2009 Honda CR-V Review

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The 2009 Honda CR-V is a clear winner for those seeking security and utility at a good price, provided hip styling or street cred isn't near the top of the list.

At TheCarConnection.com, editors drove the Honda CR-V and put it through the paces in the way that a compact-utility owner would. Then TheCarConnection.com read reviews relevant to the 2009 Honda CR-V from across the Web to bring you the most comprehensive advice of all.

Completely redesigned for 2007, the Honda CR-V features a rather compact exterior paired with a very roomy interior design that makes the most of available space. Unlike the Pilot, the smaller 2009 Honda CR-V has only two rows of seating.

With its arcs and creases, the exterior styling of the 2009 Honda CR-V is a little fussy—or just plain weird—from some angles, but inside it's more universally attractive, with an instrument panel that's upright, if a bit trucklike, and nicely contrasting materials and brightwork. The backseat area of the 2009 Honda CR-V folds down to a completely flat loading floor and a cargo area that's quite expansive, thanks to the tall body. The hatch opens upward, rather than to the side. The shifter is located at the bottom of the dash, in the center, instead of on the steering column or between the front seats—so it feels more spacious in front.

While competitors offer available V-6 engines, a four-cylinder engine is the only one in the 2009 Honda CR-V, but the 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces adequate power and feels quite refined with the smooth-shifting five-speed automatic, although we find it reluctant to downshift for steep grades. Fuel efficiency is admirable; EPA highway estimates for the 2009 Honda CR-V range up to 27 mpg. An improved all-wheel-drive system is available, and it works with the stability control system to send power to the wheels where it's needed most. Handling feels stable but not very sporty; the emphasis is clearly on comfort and quiet.

Shoppers will be thrilled to hear that the 2009 Honda CR-V gets five-star ratings for frontal and side impact in the federal government's crash tests, as well as straight "good" ratings—the best—from the IIHS, which made the CR-V one of its 2009 Top Safety Picks. Safety features are a priority for frugal and pragmatic shoppers who might consider the Honda CR-V; it includes electronic stability control, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags as standard. Anti-lock brakes are also included.

The top-of-the-line EX-L adds many desirable features, such as dual-zone climate control, a power driver's seat, and a premium audio system; a navigation system and backup camera are optional.

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October 3, 2015
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Very good SUV.

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Very reliable. No problems with this crv since 2009.
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April 10, 2015
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No problems

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No troubles and good fit being that the Crv is small and I am big
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January 18, 2017
For 2017 Honda CR-V

Nice med sized CRV

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Much roomier, better gas mileage and dependable vehicle. 3rd new purchase in a row (2010, 2014, & 2017). Like the more room and new model trim. Can't go wrong.
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April 8, 2017
For 2016 Honda CR-V

I love Honda Cars

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It is very roomy more than the Cadillac. Is very comfortable, pretty inside and out side. Great on gas. Great puck up and stability when driving.
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August 21, 2016
For 2016 Honda CR-V

happy with it

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but for the phone connecctivity everything is ok maybe a little better gas millage!
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June 30, 2016
For 2016 Honda CR-V

Perfect for empty nesters. Much improved over 2012.

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I have no negative things to say. Just happy with whole Pkg. It's an EX-L with Nav. The Nav could be better.
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June 16, 2016
2016 Honda CR-V AWD 5-Door EX

Car is great , radio needs improvement.

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Very comfortable to drive , great visibility , great gas milage but radio sucks no xm on one of the top end models the ex , had to go up to the exl which I didn't want.
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November 9, 2016
2015 Honda CR-V AWD 5-Door Touring

The CRV is a rational purchase, well price, cheap to run, never breaks and keeps its price

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The Crv is a reasonable purchase. It runs well, its cheap on gas and the oil changes are controlled by computer. I do 10,000 miles between changes. It never breaks and the resale is very good.
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October 11, 2016
2015 Honda CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX-L

Why I should have NEVER bought my $30,000 2015 Honda CR-V

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Living in Florida A/C must be cold. My 2015 Honda CR-V, the A/C is NEVER cold unless you drive at least a steady six miles at 50 MPH. The dealer showed me it was cold 43 degrees. I asked how long have you had... + More »
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December 20, 2015
2015 Honda CR-V AWD 5-Door EX-L

very good car

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this is my first cr-v probably not the last one .i appreciate very much the new cvt the the front and back seat are very comfortable and i have more power than i need
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