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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2009 Honda CR-V Review

With excellent safety ratings, well-liked performance and a roomy interior, the 2009 Honda CR-V is one of the best used affordable compact SUVs you can buy.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo space
  • High-quality interior
  • Refined ride
  • Strong safety ratings
  • Underpowered engine
  • No V6 engine option

2009 Honda CR-V Overview

When it was new, critics praised the 2009 Honda CR-V for its spaciousness, comfort and highly-functional, high-quality interior. Aside from being underpowered, most reviewers had few qualms with the CR-V, saying it delivers a smooth, refined ride and fairly nimble handling. 

The CR-V is powered by a 166-horsepower four-cylinder engine that critics said is its Achilles’ heel. Most said it makes the CR-V feel sluggish, and unlike many competitors, there are no optional engines with more power. Still, some did say that despite the CR-V’s lack of power, there is enough thrust for day-to-day driving, and its engine is otherwise smooth and refined. Fuel economy for models with front-wheel drive is 20/27 mpg city/highway, which is decent for the class. Opting for all-wheel drive drops that only slightly, to 20/26 mpg. An automatic transmission is the only gearbox available.

While critics said that nobody will mistake the CR-V’s cabin for that of a luxury vehicle, they noted that the interior is highly-functional and shows great build quality and fit and finish. Many also applauded the CR-V’s abundance of small items storage and the folding/removable rear parcel shelf on upper trims that adds to its practicality. Maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded is 72.9 cubic feet, which is very good for the class. Base models come standard with cloth seats and a CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Upper trims make available a power sunroof, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, a premium stereo with a CD changer and satellite radio. A navigation system and backup camera were optional features when it was new.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the CR-V, you should check out the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox. Critics said the Equinox offers great versatility and practicality with its generous cargo area and sliding back seats. The Equinox also offers powerful V6 engines.

Another 2009 compact SUV to consider is the 2009 Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 is highly-ranked with a roomy interior, strong safety scores and great fuel economy. It also offers one of the few third-row seats in the class, and though most critics said it isn’t especially spacious or comfortable, it could be great for families who need extra seats in a pinch. It also has an available V6 engine option that the CR-V does not offer.

Compare the CR-V to the Equinox and RAV4 »

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