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Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.6
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2011 Honda CR-V Review

The 2011 Honda CR-V ranks highly among the compact SUVs because it has a perfect reliability rating, a carlike ride, and an upscale interior with comfortable seats.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, refined interior
  • Loads of cargo space
  • Stable, carlike ride
  • Lone engine choice is underpowered

2011 Honda CR-V Overview

Is the 2011 Honda CR-V a Good Used SUV?

The 2011 Honda CR-V is a great used compact SUV. It has some of the most generous cargo dimensions in its segment, and it touts strong fuel economy numbers and below-average operating costs. When it was new, we named the CR-V our 2011 Best Affordable Compact SUV for Families because of its overall value and low ownership costs. Keep in mind that it lacks an available third row, which a few of its rivals offer.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 114 professional evaluations for this 2011 Honda CR-V review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2011 Honda CR-V?

Our site has more than 800 listings for the 2011 CR-V, with prices ranging from about $9,000 to roughly $16,000. The average price is about $12,400. How much you pay varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2011 Honda CR-V Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2011 Honda CR-V are estimated to be about $23,965. That’s almost $1,000 below average for a compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CR-V?

The 2019 Honda CR-V’s base price of $24,350 is more than $8,000 above the high price of a 2011 CR-V. You’re also not able to purchase a certified pre-owned 2011 CR-V because it is too old for Honda’s certified pre-owned program.

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There are no new compact SUV for the price of a loaded 2011 CR-V, but that doesn’t mean a new car is out of reach in this budget. If you don’t mind driving a vehicle with a manual transmission, the base 2019 Kia Soul (MSRP: $16,490) offers a lot of space, with similar front and rear legroom to the CR-V. The Kia has less cargo space than the CR-V, but it has more standard features, better fuel economy, and a new-car warranty. The same goes for the 2019 Honda Fit, which starts at $16,190 with a manual transmission. Like the Soul, the Fit has decent front and rear legroom, but it has less cargo space than the CR-V. However, the Fit has a new-car warranty, as well as a rearview camera and smartphone integration. Both of these new hatchbacks are available with automatic transmissions if you don’t want to shift the gears yourself.

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Which Model Year of the Honda CR-V Is Best?

The CR-V’s third generation ended with the 2011 model. Honda completely redesigned the CR-V for 2012, and again for the 2017 model year. The 2012 CR-V saw a small dip in cargo space, but many standard features were added, like a rearview camera and Bluetooth. Neither the 2013 CR-V nor the 2014 CR-V saw major changes compared to the 2012. If you can swing the slightly higher price, consider a 2012 CR-V to get a newer model for only a little more money.

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How Reliable Is the 2011 Honda CR-V?

The 2011 Honda CR-V has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five stars from J.D. Power.

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2011 Honda CR-V Recalls

As of this writing, the 2011 CR-V has seven open recalls. They deal with passenger frontal air bag inflators that may explode, an improperly installed passenger air bag, an incorrectly installed replacement air bag, an incorrect wire harness on front air bag, and a driver’s side airbag inflator that may rupture. Make sure these recalls are fixed before buying a 2011 CR-V.

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Which Used Make Honda CR-V Is Right for Me?

The 2011 Honda CR-V comes in four trims: LX, SE EX, and EX-L trims. Although the base LX trim should be fine for most shoppers, we recommend the EX-L for its long features list.

The CR-V LX offers standard features including keyless entry, cloth seats, a four-speaker audio system, a CD player, and an auxiliary input jack. Added for 2011, the SE trim includes steering wheel-mounted audio controls, rear privacy glass, and a six-speaker audio system. The EX adds a moonroof and dual-deck cargo shelf. The EX-L gives you halogen headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a center console, a driver's seat with 10-way power adjustment including lumbar support, a seven-speaker sound system, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.

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Certified Pre-Owned Honda CR-V Warranty

The 2011 Honda CR-V is not eligible for a certified pre-owned warranty. Vehicles have to be six years old or newer with less than 80,000 miles.

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How Safe Is the CR-V?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2011 CR-V four out of five stars in the front, side, and rollover crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2011 CR-V the top rating of Good for the moderate overlap front, side, and rear crash tests. The IIHS also gave it the second-lowest rating of Marginal for the roof strength test.

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2011 Honda CR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2011 Honda CR-V or 2011 Toyota RAV4?

Both the 2011 Toyota RAV4 and the 2011 CR-V are very good choices in the compact SUV class, but the Honda’s cabin sets it apart from its Toyota rival. The CR-V has a quality interior with comfortable seats and room for up to five people. By comparison, the RAV4’s interior seems a bit low-rent. The RAV4's reliability rating is above average, though it’s not quite as high as the CR-V's. One reason you may want to look at the Toyota over the Honda is for its available V6 engine and optional third row of seats, which is best left for small children only. Neither is offered in the CR-V.

Which Is Better: 2011 Honda CR-V or 2011 Subaru Forester?

While the 2011 Subaru Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, the CR-V only offers it as an option, which means some models may not have it. The Forester has more legroom than the CR-V up front, but the Subaru has tighter rear seats than the Honda. The CR-V can haul more cargo than the Forester, and it has a slightly stronger base engine. However, the Forester has a meatier available engine that has no equivalent in the CR-V. Both are solid choices, but the 2011 CR-V edges out the Forester in our rankings.

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2011 CR-V Performance

How Does the 2011 Honda CR-V Drive?

The 2011 CR-V has a stable ride, with only minor body roll around turns. The CR-V has a 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is sluggish, and unlike some rivals, the CR-V does not offer a more potent option.

Does the 2011 Honda CR-V Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2011 Honda CR-V with front-wheel drive returns 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is good for the compact SUV segment. The all-wheel-drive CR-V sees only a 1 mpg drop on its highway mileage while maintaining the same city mileage.

2011 Honda CR-V Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2011 CR-V can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

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2011 CR-V Interior

How Many People Does the 2011 CR-V Seat?

The 2011 Honda CR-V seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver's seat, and heated front seats are available. Overall, the CR-V has a refined cabin with a functional design, and all the seats are comfortable for adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2011 Honda CR-V?

The 2011 CR-V has two complete sets of LATCH connections on the second-row seats.

2011 Honda CR-V Features

Standard features include a four-speaker audio system, a CD player, and an auxiliary input. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth, navigation, six- or seven-speaker audio system, and satellite radio are available.

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2011 Honda CR-V Dimensions

Honda CR-V Cargo Space

There is 35.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the CR-V’s second row, or 72.9 cubes with the second row folded.

2011 CR-V Length and Weight

The 2011 Honda CR-V is 14.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,386 pounds up to 3,554 pounds.

Where Was the 2011 Honda CR-V Built?

Honda manufactured the 2011 CR-V in Ohio.

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