Depending on how you see it, the exterior of the 2010 Honda CR-V is understatedly attractive, plain, or a little weird. The rounded overall shape with a mix of sheetmetal creases and arcs looks well proportioned from some angled but awkward from others. On the upside, MotherProof reports being lured in by “graceful curved lines and subtle hardware” Cars.com also likes how 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." Car and Driver says the new CR-V's "styling may not please everyone." And to a number of critics, the CR-V just doesn’t look appealing. Motor Trend points out, "It's more jelly-bean-shaped, far more emotional in its details.” The reviewer points to headlights that “flare-back like an extreme facelift,” and notes how the “pursed-mouth grille is now slightly opened, as if it might snap at you." Cars.com also notices that it "has an underbite," though "from every other angle the CR-V's design shines." Edmunds calls it "sort of weird-looking," and Kelley Blue Book agrees, noting that the side profile is “dramatically different than past CR-Vs."
Inside, the CR-V strikes a better design balance and should appeal to nearly everyone. The upright instrument panel is a bit too upright and butch-SUV in styling, but it uses some pleasant contrasting materials and bright accents. For the most part, reviewers like what they see. 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." Edmunds' assesses that "the best attribute of the CR-V is its attractive yet practical cabin design." Motor Trend is not at all in love, however, saying, "the gauges and controls would make sense to somebody raised by wolves and suddenly plopped behind the wheel."