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Used Car: 2011 Honda CR-V Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

The 2011 Honda CR-V has a spacious interior and a comfortable ride, making it one of the best choices for anyone looking for a dependable and useful family SUV.

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When it was new, critics praised the 2011 CR-V for its roomy and versatile interior, as well as its refined handling. Inside, the CR-V offers ample cargo space and lots of interior cubbies for families on the go. In fact, the CR-V won our 2011 Best Affordable Compact SUVs for Families award because of its overall family-friendliness. Its main drawback is that its engine isn’t all that powerful, but otherwise, reviewers had a hard time finding anything to complain about in the CR-V. It also has an excellent reliability rating for shoppers most concerned with finding a dependable used SUV.

The 2011 CR-V is powered by a 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which was the source of most reviewer complaints. Most said it feels underpowered, and many grumbled about the lack of a more powerful engine option, which many competitors offer. However, the CR-V does get fairly good fuel economy, though it’s not class-leading. Front-wheel drive models achieve 21/28 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive variants get 21/27 mpg.

Inside, critics were pleased with the CR-V’s high-quality interior and most said the seats offered plenty of comfort and space for up to five people. The CR-V has one of the highest maximum cargo capacities in the class, at 72.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The standard equipment lineup includes cloth seat upholstery and a four-speaker stereo with a CD player and auxiliary input jack. Opting for a higher trim level adds features like a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, satellite radio, power sunroof, navigation, Bluetooth, leather seats and dual-zone climate control.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the CR-V, you may also like the 2011 Toyota RAV4. Critics liked that the RAV4 also has one of the most generous cargo areas, in addition to a V6 engine option for added power. The RAV4 also offers one of the few available third-row seats in the class.

Another alternative 2011 compact SUV you may like is the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. Reviewers said that the Equinox has a roomy interior, with comfortable, spacious seats. Models with the four-cylinder engine have among the best fuel economy in the class.

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