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2009 Honda CR-V

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2009 Honda CR-V Review

A great combination of smooth handling, space, and high safety ratings.

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Honda is one of the most renowned car manufacturers for multiple reasons. Its vehicles are widely embraced for its safety records, versatility, comfort, convenience, and overall reliability. With all these qualities rolled into almost every single automobile made by Honda, it is easy to see why the company is an industry leader. In terms of compact sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that have recently grown in popularity, the Honda CR-V is definitely on solid ground. It is a standard representation of the values Honda wishes to put in every vehicle.

The 2009 Honda CR-V embraces all the successful qualities of previous models, and it is the lightest compact SUV on the market. Because of its light weight and the four-cylinder engine, the CR-V gets amazing fuel economy for its size. Handling and performance are top notch in this vehicle as it features communicative steering, making it very enjoyable to drive in an urban or rural environment. The sporty yet refined physical appearance of the exterior is recognizable in almost any setting. To top it all off, there is plenty of interior space and plenty of features to keep things easy and fun.

The Range

Body Style: compact SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed all-wheel drive automatic
Models: Honda CR-V LX, Honda CR-V EX, and Honda CR-V EX-L

What's New

The only changes for the 2009 CR-V model come in the form of several new exterior color options.


The overall look tends to point toward a crossover design, even though the CR-V is a pure-bred, albeit compact, SUV. The smaller size actually adds to its appeal, since it is easy to get in and out. It also means better fuel economy; it works great in crowded urban areas and now comes in a variety of other colors.


The cabin of the 2009 CR-V focuses on being functional as well as pleasing to the eye. The gauges are clear and easy to read, while the controls are in standard positions within the console to keep things simple without confusing passengers or drivers. Other features are great for the overall usage of the vehicle. Wide-opening rear doors make for ease of access, whether loading people or cargo, and the lightweight rear liftgate means that even the smallest driver will have no trouble opening and closing the back end. Additionally, a ""conversation mirror"" is built into the overhead console's sunglasses holder. The front-seat occupants can easily keep an eye on the backseat without being forced to crane their necks and twist their bodies, which make it ideal for new parents or consumers with small children.

Performance & Handling

All 2009 Honda CR-V models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which can produce 166 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque. However, actual speeding power is rather low for a compact SUV. It takes a full 10 seconds to get from zero to 60 mph. This particular engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission without the option of any kind of manual transmission. There is a choice between a front-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive powertrain system, which can moderate power to the rear wheels in the case of front slippage. The handling of the CR-V is amazing for an SUV, as it almost drives like a sedan. Steering is a breeze with the communicative properties of the system.


Safety is a priority for all Honda vehicles. The 2009 CR-V is equipped with anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Perfect scores of five stars were achieved in every category by the CR-V in government crash testing for both front and side impacts.

EPA Fuel Economy

2009 Honda CR-V: 20/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Ample cargo space
  • Affordability
  • Nimble handling

You Won't Like

  • Under-powered engine
  • No manual transmission
  • Elevated road noise

Sum Up

A great combination of smooth handling, space, and high safety ratings.

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