.

 

CR-V in the City
The city is where the Honda CR-V is at its best. The car itself is very small and has excellent visibility, so it easily squeezes through narrow streets. It doesn't stand very tall, but you feel like you're sitting high up. That's a good thing that contributes to the excellent visibility.


In stop-and-go city driving, the Honda CR-V moves away from lights well, and its steering is precise. Overall, it makes you comfortable, and a comfortable driver is a confident driver. That's good, because if you've ever had to deal with the random lane closings, aggressive taxicabs and wayward urban pedestrians, you know you need confidence.


An odd drawback to our test model was the lack of covered s...

The compact crossover field is one of the most competitive vehicle segments in the market, with many automakers — both luxury and non-luxury — playing in that field. Against that backdrop, saying the Honda CR-V belongs on your "must test-drive" list no matter what small SUV you're considering would be strong praise. So, here it is: You owe it to yourself to try out the CR-V.

The CR-V is available in LX, EX and EX-L trim levels, each with available all-wheel drive. I tested a front-wheel-drive EX and found it to be very capable and easy to live with.

There are some small flaws (and one big one) that may keep you from putting your money down on a CR-V, but I don't think you'll regret checking it out.

 

CR-V in the City
The city is where the Honda CR-V is at its best. The car itself is very small and has excellent visibility, so it easily squeezes through narrow streets. It doesn't stand very tall, but you feel like you're sitting high up. That's a good thing that contributes to the excellent visibility.


In stop-and-go city driving, the Honda CR-V moves away from lights well, and its steering is precise. Overall, it makes you comfortable, and a comfortable driver is a confident driver. That's good, because if you've ever had to deal with the random lane closings, aggressive taxicabs and wayward urban pedestrians, you know you need confidence.


An odd drawback to our test model was the lack of covered storage space in the interior — just a glove box and a small storage area above it in the dash. If you're the type to leave your cell phone, MP3 player or other small, expensive item in the car, chances are it'll be out where someone can see it and might be tempted to smash-and-grab. If you're willing to spend a bit more for an EX-L model, you get a center console.

CR-V on the Highway
The Honda CR-V's biggest flaw is its performance when passing on the highway. In most small crossover vehicles with automatic transmissions, passing around 50 mph means flooring the gas pedal, waiting for the transmission to kick down a gear, then getting enough acceleration to make your move. The CR-V is no different — it's just that you don't get a lot of acceleration. In short, it's light on guts. Unlike its major competitors, the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, the CR-V does not offer a V-6 engine.


It's not that the Honda CR-V is dangerously slow — it's better than some other small crossovers I've driven — but it is far from the segment's best. It's also worth noting that I drove a front-wheel-drive version, and the problem could be worse with all-wheel drive, which adds 121 pounds to the CR-V EX. In any event, try passing on the highway before you decide.


On the flip side, gas mileage is pretty decent. I averaged nearly 32 mpg on two long highway drives. That's within the range of 23 mpg to 33 mpg that the EPA says is attainable, but what's significant is that I made no special effort to wring out the best mileage. Those figures came driving as I normally do.

Utility & Passengers
One of the nice things you get with any small SUV is a good cargo area, and Honda's is no exception, though it too comes with a caveat.

The plus side of the cargo area is that it's a good size with the second-row seats up. Also, Honda has one of the better-designed cargo shelves going: Its hard-plastic construction can accommodate up to 20 pounds on top — most mesh shelves won't take anything — or you can take it out and lock it in place on the cargo floor. It's great for me: I hate cargo shades/covers, and the first thing I do in any car is take the thing out and stow it in my apartment. With the 
Honda CR-V, it just sat there, locked at the bottom of the cargo area.


The issue with the cargo area is that if you have to carry something large, the CR-V uses an older-style second-row seat. You have to fold the seatback down, then flop the entire seat forward. You get a flat, fairly large cargo area when you do that, but it can be awkward if you're in a hurry. Competitors like the RAV4, Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester have seats that fold down in one step. (The Ford Escape has a two-step process, similar to the CR-V.)

If you carry people rather than things, the second-row seats recline, but one of my regular passengers commented on how firm the front passenger seats were. I didn't notice that, but I did notice that the second row had decent room, and I'm a bit more than 6 feet tall. I'm not saying it'd be the most comfortable car to carry a basketball team in, but it's OK. Check out both the space and comfort for yourself, though — unless your nickname is "Stubby" or "Ole Iron Buns."

Interior
I'm not a fan of Honda's new interior design. I can't quite put my finger on why, I just don't like the look of it. The gauges are fine; it's mostly the center section of audio and climate controls that bothers me. While it's a little thing, it's hard to find and read the clock, and the center stack manages to look both bland and cluttered to my eye. Still, the controls are where you'd want them to be, and the gauges are easy to read and give you the information you need most. While I can't score the interior high on form, it gets outstanding marks for function.

The driver's seat was the most comfortable one I've sat in for a long, long time. Our test car had cloth seats, but if you upgrade to the EX-L trim, you get leather. There was plenty of length to the bottom of the seat, which gave me great thigh support, and the seatback provided outstanding bolstering to my sides. It literally felt like the seat was built to give my body a gentle hug. I never got tired of sitting in the CR-V. If I could sit in that seat right now and write this review, I would.

Safety, Reliability & Updates
Consumer Reports rates the Honda CR-V as having much better than average vehicle reliability, and the 2010 model gets the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating, Good, for front- and side-impact crash tests.

The Honda CR-V was restyled for 2010, with elements like the front and rear bumpers, grille, and hood getting slight changes. The changes aren't extreme, and you can see the differences between the 2010 and 2009 for yourself here.

CR-V in the Market
The compact SUV field is crowded these days, with nearly every automaker offering something. If you only have eyes for the luxury makes, the CR-V isn't for you. Otherwise, it's something you should consider.

I test-drove one of its competitors — the RAV4 — over the summer, and while it was more powerful on the highway and felt like it had a slightly larger cargo area, I didn't like it as much as I did the CR-V. Honda similarly beats the Escape when it comes to securing my affections. Even though I'm not wild about the CR-V's interior, it's not horrible, and the CR-V is comfortable and does just what I need a car to do. From the outside, the 
Honda CR-V looks really good, and while it's smaller on the inside than some competitors, there's enough room to do what I needed to do.


It's important to note that my analysis comes from a city-dweller who doesn't do much driving on the highway. I also don't carry a family with me wherever I go. Families who spend lots of time on the highway have some homework to do before buying a Honda CR-V. Check out the performance; sit in the seats. I don't think you'll feel you wasted your time.

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2010 CR-V Video

Cars.com's Bill Jackson takes a look at the 2010 Honda CR-V. It competes with the Toyota RAV4 and Chevrolet Equinox.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

LOVE HONDA CRV!

by lovethatcrv from Medford Lakes on August 12, 2018

I have driven a Honda CRV for the past 20 years. I'm about to buy my third one. For me it's about 2 things, reliability and holding it's value. I have never had to do anything but change the oil and ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car I have owned. Very comfortable

by Niket from Boston, Massachussetts on July 21, 2018

Plenty of leg room. Very comfortable. Clean title. It's just the right size, has very comfortable seats. There is still some room behind me with the seat backed up all of the way Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Honda CR-V currently has 9 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Honda CR-V LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
marginal

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CR-V received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker