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in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $11,915 - $15,340
Original MSRP: $21,245 - $27,745
MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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2009 Honda CR-V Interior

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On balance, reviewers say the CR-V's interior is comfortable, functional and quiet. It also comes with lots of standard features.

  • "The interior is straightforward and comfortable." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cabin is quiet, totally blocking out road and wind noise." -- Cars.com
  • "Hard plastics abound in the cabin, but none look cheap. The interior is assembled with care." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The CR-V's interior is a great example of how to create a cabin out of plastic that doesn't feel cheap. Treated with an interesting matte finish, the CR-V's interior won't fool you into thinking that you've settled into a luxury SUV, but it still feels high quality and sporty. The surfaces were pleasant to the touch and felt solid and substantial." -- CNET
  • "A 'conversation mirror' built into the overhead console's sunglasses holder enables front-seat occupants to keep an eye on the backseat without turning around." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Test drivers like the CR-V's seats, but still complain about the cramped back row.

  • "Although the CR-V is tied with the [Ford] Escape for the shortest wheelbase, it is capacious behind the front seats, and it matches the Toyota [RAV4] for the most comfortable rear seat for two or three riders." -- Car and Driver
  • "Front space seemed huge for a compact SUV and the rear seat would actually hold three adults over reasonable distances." -- Boston Globe
  • "Front legroom is excellent. Rear legroom is also very good and the low center hump makes it possible for an adult to ride there for a reasonable period of time. I felt the front seats offered good side support." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Space for legs and knees is plentiful even with the front seats far aft. Headroom is ample." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The cabin of the 2009 CR-V is well-liked for its easy-to-use controls and high level of standard equipment. Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System is available with the CR-V, but you might want to check out the benefits of a portable navigation device as well. Check out our GPS reviews to learn more about what's available from Garmin, TomTom and more.

  • "The LX comes fairly well equipped, and it should be enough for most buyers. The main additions to the EX are dress-up items such as a chrome grille and rear privacy glass and luxury touches such as a premium sound system and dual-zone automatic climate control." -- Car and Driver
  • "Not only are the controls and instrumentation ergonomically correct, but there are numerous parent-friendly conveniences as well." -- Edmunds
  • "Large, clear instrumentation. Controls are easy to reach. Some of our testers say small buttons make radio operation difficult with or without navigation system. The navigation system absorbs too many audio functions and takes time to master. Its touch screen and programming via predetermined voice commands helps." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trouble with the CR-V is that, while the tech present in the cabin is well executed, there are a few key features--ahem, Bluetooth--that are missing." -- CNET

Cargo

Storage space is a plus in the 2009 CR-V. The easy-to-use tailgate is an added bonus.

  • "The CR-V's interior is its best attribute, offering an impressively large and versatile cargo hold that tops out at 73 cubic feet of space. Additionally, there are plenty of bins, cubbies and cupholders to stash things." -- Edmunds
  • "Generous cargo space even with the rear seat up." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A nice new feature is a double-deck rear storage area that boosts stowage space. Simple and smart." -- Arizona Republic
  • "Honda now uses a hatch instead of the side-hinged rear door. Bravo!" -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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