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Our Expert Review: 2011 Honda Crv

Excellent, but far from perfect

by from St. Louis, MO on January 2, 2012

We bought our 2011 CR-V on Black Friday, 2010. We chose the LX trim line to save money. It has a couple of annoying short-comings: a single-speed intermittent wiper (not variable) and a mostly useless...
We bought our 2011 CR-V on Black Friday, 2010. We chose the LX trim line to save money. It has a couple of annoying short-comings: a single-speed intermittent wiper (not variable) and a mostly useless console between the front seats. You can only set a few small items on it, and it doesn't open up to put anything in it. Mileage for 1 year is 24.4MPG (actual). The engine is very peppy for a vehicle this size. The cargo space is good, but not flat in front when the back seat is folded down. Folding and unfolding the rear seats is a back strain opportunity, since you have to lean over while pulling the release straps and lifting the seat. The rear hatch opening is much narrower than the interior of the cargo area, which means that something that COULD fit inside the cargo area won't fit through the opening to get it in there. The sound system sounds very inexpensive, with no "surround" or depth at all. On those rare occasions that I reach for the horn, I wind up pressing on places on the steering wheel that do nothing. Visibility out the rear is poor with the rear seat head restraints in a normal position. Mechanically excellent so far (only a burnt-out tail light, covered under warranty). The keyless remote is only active from about 30 feet. Major complaint in the Summer is the temp settings for the A/C. When the temp wheel is at its coldest setting, it is uncomfortably cool in the front seats. 1 click to the warmer direction is not cool enough. There is a huge temp difference between those two clicks. So it is impossible to find a perfect setting for us. Everything else is as expected from Honda - functional, reliable. I like the car, but can't say I love it.
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Nice Change from a Van

by from Sheridan, AR on January 17, 2011

Love the GPS in the dash and the only negative I see is the headrest are a little bit uncomfortable and not in the least adjustable to be for comfort. This was a nice change from the Vans we had. Coul...
Love the GPS in the dash and the only negative I see is the headrest are a little bit uncomfortable and not in the least adjustable to be for comfort. This was a nice change from the Vans we had. Could use a little more leg room in the back seats. We added the wood trim inside that made it have the rich warm feel. Love the Sage Green color with the interior wood trim. Gas milage runs 28-30 mpg and we appreciate that. Over all, we love it!
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Solid

by from Madison, WI on December 22, 2010

The 2011 CR-V is everything it is advertised to be. We are more than pleased with our purchase. This is one solid car. Drives well in all conditions including snow and ice. And it hauls a bundle. It's...
The 2011 CR-V is everything it is advertised to be. We are more than pleased with our purchase. This is one solid car. Drives well in all conditions including snow and ice. And it hauls a bundle. It's hard to go wrong with a CR-V.
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CRV - Best Car I've Ever Owned

by from Lincoln, NE on January 14, 2013

This is my second Honda CRV. My first was a 1999 EX and got 200,000 miles and I'm expecting the same or more from my new-to-me 2011 SE. I love that it is so responsive and handles easily while providi...
This is my second Honda CRV. My first was a 1999 EX and got 200,000 miles and I'm expecting the same or more from my new-to-me 2011 SE. I love that it is so responsive and handles easily while providing comfort for 5 people and amazing cargo space. There's lots of headroom and legroom. I appreciate the all-wheel drive for Nebraska's unpredictable weather. The gas mileage is descent for an SUV. I'm averaging about 23 in town and 28 on the highway.
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Great car

by from illinois on January 14, 2013

I test drove several small SUVs and settled on the CR-V for several reasons. It's a Honda, with a great track record of reliability and value. It drove better than the other vehicles I tried. It didn'...
I test drove several small SUVs and settled on the CR-V for several reasons. It's a Honda, with a great track record of reliability and value. It drove better than the other vehicles I tried. It didn't feel like a tank -- nimbly and kind of fun. I was looking for a decent car with AWD that I can load up with stuff (kids, dogs, recyclables, etc.) that wasn't quite a minivan. This is it! It's not an exciting car, but it's the perfect car for my lifestyle. Not particularly macho, but that's doesn't bother me.
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I love this car!

by from Klamath Falls OR on October 10, 2011

I bought this car in August 2011. This is the second CR-V I've purchased and the 5th Honda I've owned in 30+ years. I wanted a car that got decent gas mileage, had 4 wheel drive, room for 5, leather s...
I bought this car in August 2011. This is the second CR-V I've purchased and the 5th Honda I've owned in 30+ years. I wanted a car that got decent gas mileage, had 4 wheel drive, room for 5, leather seats and was very comfortable on long drives. I got everything I wanted and more for a very reasonable price! I also got a great sound system, a moon roof (I now love this feature) seat heaters (very important in the winter where I live in snow country) , and great options for storage in the back seat and tailgate area. I also have an option to plug in an ipod or mp3 player or a laptop (for the passenger). I have put 4000 miles on the car since August 5. I love the digital information in the center console! I am averaging 25 mpg...most of the time, I drive about 5 miles in the city back and forth to work. On long trips (900-1200 miles) I average 27 mpg. I have not used the 4 wheel drive feature yet since we haven't had snow yet but I am very happy with the car so far! The storage is good--cupholders are small in the front seat, but I can pack a ton of CDs and other stuff into the center console. The glove box is sufficient. The back end is big enough to put an extra large dog kennel in the back easily and two small dog kennels in the middle row:) I have a 90 lb. German Shepherd and two Yorkies, so room for my babies and all their stuff was important to me! I've driven a 4x4 pick up (Nissan Titan) for the past 6 years, and while I do miss my truck, I love the Honda CR-V! I have a very clear view from the front, sides and back and I have plenty of room and storage. It handles very well and has a great turning radius. I'm still getting used to the tight brakes! The front driver seat has lots of options for taller or shorter drivers. The XM feature is nice but I don't think I'll be spending $45 a month for it when the free trial is over. I highly recommend this car if you are looking for a small SUV that has a lot of room and great features at a very reasonable price.
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Very reliable small SUV

by from Mpls., MN on September 20, 2011

Car is very reliable and a good value. I have had other small SUV's and what I don't care for is the transmissssion shift points when the air conditioning is on. Between 37 and 40 miles per hour you h...
Car is very reliable and a good value. I have had other small SUV's and what I don't care for is the transmissssion shift points when the air conditioning is on. Between 37 and 40 miles per hour you hit a really slow point in power and when you accaelerate it down shifts and roars up to 3700RPM, needs a little tweaking. The other annoying thing, the intermittent wipter is just one set point not variable, strange for this electronic age, maybe needs updating.
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Best of the best

by from Indianapolis, IN on October 3, 2011

Suv style with excellent gas mileage!! My previous vehicle was a jeep Cherokee and I loved the suv part of it but hated the fillin the tank part. I love my crv it avg 26.7 currently and there are abou...
Suv style with excellent gas mileage!! My previous vehicle was a jeep Cherokee and I loved the suv part of it but hated the fillin the tank part. I love my crv it avg 26.7 currently and there are about 5000 miles on it! I've had it for 4 months and I love it! It could be more comfortable but it's do-able.
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First time Honda owner

by from Strasburg, VA on February 21, 2013

I've been researching this car for months along with other models when I decided this would be the one. The performance, gas mileage, style and comfort has far exceeded my expectations.
I've been researching this car for months along with other models when I decided this would be the one. The performance, gas mileage, style and comfort has far exceeded my expectations.
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I see why this model is so popular!

by from Fairfax, VA on August 19, 2015

When my kids became old enough for us to switch from a minivan to a small SUV, I targeted CR-V and Subaru Forester. I ended up buying CR-V. No regret - it's a very practical vehicle. With comfortable ...
When my kids became old enough for us to switch from a minivan to a small SUV, I targeted CR-V and Subaru Forester. I ended up buying CR-V. No regret - it's a very practical vehicle. With comfortable seats and decent power to accelerate, CR-V is excellent for a long drive. Nice interior. Great view. Awesome fuel economy for an SUV. I recently had a round-trip from DC metro to Pittsburgh to Niagara Falls. Including city driving with frequent stops and idling, the overall MPG for the trip was stunning 30! My kids love the roomy back seats. I really have no complaint whatsoever. My wife also says that we could probably buy another CR-V when the next car shopping time comes.
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