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Avg. Price Paid: $13,961 - $19,003
Original MSRP: $21,545 - $29,745
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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2010 Honda CR-V Interior

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On balance, reviewers say the CR-V's interior is comfortable, functional and quiet. The base LX model comes with lots of standard features, including power windows, cruise control and storage spaces galore. The next level up, the EX, costs about $2,000 more and doesn't add much in the way of features -- the few additions include a six-disc in-dash CD changer and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

  • "Interior materials looked and felt more upscale than before, and the layout of controls and gauges remained very good, although the small, horizontal bars for fuel and engine temperature were easy to either overlook or misread." -- USA TODAY
  • "I'm not a fan of Honda's new interior design. I can't quite put my finger on why, I just don't like the look of it. The gauges are fine; it's mostly the center section of audio and climate controls that bothers me. While it's a little thing, it's hard to find and read the clock, and the center stack manages to look both bland and cluttered to my eye." -- 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

Seating

Test drivers like all of the CR-V's seats. However, it doesn't offer a third-row option. If you're looking for one, consider the Toyota RAV4 or Mitsubishi Outlander -- but remember that third rows in compact SUVs are usually cramped. Cloth seats come standard, so if you're looking for easy-to-clean upholstery, you'll have to upgrade to the EX-L's leather-trimmed seats. However, remember that the EX-L costs nearly $5,000 more than the base model.

A big plus for parents is the CR-V's "conversation mirror," which allows the driver to keep an eye on kids in the back seat without turning around.

For a closer look at the CR-V's seats, check out our CR-V video.

  • "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
  • "Seats were hard. No way around it; no getting used to it. Plain ol' too stiff. Contours were OK, driving position was fine. But you kept waiting for a back-and-bun comfort level that never arrived." -- USA TODAY
  • "Space for legs and knees is plentiful even with the front seats far aft. Headroom is ample." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The driver's seat was the most comfortable one I've sat in for a long, long time. Our test car had cloth seats, but if you upgrade to the EX-L trim, you get leather. There was plenty of length to the bottom of the seat, which gave me great thigh support, and the seatback provided outstanding bolstering to my sides." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The 2010 CR-V's cabin is well-liked for its easy-to-use controls and high level of standard (though not hi-tech) equipment. For 2010, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink is now included on models equipped with the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. However, what isn't available is a rear DVD entertainment system. If you need one, consider the Mazda CX-7.

For a more in-depth look at some of the CR-V's features, take a look at the CR-V video.

  • "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
  • "Honda hasn't given CR-V the better type of navigation system it uses in the bigger Pilot, for one, so the buttons will be too small for some tastes. But the setup operates easily and makes it handy to control the audio via the screen." -- USA TODAY

Cargo

Storage space is a big plus in the 2010 Honda CR-V. It provides 35.7 cubic feet of space with all seats in use and 72.9 cubic feet with the second row folded down. These figures don't quite match the Toyota RAV4, which boasts best-in-class cargo capacity of 73 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. However, the CR-V's easy-to-use rear hatch gives it an advantage over the RAV4, which features an awkward side-swinging rear door.

Another big plus for the CR-V is its sheer number of small storage spaces. These include a retractable center tray table, eight beverage holders, upper and lower glove compartments and an underseat storage bin. The EX model adds a dual-deck cargo shelf and the EX-L adds a center console.

To see how the CR-V handles cargo, check out our CR-V video.

  • "Parents will appreciate the wide-opening rear doors, the sliding and reclining backseat, the two-tier cargo area and the lightweight rear liftgate, all of which ease the process of loading small children and the many items that go along with them." -- 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
  • "An odd drawback to our test model was the lack of covered storage space in the interior - just a glove box and a small storage area above it in the dash. If you're the type to leave your cell phone, MP3 player or other small, expensive item in the car, chances are it'll be out where someone can see it and might be tempted to smash-and-grab." -- Cars.com

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