2009 Honda CR-V

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Three new exterior colors: Crystal Black Pearl, Alabaster Silver and Urban Titanium
Honda's CR-V was one of the original crossover utility vehicles (CUVs), combining car-like handling dexterity and fuel economy with very practical and versatile cargo-carrying functionality. The 2007 model year saw the introduction of the third-generation CR-V, which added new safety features, a more powerful engine, and a more sophisticated and substantial feel, according to the manufacturer. The 2009 CR-V is largely unchanged, adding only new exterior colors. It continues to seat 5 and offer 72.9 cubic feet of cargo space thanks to a split-folding rear seat.

Model Lineup
Honda offers the 2009 CR-V in LX, EX and EX-L models. The LX comes with cloth upholstery; AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack; air conditioning; cruise control; driver's seat height adjustment; tilt and telescoping steering column; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; retractable center console tray; conversation mirror; and 17-inch steel wheels. The EX version adds a power moonroof; rear privacy glass; audio controls on the steering wheel; 2-level rear cargo shelf; 6-disc CD changer; outside temperature display; variable intermittent wipers; and alloy wheels. The top-of-the-line EX-L includes leather seats (heated in front and power-adjustable for the driver); dual-zone climate control; center console; leather-wrapped steering wheel; heated exterior mirrors; XM satellite radio; and an available navigation system with voice recognition and a rearview camera.

Power for the 2009 CR-V comes from Honda's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that provides 166 hp at 5800 rpm and 161 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard. All three versions of the CR-V are available with either front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). EPA fuel-economy estimates are 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway for FWD models, 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway for AWD models.

The 2009 CR-V features Honda's ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure, designed to enhance protection in a frontal collision with vehicles of various shapes and sizes. Additionally, the CR-V comes standard with dual-stage, dual threshold front air bags; torso-protecting front side air bags; head-protecting side curtain air bags with rollover deployment; tire-pressure monitor; active front head restraints; anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution; traction control; and electronic stability control.

The CR-V aced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, with perfect 5-star ratings for front and side impacts for driver and front and rear passengers. The rollover rating was 4 stars. The CR-V is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) \"Top Safety Pick\" for 2009 thanks to its \"Good\" ratings (the best possible score) in front-, side- and rear-impact tests, combined with its standard electronic stability control.

The 2009 Honda CR-V is one of many models to employ a drive-by-wire throttle, with no direct connection between the accelerator pedal and the engine. Instead, the engine uses a DC motor to control the throttle butterfly valve (which sets engine power) and a pedal-position sensor on the accelerator. In addition to pedal position, the CR-V's engine also takes into account the vehicle speed, engine speed, and intake manifold vacuum to fine-tune the actual throttle position. The drive-by-wire throttle works in conjunction with the electronically controlled transmission to provide quicker, smoother gear changes, according to Honda.

The CR-V also uses Honda's Real Time AWD system, which is optimized for bad weather and light off-roading. Lighter in weight than a conventional 4-wheel-drive transfer case, the Real Time system sends 100 percent of the engine's power to the front wheels under normal conditions. A hydraulic pump is connected to each axle. If the front wheels begin to slip, the front pump produces more pressure, which activates a multi-plate clutch that sends power to the rear wheels until speed is again equalized. The system is 100 percent mechanical and uses no electronics, simplifying maintenance and eliminating the possibility of failure due to electrical problems, Honda says.


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