in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,130 - $18,209
Original MSRP: $21,545 - $29,745
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Honda CR-V Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

The top-ranked 2010 Honda CR-V is a well-rounded compact SUV that offers a comfortable ride, a practical, spacious interior, excellent safety ratings and a class-leading reliability score. All those factors helped the 2010 CR-V win our 2010 Best Compact Crossover for the Money award.

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When it was new, critics liked the way the CR-V drove, although many wished it had more power, despite receiving a slight bump for 2010. They also lamented the lack of a V6 engine option. Powering the 2010 CR-V is a 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine that most reviewers characterized as sluggish, although they said the handling was comfortable without being soft. The only available transmission is an automatic, and both front- and all-wheel drive are available. Fuel economy, at 21/28 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive, is respectable for the class, while AWD variants average just slightly less.

The CR-V’s cabin is its main highlight, thanks to its functionality and high-quality materials and design. Most critics found that the front and rear seats offered plenty of comfort and ample space. Bear in mind that there is no third-row seating available, so you’re limited to five total occupants. With the rear seats folded down, the CR-V can carry up to 72.9 cubic feet of cargo, which is very good for the class. Standard equipment includes cloth seat upholstery and a basic four-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Opting for a higher trim gets you features like a power sunroof, an upgraded stereo with a CD changer and USB port, satellite radio, leather seats with front heating, navigation, backup camera and dual-zone climate control.

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Other Cars to Consider

A strong alternative to the CR-V worth considering is the 2011 Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 offers features the CR-V does not, such as an available V6 engine and a third-row seat. It also boasts a cavernous cargo area, a comfortable ride and a high-quality interior.

Another 2010 compact SUV to consider is the 2010 Subaru Forester. Critics said the Forester offers a spacious interior with comfortable seats all-around and standard all-wheel drive. It also offers an available turbocharged engine, which offers more power over the base model for those who want or need the extra muscle.

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