In the last year before a redesign, the 2011 Honda CR-V sits near the top of its class due to its high Total Car Score.
Auto reviewers tout the CR-V as a practical family hauler with a refined driving character, fine fuel economy and more interior space than its rivals. They do, however, note that the CR-V's interior materials are far from luxurious and higher end models get awfully expensive.
They also say the lack of a third-row seat or a V6 option is a disadvantage in a category that is rapidly offering both. Honda's family-friendly CR-V has a longstanding reputation for high sales and even higher owner satisfaction.
The pressure is on Honda to maintain the CR-V's established position in this category when an all-new CR-V arrives the following year.
The 2011 Honda CR-V is offered in five models, LX, SE, EX, EX-L and EX-L with Navigation.
The base LX trim still features 17-inch (steel) wheels, keyless entry, cruise control and a CD/MP3 player. The SE gets alloy wheels and upgraded audio equipment. The EX models add various luxury-oriented features, including a sunroof, leather upholstery on the EX-L and a navigation system on the EX-L with Navigation models.
Front- or all-wheel drive is offered for each version. The lone powertrain is a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
EPA fuel economy ratings are 21 mpg city/28 highway with FWD and 21/27 with AWD.
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