Interior

The 2010 CR-V's interior may not be the height of luxury, but it has everything I need to live my life filled with kids, dogs and general chaos. You may think of things like leather and USB interfaces as luxuries, but I don't. Leather seats mean that a baby wipe can fix any spill. A USB interface means that I can provide the demanded song or story without fumbling with my iPod or looking away from the road. To me, these things are necessities. And in the CR-V, all of them worked seamlessly and easily, which is good since my life can't take any more confusion than it already has.

The heated leather seats are comfortable, even on a long drive, and everything on the center stack is within easy reach. The shifter knob is right in the middle of the center stack, which seems odd at first, but I got used to it pretty quickly. A large color touch-screen dominates the center stack and controls the audio and navigation systems. The dual-climate controls sit just below that. There also are controls for the audio system, Bluetooth and cruise control on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. The gauges are clean and simple, and a small LCD screen between the speedometer and tachometer offers a trip computer and outside temperatures.

Even better, though, is all of the cubbies scattered throughout the CR-V. There's a decent-size bin in the center console and cubbies at the bottom of the center stack. There's storage in the door bins and seatback pockets, and the dual-level glove box houses the USB input. Every bit of unused space offers more storage. There are more places to hide stuff than I could keep track of. I probably left gum somewhere in the test car.

In the backseat, things are just as easy. The 60/40-split seats recline, which is more than just comfy on long trips, it makes it easier to properly install child-safety seats. The easy-to-reach Latch connectors are just barely concealed in the fold of the seat; the seat belt receptors sit up high and are easy for little fingers to manage. Our booster seat sat flat, but slid around a bit in the CR-V; my little guy had some scooching to do when he got in the car, but it was easily handled. There's plenty of room in the second row, so no one has to ride with their knees up their nose. This also means that there's room for rear-facing child-safety seats. The fold-down armrest has two cupholders and the doors have bottleholders.

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Galore

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