The 2009 Honda CR-V EX adds some nice touches to the CR-V’s base LX trim without adding too much to the price or detracting at all from the 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg of the SUV. The exterior additions include 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, chrome rear license plate trim, a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, variable intermittent windshield wipers, and rear privacy glass. The interior additions include a 160-Watt AM/FM/6-disc in-dash audio system with six speakers (two more speakers than in the LX), steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a security system, one extra 12-volt power outlet, and a dual-deck cargo shelf.
The 2009 Honda CR-V EX 4WD falls right in the middle of the six trims in terms of price and features. The only addition to the CR-V EX is, obviously, the four-wheel-drive system. Honda labels this system as Real Time, because it does not require any driver intervention. The system senses when there is a loss of traction in the front wheels and then sends the appropriate amount of torque to the rear wheels automatically and almost instantaneously - in real time. The four-wheel-drive system does get one mile less per gallon highway (26) and combined (22) than the EX trim, but it gets the same city mileage (20 for both).
The 2009 Honda CR-V EX-L adds a load of features to what is, in essence, a practical and efficient vehicle, thus giving the owner the best of both worlds. In addition to, or replacing, the features Honda gave the CR-V EX, the EX-L gets a 270-watt AM/FM/6-CD in-dash audio system with seven speakers including a subwoofer, XM Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustments and a power lumbar support, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather trim for the interior, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated and body-color power side mirrors.
The EX-L also has an available navigation system that features up to 8GB of memory and voice recognition, and can provide detailed directions using a series of 24 global positioning satellites.
The 2009 Honda CR-V EX-L 4WD is the top-of-the-line trim for this model. It gets all the extras the EX-L gets – including the optional navigation system – plus Honda’s Real Time four-wheel-drive system. So if you want both the luxury of, just as an example, a heated driver’s seat with power adjustments and support, plus the ability to go off-road with four-wheel capability that's automatically controlled by the vehicle, the EX-L 4WD is for you.
Like all base trims, the biggest advantage to buying a 2009 Honda CR-V LX as opposed to the other five trims offered is the price - $21,245 MSRP instead of the $23,495 EX or the $22,445 LX 4WD. For the most part, the EX and EX-L trims add features to the LX base, but there are a few details unique to the LX other than the bottom line. The LX actually has about 2 more cubic feet of cargo space (103.8 cubic feet total). That’s not really enough extra room to notice, but at least you'll know you're not getting a smaller vehicle. It's also a slightly lighter vehicle than the other two trims (its curb weight is 3,389 lbs).
The 2009 CR-V LX may not have all the extras you want, but it's hardly bare bones – it has cruise control, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, 60/40 split rear sliding, folding, and tumbling seats, an antilock braking system, Grade Logic Control, and, of course, the famous CR-V mileage – 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg – that probably sounds fantastic for owners of almost any other SUV.
The obvious addition for the 2009 Honda CR-V LX 4WD from the base CR-V LX is Honda’s Real Time four-wheel-drive system. When the front wheels slip, the four-wheel-drive system uses dual hydraulic pumps to automatically send more torque from the 2.7-liter, inline four-cylinder engine to the rear wheels. The more slippage there is up front, the more torque gets pushed to the back wheels. The LX 4WD does get slightly lower gas mileage, rated at 20 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg.