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2011 Honda CR-V Review

Packaging and performance trump style

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Honda CR-V is a compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that seats five passengers and comes with either front- or all-wheel drive. Equipped with a 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine paired to a five-speed automatic transmission, the CR-V has a popular unibody design with a large cargo capacity and lots of legroom.

The Honda CR-V sports a chrome-trimmed-grille that doesn't appeal to everyone, but the crossover SUV does have exceptional acceleration and smooth road handling. Its fuel efficiency has been improved to 21 city mpg/27 mpg highway. Some of the most popular features of the Honda CR-V are its superior navigation system, comfortable leather seating, and Bluetooth connectivity.

New for 2011

Since the Honda CR-V received a significant refresh in 2010, it received no major changes in 2011, with the exception of adding a new, LX-based Special Edition (SE) trim level.

Essentials

Engine: 2.4L I-4
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Body Style: Crossover SUV
Trims: LX Sport Utility, EX Sport Utility, EX-L Sport Utility, SE Sport Utility

On the Outside

Edgy styling distinguishes the Honda CR-V, while standard features include keyless entry, heat rejecting tinted glass and power folding side mirrors. Power moon roof, privacy glass and a security system are optional on the EX and EX-L trims.

From the Inside

The Honda CR-V is equipped with cruise control, an adjustable steering column, power windows/door locks, and plenty of storage space. The EX trim and above have leather interiors and many cool convenience features. Bluetooth is available only with the optional navigation system.

Driving Performance

Available in front- or all-wheel drive, the CR-V is powered by a 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter four cylinder engine and 5-speed automatic transmission to provide smooth revving and a speedy sports feel. Steady steering and a quiet, composed ride on or off the road are some of the best features of the Honda CR-V.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features on the CR-V include 3-point seat belts for all passengers, as well as dual-stage, multiple threshold front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. Also standard are driver and front passenger active head restraints, stability/traction control, and braking aids including ABS, EBD, and BA.

Gas Mileage

FWD: 21 city mpg/28 mpg highway
AWD: 21 city mpg/27 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Great rev to engine
  • Natural feel to steering
  • Plethora of standard features
  • Outstanding ergonomics

Minuses

  • Edgy style

Rating

Packaging and performance trump style

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