Official: 2010 Honda CR-V Facelift

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

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.

Press Release

2010 Honda CR-V

For 2010, the CR-V represents an even better value with significant upgrades throughout the vehicle." While compact on the outside with a 103.1-inch wheelbase and a convenient-to-park length of less than 15 feet, the interior provides 103.8 cu-ft. of passenger volume (CR-V LX) for up to five passengers. Add in a cargo volume of 35.7 cu-ft. behind the rear seats and the CR-V creates a total interior volume that, from a space efficiency perspective, exceeds the U.S. EPA's size definition for a large sedan of 120 cu-ft.

A wide range of interior updates for 2010 include modifications to the radio functionality and control layout, the introduction of new seat fabric textures and an upgraded interior door handle design with a rubberized grip handle. Revised trim panel sections for the steering wheel, gear selector, upper glove box and center console (navigation-equipped models only) serve to brighten the overall interior color theme. Models equipped with an ivory interior now feature a more passenger-friendly darker brown carpet instead of light brown.

The AM/FM/CD audio system integrates a dual tone gray/black color scheme with blue backlighting, replacing black. The CR-V EX-L (navigation and non-navigation models) receives a USB Audio Interface2 for direct access to music files on compatible devices using the vehicle's existing controls. Consistent with the new audio system backlighting, the background color of the Multi-Information Display (MID) now appears blue (previously black). The MID's digital display functions, which include the odometer, trip computer and vehicle maintenance indicators among other features, for 2010 now include a compass feature on CR-V EX and EX-L (non-navigation) models.

On navigation-equipped models, the newly added Bluetooth HandsFreeLink status and related functions are displayed in the MID. For comfort, the driver's and front passenger's center folding armrests are each wider by 1 inch compared to the previous model. The front row storage zones continue to offer the same functionality with areas designed to accommodate items as large as a handbag between the seats to items as small as a mobile phones and music players on the retractable center tray table. A center console replaces the retractable center tray table on the CR-V EX-L with navigation. A sliding 60/40 split second row seat with a 40/20/40 folding seatback offers cargo versatility by sliding forward to increase cargo space, folding forward to accommodate long objects, or folding and tumbling forward to create a large, flat cargo area. Maximum possible cargo volume measures 72.9 cu-ft. with approximate floor dimensions of 51 inches long by 39 inches wide (at wheel wells). Storage potential behind the rear seat is enhanced by a dual-deck cargo shelf (CR-V EX and EX-L) that can strategically accommodate items like a folded baby stroller on the lower level and groceries bags on the upper level.

The second row seat includes a Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat mounting system for all rear seat positions, allowing two outboard child seats to be installed or one center child seat. Standard safety equipment includes: the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE ) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA ), commonly referred to as electronic stability control; and a pedestrian safety design in the front of the vehicle. Additional standard equipment includes side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; front side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); active front seat head restraints; an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The CR-V's unit-body construction makes extensive use of high-strength steel (58 percent) to save weight and create a high-rigidity body structure, which significantly contributes to the vehicle's ride quality, fuel efficiency and safety performance. A dynamic forward cabin blends the CR-V's upscale body lines into a sculpted lower body with a rugged appearance and durable cladding.

A two-tier grille and a side profile with an arched window shape and chrome trim accent the CR-V's distinctive and upscale presence. For 2010, the front fascia's upper grille has a single horizontal chrome-style trim cross bar as opposed to the double slat style cross bar from the previous design. The hood's sheet metal now flows flush into the upper portion of the grille instead of wrapping down and around the grille. The lower portion of the grille receives a honeycomb design that replaces the previous three-bar horizontal cross design. A chrome-colored trim piece has been added at the junction where the lower grille section intersects the top of the bumper (on EX and EX-L only).

The circular port for Honda Genuine Accessory fog lights is encompassed within the re-sculpted front bumper's painted surface area, which extends lower on the vehicle, instead of within the lower black body cladding. Correspondingly, the re-shaped rear bumper's painted surface area now encompasses the red rear reflectors, also previously located within the black cladding. The suspension is comprised of a front MacPherson strut layout and a rear multi-link suspension. The high-rigidity body and independent suspension offer a comfortable and engaging driving experience for a crossover SUV. State-of-the art noise absorption materials help to reduce engine and road noise for a quieter cabin.

The all-aluminum,16-valve, Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) i-VTEC engine integrates an "intelligent" version of Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control along with Variable Timing Control (VTC), which are sophisticated Honda valvetrain technologies designed to enhance fuel economy and power output while reducing exhaust emissions. The VTEC portion of the system hydraulically adjusts the intake valves' rocker arms for lift and duration to help optimize engine efficiency for low- and high-RPM ranges. The Variable Timing Control (VTC) aspect of i-VTEC allows for continuously variable phasing of the intake camshaft, which helps improve engine torque, promote a smooth engine idle, and create an internal exhaust gas recirculation effect for reduced smog-forming emissions (NOx). For 2010, power and efficiency improvements result from the engine's compression ratio increasing to 10:5:1 from 9.7:1, fuel injectors with a finer spray pattern, larger intake valves, spark plugs with extended electrodes, friction-reducing piston rings, higher-precision timing sensor and a higher flow-rate exhaust system.

The CR-V comes standard with an electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission that uses an active lockup torque converter. Wide overall ratios help maximize acceleration in gears one through four and optimize fuel economy in its overdrive fifth gear. Grade Logic Control helps to reduce gear "hunting" on hilly roads. The available Real Time‚ 4WD system - ideal for enhanced traction on snow, rain, dirt roads and sandy conditions - sends power to the rear wheels when needed. Real Time 4WD's always-ready and fully automatic dual pump system hydraulically proportions rear wheel torque via multi-plate clutches. The Maintenance Minder system will indicate that the dual-pump fluid should be changed at about 60,000 miles. The CR-V is available in three model choices, each offered in either front-wheel drive or Real Time 4WD. Standard comfort and convenience features on the CR-V LX include air conditioning with air-filtration system, keyless entry, tilt and telescopic steering column, cruise control, power windows with auto-up/down driver's window, power door and tailgate locks, AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, fuel economy meter and 17-inch steel wheels.

The CR-V EX adds a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, chrome grille and rear license plate trim, rear privacy glass, security system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, dual-deck cargo shelf, audio system with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and six speakers, exterior temperature indicator, vanity mirror lights (new), digital compass (new), and 17-inch alloy wheels (new design). The CR-V EX-L adds leather-trimmed seats and armrests, heated front seats, body-colored side mirrors and door handles, XM Radio3, a USB Audio Interface (new), and auto on/off headlights (new). Available on the CR-V EX-L is the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and rearview camera, which also adds premium audio system with 7-speakers including subwoofer and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, center console storage unit (replaces retractable center tray), and a 6-disc CD changer in the center console (replaces in-dash changer). Colors for 2010 include Opal Sage Metallic (new), Royal Blue Pearl, Taffeta White, Glacier Blue Metallic, Polished Metal Metallic (new), Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Tango Red Pearl and Urban Titanium Metallic. Interior color choices, determined by exterior color, include Ivory, Black or Gray. The CR-V became the best-selling SUV in the United States with calendar-year 2008 results of 197,279, also placing it among the top-ten best-selling vehicles for that year. The CR-V is a global product for Honda and is sold in 160 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Worldwide, the CR-V is assembled of domestic and globally sourced parts including at the Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio.

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