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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
hard plastics abound in the cabin, but none look cheap
a trio of center-mounted A/C knobs felt a bit cheap when turning
the wide-opening rear doors and lightweight rear liftgate make it simple to load infants and their strollers
The interior of the 2010 Honda CR-V is very spacious and can accommodate five adults rather comfortably, agree a number of sources. The Auto Channel reports that "the third-generation structure is a little wider...that translates to welcome extra hip room for everyone." ConsumerGuide says, "Space for legs and knees is plentiful even with the front seats far aft, [and] headroom is ample." Motor Trend observes, "as with all Hondas, there's plenty of front legroom available."
Though there’s no third-row seat, the interior of the 2010 Honda CR-V is among the more well-designed in its class. The shifter is located at the bottom of the dash, in a layout more like that used for some minivans, but that allows more open space. The backseat itself is split into two sections and folds down to a completely flat cargo floor. Altogether, it feels larger and usable than some other vehicles in this class because of the rather low cargo floor (making it easier to load) combined with the tall roof. Car and Driver notes that the CR-V has a large, useful cargo area when the reclining second-row seats are folded. Edmunds likes how the "the 60/40-split rear seat has reclining seatbacks and adjusts fore and aft" and points out a family-friendly feature: "the wide-opening rear doors and lightweight rear liftgate make it simple to load infants and their strollers." But Cars.com is not a fan of the folding mechanism: "There are two straps to pull, and neither felt that sturdy."
Cargo space itself is excellent. Cars.com points to the boast-worthy 72.9 cubic feet of space with the seatbacks forward, calculating that it’s “up from 33.5 cubic feet and 72 cubic feet, respectively, in the outgoing model." The CR-V offers "generous cargo space even with the rear seat up," says ConsumerGuide.
Generally, reviewers weren’t tremendously impressed with the materials in the CR-V, but it’s a bit redeemed by a good design. Motor Trend says that the interior is “a case study of the level of artistry that can be achieved with lowly hard plastics." In an “overall splendid dash,” Cars.com reports just one gripe: "A trio of center-mounted A/C knobs felt a bit cheap when turning." Materials aside, the controls and displays are excellent, according to Kelley Blue Book: "the CR-V's dual-dial dash is an easy read, controls and switchgear are all within arm's reach and simple to operate."
Most who drove the CR-V found ride comfort quite good; but there was an exception. MotherProof, reports they could "feel every bump," with the reviewer "dreading speed bumps and freeway speeds more than usual." ConsumerGuide was more representative of what we saw from a range of reviewers: "CR-V's suspension comfortably absorbs bumps with minimal float or wallow." Edmunds also found ride quality “composed and comfortable.”
The CR-V’s cabin is also a refined place, relative to other vehicles in its class, but don’t expect it to be luxury-car quiet. "Some wind rush is noticeable around exterior mirrors," notes Consumer Guide. Edmunds contends that "the cabin is well-insulated from the road noise that plagued past CR-Vs."
Keeping the price down was clearly a motivator in designing the 2010 Honda CR-V’s interior, but next to all but luxury vehicles it probably won’t disappoint.