n a USA Today nine-vehicle SUV/crossover comparison, the 2011 Honda CR-V was ranked No. 6. What does this sub-compact crossover have to offer? Well, quite a lot actually!
The Honda CR-V is not considered exciting to look at. However, it is really not a bad looking crossover! The interior styling is straight-forward, however, unless it is the most expensive EX-L model, it does not have pedal shifting on the steering wheel, Bluetooth (hands-free) or a UBS interface. And at an as tested $28,645 price, the CR-V was more expensive than the No. 1-5 crossovers that were ranked above it. Thus, the price and lack
of some features were likely why this Honda did not rank higher.
The CR-V was one of the first smaller crossover SUVs on the market. Other manufacturers have been working to catch up with what Honda has offered for years. As the CR-V has gone through multiple generations, it has become a best-seller.
The engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder providing 180 hp and 161 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. The manual is easy to shift and the automatic is very smooth. The CR-V’s 0-60 time is in 10.1 seconds. The four cylinder engine performs well in town and on the highway. However, the engine is pressed a bit when the vehicle is fully loaded and climbing a steep incline.
This sub-compact crossover has two rows of seats and transports up to five occupants. The rear seat legroom is excellent and a flat cargo floor is provided when the 20/40/20 seats are folded down. The cargo area feels larger and more useable than many other sub-compact crossovers. The CR-V has 73 cubic ft. of space with the rear seats folded flat and 35.7 cubic ft. with the rear seats up.
The interior includes comfortable supportive seats, a Multi-Information Display, clear easy to read gauges, and well designed controls that have the feel of quality. Families will appreciate the wide-opening rear doors, the sliding and reclining rear seats, a two tier cargo area, and a lightweight lift gate. All in all, the fit and finish of the interior is top notch!
For several years, the CR-V has obtained top safety ratings. Safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS), stability control, front side air bags and side curtain air bags. Additionally, this Honda has rated well with reliability and resale value.
On the road, the Honda CR-V offers well-planted and nimble handling. The feedback from the steering wheel is good and the power assisted system is nicely weighted. The four-wheel disc brakes with ABS do a good job of stopping the CR-V from 60 mph in an impressive 119 feet.
The Honda CR-V is practical, frugal, and roomy and thus a favorite among family crossovers. It should be on your list to test drive.
Visit the slideshow above to see the Honda CR-V inside and out!
Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price…” He welcomes your comments or car questions at his auto web site: www.DriveTheBestBook.com. Become Kyle’s friend on Facebookand Twitter.