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9.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2010 Honda CR-V Review

The 2010 Honda CR-V ranks among the best in the compact SUV class because of its comfortable ride, roomy interior, and excellent safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Cavernous cargo area
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Upscale, comfortable interior
  • Underpowered engine
  • No engine upgrade option

2010 Honda CR-V Overview

Is the 2010 Honda CR-V a Good Used SUV?

The Honda CR-V was our 2010 Best Compact Crossover for the Money. It does most things well, including earning a perfect reliability rating. The CR-V also has one of the best interiors in the segment thanks in part to its comfortable seats and functional design. Adding to the CR-V’s accolades are good fuel economy numbers. However, its acceleration is not a strong point, and the CR-V’s underpowered four-cylinder engine is to blame. It sometimes struggles to keep up on the highway.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 104 professional evaluations for this 2010 Honda CR-V review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2010 Honda CR-V?

Our site has more than 540 listings for the 2010 CR-V, with prices ranging from about $8,400 to roughly $15,000. The average price is about $11,500. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2010 Honda CR-V Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2010 Honda CR-V are estimated to be $23,599. That’s about $1,800 below average for a compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CR-V?

Since 2010, Honda has redesigned the CR-V twice, in 2012 and 2017. The newer models have seen major upgrades to the infotainment tech, safety features, and styling. But these updates come at a premium. A 2019 Honda CR-V has a starting price of $24,350, which is more than $9,000 higher than the price of a loaded 2010 CR-V.

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You can’t find a new vehicle for the average price of a used 2010 CR-V. However, there are some new subcompact cars that come close, including the 2018 Kia Rio ($13,900), the 2019 Ford Fiesta ($14,260), and the 2019 Hyundai Accent ($14,995). You give up the passenger and cargo space found in the CR-V, as well as the availability of all-wheel drive. On the other hand, you gain a new car warranty and standard features like a rearview camera and Bluetooth. To minimize the loss in cargo space, both the Rio and Fiesta have hatchback variants for around $15,000.

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Which Model Year of the Honda CR-V Is Best?

The 2011 model year marks the end of the third-generation Honda CR-V. Honda completely redesigned the CR-V for 2012, and again for the 2017 model year. With the 2012 redesign, the CR-V lost some cargo space, but it gained a host of standard features, including a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and Pandora Internet radio compatibility. There were no changes for 2013 or 2014. By going for a 2012 CR-V, you’ll save money compared to a new model and still get a well-equipped SUV. However, the 2012 model’s average price is $3,500 higher than that of the 2010 CR-V. You’ll have to determine if that price jump is worth the updates.

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How Reliable Is the 2010 Honda CR-V?

The 2010 Honda CR-V has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five stars from J.D. Power.

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2010 Honda CR-V Recalls

As of this writing, the 2010 Honda CR-V has nine open recalls. They deal with an improperly installed passenger air bag; a passenger frontal air bag inflator that may explode or rupture; incorrectly installed replacement air bag; an incorrect wire harness installed on a front air bag; a driver’s side air bag inflator that may rupture; an automatic transmission control module may fail; and an ignition circuit coupler failure. Make sure any outstanding recalls have been fixed before buying a 2010 CR-V.

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Which Used Make Honda CR-V Is Right for Me?

The 2010 Honda CR-V comes in three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L. The base Honda CR-V LX offers many standard amenities, including keyless entry, cloth upholstery, and a basic four-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. The Honda CR-V EX adds a six-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD changer.

If your budget allows, the EX-L is the best choice because it offers features found in more modern iterations of the CR-V. The EX-L comes with automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a full center console, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a seven-speaker audio system, a USB port, and satellite radio.

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Certified Pre-Owned Honda CR-V Warranty

Honda does not offer a certified pre-owned warranty for the 2010 CR-V. Honda vehicles must be six years old or newer and have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer to be eligible.

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How Safe Is the CR-V?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2010 CR-V five out of five stars in the front and side crash tests, as well as four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2010 CR-V the top rating of Good for the moderate overlap front, side, and rear crash tests. It earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal for the IIHS roof strength crash test.

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2010 Honda CR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2010 Honda CR-V or 2010 Toyota RAV4?

The 2010 Toyota RAV4 and the 2010 CR-V rank among the best compact SUVs. Their base models are similar in terms of features, fuel efficiency, and interior dimensions. However, the RAV4 offers interior options like a third row and a V6 engine upgrade that has 89 more horsepower than the CR-V’s four-cylinder engine. Either SUV is a strong choice. Consider the Toyota if you need the additional horsepower or third-row seating. Just keep in mind that the RAV4’s third row is only suitable for small children.

Which Is Better: 2010 Honda CR-V or 2010 Subaru Forester?

The significant advantage the 2010 Subaru Forester has over the 2010 CR-V is standard all-wheel drive – all-wheel drive is an option for the CR-V. Another plus for the Subaru is almost 2 inches of additional front legroom. However, the Honda has more cargo space and a slightly stronger base four-cylinder engine. That said, the Forester also has an available 224-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that some might find appealing. Either vehicle is a good choice for their excellent safety and reliability ratings.

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2010 CR-V Performance

How Does the 2010 Honda CR-V Drive?

The 2010 Honda CR-V has a comfortable ride without being overly soft. The CR-V’s 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine can be sluggish at times, and unlike rivals, it is not available with V6 or turbocharged engines for additional power. The CR-V comes with a standard five-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2010 Honda CR-V Get Good Gas Mileage?

A base model 2010 Honda CR-V with front-wheel drive gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is good for a compact SUV. The AWD CR-V sees only a 1 mpg drop on its highway mileage while maintaining the same city fuel economy.

2010 Honda CR-V Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2010 CR-V can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

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2010 CR-V Interior

How Many People Does the 2010 CR-V Seat?

The 2010 CR-V seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver’s seat, and heated front seats are available. The CR-V’s interior has a functional design and quality materials. The front and rear seats offer plenty of comfort and ample space.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2010 Honda CR-V?

The 2010 CR-V has two complete LATCH systems on the outboard second-row rear seats.

2010 Honda CR-V Features

Standard features in the 2010 CR-V include a four-speaker audio system, a CD player, and an auxiliary audio input. Among the available features are dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, navigation, six-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD system, a USB port, and satellite radio.

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2010 Honda CR-V Dimensions

Honda CR-V Cargo Space

There is 35.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the CR-V’s second row, or 72.9 with the second row folded.

2010 CR-V Length and Weight

The 2010 Honda CR-V is 14.9-feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,386 pounds up to 3,554 pounds.

Where Was the 2010 Honda CR-V Built?

Honda manufactured the 2010 CR-V in Ohio.

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