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in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $14,806 - $20,064
Original MSRP: $21,895 - $30,095
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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2011 Honda CR-V Interior

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Overall, reviewers say the CRV’s interior is functional and attractive. The seats are comfortable, interior quality is good, and there’s a lot of storage space. Best of all, the CR-V is kid friendly.

  • "Interior materials looked and felt more upscale than before, and the layout of controls and gauges remained very good, although the small, horizontal bars for fuel and engine temperature were easy to either overlook or misread." -- USA TODAY
  • "I'm not a fan of Honda's new interior design. I can't quite put my finger on why, I just don't like the look of it. The gauges are fine; it's mostly the center section of audio and climate controls that bothers me. While it's a little thing, it's hard to find and read the clock, and the center stack manages to look both bland and cluttered to my eye." -- Cars.com
  • "Hard plastics abound in the cabin, but none look cheap. The interior is assembled with care." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It has more room inside than you'd expect and a long list of standard and optional features that help set it apart from other suitors." -- Autoblog

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Seating

Most test drivers like all of the CR-V's seats, saying there is a lot of head room in the front seat, and adults who climb in the back will be comfortable. 

Heated leather seats are available, and the second row folds for increased storage. There is no third row option.

  • "Seats were hard. No way around it; no getting used to it. Plain ol' too stiff. Contours were OK, driving position was fine. But you kept waiting for a back-and-bun comfort level that never arrived." -- USA TODAY
  • "Space for legs and knees is plentiful even with the front seats far aft. Headroom is ample." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It literally felt like the seat was built to give my body a gentle hug. I never got tired of sitting in the CR-V. If I could sit in that seat right now and write this review, I would." -- Cars.com
  • "Those seats, by the way, are wonderfully firm and supportive. The front thrones are a bit narrow, perhaps, but that's mainly because of their hip-holding bolsters. The 40/20/40 split rear bench is really slick, disappearing with a simple tug and flip act worthy of Merlin's wand." -- Autoblog
  •  +"Rear-seat travel is adjustable fore and aft, but long-legged folk may find the front seats don't have enough travel to fully accommodate them. Rear-seat legroom is not as generous as in previous generation CR-Vs, but those under six feet can still fit front and rear simultaneously." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We always think of the CR-V as an itty-bitty thing, but it approaches cavernous inside. It tied the RAV4 for greatest rear-seat comfort, in fact, and managed a three-way tie for the most cubic feet behind the rear seat." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features                                  

The CR-V doesn’t offer the most features in the class, but the ones it does offer -- a USB interface, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, leather seats, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a sunroof and a backup camera -- are definitely what shoppers look for first. If you want these, especially niceties like USB interface and a navigation system, you have to choose the EX-L trim, which starts at $29,895 with the automatic transmission.

Another cool feature is the CR-V’s a standard conversation mirror that allows parents to watch children in the back seat.

  • "Large, clear instrumentation. Controls are easy to reach. Some of our testers say small buttons make radio operation difficult with or without navigation system. The navigation system absorbs too many audio functions and takes time to master. Its touch screen and programming via predetermined voice commands helps." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Honda hasn't given CR-V the better type of navigation system it uses in the bigger Pilot, for one, so the buttons will be too small for some tastes. But the setup operates easily and makes it handy to control the audio via the screen." -- USA TODAY
  • "You may think of things like leather and USB interfaces as luxuries, but I don't. Leather seats mean that a baby wipe can fix any spill. A USB interface means that I can provide the demanded song or story without fumbling with my iPod or looking away from the road. To me, these things are necessities. And in the CR-V, all of them worked seamlessly and easily, which is good since my life can't take any more confusion than it already has." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The CR-V’s storage areas are ideal for families on the go. There’s ample trunk space, lots of interior cubbies and a cargo cover that you can use as a shelf. The CR-V provides 35.7 cubic feet of space with all seats in use and 72.9 cubic feet with the second row folded down.

Still, the CR-V doesn’t offer the most cargo room in its class. The Toyota RAV-4, for example, has 73 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down and 36.4 cubes behind the second row.  However, if you want a shelf and useful features like cubbies, a retractable center tray table, eight beverage holders, upper and lower glove compartments and an under-seat storage bin, the CR-V is the way to go.

  • "Even better, though, is all of the cubbies scattered throughout the CR-V. There's a decent-size bin in the center console and cubbies at the bottom of the center stack. There's storage in the door bins and seatback pockets, and the dual-level glove box houses the USB input. Every bit of unused space offers more storage. There are more places to hide stuff than I could keep track of. I probably left gum somewhere in the test car." -- Cars.com
  • "Generous cargo space even with the rear seat up." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cargo area isn't gigantic with the rear seats in place, but it's ample. The CR-V strikes me as a particularly good choice if you frequently haul people in the back seats, but not so much if you often haul both a lot of gear and people." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Cargo cover's rigid, acts like a shelf. Gives you two levels for cargo. And there remains a lot of cargo room overall. Sliding rear seats help tailor the space for people or stuff." -- USA TODAY

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