Updating CRV bought new June 2011. Recent 3,000 mile trip across US, down to Mexico was a good test: 1) Excellent fuel economy -- ave 31 mpg overall 2) packed in more luggage than seemed possible 3) Very comfortable, fun to drive 4) smooth, excellent steering, sturdy suspension 5) amazingly stable to heavy cross winds
Large package in a small car; folding seats afford excellent storage capacity (although not as big the CRV replaced my Odyssey van, not bad)
Fun to drive, sharp breaks compared to soggy Toyota's
Great in town AND on the highway; excellent cruiser
Love the rubbery grip steering wheel + controls
Has lots of power; no problems overtaking on highway, just kick down smooth tranny and zip up to 85 mph
Top notch smooth, quiet 4 cylinder -- turns over at 2200 rpm @ 70 mph, incredible
Love watching the fuel meter, good for keeping a light foot!
Rear hatch lifts too high -- I already scratched it on the garage door hinges; new owners beware!!
A 5- or 6-speed manual transmission would be nice
Get rid of that silly small doughnut spare; I replaced mine with a full size spare that can be squeezed in the tire well; feel more comfortable in the middle of the desert now!
Could be quieter on rough road surfaces; needs more work on wind noise
my wife and i went out on labor day to buy a new suv...we both liked the nissan rogue,but after driving the honda crv...it was a done deal...the vehicle is fun,roomy,4 wheel drive ...while this car only has 175 miles on it...will keep you guys posted,but so far...excellent
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV w/Navigation (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
Traded in a Chevy Traverse - too much vehicle and $$ at the gas pump. City, highway and combined driving haven't disappointed - just returned from a trip traveling over 1200 miles. This is a smaller vehicle than I've owned in the past, with some great features and performance you'd expect with a 4-cylinder. It is extremely comfortable to drive - I am 6'3". Plenty of room for luggage too. Cabin noise is average on smoothly paved roads, and below average on rougher surfaces. Overall, we're extremely pleased with our purchase and would recommend this vehicle to someone(s) in the market for a small family vehicle.
- Interior design and layout is very comfortable for driving.
- Gas mileage is exactly what we were looking for: averaged as high as 34 on highway / interstate and average 24 combined.
Computer average is very close to what we manually tracked.
- Hands-free commands for practically every aspect of operating the vehicle took some getting used to, but works well.
- Rear cargo area looks smaller than it actually is - plenty of room for a family of 3 (toddler) to travel cross country
- Electronic display and navigation are well designed and easy to use
Overall we're extremely satisfied with the vehicle, but wish there were a few modifications:
- Do not buy the remote starter - not worth the $$.
You have to
- Cup holders in the front are awkward to use with the arm rests.
- 6 disc CD changer... should be additional storage space.
- Bluetooth commands are not user friendly.
- Engine struggles through mountains (east coast).
I bought a new 2009 Outback Ltd for my wife for Mother's Day 2009. It was good car just not comfortable comfortable. After 18 months my wife asked me to to get her something different. I suggested an RX350, a Highlander or a Pilot. She said she wanted something smaller so I did some research went to the local Honda dealer and he made me an offer that was too good to be true on a 2011 CRV EX-L. My wife fell in love with it, so did our daughter inlaw and daughter along with their husbands. Both girls got CRVs within two months of my wife. The entire family made the switch within the past year from Toyotas, SAABs and VWs to Honda.