The new 2010 Honda CR-V is offered with a number of major upgrades from the exterior to the interior. At the front end of the new CR-V is a newly designed two-tier grille, whose upper part features a single horizontal chrome-style trim cross bar, replacing the double slat style cross bar in the previous model.
Additionally, the sheet metal of the hood now flows even into the upper portion of the grille, instead of wrapping down and around it. On the other hand, the lower portion of the grille now features a honeycomb design, replacing the preceding three-bar horizontal cross design. For the EX and EX-L models of the new Honda CR-V, the carmaker added a chrome-colored trim piece at the junction where the lower grille section meets the top of the bumper.
Moreover, the circular port for Honda Genuine Accessory fog lights is now incorporated into the painted surface area of the re-sculpted front bumper. This surface area now extends lower on the CR-V, instead of within its lower black body cladding. Also incorporated into the re-shaped rear bumper's painted surface area are red rear reflectors, which previously had black cladding. Primarily absorbing the impact on the road are a suspension comprised of a MacPherson strut layout on the front and a multi-link suspension on the rear.
Both the SUV's independent suspension and rigid body allow for a more comfortable yet engaging driving experience. Occupants also experience a quieter interior thanks to innovative noise absorption materials that help reduce engine and road noise. Featuring a 103.1-inch wheelbase and less than 15 feet of park length, the 2010 Honda CR-V -- particularly the CR-V LX -- features an interior that is able to contain 103.8 cu-ft. of passenger volume, or up to five passengers.
It also boasts of an ample cargo room behind the rear seats (35.7 cu-ft.). This means that the CR-V offers a total interior volume that exceeds the size definition of the United States EPA for a large sedan (120 cu-ft.). Thanks to a sliding 60/40 split second row seat with a 40/20/40 folding seatback, the new CR-V could accommodate various kinds and types of cargo. A driver could slide the second row seat forward for more cargo space or fold it forward for accommodating long objects.
A driver could also fold and tumble the second row seat forward when he or she needs a large, flat cargo area. Drivers could load up to 72.9 cu-ft. in cargo volume, keeping in mind that the floor measures 51 inches long and 39 inches wide at wheel wells.
Moreover, the new CR-V – specifically the EX and EX-L models -- could better accommodate smaller items through a dual-deck cargo shelf fitted behind the rear seat. In terms of interior convenience and comfort, the new Honda CR-V offers plenty. Its radio functionality and control layout have been modified while new seat fabric textures are now installed as well as an upgraded interior door handle design featuring a rubberized grip handle.
For navigation-equipped models, their steering wheel, upper glove box, center console and gear selector now have revised trim panel sections, thereby helping brighten the CR-V's overall interior color theme. For models fitted with an ivory interior, they are now provided with a more passenger-friendly darker brown carpet. Furthermore, the CR-V's AM/FM/CD audio system now comes with a dual-tone (gray/black) color scheme with blue backlighting.
Both the navigation and non-navigation models of the CR-V EX-L are provided a USB Audio Interface2 that allows occupants to directly access music files on compatible devices using the controls inside the SUV. Just like the new audio system, the CR-V's Multi-Information Display (MID) now features blue backlighting. Moreover, non-navigation versions of the CR-V EX and EX-L models now come with an MID that includes a compass feature, in addition to existing digital display functions like the trip computer, odometer and vehicle maintenance indicators.
Navigation models, meanwhile, have their Bluetooth HandsFreeLink status and related functions displayed in the MID. Amazingly, the new CR-V provides more comfort by making the driver's and front passenger's center folding armrests wider by an inch than that of the previous model. Moreover, the front row remains as functional as ever as it features a number of areas that could accommodate certain items between the seats and on the retractable center tray table.
For the navigation-equipped CR-V EX-L, the retractable center tray table has been replaced by a center console. Now, the CR-V could be installed with two outboard child seats or one center child seat on the second row, thanks to the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child seat mounting system that is designed for all rear seat positions. Of course, the new Honda CR-V does not compromise safety.
In fact, it features a number of standard safety equipment like the Vehicle Stability Assist (electronic stability control); Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure; and a pedestrian safety design on the front. Moreover, the 2010 Honda CR-V now comes with front side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); active front seat head restraints; and side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor.
An anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist is also featured as standard, just like the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). To make the CR-V much lighter and more rigid, Honda used high-strength steel (58 percent) on the SUV's body structure, thereby helping enhance its ride quality, safety and fuel efficiency.
Powering the new 2010 Honda CR-V is a 16-valve Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) i-VTEC engine that features an "intelligent" version of Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control along with Variable Timing Control (VTC) – both designed to help improve the all-aluminum engine's power output while cutting fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions. VTEC, meanwhile, helps optimize the engine efficiency for low- and high-rpm ranges by hydraulically adjusting the intake valves' rocker arms for lift and duration.
VTC, meanwhile, enables continuous variable phasing of the intake camshaft to help enhance the engine's torque while promoting a seamless engine idle and creating an internal exhaust gas recirculation effect to cut nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx).
Honda took pains to increase the engine's compression ratio from 9.7:1 and to 10:5:1 while installing larger intake valves, fuel injectors with a finer spray pattern, spark plugs with extended electrodes, higher-precision timing sensor, friction-reducing piston rings, and a higher flow-rate exhaust system – all helping hike the CR-V's power output and fuel efficiency.