Honda CR-V — Great Choice for Those on the Go
The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV that originally debuted in 1995. Based on the popular Civic platform, the CR-V has enjoyed immense popularity through the years. The most recent body redesign was launched in 2007, with another slated to debut for the 2015 model year. For 2011, the Honda CR-V saw a few slight changes, with the biggest being the addition of another trim level (SE).
Under the CR-V's hood
Under the hood, you'll find that the CR-V is still powered by Honda's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine (180 HP). This is matched with a 5-speed automatic transmission on all trim levels. In terms of fuel economy, the 2011 Honda CR-V gets 21 MPG for in-city driving, and 28 MPG for highway trips, making it about average for vehicles within this market segment.
Honda offers 5 different trim options for the CR-V, including the base LX model, the new SE model, and the EX, EX-L and the EX-L Navigation models. All trim levels can be equipped as either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It should be noted that this is not an "all-time" all-wheel drive system. Instead, the CR-V operates like a front-wheel drive vehicle until the computer senses that the front wheels are slipping. At that point, the rear wheels will be engaged. It's functionality makes the CR-V ideal for people in geographies with harsh winters, or those who just want the assurance of the latest in Honda's sophisticated all-wheel-drive technology.
The base LX model comes with some decent perks, including:
- 17-inch wheels
- cruise control
- full power accessories
- 17-inch allow wheels, rather than steel
- upgraded audio system (6 speakers instead of 4)
- rear privacy glass
Those familiar with Honda's interior design will not be surprised with the 2011 Honda CR-V. While plastics do play a role, they're understated and of high quality. The double-tiered cargo area is also a nice addition, particularly for those with varying cargo needs. Finally, the CR-V offers 73 cubic feet of rear storage space if you put the rear seats down, which is pretty impressive for its class.