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2010 Honda CR-V Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Honda CR-V was new.


Performance: 8.1

Test drivers praise the 2010 CR-V for its car-like driving dynamics. However, they still note it has a sometimes bumpy ride. While a sluggish engine was a previous complaint, Honda has added 14 horsepower for this year.

  • "Car-like on all surfaces. CR-V's suspension comfortably absorbs bumps with minimal float or wallow." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In stop-and-go city driving, the 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." -- Cars.com
  • "Speaking of driving, the new CR-V isn't quite a sports sedan, but it performs extremely well for a vehicle in this class." -- Automobile.com
  • "Nevertheless, the CR-V sets itself apart with remarkably nimble handling thanks to a relatively firm suspension and sharp steering. Even braking is quite good, which is unusual for a Honda." -- Edmunds
  • "As with other car-based utility vehicles, the CR-V is easy to drive, with a comfortable ride and decent handling. While the engine is not what I would call powerful, it feels quick off the line while providing impressive fuel economy for such a large machine." -- MSN

Acceleration and Power

The CR-V's underpowered 166-horsepower four-cylinder engine is replaced for this year with a 180-horsepower version. But even the extra power doesn't alleviate test drivers' complaints. They continue to yearn for a more powerful engine option.

On the plus side, the CR-V's fuel economy has increased by one mile per gallon. The EPA rates the 4WD model at 21/27 mpg city/highway and the 2WD model at 21/28. The CR-V's closest competitor, the Toyota RAV4, achieves only slightly worse fuel economy but trounces the Honda in power with its optional V6 engine, which makes 269 horsepower.

  • "No doubt, the CR-V is dog slow, but I've yet to sample a single vehicle in this class that could be described as otherwise. Combine a four-cylinder engine with a reasonably high curb weight and truckish aerodynamics, and you're going to end up with a sluggish vehicle -- those are just the facts of life." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The CR-V's biggest flaw is its performance when passing on the highway. In most small crossovers 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." -- Cars.com
  • CR-V felt peppier, as you'd hope with a more powerful engine. But it took a heavy foot to appreciate, which is when the transmission's bad manners got noticed." -- USA TODAY
  • The increase in power for 2010 makes the Honda CR-V more competitive against other four-cylinder-powered crossovers; however, there's no getting around the fact that there's no upgrade available for those who value the thrust of a strong V6." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

Though the CR-V is well-liked for its car-like handling, some test drivers think the ride is too choppy. Still, it rides well enough to easily fulfill its role as a parking-lot warrior and grocery getter.

  • "The CR-V shines in handling. The steering is tightly sprung -- move the wheel slightly and the CR-V reacts with an intuitive feel that's rare in non-luxury cars." -- Cars.com
  • "On pavement, the CR-V responded instantly -- but never nervously -- to all inputs. It offered the agility of a Civic with the solidity and structure of something heavier and more expensive." -- Car and Driver
  • "Compact-car maneuverable. Body lean during fast turns is kept in check. Brakes provide good stopping control and adequate pedal feel. One test 2WD model coped poorly with 3 inches of fresh snow." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A compact car with a big-car ride, the CR-V has a composed feel, easily rolling over rough roads without ruffling the passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The ride is slightly busier than the norm and road noise can be excessive, making the 2010 Honda CR-V feel a little less polished and sophisticated than some competitors." -- Edmunds

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