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STYLING | 7 out of 10
hard plastics abound in the cabin, but none look cheap
I started to feel good just contemplating it
it's more jelly-bean-shaped
has an underbite
The exterior of the 2009 Honda CR-V is somewhat polarizing. Inside, however, reviewers are all smiles.
The exterior styling of the 2009 Honda CR-V, with its mix of arcs and creases, is loved by some and roundly disliked by others. Car and Driver says the new 2009 CR-V's "styling may not please everyone." On the upside, MotherProof reports that "my test vehicle was a fabulous deep red that was fun to look at, and its graceful curved lines and subtle hardware lured me in ... I started to feel good just contemplating it." Cars.com likes that the "subtle creases on the bodyside and around the wheel wells also help the CR-V avoid the slab-sided look of early-generation SUVs." On the negative side, Motor Trend points out, "It's more jelly-bean-shaped, far more emotional in its details. The headlights are flare-back like an extreme facelift; the pursed-mouth grille is now slightly opened, as if it might snap at you." Edmunds calls it "sort of weird-looking," and Cars.com asserts it "has an underbite," though "from every other angle the CR-V's design shines." Kelley Blue Book agrees, commenting that the "side view is dramatically different than past CR-Vs."
The 2009 Honda CR-V's interior wins reviews all around. ConsumerGuide observes that "hard plastics abound in the cabin, but none look cheap." Edmunds' opinion is that "the best attribute of the CR-V is its attractive yet practical cabin design." The instrument panel is upright, if a bit trucklike, and incredibly easy to use. It also draws more favorable comments. Cars.com reports that "Honda has really found its stride with interiors lately," and the "dash is perfectly executed," noting that the CR-V "opts for a more straightforward side-by-side setup with an informative digital display wedged between the speedometer and tachometer." Motor Trend says "the gauges and controls would make sense to somebody raised by wolves and suddenly plopped behind the wheel."
The 2009 Honda CR-V isn't universally loved for its exterior, but those who think what's inside counts more will like it.