2010 Honda CR-V vs. Its Competition

2010 Honda CR-V
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2010 Honda CR-V used to be more of a niche vehicle, aiming for customers who wanted a vehicle with rugged styling yet more carlike features and handling, but in recent years the CR-V, like its peers, have become a big part of the market, replacing sedans and minivans.

The Chevrolet Equinox was completely redesigned for 2010, gaining a more fuel-efficient standard four-cylinder engine and greatly improved interior.

It’s worth considering, but the 2010 CR-V has a much more spacious interior.

The CR-V is also quite a bit bigger than either the Hyundai Tucson or Kia Sportage—both of which are aging designs that don’t return the fuel economy of the class leaders; the steering wheel doesn’t telescope in either of those Korean models.

The Toyota RAV4 provides a plusher ride, and it's the only one in this crowd with an available third-row seat.

The Subaru Forester feels a bit sportier than the rest, it comes with standard all-wheel drive, and after its most recent redesign it’s more spacious and comfortable.

If you want a manual transmission, you'll need to look to the Sportage, Tucson, or Forester.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that only one model in this group—the RAV4 (non Sport)—has held on to the old rear-mounted spare.

For the way that vehicles are used in this class, it’s a handicap.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2010 Honda CR-V is a bit homely, but it fits right in for those placing the priority on frugality, safety, and interior space.
7.8
With mediocre handling and fuel economy, the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox isn’t that appealing, but it still offers superior cabin space.
8.0
It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
7.0
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson no longer stands out in its class for performance or safety, but it’s still a great value.
6.8
If you can live without top-level refinement and the absolutely latest technology, 2008 Kia Sportage is a fine little SUV, and considering its price, a genuine value.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
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Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
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Style Name     
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Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive2 Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
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5 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
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