By Cars.com EditorsDecember 22, 2009
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Cars.com's Bill Jackson takes a look at the 2010 Honda CR-V. It competes with the Toyota RAV4 and Chevrolet Equinox.
<v Announcer>Cars.com Auto Review. Hi, I'm Bill Jackson. We're here with the 2010 Honda CR-V. It's a compact SUV and there's a lot of them out there these days, but this is such a strong entry.
I think it's one of those that you're gonna wanna test drive if you're interested in this kind of car. Now for 2010, Honda gave the CR-V what it calls a mild refresh. Basically that means they give it a new look around the bumper, both front and rear, as well as the grill and a sculpted hood, as they said, honestly though, I don't see that much of a difference between the 2009 and the 2010. Now, inside the CR-V, the first thing you notice, you have really good visibility. It seems like you're sitting very high up, which is nice, even though the CR-V is really low. It's good to have that visibility. Also, the seats are very comfortable. There's a good amount of bolstering here on the sides really supports you when you're driving. Though, if there's one thing I really didn't like it's there's not a lot of covered storage space in here. So if you're the type of person that likes to leave your phone or your MP3 player in the car, there's just not a lot of places to hide it from people. Now in back, the room's okay. I've got the seat where I would have it. And as you can see, I've got a bit of leg room, also height room's good. One thing though, that all my passengers mentioned that the rear seat is kind of firm. So if you think you're going to use this as a carpool vehicle, it's one of those things that you're gonna want to check out. Now in back here, there's this cargo shelf. It only hold about 20 pounds on top of it, but it pulls out of the way and you can also take it out and put it down here, which gives you a nice big storage area room for quite a few golf bags. Also, the seats are the old school flip and fold arrangement where you have to flip the seats down and then fold the whole second bench up. If you do that, you do get a nice big cargo area, but it is kind of a pain compared to some of the more modern setups. Now, the biggest drawback I noticed with a CR-V, was passing on a highway. I mean, obviously cruising down the road it's fine, but anywhere from about 50 to 65, if you need to make a pass, it just doesn't have the get up and go that a lot of its competitors have. So it's one of those things I really strongly recommend you check out on your test drive. And overall, the CR-V is an easy car to live with. It does a lot of things well. Like I said, there's good visibility. The seats are nice and supportive. There's even good cargo area. Like I said, though, you really have to make sure to test drive this thing on the highway to make sure there's kind of power for you. But overall, I think it's something that should be on your test drive list, if you're looking for this kind of car. <v Announcer>For more car related news, go to Cars.com or our blog Kickingtires.net.