2010 Honda CR-V Reviews

For 2010, my favorite little SUV got a new look. It's not shocking or unrecognizable, but it's definitely new and improved. Getting a chance to drive the 2010 CR-V made me a little nervous, though. I loved it so much the last time I reviewed it that I was worried that I may have romanticized the experience. Oh, silly me! I had nothing to worry about.

The exterior changes are minor, including a raised nose that means no more scraping it over steep driveways. The engine gets an additional 14 horsepower for more zoom with better fuel economy, which is now an EPA-estimated 21/27 mpg city/highway. Basically, Honda just made the CR-V a little better and kept it at the top of my list of cars I could actually afford to buy. Yay!

What I love the most about the CR-V is it's a vehicle designed by women for women. That's not me being a feminist; it's about being understood. Everything fits and everything makes sense. There's enough headroom, but the rear liftgate is still within reach. The seats are comfy and fit child-safety seats without struggle. There's a shelf in the cargo area that covers whatever I'm hauling and still provides a place to change a diaper or wrap a last-minute gift (in my case, that would be in the driveway of the party). The CR-V is cute and young that it makes me feel cute and young, however far that may be from the case.

Its 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers enough power to get me around town and through the hills without tempting me to do the foolish things I'm likely to do with more horsepower. I honestly don't know how Honda manages to walk that line with their engines. I never felt a lack of power, even in the steep hills of my neighborhood or on the highway. When I think four-cylinder, I go, "meh," but the CR-V delivers the fun. It even does well in the turns, with very little of that roly-poly feeling so common with SUVs, and braking was surprisingly sharp. I know. I sound giddy. But I said the CR-V makes me feel young, right?

I also love all the great features that come at such a reasonable price. My test car had four-wheel drive, leather seats and a navigation system, but its price was $30,455. It also comes with all of the tech features I can't live without. It's fun, cute and practical, and it's a bargain. What more can a mama ask for?

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