Honda CR-V 2010
Honda CR-V for 2010 with updated styling, upgraded specification levels and more aggressive pricing.
This intransigence has seemingly had little effect on the CR-V's popularity. Honda Canada has sold more than 215,000 of the SUVs since the CR-V's arrival in 1997. It was the fourth-bestselling SUV in the country in 2009 (behind the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe -- all three of which are sold with four-and six-cylinder engines and, in Ford's case, a hybrid option). In my neck of the woods, one doesn't have to drive more than a couple of blocks to see one in the driveway
The ride and handling has been improved with revisions to the front suspension. Revised side mirrors and extra sound deadening around the engine bay and cabin have improved NVH levels and passenger comfort.
The engine upticks are especially appreciated. An additional 14 horsepower pumps up the 2.4-litre engine to 180 hp, a competitive output among fourcylinder-powered SUVs. Honda's tech team increased the four-banger's compression ratio to 10:5:1 from 9.7:1 and added fuel injectors with a finer spray pattern, larger intake valves, spark plugs with extended electrodes, friction-reducing piston rings, a higher-precision timing sensor and a higher flow-rate exhaust system. The CR-V is no more an S2000-like SUV than it ever was, but the engine seems smoother than before going through the automatic's five-forward gears, and it is just a little more responsive when the gas pedal is given a nudge. Fuel economy ratings see about a half-litre improvement in both the city and highway cycles --9.8/7.1 litres per 100 kilometres on two-wheel-drive models and 10.1/7.5 L/100 km on models equipped with Real Time 4WD. My real-world driving with the 4WD tester saw a combined average of 11.5 L/100 km for the week
The 2010 Honda CR-V range is available now in two new colours – Urban Titanium and Habenero Red – for the following manufacturer’s list prices (includes GST, excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges):
Standard manual – $30,990 (down $2000)
Standard auto – $33,290 (down $2000)
Sport auto – $38,790 (down $3500)
Luxury auto – $42,790 (down $3000)